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El Salvador allege bribe offer to fix World Cup qualifier with Canada

El Salvador allege bribe offer to fix World Cup qualifier with Canada | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
El Salvador’s national football team have alleged they refused a bribe to fix Tuesday’s World Cup 2018 qualifier against Canada. El Salvador have no chance of progressing in the qualification campaign but Canada need to win the match in Vancouver and hope Mexico defeat Honduras to stand a chance of making Russia in 2018. All four countries are members of CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football), whose former presidents Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb were both arrested as part of the FIFA corruption case in 2015.
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I'm not a big sports fan and certainly not a follower of El Salvadoran or Canadian soccer, but I am a supporter of integrity in sports and want to commend this team, which has no expectation of making it to the top competition but still chose to not only turn down bribes but also to let the world know about the offers. Goal El Salvador!
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Small Costa Rica gives troubled Central America big boost at World Cup

Small Costa Rica gives troubled Central America big boost at World Cup | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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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Years ago when I was in Costa Rica, one of the things which consistently amazed me was the love of soccer and the proficiency. Barefoot youngsters and young adults played fierce games all over the place. It was a passion that I have never seen for sports in the U.S. So, I am nor surprised that this small nation can field such an outstanding team. I hope they make it to the top.

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The Unrecognized - Roads & Kingdoms

The Unrecognized - Roads & Kingdoms | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
“SAH-MAH-LEE, SAH-MAH-LEE, SAH-MAH-LEE!” It was an incongruous chant from the small crowd at a rudimentary soccer field nestled between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, but one that over the week would be regularly and passionately echoed from the stands. The Somaliland National Football Team, a gregarious squad representing a controversial disputed territory in …
Kenneth Weene's insight:
I played a bit of soccer (football) when I was in high school. I wasn't very good. Maybe instead of playing in that school league I should have created my own "national" team and had a go at this competition. Seriously, I don't see why such want-to-be countries can't be part of the corruption-ridden FIFA. I'm sure if they paid a few bucks an exception could be found. 
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