President of Spanish Soccer League Lashes Out at Rivals, and Partners

Posted by - November 8, 2018

In a week when Europe’s top soccer executives have hunkered down amid a wave of unprecedented leaks, the leader of Spain’s league took the opportunity to go on the attack. Emboldened by recent leaks of documents that implicate Manchester City and Paris St.-Germain in possible attempts to obscure their spending and establish cozy relationships with

English Soccer Team Owner’s Helicopter Crashes After Game

Posted by - October 30, 2018

MANCHESTER, England — A helicopter belonging to the owner of Leicester City, the English Premier League soccer club, crashed outside the club’s stadium on Saturday evening. Initial news media reports suggested that Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai billionaire who bought the team in 2010 and bankrolled its fairy-tale Premier League title win in 2016, was on

A British Tradition Is Challenged by a Soccer Insurgent

Posted by - October 26, 2018

The problem, of course, is not with games from Spain or Italy being shown on British television — though Barcelona and Real Madrid, in particular, would be a draw — but the idea that high-profile Premier League games might follow. “Our attendances for evening games are about 20 to 25 percent lower than for Saturday

French Soccer Hunts for American Money

Posted by - October 25, 2018

LONDON — French soccer is on a selling spree. Still celebrating its triumph in the World Cup, France is on the lookout for buyers for as many as six teams in its top league, Ligue 1, said Didier Quillot, the competition’s chief executive. Playing the role of matchmaker, he has been hunting for investments in

Soccer Circus: Cirque du Soleil Will Create a Lionel Messi Show

Posted by - October 22, 2018

BUENOS AIRES — Lionel Messi is going to the circus. Messi, the Argentine who has been described as the best soccer player in the world, has profited handsomely by promoting everything from soft drinks, clothing brands, cellphones and a Russian bank. He even has lent his name to a theme park that is scheduled to

Racial Abuse, Then a Beating, on a French Soccer Field

Posted by - October 20, 2018

Although the two Mackenheim players who received suspensions for the brawl in May acknowledged that the violence was unacceptable, they denied that racist or xenophobic feelings had motivated their acts, arguing that they were of Turkish origin and thus could not be racist toward black people. Both declined to speak on the record, though, citing

Marbella Ibarra, Pioneer of Women’s Soccer in Mexico, Found Dead

Posted by - October 20, 2018

MEXICO CITY — Marbella Ibarra, a coach who pioneered the development of women’s soccer in Mexico, was found beaten to death this week, a month after she went missing from her home in the border city of Tijuana. From her start as a star forward at the Autonomous University of Baja California, Ms. Ibarra dedicated

U.S. Soccer Team Is Again Being Rebuilt With an Interim Coach’s Blueprint

Posted by - October 16, 2018

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — U.S. Soccer approached the gray-haired coach with a favor to ask. The federation had just parted ways with Bruce Arena as coach of the men’s national team, and while it searched for his replacement, there were training camps to be run, players to be coached and games to be played. Could

Kazu Miura and the Never-Ending Soccer Career

Posted by - October 9, 2018

YOKOHAMA, Japan — A typhoon approached. Rain arrived by kickoff. Everyone in the sparse crowd seemed to be wearing a poncho or holding an umbrella. There was little reason to attend a middling second-division match here on the last day of September, but Junichi Onishi, 61, had an assignment. He has covered soccer for three