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Lionel Messi says it's over. He's retiring from Argentina's national team.

After losing three previous Copa America finals, Lionel Messi on Sunday night had another chance to win. Argentina and Chile were locked in a scoreless tie, and the match would be decided by penalty kicks. Messi bent down to adjust the ball and backed up to get a running start. The five-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner licked his lip, gave the goalie a quick appraising glance, and sent a cannonball-like shot over the goal, missing for Argentina when it mattered most.

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Colombians are the largest non-Cuban Latino group in South Florida. And what do they miss most about home? It might not be their world-famous coffee. In fact, their love for soccer is making history this week in Miami.

When you're talking about Colombian soccer, you're really talking about Cali and Medellín. The cross-town rivalries between the professional teams in each of those cities – Deportivo vs. América in Cali and Independiente vs. Nacional in Medellín – are some of the most celebrated in South America.

Courtsey Pro Footvolley Tour

These days, if you’re sitting on a South Florida beach and someone shouts, “Shark attack!” it’s probably got nothing to do with “Jaws.” Instead, it’s all about feet.

Namely, a sport called footvolley.

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The chance of Miami getting a Major League Soccer team may depend on a couple of  landowners.

David Beckham's group, Miami Beckham United, has been trying to solidify a location for a new soccer stadium in order to bring a professional team to the city. Potential sites along the water in downtown to Sun Life Stadium to Florida International University have been floated.

The one that has the best chance, and the one the group is pushing for, is the one next to Marlins Park.

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Miami-Dade school leaders are interested in joining a land deal to build a pro soccer stadium in Little Havana next to Marlins Park that the school district could also use.

The school board told Superintendent Alberto Carvalho Thursday he could join talks between the city of Miami and the team, whose ownership includes former soccer star David Beckham.

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Florida's public-private tourism agency has signed a deal to sponsor a professional soccer club in England's second-highest league.

The Visit Florida logo will appear on Fulham Football Club jerseys. The logo will also be on the three roofs of its London stadium, known as Craven Cottage, which is along the flight path for Heathrow Airport.

Fulham is owned by Shahid Khan, who also owns the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.

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President Barack Obama's overtures to Cuba really kicked into high gear recently with the official re-opening of embassies in Havana and Washington.

But re-establishing diplomatic relations after more than half a century isn't a cure-all. Washington and Havana are still divided on many fronts, such as the ongoing US embargo, Cuba's poor treatment of dissidents on the island and the prison at Guantanamo Bay, though White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday the administration was close to a deal for shuttering the prison.

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The movement to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Miami took a step forward on Friday morning, when David Beckham’s franchise ownership group tentatively agreed to finance and build a 25,000 seat soccer stadium on the Orange Bowl site, near Marlins Park.

 

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In March, hundreds of Brazilian-Americans in South Florida gathered at Miami’s Bayfront Park to protest massive corruption in Brazil. But many may not have known that one alleged perpetrator of all that graft back in their mother country owns a home – a really big one – just across Biscayne Bay.

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Today on the Florida Roundup, we're talking special session, soccer and Spanish.

SPECIAL SESSION

At 1 p.m. Monday afternoon gavels will fall in the Florida House and Senate, calling to order a special session of the state Legislature. Lawmakers have only one piece of business to take care of: pass a budget before July 1 or risk a state government shutdown.

Kenny Malone

A new soccer team in Miami, an FBI raid in Miami Beach and David Beckham’s Major League Soccer odyssey takes an American football turn. It's been a busy few weeks for South Florida soccer news.

Michelle Kaufman covers the beautiful game for the Miami Herald, so we asked her for the CliffsNotes summary of recent soccer events.

THE MIAMI CONNECTION

Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter is speaking at the beginning of the 65th Congress of soccer's worldwide governing body. Blatter faces a re-election vote Friday, in the face of new corruption and bribery charges against senior members of FIFA.

"These are unprecedented and difficult times for FIFA," Blatter said. "The events of yesterday have cast a long shadow over football and over this league's congress."

It was a somber opening to FIFA's meeting of international sporting bodies, an assembly that was celebrated with flag-bearers and other pageantry.

Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

Yes, David Beckham's people are back in Miami to talk about a stadium. No, there's still no answer as to whether or not a deal is ready to be made. 

Beckham's group is meeting with University of Miami President Donna Shalala, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and MLS Commissioner Don Garber today to talk about another possible site for a stadium. This time they're looking at a possible partnership between Beckham's group and the University of Miami.

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Almost a year has passed since retired soccer star David Beckham announced he would make Miami the home of his new team. So far, there are only rumblings concerning the franchise’s status.

In hopes of eventually settling Beckham's Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, the Miami-Dade County commission voted Tuesday on a resolution that would allow the team to negotiate with Florida International University. The school's football stadium would serve as a temporary home for the franchise.

Landon Donovan, arguably the greatest American soccer player, will be the captain of United States Men's National Team when he makes his final appearance in a friendly against Ecuador on Friday.

Donovan, who holds the U.S. men's record with 57 goals scored and announced his retirement in August, was famously left off this year's World Cup roster. His relationship with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been icy ever since.

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