• **FILE** Christian Noboa of the Russia side Rubin Kazan challenges Artem Milevskiy (right) of Ukraine's Dynamo Kiev during their Group F Champions League soccer match in Kiev on Sept. 16, 2009. (Associated Press)

    Violence on the edge of Europe forces soccer officials to act

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    With tensions mounting on the fringes of Europe, officials decided this week to ban competitive soccer matches in Israel and to make sure teams from the Ukraine and Russia are not drawn to play each other in the continent’s top club competitions.

  • **FILE** New England Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell, right, holds on to D.C. United's Luis Silva (12) during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Washington. The Revolution won 2-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Luis Silva regains prominence with D.C. United

    By Thomas Floyd - Special to The Washington Times

    It's a tribute to the club's improved personnel that Silva has had to fight for minutes after starting all 13 of his appearances for United last season. But considering his production in recent weeks, it's unlikely he'll be battling for his place again anytime soon.

    Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari gestures during a press conference at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Brazilians woke up this morning to dreadful headlines describing their soccer team's historic defeat of 7-1 to Germany in the World Cup's semifinal. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    Luiz Felipe Scolari out as Brazil coach after World Cup crash

    By Tales Azzoni - Associated Press

    Scolari had promised to win the tournament at home, but Brazil was eliminated in the semifinals after a disastrous 7-1 loss to Germany in the national team's worst defeat in its 100-year history. Brazil also fell 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third-place match.

    Violence mars Argentina’s World Cup celebration

    By Luis Andres Henao - Associated Press

    Riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets late Sunday to restrain a group of vandals who disturbed a peaceful rally celebrating Argentina's gutsy performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals.

    Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, recipient of the Golden Glove trophy, stands next to Argentina's Lionel Messi after he receive the Golden Ball trophy following Germany's 1-0 victory over Argentina after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    World Cup final: Lionel Messi miserable in Argentina defeat

    By Karl Ritter - Associated Press

    After carrying his team through the group stage in Brazil with four goals, Messi seemed to run out of steam. In the final Sunday, he created chances but, like the rest of the team, lacked the finishing touch to turn the game for Argentina.

    Germany's Mario Goetze (19) celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014.  (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Extra-time goal gives Germany World Cup title over Argentina

    By Mattias Karen - Associated Press

    The two powerhouses each had their chances before Mario Goetze, who came on as a substitute in the 88th minute, finally broke through with a left-footed finish in the 113th minute.

    Argentina's Angel di Maria jogs during a training session one day before their World Cup semifinal soccer match against Netherlands at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    Argentina-Germany lineups for World Cup final

    By Associated Press

    Angel Di Maria will not start for Argentina in the World Cup final against Germany after struggling with a thigh injury.

    Argentina's Lionel Messi jogs during an official training session at Vasco da Gama Stadium a day before the World Cup soccer final between Germany and Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    World Cup final: Argentina, Germany set for marquee clash

    By John Leicester - Associated Press

    As the winning captain, either Argentina forward Lionel Messi or Germany defender Philipp Lahm will hold aloft the most recognized trophy in sports in front of 74,000 spectators at the Maracana Stadium, the world-famous football venue nestled among Rio de Janeiro's hills, high-rises and favelas.

    Germany's head coach Joachim Loew smiles before the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    World Cup: Joachim Loew needs title for Germany to cement status

    By Nesha Starcevic - Associated Press

    Loew's achievements and the innovations he has brought into German football will always be recognized. But unless he wins the title his tenure will be regarded as a partial success, even considering the astounding 7-1 win over Brazil in the semifinals.

    Netherlands' Robin van Persie celebrates after scoring his team's first goal on a penalty shot during the World Cup third-place soccer match between Brazil and the Netherlands at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    World Cup: Dutch down Brazil in third-place game

    By Tales Azzoni - Associated Press

    The Netherlands' remarkable campaign ended on a high note after Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the team a 3-0 win over Brazil in the third-place game on Saturday.

    Argentina's Maxi Rodriguez, left, celebrates with goalkeeper Sergio Romero after scoring the decisive goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup final. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Argentina beats Dutch in shootout to reach World Cup final

    By Mike Corder - Associated Press

    Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved penalties by Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder to give Argentina the win after the game finished 0-0 following extra time. Maxi Rodriguez put away the winning spot kick.

    A woman from Brazil and a man from Argentina dance samba at the World Cup Fan Fest 2014, on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. The flood of foreign football fans, the vast majority of them men, has been a boon for the single ladies of Brazil, where a demographic imbalance means women outnumber men by more than 4 million nationally. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    World Cup: It’s raining men in Brazil as women samba with visitors

    By Jenny Barchfield - Associated Press

    Renata de Mouro Moitinho sambas so fast her feet blur, but her partner moves with the bumbling tentativeness of a toddler taking his first steps.

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