Six contenders (more or less) and five story lines (plus a few extra) as the new season kicks off with everyone chasing Manchester City (again).
Manchester City will begin defense of its Premier League title with a team that doesn’t (exactly) look like its predecessors. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The signings of Erling Haaland and Darwin Núñez were not mere summer coups for Manchester City and Liverpool. They could signal the start of a new tactical phase.
Preconceptions about Liverpool supporters and policing decisions that didn’t prioritize their safety led to the chaos at the Champions League final. That’s dangerous for every fan.
Luis Díaz has become a hero in only five months in England. But his story resonates not because he made it, but because so many others like him never get the chance.
The Champions League’s late-stage drama is a feature, not a bug. Let’s hope no one messes that up.
The F.A. Cup and the Conference League have meaning not because of tradition or design, but when the players, and particularly the fans, decide they are important.
In a Premier League season of the finest margins, four goals add to the drama but don’t change the title math for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.
Manchester City and Liverpool meet Sunday in the first of a series of collisions that could decide as many as three trophies. Neither team can be sure of what comes after that.
The Premier League leaders will compete for three high-profile trophies this spring. But does failing to win them all turn a great season into a bad one?
England’s clubs are plowing ahead with their holiday schedule. But amid questions about Omicron and fairness, do they really have a choice?
The best games manage to be both compulsive viewing and technically excellent, but those that clear that bar are rare. And that presents fans with a choice.
Years of success under Alex Ferguson changed the way United viewed itself. But the glory days are gone, and the sooner the club admits that, the better.
A thrashing by Liverpool showed that problems with Manchester United extend well beyond Solskjaer, the team’s manager.
Title contender, crisis club or cash cow? What you see in United depends, largely, on what you want to see.
A red card put Chelsea to the test, but a draw won with control, composure and calm felt like much more.
Language teachers say the show is a near-perfect amalgam of easy-to-understand English and real-life scenarios that feel familiar even to people who live worlds away from the West Village.
A win at Anfield guaranteed the club a place in the Champions League next season, but only a brief respite before it plunges into soccer’s new reality.
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson has not played in months. But the art of being a captain is not limited to soccer, and for Henderson, leading is not limited to his team.
France Coach Didier Deschamps called in Real Madrid’s Benzema for the first time since 2015. Rosters for the delayed European soccer championship are due June 1.
The protests, by Manchester United fans demanding the Glazer family sell the club, forced the postponement of a match after the stadium was stormed.
A timeline of the Super League, which was designed to reshape European soccer and instead rained only grief on its 12 clubs in the two days before it imploded.
Frantic phone calls, secret meetings and high-stakes threats: The inside story of how a billion-dollar European soccer superleague was born, and then collapsed, in less than a week.
The organizers of a European soccer league didn’t believe in their idea enough to defend it.
As opposition mounts to a breakaway European league, Paris St.-Germain opted out, Manchester City’s coach spoke up and an Italian official called an architect of the plan “a Judas.”
Whether you’re a lifelong fan or an outsider who doesn’t know your Manchesters from your Madrids, we’ve got answers to your pressing questions.
A breakaway league would remake European soccer to benefit a few rich teams, but would we watch it anyway?
A group led by Juventus, Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid has agreed in principle on a plan that would upend the sport’s structures and economics.
A deep-pocketed club’s Champions League ambitions run up against a familiar obstacle: opposing rosters studded with stars who got away.
Everyone knows who will win the Premier League. Most can guess who will be relegated. All of the drama is in the race for a spot in the Champions League.
Everton’s victory at Anfield, a cause for deserved celebration, reveals a broken Liverpool team holding tight to a style that has stopped working.
Manchester City’s rout at Anfield provided some clarity in the Premier League title race. But the factors that led to it have been plain to see for months.
Wandering about without a plan inspires neither affection nor success. So why do so many clubs still do it?
Television, which influences everything from salaries to kickoff times, is soccer’s most convenient villain. But for the vast majority of fans, it’s the only connection they have.
The Portuguese midfielder’s circuitous path to Manchester United stardom revealed inefficiencies in soccer’s vast scouting system, and how even a sure thing can almost slip through the cracks.
F.C. Midtjylland’s search for competitive advantage has made it a place where ideas emerge. The problem is pretty soon everyone else has them, too.
With muscle injuries rising and an unforgiving, pandemic-compressed schedule looming, Europe might not crown its best team this season, but the one that’s still standing.
The pressing style Ralf Rangnick once preached to a skeptical German audience is now soccer orthodoxy. As he seeks his next project, he is again peering into the sport’s future.
Injuries, fatigue and concern are already mounting amid an unforgiving schedule. But for Europe’s top teams, the worst is still to come.
Virgil van Dijk’s knee surgery will dent his club’s Premier League title hopes. But it’s also a reminder that this season’s champions will be the teams that survive as much as excel.
His Everton squad is leading the Premier League entering Saturday’s Merseyside Derby, but a manager who has seen it all has never been single-minded when it comes to soccer.
A proposal engineered by Liverpool and Manchester United would yield an 18-team Premier League and hundreds of millions of dollars in payments to lower leagues. But key players are not on board.
The coronavirus pandemic has sent the soccer industry reeling, but money still flows to Mendes, one of the world’s most powerful agents. He just wrapped up another extremely profitable summer.
A frenzy of goals in the season’s opening three weeks is sustaining a league missing its usual spectacle.
Soccer’s new calculus must account for infection rates, empty stadiums and a compressed schedule certain to exhaust everyone involved.
Fans were not allowed inside to watch Liverpool’s players lift the Premier League trophy on Wednesday, but the celebration that took place was no less joyful, and no less special, in an empty arena.
For three decades, Liverpool has struggled to find its place in modern soccer. Its Premier League title, the product of good data and good decisions, is the apotheosis of a very modern club.
Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City handed the trophy to Liverpool, which ended a 30-year title drought to cap the strangest of seasons.
Liverpool’s men are on the verge of adding a Premier League crown to their European and world titles, while the club’s underpowered, overlooked women’s team has just been relegated.
The world’s most popular soccer league ranks as one of England’s greatest cultural exports, but its absence since March has illustrated a relationship built on resentment as much as reverence.