1. Goals Rain on Manchester United, Covering Everyone With Blame Sports, Today

    A 5-0 loss thrashing by Liverpool showed that problems with Manchester United extend well beyond Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the team’s manager.

  2. Life After Leo Sports, Yesterday

    The departure of Lionel Messi shook Barcelona to its foundations. But on a good day, if you look closely, you can see the shoots of a new era.

  3. Outside Hotlines for Athletes Are a Sign of Strained Trust in Sports Sports, October 22

    From women’s soccer to college sports, athletes have lost faith in leagues and organizations handling abuse and other complaints.

  4. Manchester United’s Perfect Feedback Loop Sports, October 22

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

  5. New Chief of Women’s Soccer League Vows to ‘Get Our House in Order’ Sports, October 20

    Marla Messing, installed as the interim chief executive of the National Women’s Soccer League, takes over after the league was rocked by allegations of abuse of players.

  6. Wary of Newcastle’s New Money, Rivals Vote to Limit Cash Infusions Sports, October 19

    The Premier League imposed a moratorium on sponsorships linked to investors only days after a Saudi-led group took control of one of its teams.

  7. In Newcastle, Songs Drown Out the Hard Questions Sports, October 17

    As long-suffering fans cheered the arrival of Saudi riches at their club, talk of the new owners’ plans and the current team’s flaws took the day off.

  8. Un nuevo videojuego FIFA… pero sin la FIFA en Español, October 17

    El fin de una larga y rentable relación con el organismo rector del fútbol supondría cambiar el nombre de uno de los videojuegos más populares de todos los tiempos.

  9. Soccer’s Problem With Silver Medals Sports, October 15

    It was notable when Spain’s players kept their runner-up awards after losing a final. It shouldn’t be.

  10. Rising Off the Mat, U.S. Rallies Past Costa Rica Sports, October 13

    Sergiño Dest scored one goal and set up another as the United States regained its stride with a dominant performance in World Cup qualifying.

  11. EA Sports Is Planning for a FIFA Without FIFA Sports, October 13

    The end of a long and profitable relationship with soccer’s governing body would mean renaming one of the most popular video games of all time.

  12. Bernard Tapie, French Tycoon, Actor and Politician, Dies at 78 World, October 11

    His larger-than-life career, flamboyant personality and ongoing legal struggles made him one of the best-known personalities in France.

  13. Is China’s Soccer Boom Going Bust? Sports, October 11

    Chinese teams once embraced ambition and overspending in a bold attempt to reshape their sport. Now they don’t even play games.

  14. U.S. Suffers First Defeat in World Cup Qualifying Sports, October 10

    A listless performance by a shuffled lineup in a defeat at Panama cost the Americans some valuable momentum.

  15. For Seasoned Soccer Travelers, No Other Trip Qualifies Sports, October 9

    Hitting the road for a World Cup qualifier might be one of the most unsung fan experiences in U.S. sports. Expansion of the tournament might change it forever.

  16. ‘Devastated, Disgusted, but I’m Not Shocked’ Sports, October 8

    The players in the National Women’s Soccer League, tired of abuse and harassment, are speaking up and seizing power. But the way forward for the troubled league isn’t clear.

  17. Saudi Arabia, Newcastle and Soccer’s Worship of Money Sports, October 8

    The sale of a Premier League team symbolizes a sport’s unashamed devotion to wealth above all else.

  18. U.S., Riding Its Newest Star, Beats Jamaica in Qualifier Sports, October 7

    The teenage forward Ricardo Pepi scored two goals to power the United States to its second straight win in World Cup qualifying.

  19. For Jamaica, a Surplus of Talent and a Lack of Time Sports, October 7

    Jamaica recruited a crop of British-based players to bolster its World Cup qualifying campaign. The question now: Can it quickly mold them into a team?

  20. Saudi-Led Group Completes Purchase of Newcastle United Sports, October 7

    The sale of the Premier League team to Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund was met by joy in the streets and criticism from human rights groups and others.

  21. N.W.S.L. Players Protest Abuse Scandal as League Returns to Field Sports, October 7

    In their first matches since confronting the accusations that have shaken their league, women’s soccer players stopped play to make a point.

  22. Major Obstacle Removed in Saudi Bid for Premier League Team Sports, October 6

    The end of a piracy dispute involving the Premier League broadcaster beIN Sports could clear the way for a Saudi-led group to buy Newcastle United.

  23. The Professor, the Donors and a Clash at Yale Opinion, October 6

    A battle over academic freedom at Yale. Also: Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona; hazing and assault on campus; bike chaos in New York; Messi's goal.

  24. Tyler Adams Is the Captain Now Sports, October 6

    The RB Leipzig star is too young to be stained by the U.S.’s failure to qualify for the last World Cup. But he is old enough to know it is his job to make it right.

  25. The Man Who Put French Soccer at Risk Says It’s Not His Fault Sports, October 4

    When Jaume Roures and Mediapro walked away from a billion-dollar TV contract, Ligue 1 teams felt the squeeze. But he says they have a bigger problem.

  26. Former Manchester United Player Condemns Racist Fan Song Sports, October 4

    Park Ji-Sung, who played soccer with the team from 2005 to 2012, said a song stereotyping Koreans was “very uncomfortable to me.”

  27. Female Soccer Players Are Done Taking Abuse. Let’s Stop Dishing It Out. Sports, October 3

    Players in the National Women’s Soccer League are demanding the respect all female athletes deserve but rarely get.

