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      Soccer

      Football, also called association football or soccer, game in which two teams of 11 players, using any part of their bodies except their hands and arms, try to maneuver the ball into the opposing team’s goal. Only the goalkeeper is permitted to handle the ball and may do so only within the penalty area surrounding the goal. The team that scores more goals wins.

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      Carli Lloyd
      Carli Lloyd, American association football (soccer) player who, as one of the sport’s leading midfielders, helped the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) win two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012) and a World Cup (2015). Lloyd started kicking a soccer ball at the age of five and resisted her...
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      Lloyd, Carli
      Lionel Messi
      Lionel Messi, Argentine-born football (soccer) player who was named Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) world player of the year five times (2009–12 and 2015). Messi started playing football as a boy and in 1995 joined the youth team of Newell’s Old Boys (a Rosario-based...
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      Lionel Messi
      Cristiano Ronaldo
      Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese football (soccer) forward who was one of the greatest players of his generation. Ronaldo’s father, José Dinis Aveiro, was the equipment manager for the local club Andorinha. (The name Ronaldo was added to Cristiano’s name in honour of his father’s favourite movie...
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      David Beckham
      David Beckham, English football (soccer) player who gained international fame for his on-field play as well as for his highly publicized personal life. At age 11 Beckham won a football contest, and as a teenager he competed on Manchester United’s youth squad, leading it to a national championship...
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      David Beckham
      Football
      Football, game in which two teams of 11 players, using any part of their bodies except their hands and arms, try to maneuver the ball into the opposing team’s goal. Only the goalkeeper is permitted to handle the ball and may do so only within the penalty area surrounding the goal. The team that...
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      Ballack, Michael
      Manchester United
      Manchester United, English professional football (soccer) team based in Manchester, England. Nicknamed “the Red Devils” for its distinctive red jerseys, it is one of the richest and best-supported football clubs not only in England but in the entire world. The club has won the English top-division...
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      Wayne Rooney jumping to control the ball during a Premier League football match between Manchester United and Manchester City, April 17, 2010.
      Real Madrid
      Real Madrid, Spanish professional football (soccer) club based in Madrid. Playing in all-white uniforms, which led to its nickname “Los Blancos,” Real Madrid is one of the world’s best-known teams, with fans in many countries. Real Madrid grew out of Football Club Sky, a team formed in Madrid in...
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      World Cup
      World Cup, in football (soccer), quadrennial tournament that determines the sport’s world champion. It is likely the most popular sporting event in the world, drawing billions of television viewers every tournament. The first competition for the cup was organized in 1930 by the Fédération...
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      Torres, Carlos Alberto
      FC Barcelona
      FC Barcelona, Spanish professional football (soccer) club located in Barcelona. FC Barcelona is renowned for its historically skillful and attractive brand of attacking football that places an emphasis on flowing, open play. The team is part of a wider sports and social club with thousands of...
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      Xavi playing for FC Barcelona in a domestic football match, 2009.

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