FIFA’s senior vice-president Julio Grondona dies, Argentina mourns

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On Wednesday the sad news arrived that FIFA’s senior vice-president and the president of the Argentine FA, Julio Grondona, had passed away.

Grondona died in hospital, aged 82, after suffering an aneurysm in his aorta artery. The AFA’s president was about to be rushed into an emergency surge but died moments before it began.

The leader of Argentine soccer, who has been in charge for over 35 years, was due to attend a press conference with Alejandro Sabella on Wednesday to explain why the Argentine national team manager was stepping down from his position. Grondona was due to step down from his role in charge of the AFA in 2015, with his son Humberto also involved in the governing body.

Our friends at Soccerly have all the details, as one of the most influential leaders in world soccer passed away.

CONMEBOL has made Julio Grondona’s death official on their website. The Argentinian FA president and FIFA senior vice-president has passed away at age 82.

Grondona was taken to Mitre Hospital intensive care in the early AM hours of this morning after suffering an aneurysm in his aorta artery. Minutes before an emergency operation was to take place, the AFA president passed away.

Julio Grondona will leave his place to AFA vice-president and Argentinos Juniors chairman, Luis Segura.

Last year, Grondona and his son Humberto had announced that his 35-year tenure would end in 2015 and were still planning how the elections would take place. This meaning that Segura will only be in charge for a year, unless he is elected democratically in 2015.

Grondona’s a press conference scheduled for today along Alejandro Sabella to explain the reasoning behind the coach’s resignation has been cancelled.

The first week of the “Apertura” season in Argentina has officially been cancelled.

FIFA president, Joseph Blatter, has gone to Twitter to express his sadness over his “friend’s” death and sent his regards to his family.


Bayern, Germany legend Gerd Muller suffering from Alzheimer’s

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY  01:  Gerd Muller during a media event discussing the Golden Boot comptetition in the FIFA 2010 World Cup held at the adidas Jo'bulani Central in Sandton Convention Centre on July 1, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Getty Images for adidas)
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Bayern Munich has confirmed that legendary goalscorer Gerd Muller is suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Muller’s 70th birthday is in November, and the club published a statement that no celebrations would be held due to his ongoing treatment.

One of the greatest strikers to ever play the game, Muller scored 525 goals during his 15-years with Bayern, the most in club history. Karl Heinze-Rummenigge is Bayern’s second leading goalscorer with 218 goals.

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Rummenigge currently serves as the club’s director, and spoke about Muller’s legacy.

Gerd Müller is one of the all-time greats of world football. Without his goals, Bayern Munich and German football would not be what it is today.

There will probably never be another goalscorer like Gerd, yet despite all his successes, he was always very humble and reserved, which particularly impressed me.

He was a fantastic team-mate and is a friend. Gerd will always enjoy a place in the Bayern family.

After he ended his playing career, he brought his experience as a coach of youngsters to the club, helping define the likes of world champions Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller, and we are also grateful to him for this.

Muller won the Golden Boot at the 1970 World Cup with ten goals, helping West Germany to a third-place finish. That same year he won the Ballon d’Or as the best player in the world, and helped the West German team capture the European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup in 1974.

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He is one of the top scorers in German national team history with 68 goals, second only to Miroslav Klose’s 71. However, Muller reached 68 goals in just 62 caps, while it took Klose 137 appearances to reach his mark. His 14 World Cup goals are third all-time to Klose (16) and Ronaldo (14).

Watch Live: USA looks to stay perfect against Panama

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 01:  The starting lineup from USA poses prior to the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying match against Canada at Sporting Park on October 1, 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The United States U-23 team has gotten off to a great start in Olympic qualifying, winning their opening two matches by a combined score of 9-2.

Already into the semifinals, the U.S. faces Panama tonight in Colorado for a chance to stay perfect in Group A play. The U.S. needs a draw or a win to lock up the top spot in the group.

UPDATE: Due to Canada’s 2-2 draw against Cuba, the U.S. has clinched first place in Group A. 

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One of the keys to the United States’ success has been balance, as the team has nine goals from seven different players. Andreas Herzog’s side has also gotten off to quick starts in both matches, as Jordan Morris scored in the opening minute of play in a 3-1 win over Canada. Against Cuba, the U.S. had a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.

You can watch the match live on NBC Universo, or online by clicking the link below.

Group A — USA vs. Panama

When: 9:30 p.m. ET
Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
Live Stream: Telemundo