The line between confident and conceited was pretty thin in Brazil in October of 2007.

The South American giant was in the midst of a boom that would make it the world’s sixth largest economy. Massive new oil reserves were being discovered off its coast. It considered itself a global player that deserved a permanent seat on the ultra-exclusive U.N. Security Council.

And it had just been awarded the 2014 soccer World Cup.

“God,” then President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva declared, “is Brazilian.”

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Jacksonville’s new North American Soccer League has just named the its first head coach.

Is Jacksonville Becoming A Soccer Town?

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A growing number of people on the First Coast are interested in soccer.

That seems to be the message sent by the record number of fans who showed up  for the US Men’s match against Nigeria on Saturday, June 7 at Everbank Field.

Joel Lamp, interim director of the city of Jacksonville’s Sports and Entertainment department says it’s no surprise that attendance topped 52,000.

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The U.S. men’s national soccer team defeated Nigeria Saturday in their final exhibition match before the World Cup begins in Brazil.

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From Weezer to the World Cup, there are plenty of options for your entertainment this weekend on the First Coast.

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The U.S. men’s national soccer team faces off against Nigeria on Saturday night at EverBank Field.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Suns, Sharks, Armada, the U.S. men's national soccer team, and powerboat racing are all making waves this week. Cole Pepper told us all about it in his weekly sports wrap.

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There was a record turnout this weekend at the Jacksonville Jaguars' rookie minicamp. Cole Pepper has the latest on the Jags, Sharks, Suns and Armada in his weekly sports wrap.

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Country music superstar Carrie Underwood will perform at EverBank Field on July 26, marking the official unveiling of the stadium's new, world-record setting video scoreboards.

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The sports world is still buzzing about the racist statements made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Cole Pepper gave his take on the story and discussed the week in local sports.

Flagler College, Mayor Alvin Brown, and the Florida Standards are in the headlines today.

Jacksonville's new professional soccer team is getting ready to unveil it's name and logo. Melissa Ross asked Cole Pepper about it in our weekly First Coast sports wrap.

David Beckham's career in American soccer isn't over, despite his recent retirement from the field. Beckham confirmed Wednesday that he will create a Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami. Details about the team's stadium and start date are still being worked out.

Steve Livingstone started his professional career as a soccer reporter and editor in Scotland before holding positions as the general manager of the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe and in the front office of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

As announced this morning, he will be Team President of Jacksonville's new as yet unnamed North American Soccer League team. 

Livingstone sat down with First Coast Connect sports commentator Cole Pepper to preview the return of professional soccer to Jacksonville.

You can hear Cole Pepper each Monday on First Coast Connect.

El Salvador announced today that it was banning 14 soccer players from ever taking the field with its national team again.

The players are accused of fixing matches in four contests, including in a loss against the U.S. in 2010 and a 5-0 loss against Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup.

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