  28. N.W.S.L., Reeling in Scandal, Cancels a Weekend of Games Sports, October 1

    Under pressure for its handling of abuse accusations, the top U.S. women’s soccer league called off five games and announced its commissioner had resigned.

  29. Chasing New Revenue, FIFA Is Considering Major Move to U.S. Sports, September 30

    Soccer’s global governing body is giving serious thought to relocating its multibillion-dollar commercial business to the United States.

  30. Accusations of Abuse Shake U.S. Women’s Soccer League Sports, September 30

    Paul Riley became the third N.W.S.L. coach fired for misconduct since August. All were men, leading prominent women’s players to demand action, and protection.

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  32. In One Moment, Messi and P.S.G. Make It All Work Sports, September 28

    The Lionel Messi goal that completed a Champions League win over Manchester City offered a flash of his past, and a glimpse of his new club’s future.

  33. Decisive Moments From the Tokyo Games, Frame by Frame Interactive, August 6

    See the Summer Olympics in a series of composite images.

  34. Reaction to the Super League: Super Anger Interactive, April 20

    When 12 of the world’s richest soccer teams announced plans for a breakaway league, it threw the sport into crisis. And the response has been scathing.

  35. El anuncio de la ‘Superliga’ Interactive, April 19

    Doce de los principales clubes de fútbol europeos confirmaron sus planes de formar una liga independiente. Este es el comunicado [en inglés] que emitieron el domingo.

  36. The ‘Super League’ Announcement Interactive, April 19

    Twelve leading European soccer clubs have confirmed their plans to form a breakaway league. Here’s the statement they issued on Sunday.

  37. The Champions League Is Changing. Here’s How It Will Work. Interactive, March 29

    After more than a generation in its current form, the Champions League is remaking itself, and about to become an actual league for the first time.

  38. In 30 Years, Little Progress for U.S. Sports Leagues on Leadership Diversity Interactive, December 23

    There are rules, initiatives and eager proclamations throughout North American sports leagues when it comes to hiring more nonwhite leaders. Then there are actual hiring numbers.

  39. Mario Balotelli’s Italian Homecoming Sports, January 2

    The soccer star returned to his hometown last summer, and to Italy’s Serie A. The city had changed. But so had he.

  40. At Liverpool, Another Symphony Brings the Crowd to Its Feet Sports, November 10

    Liverpool overpowered Manchester City with style and substance, opening an eight-point lead in the Premier League.

  41. Support Is a Two-Way Street Sports, November 8

    Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka is the latest player to find out that if there is a taboo in soccer, it is that one must not criticize — or even worse, cross — the fans.

  42. Patience Is a Virtue in the Premier League. Isn’t It? Sports, November 2

    Standing by your manager is now considered best practice in soccer, proof of the all-important long-term vision. But it isn’t for every coach, or every club.

  43. Too Many Blowouts, Not Enough Competition Sports, October 25

    A Champions League group stage overrun by routs feels a little more worrisome than usual. So give thanks, then, for the Bundesliga’s competitive balance while you can.

  44. When Japan Lost Its Crown, It Found a Reason to Start Over Sports, June 10

    How the 2011 World Cup champions, humbled by the United States four years ago, rebuilt themselves into a title contender.

  45. FIFA Vice President Detained by the French Police Sports, June 6

    Ahmad Ahmad, the president of Africa’s soccer confederation and a vice president of FIFA, was detained by the police in a corruption investigation.

  46. Qatar May Buy Into English Team Leeds Sports, June 3

    The gas-rich Gulf state has gained an outsized influence in global soccer, and the move for Leeds would be its first foray into English soccer.

  47. Its Joy Ripped Away, Manchester City Fades in Crushing Silence Sports, April 17

    Both City and Tottenham experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in a drama-packed quarterfinal that ultimately saw City fall short again.

  48. Athens in Pieces: An Offering to the Soccer Gods Op Ed, April 15

    A commonplace modern ritual gave me a deeper connection to today’s Athenians.

  49. On Opening Night, Tottenham Tests Stadium’s Seats, Its Grass and Its Roar Sports, April 3

    Back in its old neighborhood at last, Tottenham Hotspur christened its new billion-dollar arena with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

  50. A Juventus Striker Faced Racist Abuse. His Teammate and His Coach Said He Provoked It. Sports, April 3

    The incidents directed at Moise Kean, a young black striker, came hours after the UEFA president said he would instruct referees to halt games marred by racial abuse.

  51. In Europe, a Bitter Battle Between Clubs and Leagues Is Taking Shape Sports, April 1

    Proposals to restrict access to the Champions League and shift some of its matches to weekend dates long reserved for domestic league play have raised hackles.

  52. FIFA Approves Plan for New Club World Cup, to Europe’s Dismay Sports, March 15

    The remaking of the competition from winter afterthought to potential summer moneymaker has led to a major breakdown in relations between FIFA and European soccer’s governing body.

  53. U.S. Women’s Team Takes a Stand as Gender Disparities Remain Widespread Sports, March 8

    A lawsuit from the U.S. Women’s Soccer team just months before the World Cup brought to the fore one of the biggest issues facing sports.

  54. Running From Bahrain’s Dark Side Op Ed, February 26

    A former national soccer star and political dissident thanks the outside world for securing his freedom from Thailand, which imprisoned him on the request of his homeland.