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11:54 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Florida Roundup: Soccer, Spanish And The Special Session

The Florida Legislature will begin a special session on June 1.
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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.

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Sports
5:54 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

A Guide To South Florida’s Wild Weeks Of Soccer News

England's national soccer team practices at Sun Life Stadium before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Credit 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

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The Two-Way
12:00 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FIFA President Blatter: Bribery Scandal Puts 'Long Shadow' Over Soccer

FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses the audience at the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich on Thursday. The leader of soccer's governing body has rejected calls to resign.
Arnd Wiegmann Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 4:18 pm

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.

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Sports
1:11 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

David Beckham Looks To An Unlikely Partner To Bring Soccer To Miami

David Beckham greets Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to talk about plans for a Major League Soccer team in Miami
Credit 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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Sports
2:28 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

FIU Could Be Temporary Home For Beckham's Soccer Team

Florida International University's football stadium has been suggested as a temporary home for David Beckham's new Major League Soccer franchise.
Credit Junette Reyes / WLRN

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.

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Sports
4:27 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

In His Final Appearance, Landon Donovan Will Be U.S. Captain

Landon Donovanof the Los Angeles Galaxy shoots the ball against Vancouver FC at StubHub Center on August 23, 2014.
Jeff Gross Getty Images

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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Opinion
10:14 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Why Brazil's Futebol Failure Is the Best Thing For The Country

ROLE MODEL: Neymar before his World Cup injury
Credit Flickr

I’m as speechless as any sports fan on this planet. Seven-to-one. That’s how badly Germany defeated – no, demolished – Brazil in the semi-finals of the soccer World Cup on Tuesday.

Granted, Brazil was without two of its best players, team captain Silva and star striker Neymar. But even so: 7-1? The Bloodbath in Belo Horizonte – at a World Cup Brazil is hosting, no less – was the worst humiliation South America’s soccer superpower has ever and probably will ever suffer.

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Sports
12:06 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

David Beckham Wants To Talk To Broward County About Stadium

Is David Beckham turning his back on Miami-Dade County? Broward County officials said they expect to talk with Beckham's group about possible stadium sites for a Major League Soccer franchise.
Credit Nathan Forget / Flickr

David Beckham and his partners looking to build a Major League Soccer stadium still want to settle down with Miami-Dade County.

But while the two sides haggle over a site, the Miami Herald reports that Beckham's group may be interested in seeing someone else: Broward County. Broward officials said they expect to talk details with Beckham soon.

Beckham has no shortage of suitors. One Miami-Dade commissioner wants him to consider a Florida International University site. Florida Atlantic University in Palm Beach County has also shown interest in the team.

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Little Haiti
3:28 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Soccer Club Provides Outlet For Little Haiti Teens, Energizes Community

Little Haiti Soccer Club player Mikel Martineu plays against Coconut Grove during their soccer match Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Little Haiti Soccer Park in Miami.
Credit ANDREW ULOZA / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

For six years, Little Haiti residents have been waiting for Emmanuel “Manno” Sanon Soccer Park, known as Little Haiti Soccer Park, to live up to its promise for neighborhood kids.

Many believed the $36.9 million park, built in 2008 and named after a renowned Haitian soccer player, would host a year-round youth soccer program. A newly formed youth soccer league is looking to fill that void.

The only consistent youth sports program at soccer park is a pee-wee American football team, Little Haiti Optimist.

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World Cup
7:17 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

The Suárez Scandal: Why Uruguay Should Banish Luis The Lout

To the rest of the world he's Bat Boy
Credit Jimmy Baikovicius / Flickr

From Chile to China, soccer fans like to think their teams reflect their national characters.

That’s a delusion, of course. These are jocks, not exchange students. But if international fútbol really is the continuation of war by other means, you at least want to believe your soccer soldiers share your values.

Which is why Uruguay – a nation whose progressive values are so often applauded these days – should follow this advice: Lose Luis.

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Latin America Report
9:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Why Brazilians Worship Soccer -- And Why Their Leaders Can't Hide Behind It Anymore

Yellow-and-Green Fever: Brazilian World Cup fans at Boteco in Miami.
Credit Julia Duba / WLRN

Do Brazilians still care about soccer?

I know, that seems as dumb a question as "Does the Vatican still care about Jesus?" Brazilians are arguably the most soccer-passionate people on Earth.

But check out this poll result just before the World Cup started last week in Brazil: A majority of Brazilians said they were not happy about hosting international soccer’s biggest event.

That’s because Brazil’s World Cup preparations were such an embarrassment. And because the Cup’s billion-dollar cost overruns are such a source of anger for Brazilians right now.

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El Mundial
8:55 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Talk To Us: What Are You Thinking About The FIFA World Cup?

Credit Celso Flores / Creative Commons

From across the pond in England to just south of us in Mexico, passionate soccer fans are spotted in local bars, restaurants or watch parties. 

Here in South Florida, we want to hear your World Cup thoughts. Who are you rooting for? What are you wearing to show your support? What does your country do to celebrate the victories? 

Join the conversation with the hashtag #WorldCupSoFla and tell us what makes your team unique. 

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Sports
4:27 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Beckham's Stadium Still Homeless: Major League Soccer Rejects Marlins Park Location

Credit Miami Herald

David Beckham's stadium is yet to find a home in South Florida -- and Major League Soccer officials are kicking aside locations that aren't in downtown Miami.

MLS recently rejected the proposal to build Beckham's stadium next to Marlins Park, the former Orange Bowl site. MLS president Mark Abbott says the stadium needs to be downtown to be successful, the Miami Herald reports. But six years ago, MLS seriously considered the former Orange Bowl location.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters In Latin America and South Florida

Andy Wagner in the host seat at WLRN
Bonnie Berman/WLRN

06-/11/14 - The FIFA 2014 World Cup kicks off Thursday in Sao Paulo Brazil.  Please join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when our resident soccer enthusiast, Andy Wagner speaks about the British origins of the sport in the late 1800’s and its spread across the globe to become a part of everyday life in Latin America.  He visits with Joshua Nadel,

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World Cup
10:20 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Sweaty In Miami: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard And English Soccer Get Humid

English national team practice at Sun Life Stadium.
Credit Kenny Malone

Like a flock of confused snowbirds, the English national soccer team flew into the furnace of South Florida hurricane season.

The first match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is next Thursday, between the home team, Brazil, and Croatia. No European team has ever won a World Cup hosted in Latin America. Many would point to climate as one of -- if not the -- major obstacle.

Taking no chances, England is trying to acclimatize by training in South Florida.

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