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How the 1970 World Cup in Mexico changed the face of global soccer forever

Brazilian legend Pele explains why winning the World Cup in Mexico was his best memory in a Brazil shirt.
Herculez Gomez sees nothing wrong with Argentina pursuit of Borussia Dortmund and USMNT youngster Gio Reyna.
Sid Lowe disagrees with Giorgio Chiellini sympathising with Luis Suarez for his bite during the 2014 World Cup.

MEXICO CITY -- The 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico stands alone as a landmark event featuring a parade of innovations vital to soccer's development. It was the first World Cup to be globally broadcast, the first to be played outside of Europe and South America, the first to feature staples such as penalty cards and substitutions, and the first to realize significant commercial potential.

In short, Mexico '70 -- which kicked off 50 years ago May 31 -- left a deep imprint in the sport's collective memory.

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Coronavirus can affect calendar for years, could impact 2022 World Cup - UEFA official

Gab Marcotti explains why Premier League clubs are hesitant to resume the season.
Mark Ogden and Gab Marcotti react to reports of Premier League players not wanting to play during a pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic could affect football's international calendar for "two to three years" and potentially affect the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a member of UEFA's executive committee has said.

The virus, which has infected over 3.13 million people globally causing more than 218,000 deaths, has wreaked havoc on the football schedule with Euro 2020 postponed to 2021 and national leagues and continental club competitions on hold.

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Brazil's 1982 'specialists in losing' now serving as an inspiration

Herculez Gomez recalls his "Greatest Game" as he scored a goal vs. Brazil in a 2012 international friendly.
Herculez Gomez says Neymar made some of his teammates look foolish in his "Greatest Game" vs. Brazil in 2012.
Gab Marcotti believes Barcelona will need to sell Philippe Coutinho if they seriously want to re-sign Neymar.

In this long, dry time without live football, it is only natural that, choosing old matches to rerun, countries look for a "happy space" -- a time of triumph and joy.

Brazil has already sat down to watch the final of the 2002 World Cup. It is currently enjoying the entire campaign from 1970 and is going as far as to dredge up Confederations Cup finals of the past. All of them, of course, are times when Brazil won the trophy.

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U.S. could still host 2022 World Cup - ex-FIFA president Blatter

Ale Moreno explains why the USMNT need to improve before World Cup qualifying.
Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino talked about the Qatar World Cup and the upcoming Fifa presidential elections.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said it makes sense to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup in the winter months, but admitted it will have an impact on European league schedules.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said the United States would be capable of hosting the 2022 World Cup amid fresh corruption claims against Qatar.

The Gulf state will host the tournament in December 2022, the first time it has not taken place during the June-July slot, but preparations have been mired in controversy.

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Coronavirus fears spiking anxiety, depression in professional footballers - FIFPro study

Gab Marcotti says players need to be completely transparent with donations made to aid the coronavirus fight.
Barcelona's players and supporters come together to show their support in the fight against coronavirus.

There has been a spike in anxiety and depression among professional football players during the COVID-19 crisis, a study has found.

Australia's player union, Professional Footballers Australia, conducted research with FIFPro, the global representative body for professional footballers, with more than 150 Australian players participating in the study across March and April.

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