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FIFA Film: An Epic Fantasy

The film “United Passions,” which is making its American premiere on Friday, is a star-dappled epic about FIFA, underwritten by FIFA and portraying Sepp Blatter as a champion of ethics.

Blatter’s Top FIFA Deputy Is Said to Have Transferred Money Central to Bribery Case

Law enforcement officials said that Mr. Valcke, FIFA’s secretary general, is the person who prosecutors say made a 2008 bank transfer to a soccer official accused of taking a bribe.

Live and Kicking: Soccer Games to Watch

The week’s two biggest games with global appeal are, alas, on the same day. But Saturday will be huge.

Sports Briefing | Soccer: South African Denies Bribe

Danny Jordaan acknowledged that South Africa had paid out $10 million in 2008 but denied that the money had been in any way a bribe to FIFA.

In England, Qatar Faces Northern Ireland in a Most Unusual Match

Qatar’s first match in Britain had poor timing, as it came in the wake of the FIFA corruption scandal that was partly related to Qatar’s disputed victory in bidding for the 2022 World Cup.

Sounders 2, Red Bulls 1: Red Bulls Fall on Late Goal by Sounders

Lloyd Sam gave the Red Bulls the lead in the 36th minute, but Chad Barrett scored 30 seconds into second-half stoppage time to give Seattle a comeback victory.

United States 0, South Korea 0: Rare Stumble for U.S. Women Against South Korea

The United States will enter the Women’s World Cup on a nine-match unbeaten streak, but a tie with South Korea raised questions about their ability to win a world title.

Global Soccer: Messi and Arsenal Remind Us What Soccer Is All About

After the ugly circus and arrests in Zurich, domestic cup finals in four countries helped showcase why soccer is still called the beautiful game.

Lionel Messi Powers Barcelona to Victory in Copa del Rey

Messi scored two goals as Barcelona completed the second leg of a possible treble with a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao.

Roundup: Arsenal Wins Record 12th F.A. Cup

Theo Walcott scored the first goal as Arsenal crushed Aston Villa, 4-0, and ended a nine-year trophy drought, overcoming Manchester United’s 11 titles in the process.

Sepp Blatter Blames U.S. and England for FIFA Arrests

The recently re-elected president of FIFA struck a defiant tone as he responded to allegations of widespread corruption in international soccer.

Comeback for U.S. Women’s Soccer, Five Years in Making

In 2009, Lori Chalupny had a number of concussions in quick succession, causing her to take time off; now she is the second American to earn a roster spot in nonconsecutive World Cups.

How the Cayman Islands Became a FIFA Power

Under FIFA’s system, the smallest country has the same voting power as the biggest, and payments from FIFA for projects help to ensure allegiance to Sepp Blatter.

Sports of The Times: Women’s Soccer Is One Bright Spot on Sepp Blatter’s Record

Like him or not, and most do not, Sepp Blatter has shepherded the women’s game to a place it may never have reached without him.

Complaint About Neymar

The Brazilian club Santos said it was filing a complaint with FIFA against Barcelona and Neymar seeking compensation for irregularities in the player’s transfer to Barcelona.

Palestinian Soccer Association Drops Effort to Suspend Israel From FIFA

If approved, the move would have barred Israel from international competitions. A dispute over teams from settlements in the West Bank remained unresolved.

More Indictments Expected in FIFA Case, I.R.S. Official Says

The complex case, which involved cooperation between the I.R.S. and the F.B.I., is likely to lead to more charges related to corruption allegations at soccer’s highest levels.

Loretta Lynch, With Assist From Soccer, Makes Strong Global Impression

Less than a month into her job as attorney general, Lynch captured the world’s attention when she vowed to rid FIFA, soccer’s governing body, of corruption.

U.S. Soccer’s Next Generation Set to Kick Off in Under-20 World Cup

The United States, placed in a group with Ukraine, Myanmar and host New Zealand, could be a contender in the tournament, which begins this weekend.

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