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    Ghana apologized after one of its soccer players waved an Israeli flag at the World Cup. John Pantsil’s gesture during a weekend game against the Czech Republic was aimed at solidarity with the Hapoel Tel Aviv soccer team, which he usually plays for, but it raised eyebrows among Arabs. A Ghana Football Association spokesman apologized… More ▸

  • Argentine Soccer Team Sports Key Jewish Members

    A Jewish player is trying to help kick Argentina’s national team to a triumph in soccer’s World Cup, with help from the team’s Jewish coach. Both the coach, Jose Pekerman, 56, and the player, Juan Pablo Sorin, 30, have their roots in the Buenos Aires-based club Argentinos Juniors, best known as the team where superstar… More ▸

  • ‘kick It Like Kissinger': Soccer Fever Hitting Jewish Museums in Germany

    Jewish museums have caught the soccer fever sweeping through Germany, which is hosting this year’s World Cup. Two exhibits have opened on the theme of Jews in German soccer history and will be open throughout the World Cup, which runs through early July, and a third is planned for the fall. “Kick it Like Kissinger”… More ▸

  • As World Cup Opens in Germany, Authorities Focus on Tackling Racism

    Berlin is bedecked in soccer balls. Atop telephone booths, decorating the TV tower, overshadowing the famous Brandenburg Gate, the familiar ball has just about taken over as Germany hosts this year’s World Cup of soccer. For the first time in decades, Germany is hosting an international sports event. But the monthlong event, which begins Friday,… More ▸

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    A Jewish player was named to Finland’s national soccer team. Roni Porokara, 22, played in Finland’s recent game against Sweden. Porokara is believed to be the first Jewish player on the Finnish national team since 1949. More ▸

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    Racist and anti-Semitic behavior at this summer’s World Cup in Germany could result in their country’s expulsion from the tournament, a soccer official warned. Sepp Blatter, head of FIFA, the managing body of world soccer, told the Sunday Times of London that racist behavior by the fans, players or management at this summer’s World Cup… More ▸

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    An Italian soccer player was given a one-game suspension for repeating a fascist salute on the field. Lazio’s Paolo Di Canio was banned after he raised his arm during a game this weekend. He made the same salute in a game last week and once last year. Di Canio could face additional suspensions. More ▸