World Cup Destinations

Here's a look at the countries that will host the FIFA Women's World Cup matches in 2015 and 2019, and the FIFA Men's World Cup matches in 2018 and 2022.

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Vince Lombardi, son of Italian immigrants, defied economic odds and a small physical stature to become a star football player for Fordham University in the mid-1930s. 960 1280

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Despite being undersized for the position (5'8", 183 lbs.), Lombardi became the right guard in the "Seven Blocks of Granite," a nickname given to Fordham's dominant defensive front line. In this photo he pursues a Purdue ball carrier in the mid-1930s. 960 1280

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After several highly successful years coaching high-school football, Lombardi returned to Fordham in 1947 to coach the freshman teams in football and basketball. The following year he served as an assistant coach for Fordham's varsity football team. 960 1280

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In 1948 Lombardi left Fordham to accept another assistant coaching position at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), then a national power in college football. He served under Army's legendary head coach Colonel Red Blaik. 960 1280

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From 1954 to 1958, Lombardi served as offensive coordinator for the New York Giants and helped lead the team to the NFL title in 1956. In 1959, he became head coach of the struggling Green Bay Packers. By 1960, Lombardi had transformed the Packers into a football powerhouse. 960 1280

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Lombardi's most famous play became known as the "Lombardi Sweep," executed here by Paul Hornung (#5) in the 1965 NFL Championship game against the Cleveland Browns. From 1959 to 1967, Lombardi's Packers won 5 NFL championships, including victories in the first 2 Super Bowls. 960 1280

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Lombardi's NFL-champion Packers defeated the AFL-champion Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The venerable stadium, built for the 1932 Olympics, had a capacity of over 90,000 seats, but attracted only 61,946 for the game. 960 1280

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Lombardi became head coach of the Washington Redskins in 1969. In his first year he broke a string of 14 losing seasons, finishing with a record of 7'5'2. In this photo, he instructs a player during training camp on August 7, 1969. 960 1280

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After being diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of cancer, Lombardi died on September 3, 1970 at the age of 57. Three days later, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle named the Super Bowl trophy the "Vince Lombardi Trophy." 960 1280

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Lombardi was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH, in 1971. 960 1280

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A 14-foot statue of Lombardi was erected on a plaza outside Lambeau Field as part of the 2003 renovation of the stadium. Lombardi stands in an overcoat grasping a program, as he often did on the sideline. 960 1280

Once called the "Pope of Green Bay," the Lombardi legend lives on with this present-day Green Bay Packers fan. The Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6, 2011. 960 1280

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University of Alabama
Home of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team, Bryant-Denny Stadium was named after legendary coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant and Dr. George Denny, who became the school president in 1912. Located in Tuscaloosa, this prominent football venue has a seating capacity of 101,821.
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University of Notre Dame
Quite possibly the most renowned football stadium in all of college football, the home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Notre Dame Stadium, is located just north of South Bend, IN. The stadium opened its doors in 1930 and has a seating capacity of 80,795.
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University of Florida
Welcome to 'The Swamp,' also known as Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, home of the 3-time National Champion University of Florida Gators. Located in Gainesville, it's the 11th largest college football stadium in the US with an official seating capacity of 88,548.
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University of Texas
Located in Austin, the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium is home to Big 12 powerhouse University of Texas Longhorns. Formerly known as War Memorial Stadium, the Longhorns' stadium is the 6th largest in the NCAA with a seating capacity of 100,119.
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University of Michigan
As the largest stadium in the US, we know how Michigan Stadium got its nickname 'The Big House.' Located in Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan Wolverines have been battling in the 'Big House' since 1927. The 3rd largest stadium in the world has an official seating capacity of 109,901, although it set the NCAA single-game attendance record in 2010 with 113,090.
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University of California Los Angeles
The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins football team has been fortunate enough to play in one of college football's most prestigious stadiums, The Rose Bowl, since 1982. Home to 1 of 5 BCS (Bowl Championship Series) bowl games, this national historic landmark in Pasadena has a seating capacity of 94,392.
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Louisiana State University
Tiger Stadium, located in Baton Rouge, is home to the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers. Known by many in the football world as 'Death Valley,' Tiger Stadium has a seating capacity of 92,542.
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Ohio State University
One of the most dominant college football teams over the past decade, the Ohio State University Buckeyes, have been playing at Ohio Stadium since 1922. After finishing its renovation in 2001, 'The Horseshoe' is the 4th largest football stadium in the US with a seating capacity of 102,329.
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Penn State University
Beaver Stadium in University Park (Happy Valley) State College, PA, is a tough venue for opposing teams playing the Penn State Nittany Lions. The intensity of its boisterous student body in the second- largest stadium in the western hemisphere (106,572 seating capacity) ' could intimate the best teams.
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University of Washington
Overlooking scenic Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains, Husky Stadium, home of the University of Washington Huskies, has one of the most unique designs in college football. Its U-shape was specifically designed in order to keep the glare of the sun out of the players' eyes. Being the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest, Husky Stadium has a seating capacity of 72,500.
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University of Nebraska
Holder of the NCAA record for consecutive sell-out crowds at 311, Memorial Stadium, also known as a 'Sea of Red,' is home to the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. Located in Lincoln, the official seating capacity of Memorial Stadium is 81,067.
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University of Tennessee
The Rocky Top state is home to one of the more impressive stadiums in the country: Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. Home to the University of Tennessee Volunteers, this stadium has a seating capacity of 102, 455 and is the 3rd largest non-racing stadium in the US.
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University of Southern California
Jointly owned by the state of California and the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is home to the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans. Built in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1923, it has a seating capacity of 93,607.
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