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On Soccer: Trapped in the Premier League’s Golden Cage

Deemed surplus by their clubs, players like Mario Balotelli, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Joe Hart find their high salaries are making it hard to move on.

Former Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt to Buy French Soccer Team Marseille

McCourt, who had a contentious time in Major League Baseball, pledged to make Marseille a champion again.

For Now, U.S. Soccer’s Player of the Future Wrestles With the Present

Can Jordan Morris be the first great American goal scorer to star abroad? O.K., next question then?

A Revitalized Raheem Sterling Keeps Manchester City Rolling

Sterling scored twice as Manchester City beat West Ham, 3-1, to open the season with its third straight Premier League win.

Duel of Suitors Yields an M.L.S. Franchise for Minnesota

The owners of the Minnesota Vikings failed in their bid to land a soccer team, losing out to the owners of the Minnesota United, of the North American Soccer League.

We’re Here! RB Leipzig’s Rise to Bundesliga Isn’t Welcomed by All

On Sunday, Leipzig will play its first game in Germany’s top league, but detractors see the team as just another Red Bull marketing venture.

On Soccer: Hope Solo’s Behavior, and Play, Spells End With U.S. Team

Solo, one of soccer’s most talented goalkeepers, had her contract terminated after a series of episodes that cast her in a bad light. But the move also followed a shaky performance in Rio.

New Faces and Familiar Matchups in Champions League Draw

Leicester City drew a comparatively easy group for its first visit to the competition, while Manchester City’s new manager, Pep Guardiola, will face his former club Barcelona.

U.S. Soccer Suspends Hope Solo and Terminates Her Contract

The six-month ban for Solo, 35, was her second from the national team in the last two years, and but the termination of her contract could signal the end of her international career.

Soccer Team With International Flavor Mixes Drills and Assimilation

Rooklyn International uses soccer to help young immigrants with wide-ranging backgrounds integrate into life in New York City.

Germany Defeats Sweden to Win First Soccer Gold

Germany took control with two goals early in the second half, cracking open a Swedish defense that had eliminated the top-ranked United States and host Brazil in its last two matches.

João Havelange, Who Built and Ruled World Soccer With Firm Hand, Dies at 100

As the head of FIFA for 24 years, the Brazilian businessman built soccer into a multibillion-dollar powerhouse. He was also implicated in a lucrative kickback scandal.

Leicester Opens Title Defense With a Loss to Lowly Hull

A year after a surprising run to the top of the Premier League, Leicester fell to a newly promoted club still playing without a permanent manager.

U.S. Women Will Encounter Former Coach in Soccer Quarterfinal

Two key figures, Sweden Coach Pia Sundhage and United States goalkeeper Hope Solo, will try to keep their teams from being knocked out of the Olympic tournament.

Sports of The Times: In Brazil, Where Men’s Soccer Once Was King, the Women’s Game Rules

With the men’s team looking listless, the wheels of change are turning in Brazil’s macho society as fans express a respect for the women’s game, and chagrin that it took so long.

Red Bulls’ Biggest Midseason Acquisition, Omer Damari, Is a Little-Known Israeli Striker

Damari’s signing, along with that of the Austrian winger Daniel Royer, put an end to rumors of a more high-profile signing by the Red Bulls this year.

Soccer Gold? At This Point, Brazil Might Settle for a Goal

Two scoreless ties have made the team an object of ridicule as it risks an embarrassing early elimination from the Olympic tournament.

Soccer: $2 Billion Media Deal Could Bolster Japan’s Soccer Profile

The J.League signed a $2 billion deal with the British-based Perform Group to stream matches, a potential financial turning point for Japanese soccer.

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Fights to Quiet What-Ifs in Tough Win Over France

Saturday’s match was, in some ways, the World Cup game that could have happened last summer but never did.

On Field and in Hometown, Neymar Tries to Change the Narrative

A Brazilian star tries to lift the weight off his nation’s soccer soul and the dreams of his old neighborhood.

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