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Another World Cup has ended. They turned out the lights in Moscow on Sunday. Favored France winning its first Cup in 20 years by outlasting the comeback kids from Croatia in a virtual scoring orgy, 4-2. That's like 56-52 in American football. I'm just disappointed France didn't cut down the nets. It's the American in me, channeling my inner NCAA Tournament. Russian President Vladimir Putin, ...

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Every American kid knows about the Super Bowl and the World Series. But the World Cup may be less familiar — unless you play the so-called “beautiful game,” or your family has roots in a soccer-obsessed country such as Brazil. The international tournament is becoming more popular in the United States, though it’s been a cherished event for families around the globe since the 1930s. Governed by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association(FIFA), the World Cup takes place every four years with 32 countries competing during one very intense month of the summer. This year, the games are being played in various cities throughout Russia, including Sochi, which hosted the 2014 Olympics.