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On Soccer: Valencia, an Often Unsteady Club, Teeters Toward Disaster

Valencia, which has the fourth-highest budget in Spain but the fourth-worst record, always poses a challenge for coaches, but it has never experienced a crisis quite like this.

On Soccer: Restoring an Atmosphere, if Not Yet an Aura, in Manchester

Manchester United Manager José Mourinho has criticized his fans for not being vocal enough. They responded with a stadium-shaking effort against Liverpool.

Boston Breakers’ Draft Strategy Reflects Confidence in Women’s League

The Breakers had five of the first 11 selections in the five-year-old National Women’s Soccer League draft on Thursday.

In Soccer’s Hinterlands, World Cup Expansion Opens a Door

In countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, the expansion was seen as an opportunity for smaller federations to play on the world stage someday.

On Soccer: Seeing the Upside as FIFA Votes on Expanding the World Cup

FIFA will be accused of trying to fix something that isn’t broken, and the details may prove tricky, but every confederation will benefit by expansion in some way.

On Soccer: After Title, Leicester City Learns Magic Goes Only So Far

Giddy disbelief settled among fans and around the team during the run to the Premier League championship last season. But months after the fact, the glow is fading.

Tottenham 2, Chelsea 0: Chelsea’s Streak Ends at 13 With Loss to Tottenham

Dele Alli scored on a header in each half, helping stop Chelsea short of setting a Premier League record for consecutive wins in a single season.

President Xi’s Great Chinese Soccer Dream

Can a government initiative transform China’s lackluster soccer teams into World Cup contenders?

On Soccer: At Chelsea, Antonio Conte’s Personal Touch Proves a Winning One

In six months as manager, Conte has transformed the club, which will be playing for a record 14th consecutive Premier League victory on Wednesday.

On Soccer: Battle of Wits Starts Long Before Foot Meets Ball

Aitor Karanka, Middlesbrough’s manager, gets thick dossiers on Premier League opponents each week because survival in England’s top flight depends on it.

U.S. Women’s National Team Fires Its Union’s Leader

Rich Nichols, the point person in the union’s negotiations with U.S. Soccer, was dismissed three days before its collective bargaining agreement was set to end.

On Soccer: A Failure for Bob Bradley, and for Bold Decisions

Bradley, the first American to lead a team in England’s Premier League, was fired by Swansea after winning only two of his 11 games with the club.

After Terror, Berlin Finds Comfort and Joy in a Soccer Club’s Ritual

An offbeat Christmas celebration, melding pep rally and church service, was suddenly tasked with helping a city heal in the aftermath of a truck attack on a market this week.

On Soccer: Premier League’s Festive Slog: Adored by Fans, Endured by Players

To millions of fans, Boxing Day and the games that follow are a high point of the year. But most players, at best, are ambivalent about the mentally and physically draining week.

U.S. Star Alex Morgan Heading to France to ‘Push My Game’

The prominent American women’s soccer player signed with Olympique Lyonnais, which many regard as the best women’s club in the world.

On Soccer: Arsenal’s Season Begins to List, With a Price Still to Pay

The November doldrums that usually bedevil the club have instead come in December, just as contract demands from two stars are blowing up.

A Roman to the Core, and the Core of Roma

Francesco Totti, a native Roman, has played his entire career with A.S. Roma: 23 years and counting. He hopes to end his playing days in a Roma jersey.

The Face of Roma

Francesco Totti’s image can be found all over Rome — on walls large and small, in businesses, on banners in packed soccer stadiums.

Soccer Player’s Harrowing Tale of Sexual Abuse Rocks Sport in Britain

For years, Andrew Woodward was raped by his youth coach, Barry Bennell. Decades later, his decision to go public has uncovered a festering scandal in the game.

On Soccer: Pep Guardiola: A Continental Success and English Soccer’s Measuring Stick

Guardiola’s reign at Manchester City could validate the Premier League’s sense of self (if he struggles) or question tenets of England’s identity (if he thrives).

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