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Saudi Arabia to play pre-World Cup friendly against Italy

Mohammad Al-Sahlawi

Italy will play World Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia in a friendly in St. Gallen, Switzerland, on May 28, the federation announced on Thursday.

While four-time champions Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades, Saudi Arabia will play in the tournament for the first time since 2006.

Saudi Arabia will face hosts Russia in the opening match of the World Cup on June 14.

The friendly at Kybunpark Stadium will mark the first time Italy face Saudi Arabia.

Italy then visit...

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England announce friendlies against United States, Switzerland

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England will play the United States and Switzerland in two international friendlies later this year, the English Football Association announced on Wednesday.

The U.S. will travel to Wembley to face Gareth Southgate's side on Nov. 15, the first meeting between the two sides since their 1-1 draw in their group-stage clash at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The last time England hosted the U.S. was in May 2008, when goals from John Terry and Steven Gerrard sealed a 2-0 win.

Switzerland are scheduled...

FIFA charges Russia over fan racism during friendly vs. France

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FIFA has charged Russia over fan racism in the friendly against France at St. Petersburg.

FIFA on Tuesday charged World Cup hosts Russia over fan racism during their friendly against France, while law enforcement agencies say they thwarted an alleged "extermist" plot by to derail the event this summer.

Monkey chants were aimed at France players including midfielder Paul Pogba as France won in St. Petersburg last month.

"Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Russian Football Union for this incident," FIFA said on Tuesday.

The Russian Football Union (RFU) said...

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U.S., England finalizing plans for friendly in November - sources

Dom Dwyer joins Taylor Twellman in the Heineken Boot Room to talk about becoming a U.S. citizen and the possibility of playing in a World Cup in his 30s.

The U.S. Soccer Federation is finalizing plans for a friendly against England in November, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.

The game will be played in England at a site still to be determined, sources said.

The news, earlier reported by Goal.com, comes two days after Italy announced a friendly against the U.S. on Nov. 20. U.S. Soccer does not confirm friendlies before all the paperwork is completed.

Also that month, England will face Croatia in their final UEFA Nations League group-stage...

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Italy announce friendly vs. United States in November

Dom Dwyer joins Taylor Twellman in the Heineken Boot Room to talk about becoming a U.S. citizen and the possibility of playing in a World Cup in his 30s.

The United States will face Italy in a friendly in November in a matchup of teams that surprisingly failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The Italian football federation announced on Friday the game has been set for Nov. 20, with the site still to be determined. It is likely to be in Europe as Italy are scheduled to host Portugal in the UEFA Nations League three days earlier.

U.S. Soccer does not announce friendlies before all the paperwork is completed.

Italy has won eight of the 12 games the countries...