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Queens Soccer Stadium Plans

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Brett Lashbrook, Major League Soccer special assistant to the commissioner, discusses MLS's plans to build a 25,000-seat stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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The Takeaway

The One World Fútbol: A Durable Ball that Can Last for Decades

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Every year thousands of soccer balls are donated to the developing world by relief agencies. But they often go flat, so Tim Jahnigen, with the help of Sting and others, created a new type of ball that never wears out or needs a pump.

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WNYC News

As Discussions Continue on Soccer Stadium, Neighborhood Express Concerns

Monday, September 24, 2012

In mid-August, news reports brought a lot of attention to Major League Soccer’s plan to build a new stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. Since then little, if any, details of the $300 million proposal have come out.

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Soundcheck

Singing In The Stadiums: Soccer Has The Most Musical Fans

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Soccer may be the world’s game, but it has a surprisingly American soundtrack.

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WNYC News

Major League Soccer Eyes Queens Real Estate

Monday, August 13, 2012

Queens is being looked at for the home of a new Major League Soccer team, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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WNYC News

For Grown-Ups, the Field of Dreams is One With Lighting

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

During the summer, it seems like every field in the city is occupied by a softball or soccer game, no matter the hour. The demand is especially strong at night when working adults have time to play, but the city has a limited number of lit fields.  WNYC took a tour of some of those fields and the adults that carve out time to play after the sun has set.

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The Takeaway

Headscarf Ban Lifted by FIFA

Friday, July 06, 2012

Last year the women's soccer team from Iran was prevented from playing a qualifying match for the 2012 Olympics because they refused to remove their hijabs before kickoff. Female Muslim soccer players often find themselves in the same predicament on their local fields, even in North America. But all that might change, thanks to a new decision by the International Federation of Association Football.

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The Takeaway

Spain Makes History with Euro 2012 Win

Monday, July 02, 2012

Its economy may be in the throes of a banking crisis, but when it comes to soccer, Spain is at the top of its game. In a runaway victory, Spain defeated Italy 4-0 yesterday and was crowned winner of Euro 2012. 

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The Music of the Euro 2012 Final | Musical Matchup

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Spain's Gerard Pique is one of the world's best and most versatile defenders, known for his smooth passing out of the back and perfectly-timed tackles. Meanwhile, Italy's Mario Balotelli is all power. Fast, nimble, and an excellent striker of the ball, the son of Ghanaian immigrants has become one of the breakout stars of the Euro 2012 finals.

The two will surely clash multiple times today, but both will have big voices from the music world on their side.

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WNYC News

Euro Cup Madness Reaches Fever Pitch

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The final of the European Championship takes place on Sunday, and if sales of jerseys in New York City are any indication, Spain will overtake Italy for the win.

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Soundcheck

The Music of Euro 2012 | The Fans

Friday, June 29, 2012

After the national anthems are finished, the focus of the Euro 2012 final will be squarely on the field. But in the background of what's sure to be a fantastic soccer match, there's still plenty of music to be heard.

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The Music of the Euro 2012 Final | The Anthems

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Before the Euro 2012 final even starts on Sunday, both Italy and Spain will display their national melodies front and center. What exactly will the players be singing (or humming along with) when their anthems are played?

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The Takeaway

La Roja: the Greatest Sports Team of All Time?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

If Spain's national soccer team wins its semifinal this afternoon and goes on to win a second consecutive European championship, then many say that La Roja (the Red) would have earned the right to be called "the greatest sports team of all time."

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Euro 2012: Football and politics in Poland and Ukraine

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Euro 2012: Football and politics in Poland and Ukraine

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WNYC News

Eurozone Spat Adds Depth to Greece-Germany Euro Cup Match

Friday, June 22, 2012

As the underdog in the Eurozone financial crisis, Greece found itself in a similar position as the country faced Germany in the quarterfinals of the Euro Cup. This time there was no bailout; Germany defeated their troubled Eurozone partners 4-2.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Greece vs. Germany On Field and Off

Friday, June 22, 2012

In the Euro Cup soccer tournament today, Greece plays Germany in a big quarterfinal matchup. The game takes place in the context of tensions between the two countries over the European debt crisis. Martin Rauchbauer, Director of Deutsches Haus at NYU and Dimitris Filippidis, program director at Hellas FM discuss what's at stake in the game, what's at stake in their economies, and the ties between the two countries.

Greek-Americans, German-Americans -- are you watching today's match? What do you make of the state of relations between the two countries, and will the game help or hurt? The phones are open! 212-433-9692 or comment below.

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The Takeaway

Will Racist Soccer Hooligans Tarnish Euro 2012?

Friday, June 01, 2012

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship will kick off a week from today. Normally it's a cause for celebration, but concerns that some racist fans in the host countries of Poland and the Ukraine will harm black and Asian fans and players have dominated any discussion about the tournament. Is racism really that entrenched in European soccer?

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The Takeaway

What You Need to Know About the Champions League Final

Friday, May 18, 2012

It's Europe's biggest sporting event and should take in more viewers than the Super Bowl. This Saturday, the 2012 Champions League Final will see Germany's Bayern Munich take on the United Kingdom's Chelsea FC in the soccer match of the year. What's the big deal? Grant Wahl, senior writer at Sports Illustrated, explains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Soccernomics

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Simon Kuper, co-author  with Stefan Szymanski of the book Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the US, Japan, Australia, Turkey-and Even Iraq-Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport, talks about the economics of soccer--as the English Premier League and Champions League gear up for the finals--and the Euro Cup and Olympics this summer--and why the U.S. can't seem to compete.

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On The Media

An Archive of Soccer Fan Chants

Friday, March 23, 2012

The impulse to archive isn't restricted to dying languages or ancient relics. Sometimes you archive something simply because you love it. Fanchants.co.uk is a repository of more than 20,000 soccer fan chants from all over the world. It started as a business and remains one - but it's become a labor of love. Bob speaks with Michael Dennis, a co-founder of Fan Chants. 

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