The U.S. Governing body for the sport did not have soccer in its name until 1945, when it became the U.S. Soccer Football Association.Soccer was first played as an official Olympic competition in 1908. Great Britain won the Gold that year.The mascot for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany was a lion named Goleo VI. He had a talking soccer ball sidekick named Pille.The first African nation to qualify for the World Cup was Egypt in 1934. The second was Morocco in 1970.The Copa del Rey, an annual cup tournament in Spain involving more than 80 teams, was first played in 1902.
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