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More than 900 soccer fans piled into All High Stadium on Saturday to see German professional team FC St. Pauli tangle with local amateur club FC Buffalo. When the final whistle blew, the crowd applauded, and it wasn't for the result or a standout individual performance. This was something bigger. First and foremost, the fact that a team in 2.Bundesliga, Germany's sec…

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The FC St. Pauli professional soccer team posed for a picture in front of Trump Tower on Thursday, proudly displaying a rainbow flag to convey a message of tolerance. Why would a 2.Bundesliga squad fly to America - after a grueling domestic campaign - for a two-match expedition, complemented by panel talks, political statements, tourist visits and supporters nights? …

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It was the best preseason in FC Buffalo's decade of existence. Players, staff and a handful of The Situation Room supporters spent eight days in Germany, from May 5-12, visiting Hamburg, Dortmund and Frankfurt for matches, training and to soak in the country's soccer-crazed culture. For the most part, the Wolves won't look back on the Germany trip and remember the re…

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The Wolves are about to cross the pond. National Premier Soccer League side FC Buffalo announced Friday that the team will embark on a weeklong preseason trip to Germany - specifically the cities of Dortmund, Frankfurt and Hamburg - from May 5-12, 2019, to mark the club's 10th anniversary. The Wolves plan to play at least two exhibition matches while overseas, agains…

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With respect to Argentina and maybe France - two nations included in our World Cup pretenders list - three countries have separated themselves as favorites for the 2018 World Cup, which kicks off June 14 and runs through July 15. This trio of contenders appeals for different reasons: one is the reigning world champion with a refined approach and frightening pool of tale…