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Jul 5, 2015

Soccer-FIFA corruption clouds lift for Women’s World Cup final

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – A Women’s World Cup that began under the cloud of a FIFA corruption scandal is set for a dazzling finish when holders Japan face the United States in an intriguing final on Sunday.

The scandals that have rocked the soccer world for more than a month were far from the minds of thousands of fans who transformed the area around a sun-kissed BC Place into a massive soccer Mardi Gras in the hours before kickoff.

Jul 5, 2015

U.S. aid springboard to Japan World Cup success

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – An act of kindness from the United States after the tsunami of 2011 helped set Japan on the road to success and could rebound on the Americans for a second successive women’s World Cup final on Sunday.

In 2011, with Japan reeling from the devastating natural disaster and their women’s soccer team trying to prepare for a World Cup later that year, the U.S. came to the rescue by hosting the Asian champions for two charity friendly matches.

Jul 5, 2015

Soccer-U.S. aid springboard to Japan World Cup success

VANCOUVER, July 4 (Reuters) – An act of kindness from the United States after the tsunami of 2011 helped set Japan on the road to success and could rebound on the Americans for a second successive women’s World Cup final on Sunday.

In 2011, with Japan reeling from the devastating natural disaster and their women’s soccer team trying to prepare for a World Cup later that year, the U.S. came to the rescue by hosting the Asian champions for two charity friendly matches.

Jul 5, 2015

Japan finds new motivation for World Cup final

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Four years ago the Japan women’s soccer team, inspired by a nation recovering from a devastating earthquake and tsunami, lifted their reeling country’s spirits by winning the World Cup.

Japan will defend that crown on Sunday in Vancouver against the United States and this time coach Norio Sasaki said his team needs no such motivation as they bid to join Germany as the only country to claim back-to-back titles.

Jul 4, 2015

Soccer-Japan finds new motivation for World Cup final

VANCOUVER, July 4 (Reuters) – Four years ago the Japan women’s soccer team, inspired by a nation recovering from a devastating earthquake and tsunami, lifted their reeling country’s spirits by winning the World Cup.

Japan will defend that crown on Sunday in Vancouver against the United States and this time coach Norio Sasaki said his team needs no such motivation as they bid to join Germany as the only country to claim back-to-back titles.

Jul 4, 2015

No Blatter, no problem say World Cup organizers

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Players do not care who hands out trophies and the absence of embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not have any impact on the Women’s World Cup final, organizers said on Friday.

With world soccer’s governing body embroiled in corruption investigations, Blatter’s U.S. based lawyer has told Reuters the FIFA chief will not travel to Vancouver for Sunday’s final between the United States and Japan.

Jul 4, 2015

Soccer-No Blatter, no problem say World Cup organisers

VANCOUVER, July 3 (Reuters) – Players do not care who hands out trophies and the absence of embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not have any impact on the Women’s World Cup final, organisers said on Friday.

With world soccer’s governing body embroiled in corruption investigations, Blatter’s U.S. based lawyer has told Reuters the FIFA chief will not travel to Vancouver for Sunday’s final between the United States and Japan.

Jul 4, 2015

Japan and U.S. set for spicy World Cup final rematch

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The United States arrive at the Women’s World Cup final battle-hardened and seeking revenge, while Japan enter Sunday’s match determined to retain the trophy they denied the Americans four years ago.

It all adds up to a spicy finale to the global showcase that began on June 6 under the shadow of a FIFA corruption scandal but ends with the players in the spotlight and an intriguing contest that is set to cap off a month of record-smashing television ratings and attendance figures.

Jul 4, 2015

Soccer-Japan and U.S. set for spicy World Cup final rematch

VANCOUVER, July 3 (Reuters) – The United States arrive at the Women’s World Cup final battle- hardened and seeking revenge, while Japan enter Sunday’s match determined to retain the trophy they denied the Americans four years ago.

It all adds up to a spicy finale to the global showcase that began on June 6 under the shadow of a FIFA corruption scandal but ends with the players in the spotlight and an intriguing contest that is set to cap off a month of record-smashing television ratings and attendance figures.

Jul 3, 2015

Referees in unwanted spotlight ahead of World Cup final

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A run of controversial calls has raised worries that officiating has not kept pace with the quality of play at the Women’s World Cup, putting an unwanted spotlight on referees ahead of Sunday’s final.

Both the United States and Japan reached the championship match with help from arguable calls in their semi-finals that have put into question the overall caliber of officiating.