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FIFA's long-serving president stepped down today amid growing revelations about rampant corruption in soccer's governing body. But many key questions remain unanswered, including what this means for World Cups in Russia and Qatar.
Brazilians reacted with a sense of vindication to the racketeering, money laundering, and other corruption charges brought against FIFA officials and corporate executives.
Here are five key takeaways from the allegations that US prosecutors hope will send some of the world's most powerful and wealthy soccer officials to jail.
From the inauguration of a politically charged favela cable car to the sacking of top newspaper O Globo's Rio editor, July was more than just soccer in Brazil.
Women and men cheer on their teams while watching the World Cup on TV in Tehran. But if the games were hosted in Iran, women would be barred from attending.
Latin American teams have captivated World Cup fans this summer and created a regional sense of unity. But with Argentina the last Latino team standing, that harmony may be fleeting.
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has good reasons to root for both sides in today's Dutch-Argentine World Cup semifinal.
Germany may have dealt Brazil its worst World Cup defeat ever. But it’s probably the Germans who are most willing to show the Brazilians the most compassion today.
Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany could reignite tough debate over huge government spending on the World Cup. Some say that's a good thing.
A win for Costa Rica against the Netherlands today could help unite – at least momentarily – this fractured, troubled region. Central America is the world’s deadliest region outside an active war zone.
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