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  • Barcelona FC midfielder Xavi Hernández, who has spent his entire career with his hometown team, has been linked to a move to Major League Soccer's New York City Football Club. 

    BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 10: Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match between FC Barcelona and Celtic FC on December 10, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.
    LAST UPDATE : Jan 15, 2014, 10:52 AM EST
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  • Real Madrid's Gareth Bale from Britain celebrates his hat-trick during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.

    Gareth Bale took first place in the global soccer poll after scoring his first hat trick for Real Madrid.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 03, 2013, 6:18 PM EST
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  • This is an undated file image of Manchester United's former captain Bill Foulkes. Foulkes, who survived the 1958 Munich air disaster, died Monday, Nov. 25,. 2013 the club said. He was 81. Foulkes, who left a mining job to join United in 1950, went on to play 688 times after making his debut in 1952. Only Ryan Giggs, Bobby Charlton and Paul Scholes have played more times for the club.

    Bill Foulkes, a Manchester United defender who survived the 1958 Munich air crash that killed eight players, died Monday. He was 81.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 26, 2013, 11:45 AM EST
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  • In this Nov. 19, 2013 file photo Sweden's forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic removes the captain's armband, after the World Cup 2014 qualifying playoff second leg soccer match between Sweden and Portugal, at Friends Arena in Stockholm. Sweden lost 2-3. The tournament in Brazil will be a poorer spectacle without Zlatan Ibrahimovic strutting his stuff for Sweden, or Welshman Gareth Bale leaving defenders in his wake with his searing pace. Prolific scorer Robert Lewandowski of Poland, Czech goalkeeper Peter Cech and r

    They are some of the biggest names in soccer, or on the verge of becoming a star, but they won't be playing at the World Cup next year.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 21, 2013, 11:11 AM EST
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  • Mexico's Oribe Peralta celebrates a goal against New Zealand in their World Cup qualifying soccer match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.

    El Tri earned the next-to-last berth in the 32-nation field by defeating New Zealand Wednesday night for a 9-3 aggregate win in their home-and-home playoff.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 20, 2013, 11:16 AM EST
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  • France's soccer team celebrate after defeating Ukraine during the World Cup qualifying playoff second-leg soccer match between France and Ukraine at Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. France beats Ukaine 3-0 in playoff second leg to qualify for World Cup.

    Greece, Ghana and Algeria also earned berths, and Mexico took a 5-1 lead into the second leg of its playoff against New Zealand.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 19, 2013, 11:04 PM EST
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  • In this Dec. 23, 2011 file photo, former soccer stars Romario, left, and Ronaldo give a news conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Romario and Ronaldo are at odds over the World Cup in Brazil, criticizing each other's conflicting comments about what the tournament means to the country's population.

    In a clash of Brazilian soccer greats and World Cup champions, Romario and Ronaldo are at odds over what the showpiece tournament means to the country.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 08, 2013, 11:36 AM EST
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  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi shoots to score against AC Milan during a group H Champions League soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013.

     

    Barcelona beat AC Milan 3-1 Wednesday night to clinch a berth in the second round of the Champions League.

    LAST UPDATE : Nov 06, 2013, 7:06 PM EST
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