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Association football, or, in most countries just football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams each consisting of eleven players and is the most popular team sport in the world. It is a ball game played on a rectangular grass field (or occasionally on artificial turf) with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by maneuvering the ball into the opposing team's goal. The predominant feature of the sport is that players other than the goalkeepers may not use their hands or arms to propel the ball in general play. The winner is the team that has scored the most goals at the end of the match.

The sport is known by many names throughout the English-speaking world, although football is perhaps the most common. Other names, such as association football and soccer, are often used to distinguish the game from other codes of football, since the word football may refer to several quite different games.

The game is played at a professional level all over the world and millions of people regularly go to a football stadium to follow their favourite team, whilst millions more avidly watch the game on television. A very large number of people also play football at an amateur level.

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Manchester City Football Club is an English professional football club based in the city of Manchester. Originally formed in 1880 as "St. Marks (West Gorton)", they then became "Ardwick A.F.C." in 1887 before changing their name to Manchester City F.C. in 1894.

The club has won the League Championship twice, the FA Cup four times, the League Cup twice and the European Cup Winners Cup once. The club's most successful period was during the late 1960s and early 1970s, when they won several major trophies under the management team of Joe Mercer and his assistant Malcolm Allison, and with players such as Colin Bell and Francis Lee.

Manchester City's biggest rivalry is with neighbours Manchester United, against whom they contest the Manchester derby.

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Robbie Fowler
Robbie Fowler, (born 9 April 1975 in Liverpool) is an English footballer who plays as a striker.

Fowler's career began with Liverpool, with whom he made his début in 1993. He scored 120 premiership goals for Liverpool in an eight year period and was also voted the PFA Young Player of the Year in two consecutive years, 1995 and 1996. 1996 was also the year that he won a UEFA Fair Play award for admitting that he had not been fouled by David Seaman at Highbury after a penalty had been given.

Fowler moved on to Leeds United in 2001 and later Manchester City in 2003 before returning to Liverpool in January 2006 for a season. He signed a two-year contract with Cardiff City in July 2007.

He has been capped for England twenty-six times, scoring seven goals. The most recent of these appearances came in the 2002 World Cup. As of August 2007, Fowler is the fourth highest goalscorer in Premier League history. In 2005, Fowler was listed as one of the 1,000 wealthiest Britons by the Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests including a large property portfolio led to Fowler becoming the third wealthiest footballer in that year's selection.

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The Brazilian Football Confederation (or Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) in Portuguese) is the governing body of football in Brazil, and was founded on August 20, 1914 as the Confederação Brasileira de Desportos (CBD), meaning Brazilian Sports Confederation.

Part of CONMEBOL, it organizes the Brazilian national competitions of the Campeonato Brasileiro and the Copa do Brasil. The state federations, which organizes the state championships, are subordinated to CBF. The organization also administrates the Brazil national football team and the Brazil women's national football team. It is based in Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro state.

National team tournaments in 2017

April 27 – May 7 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
May 20 – June 11 FIFA U-20 World Cup
June 17 – July 2 FIFA Confederations Cup
July 7–26 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Jul 16 – Aug 6 UEFA Women's Euro
October 6–28 FIFA U-17 World Cup

International club tournaments in 2017

April 19–26 CONCACAF Champions League finals
April 29 – May 6 OFC Champions League finals
June 3 UEFA Champions League Final
November 18–25 AFC Champions League finals
December 6–16 FIFA Club World Cup

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Sepp Blatter awards the hosting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup to Brazil
Credit: Agência Brasil

Brazil was chosen as the host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on October 30, 2007. FIFA president Joseph Blatter's selection gave Brazil the honour of hosting the competition for a second time and it will be the first World Cup tournament to be held in South America since Argentina hosted in 1978.

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