Tag: Soccer

Feature: How Data (and Some Breathtaking Soccer) Brought Liverpool to the Cusp of Glory

Jürgen Klopp was in his third week as Liverpool’s manager, in November 2015, when the team’s director of research, Ian Graham, arrived at his office carrying computer printouts. Graham wanted to show Klopp, whom he hadn’t yet met, what his work could do. Then he hoped to persuade Klopp to actually use it. Graham spread […]

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FIFA Drops Plan for 48-Team World Cup in 2022

FIFA has abandoned plans championed by its president to expand the 2022 World Cup to include 48 teams, concluding that it could not host the larger tournament in Qatar or come up with a solution to share the event with the tiny gulf emirate’s neighbors. The expansion proposal, proposed and pressed by FIFA’s president, Gianni […]

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For Europe’s Soccer Chief, the Outrage Arrives in Waves

BUDAPEST — Facing a floor-to-ceiling window that offered sweeping views of the Danube, the river that flows through 10 European countries, Aleksander Ceferin paused for a moment to consider his words. Ceferin, a Slovenian lawyer elected in February to a second term as the leader of UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, has become accustomed to […]

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Spain: Luis Enrique staying despite personal problem

MADRID (AP) The Spanish soccer federation has dismissed concerns about coach Luis Enrique leaving the national team. The federation has not considered replacing him despite his long absence for personal reasons, it said on Friday. Luis Enrique missed the first round of qualifiers for the European Championship this year and will miss the next round […]

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On Soccer: Manchester City and European Soccer Arrive at a Moment of Reckoning

MANCHESTER, England — Strip away the jargon and the euphemisms and the disorientating forest of acronyms, tune out the noise from claim and counterclaim and strident denial, pick a way through the laborious detail and the tangled minutiae, and a simple truth emerges: At the very apex of European soccer, a moment of reckoning is […]

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UEFA Investigators Set to Seek Manchester City’s Ban From Champions League

An investigation into accusations that Premier League champion Manchester City misled European soccer’s financial regulators in pursuit of its success on the field is expected to recommend that the team be barred from the Champions League, European soccer’s richest competition and the trophy the club covets most. English soccer authorities and officials at UEFA, European […]

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On Soccer: Manchester City Wins Premier League Title, Raining Goals to Leave No Doubt

It will not be a cause of too much concern at Manchester City, as its players and fans and executives celebrate another Premier League title, another almost perfect season, another step on the road to its ambition of becoming the world’s foremost club, but there is one curious exception to its dominance. Manchester City’s players, […]

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