Premier League Preview: Has Arsenal Pulled It Together? Will United Fall Apart?

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).

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Coming This Season: Pep Guardiola 3.0

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.

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Erling Haaland, Darwin Núñez and Rediscovering the No. 9

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.

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At Champions League Final, the Fans Weren’t the Danger

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.

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Luis Díaz Is the Liverpool Star Who Never Should Have Made It

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.

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The Champions League’s Drama Is Worth Savoring, and Saving

The Champions League’s late-stage drama is a feature, not a bug. Let’s hope no one messes that up.

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You Decide Which Games Matter

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.

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Manchester City Ties Liverpool, Defending Its Turf and Its Lead

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.

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For Liverpool and Manchester City, a Showdown With Consequences

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.

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Can Liverpool and City Win When the Bar Is Set Too High?

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?

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In the Premier League, There’s No Looking Back

England’s clubs are plowing ahead with their holiday schedule. But amid questions about Omicron and fairness, do they really have a choice?

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What Do We Mean by Good Soccer?

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.

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Manchester United and the Perils of Living in the Past

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.

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Manchester United Defeat Shows Solskjaer Isn’t the Only Problem

A thrashing by Liverpool showed that problems with Manchester United extend well beyond Solskjaer, the team’s manager.

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Manchester United’s Perfect Feedback Loop

Title contender, crisis club or cash cow? What you see in United depends, largely, on what you want to see.

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Chelsea Proves a Point While Collecting One at Liverpool

A red card put Chelsea to the test, but a draw won with control, composure and calm felt like much more.

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‘Friends Reunion’: How the Sitcom Helps People Learn English

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.

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After Stumbling to the Finish Line, Liverpool Clinches Champions League Place

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.

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Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson: The Captain of Everything

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.

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Euro 2020 Rosters: Will France Recall Karim Benzema?

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.

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In Anti-Ownership Protests, United Fans Rediscover Their Own Power

The protests, by Manchester United fans demanding the Glazer family sell the club, forced the postponement of a match after the stadium was stormed.

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What Happened to Europe’s Soccer Super League?

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.

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How Europe’s Super League Fell Apart

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.

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A Super League Plan, but No One to Defend It

The organizers of a European soccer league didn’t believe in their idea enough to defend it.

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FIFA’s Infantino Issues Super League Warning; P.S.G. Won’t Join 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.”

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The European Super League Explained

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.

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Rage About Europe’s Super League Is Muffled by Our Cheers

A breakaway league would remake European soccer to benefit a few rich teams, but would we watch it anyway?

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European Super League to Include Six Premier League Teams

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.

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Europe Plunders Paris for Talent, and PSG Pays the Price

A deep-pocketed club’s Champions League ambitions run up against a familiar obstacle: opposing rosters studded with stars who got away.

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The Premier League Race Is Over. The Champions League Lottery Is Here.

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.

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Everton Beats Liverpool at Anfield, Adding to the Champions’ Pain

Everton’s victory at Anfield, a cause for deserved celebration, reveals a broken Liverpool team holding tight to a style that has stopped working.

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Manchester City Routs Liverpool, Confirming the Obvious

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.

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Newcastle, Leeds and the Importance of Being … Something

Wandering about without a plan inspires neither affection nor success. So why do so many clubs still do it?

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In Defense of Television, Soccer’s All-Purpose Villain

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.

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Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United and the Long Game

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.

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Data, Diet and Better Set Pieces: Seeking Soccer’s Future

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.

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The Champions League’s New Twist: Injury Roulette

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.

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Ralf Rangnick Is Soccer’s Most Intriguing Free Agent

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.

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The Premier League Slog Claims Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold

Injuries, fatigue and concern are already mounting amid an unforgiving schedule. But for Europe’s top teams, the worst is still to come.

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Virgil van Dijk’s Knee Injury Will Need Surgery, Liverpool Says

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.

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Merseyside Derby? Carlo Ancelotti Would Rather Talk About Crosby

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.

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Premier League Reform Plan Would Shrink League to 18 Clubs

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.

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Jorge Mendes Was Deadline Day’s Big Winner

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.

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In Premier League, Goals Fill the Nets in Empty Stadiums

A frenzy of goals in the season’s opening three weeks is sustaining a league missing its usual spectacle.

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European Soccer Preview: Six Questions to Start the New Season

Soccer’s new calculus must account for infection rates, empty stadiums and a compressed schedule certain to exhaust everyone involved.

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In Liverpool, a Private Party Is Packaged for the Masses

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.

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The Triumph of Merseyball: How Liverpool Won the Premier League

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.

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Liverpool Wins Premier League Without Breaking a Sweat

Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City handed the trophy to Liverpool, which ended a 30-year title drought to cap the strangest of seasons.

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The Team That Liverpool Forgot

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.

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The Premier League Is Back. England’s Griping About It Never Stopped.

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.

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