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Atlanta United create blueprint for U.S. soccer success

(Reuters) - One of the more unlikely success stories in sport could reach a climax in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup final on Saturday but, win or lose, Atlanta United can already claim to have stamped a new blueprint for success off the pitch.

Optimism restored, England face first test against Spain

LONDON (Reuters) - After years of tournament failures and steadily dwindling expectations, England's surprise run to the World Cup semi-finals infused the country's long-suffering fans with optimism.

World Cup's spirit of openness rubs off on some Russians

MOSCOW/NIZHNY NOVGOROD (Reuters) - The World Cup has been an eye-opener for Russian waitress Lena Tikhomirova: mingling with visiting fans and experiencing new cultures has whetted her curiosity and now she plans to live abroad.

From My Seat, Panama Won the World Cup

NEW YORK — It’s safe to say the attention of the soccer world was not focused on the seesawing battle at Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, on Thursday as Panama fell to Tunisia, 2-1, in both teams’ last game at the World Cup.

French superfan hails Russia's World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is French superfan Clement Tomaszewski's eighth World Cup; he thinks it's the best yet in terms of welcomes. But it may also be his last.

For Germany, a Defeat Both Stunning and Foreboding

MOSCOW — Spain might have done it last time around, but that was a one-off. Yes, there was Italy, too, of course, four years before that. The circumstances this time are completely different, though. And, fine, exactly the same thing happened to France back in 2002, but that’s France.