Futbol Club Barcelona's Neymar da Silva Santos pours champagne over Adriano as their team won the final match against River Plate at the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament in Yokohama, near Tokyo, on Dec. 20. Shuji Kajiyama/AP hide caption

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Soccer, The Normal-Sized Player's Game

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter (right), seen here with UEFA President Michel Platini after he was re-elected in May, says Platini's European federation has sought to undermine him. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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FIFA's ethics committee has suspended President Sepp Blatter for 90 days, along with UEFA President and FIFA Vice President Michel Platini and FIFA Secretary-General Jérôme Valcke. Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images hide caption

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter, seen here in August, says he is cooperating with Swiss authorities and has done nothing illegal, in response to new allegations of corruption. Fabrice Coffrini /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, already accused of involvement in a $10 million bribe to help South Africa win the 2010 World Cup bid, has been suspended by FIFA after allegations were made that he was involved in a scheme to profit from the sale of World Cup tickets. Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images hide caption

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Palestinian Jibril Rajoub (left) and Israeli Ofer Eini shook hands Friday after FIFA's member groups adopted a plan to work out problems between their soccer associations. FIFA TV/YouTube hide caption

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter addresses the audience at the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich on Thursday. The leader of soccer's governing body has rejected calls to resign. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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UEFA President Michel Platini says his organization is backing FIFA President Sepp Blatter's opponent in Friday's presidential election. When asked if UEFA might consider leaving FIFA, Platini said, "Of course." FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. On Wednesday, Swiss police raided a Zurich hotel to detain top FIFA officials as part of a U.S. investigation into corruption. Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images hide caption

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter kicks a ball during the inauguration of a football stadium in the village of Dura al-Qari near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday. Blatter said he is on a "mission of peace" to resolve tensions between the Israeli and Palestinian soccer federations. Majdi Mohammed/AP hide caption

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For Israel, Soccer Becomes A Geopolitical Football

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