Why Are Soccer’s Stars Talking to Ibai Llanos?

A 26-year-old Spanish streamer counts Lionel Messi as an admirer and Gerard Piqué as a business partner. His interviews might be a glimpse into the future of sports media.

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From Afghanistan to the World Cup, Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Steps Up

The Gulf state played a major role in the American airlift, the latest evidence of the small but gas-rich country punching above its weight on the world stage.

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Soccer’s New Rich Leave the Old Guard Looking Beleaguered

European soccer’s summer trading window closed this week, with teams backed by nation states and the super rich cementing their dominance.

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Mbappé, Ronaldo and the South Beach Moment

Lionel Messi moved to P.S.G. because Barcelona couldn’t stop him. Kylian Mbappé may have to stay put because his club holds all the leverage.

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Champions League: Deep Pockets, Deep Benches, English Winners

Manchester City and Chelsea seal an all-Premier League final thanks in part to resources and rosters that no club, not even their biggest rivals, can match.

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Manchester City Beats PSG, Advancing to Champions League Final

With a win over Paris St.-Germain, City worked past some demons and headed to the Champions League final.

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When the Goals Come Out of Nowhere

A Greek striker is one of the top scorers in Europe, and his play has caught the eye of big clubs. But are his goals a product of his talent, or his environment?

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At Real Madrid, the Champions League Can Still Slip Away

A history of Champions League success is part of the fabric at Real Madrid. No club has won it more often. But rivals keep driving up the price.

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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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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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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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Facing P.S.G., Lille Clings to First Place as the Bottom Falls Out

Lille will play its deep-pocketed rival Paris St.-Germain for the league lead on Saturday. But not even a title may spare it from a financial reckoning.

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Soccer Samples Streetwear and Likes the Fit

Juventus reimagined its look, P.S.G. partnered with Jordan Brand, and now Arsenal and Inter Milan are following suit. But soccer’s interest in design has little to do with the sport.

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P.S.G. Robberies Cast Light on Soccer’s Security Problem

A string of robberies at the homes of soccer stars has cast a spotlight on the wealthy athlete’s newest luxury items: protection dogs, private guards and even panic rooms.

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The Women’s Team Won a Title. Weeks Later, Owners Shut It Down.

A top women’s soccer team won its first league title last season. But as richer rivals pour money into the women’s game, Kopparbergs decided to fold rather than fight.

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Lionel Messi, Barcelona and the Crippling Cost of Success

The world’s richest soccer club is facing a financial crisis. Executives blame the pandemic, but many of its biggest problems, including its enormous debt to Lionel Messi, are its own fault.

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Champions League Match Stopped After Official Is Accused of Racial Abuse

Players from the Turkish club Basaksehir and their Paris St.-Germain counterparts refused to play and left the field after a match official was accused of using racist language.

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P.S.G. vs. Bayern Munich: Champions League Live Updates

Paris St.-Germain and Bayern Munich are meeting Sunday in the final of the Champions League, European soccer’s richest and grandest club competition.

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Neymar Finally Grows Up

Paris St.-Germain brought in the Brazilian forward to win games like Sunday’s Champions League final. The key to achieving his goal, and the club’s, may be realizing he doesn’t have to do it alone.

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Champions League Live: Bayern Munich vs. Lyon

Bayern Munich and Lyon are playing in the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday. The winner faces Paris St.-Germain in Sunday’s final. Follow here for live updates.

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How Atalanta Inspired Hope in Bergamo in the Coronavirus Pandemic

This has been the most painful of years in Bergamo, a proud Italian city that became synonymous with the coronavirus. As it emerges from the pandemic, one bright spot has been its title-chasing soccer team.

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Manchester City Won. Now Brace for the Losses.

City’s victory will be welcomed by rivals with deep pockets. But the demise of cost-control rules risks destabilizing teams and a sport already shaken by the coronavirus pandemic.

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How French Soccer Fell Apart

France’s Ligue 1 is the only one of Europe’s major soccer leagues to cancel its season. What nobody yet understands is why, or even who made the decision.

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