Euro 2020: Scotland Returns, Tartan Army at Its Back

One of soccer’s most celebrated fan groups is reveling in a rare chance to support its team in a major tournament.

#fans-persons, #hampden-park-glasgow-scotland, #soccer, #uefa-european-football-championship, #wembley-stadium-london-england

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For England, a Six-Second Culture War and a 1-0 Win

A cause, and criticism of it, only highlights that the majority of England fans all want the same thing.

#english-football-assn, #english-premier-league, #johnson-boris, #kane-harry-1993, #soccer, #southgate-gareth, #sterling-raheem-1994, #uefa-european-football-championship

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Denmark’s Christian Eriksen Is Stable and Talking to Friends

Denmark’s soccer federation said the midfielder who collapsed during a Euro 2020 match on Saturday had sent greetings to his teammates.

#denmark, #eriksen-christian-1992, #soccer, #uefa-european-football-championship

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How a Nonprofit Soccer Leader Spends His Sundays

When Ray Selvadurai, the director of coaching for the Manhattan Soccer Club, is not on the pitch, he’s with his daughter in the Bronx.

#bronx-nyc, #coaches-and-managers, #content-type-personal-profile, #manhattan-soccer-club-nonprofit, #randalls-island-manhattan-ny, #selvadurai-ray, #soccer

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At Euro 2020, Fatigue May Be the Toughest Foe

The world’s biggest stars have been playing almost nonstop for a year, meaning Euro 2020 and other championships may be decided by which ones have the most left in the tank.

#copa-america-soccer, #fatigue, #soccer, #sports-injuries, #uefa-european-football-championship

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Euro 2020: Italy Bets on Youth, and Fun

A nation steeped in soccer stopped producing trophies because it stopped producing players. Can a commitment to youth, and fun, bring back the glory days?

#italy, #mancini-roberto-1964, #serie-a-italian-soccer-league, #soccer, #uefa-european-football-championship

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How Euro 2020 Was Saved

Pulling off a tournament with games in 11 countries was always going to be difficult. Then the pandemic struck, and the job got even harder.

#ceferin-aleksander, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #soccer, #uefa-european-football-championship, #union-of-european-football-assns-uefa, #wembley-stadium-london-england

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Stunning Soccer Moments in European Championship History

UEFA Euro 2020, delayed by the pandemic, will sweep across the continent into July.

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US-Mexico in Pictures: All the Plot Twists

Sunday’s Concacaf Nations League final was a roller-coaster of emotion, a game of goals and fights, flying projectiles and video reviews. It ended with the United States lifting the trophy.

#confederation-of-north-central-american-and-caribbean-association-football-concacaf, #mckennie-weston, #pulisic-christian-1998, #soccer, #united-states-mens-national-soccer-team

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US Men’s Soccer 3, Mexico 2: All The Plot Twists

Sunday’s Concacaf Nations League final was a roller-coaster of emotion, a game of goals and fights, flying projectiles and video reviews. It ended with the United States lifting the trophy.

#confederation-of-north-central-american-and-caribbean-association-football-concacaf, #mckennie-weston, #pulisic-christian-1998, #soccer, #united-states-mens-national-soccer-team

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A Nets Coach, a Few Ex-Pros and a Spanish Club With a Plan

Mallorca, a Spanish team that has struggled to find its level but just won promotion back to La Liga, is finding out.

#ancelotti-carlo-1959, #cd-mallorca-soccer-team, #la-liga, #mourinho-jose, #nash-steve, #real-madrid-soccer-team, #soccer

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Chelsea’s Champions League Secret: N’Golo Kanté

Every coach has a plan. But players still decide games, and only Chelsea has Kanté. In the Champions League final, that made all the difference.

#chelsea-soccer-team, #kante-ngolo-1991, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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Pep Guardiola and the Ones That Got Away

One of soccer’s most successful coaches hasn’t been to the Champions League final in a decade. But as Manchester City meets Chelsea, he has a chance to reclaim the trophy he values most.

#barcelona-soccer-team, #bayern-munich-soccer-team, #chelsea-soccer-team, #guardiola-josep, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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Revisiting Ilkay Gundogan

The Manchester City midfielder is a rare player in the Champions League final: one with experience in the game. He wants to know what it feels like to win.

