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The Real Betis stuffed animal toss is one of the best traditions in soccer

Soccer has a unique power. It brings people together and unites communities for the love of the game. It can be easy to forget about the humanity of a crowd when watching from afar. The match takes center stage and suddenly, the massive crowd in attendance is nothing more than a backdrop for the commentary crew to reference periodically. 

Not in Sevilla. Not for the fans of Real Betis.

Sead Kolašinac the unlikely source of today's Pelé tribute with beautiful solo goal

Marseille returned to action after the World Cup break Thursday and hammered Toulouse 6-1 to climb to third in the Ligue 1 table. Marseille's third straight league win was secured with goals from Valentin Rongier, Rasmus Nicolaisen (OG), Sead Kolašinac, Dimitri Payet, Cengiz Ünder and Nuno Tavares.

People say this holiday photo of Messi and his wife predicted Argentina's World Cup title

Euphoria levels are still high in Argentina after the World Cup title. People are not tired of celebrating and talking about Messi's masterstrokes, Dibu Martínez's antics in the penalty shootouts vs. the Netherlands and France, or Enzo Fernández's bright future.

ESPN ‘This is SportsCenter’ ad features USWNT stars devouring orange slices

With the USWNT just months away from defending its World Cup title out in Australia and New Zealand, it's only fitting that some of the team's stars should feature in ESPN's first ‘This is SportsCenter’ ad since 2019.

The beloved campaign returns this week with spots being shown throughout college football bowl games on ESPN. This one — featuring Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, Sophia Smith, SportsCenter anchor Nicole Briscoe and Syracuse mascot Otto the Orange — debuts Friday night during the Capital One Orange Bowl between Tennessee and Clemson.

World's worst national team aims to inspire by giving every San Marino newborn a jersey

When we cover the San Marino national team here at The18, it's usually to report on players breaking down in tears after securing 0-0 draws with Gibraltar. 

The squad has attracted a global following by virtue of being the worst international team on the planet — San Marino sits dead last (211th) in the FIFA Rankings with an all time record of 194 matches played, one win, eight draws and 185 defeats with a goal difference of negative 770.

Meet The Only Christmas Team In The World: FC Santa Claus

FC Santa Claus is a professional soccer club from the city of Rovaniemi in Finland. The club currently plays in the sixth tier of the Finnish football league system. The idea for the foundation of this team was born in 1992 with the merger of two teams: Rovaniemen Reipas F.C. and Rovaniemen Lappi F.C. 

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Watch all 172 goals scored at the 2022 World Cup

Do you miss the World Cup? Well, you are not the only one.

In terms of spectacle, Qatar 2022 was fun and set an all-time goal-scoring record for the tournament. The 32 teams participating in the event bagged a combined 172 goals, one more than the 171 we saw in France 1998 and Brazil 2014.

That's an average of 2.68 goals per game. Not bad, right?

Pelé did it first – compilation video shows Pelé doing skills that players still use today

Much has been said over the last year whether or not Pelé should still be considered the all-time great of soccer after Lionel Messi was crowned World Cup champion with Argentina in Qatar 2022.

Their achievements and international success serve as strong arguments to consider one of them as the greatest player of all time over the other.

Unreal scenes in Buenos Aires as 4 MILLION fans celebrate Argentina's World Cup victory in the streets

BUENOS AIRES — Hundreds of thousands - millions by some estimates - of ecstatic Argentines flooded onto the streets of Buenos Aires on Tuesday to cheer the country's World Cup-winning soccer squad led by Lionel Messi after their plane landed in the pre-dawn hours.

The team arrived in the early hours at Ezeiza airport where despite it being around 3 a.m. thousands were waiting with banners, flags and flares, and howling in joy after 36 years since the country's last World Cup victory.

The 10 best assists at the 2022 World Cup

Assists are often overlooked in favor of their more flashy and prominent neighbor, the goal. In many ways, they require more technique and ability than scoring a goal because finding the goal is easy. Knowing where to place a ball to find a teammate while avoiding defenders and keepers, and actually having the technical ability to do it, requires a soccer mind of the highest order. One of the greats, Andrea Pirlo, famously said, "Football is played with the head. Your feet are just tools."

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