At F.C. Barcelona, a Sensation Worse Than Sadness

The Camp Nou’s reaction to a humbling defeat in the Champions League was a measure of how far and how fast a mighty team has fallen.

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When a Champions League Fairy Tale Is Disputed Territory

Sheriff Tiraspol, a team from Moldova (sort of), has made the Champions League. But whether the club’s story is wonderful or worrying depends on the light.

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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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UEFA Plans $7 Billion Pandemic Relief Fund for Soccer Clubs

European soccer’s governing body will give cash-strapped teams access to their future earnings from club competitions like the Champions League.

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The Case for a 32-Team Euros

Given the depth of quality in Europe, a small expansion (and a simpler format) could make for a much better tournament.

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At Euro 2020, a Reminder That Good Can Be Great

Holding national teams to club standards spoils the fun of international tournaments like the Euros and Copa América.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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The European Super League: Ruining Football, American-Style

Billionaire owners. Disloyalty. Hunger for profit. The plan for the European Super League was, in fact, made in America.

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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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Breakaway European Soccer League Starts Legal Action to Defend Itself

The founding members of a league that would reshape the sport have warned its authorities that they have filed motions in multiple courts to stymie any efforts to block their plans.

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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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Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Too Big to Fall

The Clásico has lost some of its luster as a season-defining day, but while its profile has fallen, its importance has not.

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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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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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Don’t Reject the Champions League’s Changes Out of Hand

The latest proposals to reallocate European soccer’s riches show that there may be sense even in dumb ideas.

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Weston McKennie Is Right Where He Belongs at Juventus

What is most surprising about the American’s path to Juventus is not how far he has come, but how effortless he has made the journey look.

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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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Champions League Schedule Blurs Home and Away

Coronavirus restrictions have sent multiple games to neutral sites. Will this summer’s European Championship be the next big event to reschedule?

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Luis Suárez Rediscovers His Bite

After a summer of indignity and humiliation, the striker has been reborn with Atlético Madrid.

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Timo Werner, Chelsea and Numbers That Lie

Strikers are paid to score goals. The more the better. But can a lack of them distort the full picture of a player?

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What Qualifies as Success at Borussia Dortmund?

Borussia Dortmund’s business is winning matches and grooming some of the world’s best young talent. To do both, sometimes you have to put up with a few growing pains.

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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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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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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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Black Goalkeepers and Europe’s Uneven Playing Field

Chelsea’s recent match against Rennes in the Champions League was a rare meeting of Black goalkeepers on club soccer’s biggest stage. The hard question is: Why?

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What Berlusconi Could Teach Trump About Losing

Two icons of disruptive political leadership have much in common … except for acknowledging gracefully when they’ve been voted out.

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The Lessons of the Pirate League

There will always be critics of a soccer super league, those who say the hurdles are too high, that it could never work. Except, of course, that one time when it did.

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Did Bayern Complete Its Rebuild While No One Noticed?

Bayern’s second treble arrived seven years after its first. But those who have long suggested its veteran team needed rejuvenation might be surprised to learn the job is already done.

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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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Iker Casillas on Real Madrid, Spain and the ‘Madness’ of It All

The former goalkeeper on Real Madrid, managing Clásico rivalries and the “madness” of the toughest three weeks of his career.

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