#atletico-madrid-soccer-team, #chelsea-soccer-team, #guardiola-josep, #gundogan-ilkay-1990, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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Nike Says It Ended Deal With Neymar Amid Investigation of Sexual Abuse

Nike said that Neymar, the soccer superstar, had refused to cooperate with an investigation into “credible allegations of wrongdoing” made by one of the company’s employees.

#neymar, #nike-inc, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #soccer

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A Pandemic Surge Threatens South America’s Premier Soccer Tournament

Argentina is weighing whether to host the Copa América, due to start in mid-June, in a discussion that mirrors the one in Japan over holding the Olympics.

#copa-america-soccer, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fernandez-alberto-1959, #messi-lionel, #soccer

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Champions League Final: The Rich Get Richer

Seismic shocks to European soccer’s landscape have turned Saturday’s Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea into a sign of things to come.

#chelsea-soccer-team, #european-super-league-soccer, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer, #union-of-european-football-assns-uefa

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USWNT’s Catarina Macario Is Just Getting Started

Born in Brazil, developed in the United States and now a pro headed to an important pre-Olympic camp, the 21-year-old forward is proving she belongs alongside the world’s best players.

#andonovski-vlatko, #content-type-personal-profile, #macario-catarina, #olympique-lyonnais-soccer-team, #rapinoe-megan, #soccer, #stanford-university, #united-states-womens-national-soccer-team

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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.

#english-premier-league, #klopp-jurgen-norbert-1967, #liverpool-soccer-team, #salah-mohamed-1992, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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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.

#english-premier-league, #fenway-sports-group, #henderson-jordan-1990, #klopp-jurgen-norbert-1967, #liverpool-soccer-team, #soccer

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Falling in Love With Another Model Was Never the Plan

Neither Amanda Lauren nor Adam Mann, both models with significant Instagram followers, were actually looking to date when they joined Hinge. But then he saw her profile.

#hinge-mobile-app, #models-professional, #soccer, #weddings-and-engagements

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The Super League Thought It Had a Silent Partner: FIFA

Publicly, soccer’s global governing body criticized a breakaway European Super League. Privately, it had held talks for months with the founders about endorsing the competition.

#ceferin-aleksander, #european-super-league-soccer, #infantino-gianni, #international-federation-of-association-football-fifa, #perez-florentino, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer, #union-of-european-football-assns-uefa

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The Premier League Took a Knee. For Some, That’s Not Enough.

For 11 months, players across England have taken a knee to highlight racial injustice. But some fear the leagues who endorsed the protests will move on without making meaningful changes.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #english-premier-league, #soccer

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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.

#barcelona-soccer-team, #benzema-karim, #lewandowski-robert-1988, #liverpool-soccer-team, #manchester-united-soccer-team, #real-madrid-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-european-football-championship

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Juventus Finds Its Fall Guy in Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo was given a difficult task and failed at it. But if Juventus misses out on next season’s Champions League, it won’t be entirely his fault.

#ajax-soccer-team, #chelsea-soccer-team, #juventus-soccer-team, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #pirlo-andrea, #ronaldo-cristiano, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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The Lost Days of Raúl Jiménez

#content-type-personal-profile, #jimenez-raul-1991, #soccer, #sports-injuries, #wolverhampton-wanderers-soccer-team

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A Barcelona Star on Style, Substance and Another Champions League Final

Lieke Martens and Barcelona will face Chelsea on Sunday. Both have their sights set on raising the standard for success in the women’s game.

#barcelona-soccer-team, #chelsea-soccer-team, #content-type-personal-profile, #martens-lieke-1992, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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Champions League Final Is Moving to Porto, Portugal

Istanbul is in lockdown and England wouldn’t bend on travel restrictions, so European soccer’s governing body will take its showcase game to Porto, Portugal.

#chelsea-soccer-team, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer, #union-of-european-football-assns-uefa

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The Glennon Doyle-Abby Wambach Story Now Includes a Podcast

Inside the relatably argumentative, highly downloadable marriage of retired soccer star Abby Wambach and best-selling author Glennon Doyle.

#content-type-personal-profile, #doyle-glennon-1976, #podcasts, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #soccer, #untamed-book, #wambach-abby

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Champions League Final: Meeting Set on Move to London

UEFA officials and the British government will discuss shifting the Manchester City-Chelsea game from Istanbul to Wembley to sidestep coronavirus travel restrictions.

#chelsea-soccer-team, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer, #union-of-european-football-assns-uefa, #wembley-stadium-london-england

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Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski: The Making of a Goal Machine

Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski is the most complete, most ruthless, most polished striker of his generation. But what we see is only the finished product.

#bayern-munich-soccer-team, #german-bundesliga, #klopp-jurgen-norbert-1967, #lewandowski-robert-1988, #muller-thomas-1989, #soccer

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As Women’s Soccer Grows, So Does Its Competitive Divide

The success of a handful of top women’s teams is a testament to their clubs’ commitment. But a growing competitive divide should be addressed before it’s too late.

#chelsea-soccer-team, #kerr-samantha-1993, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #mewis-sam-1992, #olympique-lyonnais-soccer-team, #soccer, #womens-super-league

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The Super League Founders Are Now at War With One Another

Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona are threatening to extract damages from their former partners in a doomed European Super League.

#english-premier-league, #european-super-league-soccer, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #real-madrid-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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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.

#chelsea-soccer-team, #guardiola-josep, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #paris-st-germain-fc-soccer-team, #real-madrid-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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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.

#manchester-city-soccer-team, #paris-st-germain-fc-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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Manchester City Battles Premier League Over Alleged Rule Breach

City, the Gulf-backed soccer team on the cusp of a fourth English Premier League title, is fighting an investigation over financial control rules.

#english-premier-league, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #soccer

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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.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #english-premier-league, #fenway-sports-group, #kroenke-stan, #liverpool-soccer-team, #manchester-united-soccer-team, #soccer

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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?

#chelsea-soccer-team, #european-super-league-soccer, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #paris-st-germain-fc-soccer-team, #real-madrid-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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Tokyo Olympics: Schedule, Sports and Details

The opening ceremony will be held July 23, with gymnastics, swimming and other sports beginning soon after.

#baseball, #basketball, #golf, #gymnastics, #olympic-games-2020, #soccer, #softball, #swimming, #television, #track-and-field

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Real Madrid’s Marcelo May May Miss Game for Election Duty

Unless the Brazilian defender is excused from working at a polling place next week, he may miss his club’s Champions League match at Chelsea.

#elections, #madrid-spain, #marcelo-1988, #real-madrid-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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Real Madrid’s Marcelo May Miss Chelsea Game for Election Duty

Unless the Brazilian defender is excused from working at a polling place next week, he may miss his club’s Champions League match at Chelsea.

#marcelo-1988, #real-madrid-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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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.

#chelsea-soccer-team, #manchester-city-soccer-team, #paris-st-germain-fc-soccer-team, #perez-florentino, #real-madrid-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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English Soccer Announces Social Media Boycott to Protest Online Abuse

The boycott, set to begin on Friday, is the most direct effort yet by a sport to pressure social media companies like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to take action against abuse.

#black-people, #boycotts, #cyberharassment, #discrimination, #england, #english-premier-league, #soccer, #social-media

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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.

#bayern-munich-soccer-team, #chelsea-soccer-team, #european-super-league-soccer, #liverpool-soccer-team, #paris-st-germain-fc-soccer-team, #real-madrid-soccer-team, #soccer

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JPMorgan Apologizes for Its Role in Super League

The bank that was to provide billions of dollars in financing for a breakaway European soccer league said it “misjudged” how fans would react.

#barcelona-soccer-team, #european-super-league-soccer, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #pinto-daniel-e, #real-madrid-soccer-team, #soccer

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The Super League That Wasn’t

What the spectacular fall of a breakaway tournament for European soccer says about the future of the world’s biggest sport.

#beckham-david, #europe, #johnson-boris, #ronaldo-cristiano, #soccer, #william-duke-of-cambridge

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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.

#agnelli-andrea, #ceferin-aleksander, #european-super-league-soccer, #liverpool-soccer-team, #manchester-united-soccer-team, #perez-florentino, #real-madrid-soccer-team, #soccer, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

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D.C. Gives Tech Giants an Earful

Lawmakers in D.C. delivered a one-two punch.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #google-inc, #marseille-soccer-team, #mccourt-frank-h-jr, #soccer, #special-purpose-acquisition-companies-spac

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Boris Johnson Opposes Super League, Scores Political Points

The British prime minister was able to take the moral high ground by opposing the breakaway European soccer league that proved to be highly unpopular with fans.

#europe, #european-super-league-soccer, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #soccer

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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.

#arsenal-soccer-team, #chelsea-soccer-team, #european-super-league-soccer, #liverpool-soccer-team, #manchester-united-soccer-team, #perez-florentino, #real-madrid-soccer-team, #soccer

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