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Global Soccer: Rivalry Renews in Manchester

There is real animosity between Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho, stemming from their time together in the late '90s at Barcelona under Louis van Gaal.

On Soccer: Manchester United Jettisons Louis van Gaal, ‘the Best Coach in the World’

The brash Van Gaal — he once declared, “Congratulations on signing the best coach in the world,” in reference to himself — was fired two days after winning a trophy.

FIFA Fires a Top Official Amid New Questions of Wrongdoing

FIFA said Markus Kattner, who controlled its finances for the last eight months, had been fired for violating his fiduciary duty to the organization.

Barcelona Beats Sevilla to Win the Copa Del Rey Title

Jordi Alba and Neymar scored extra-time goals in a 2-0 win. Despite tensions over an attempt to ban Catalan flags from Vicente Calderón Stadium, the game proceeded without incident.

Global Soccer: F.A. Cup May Be Parting Gift for Louis Van Gaal

Hardly had Manchester United claimed the trophy, the story was out that José Mourinho had already been offered a three-year contract to replace him.

Red Bulls 7, N.Y.C.F.C. 0: Red Bulls Demolish New York City in What Has Been a One-Sided Rivalry

As the local matchup tries to gain footing and luster it has barely been much of a rivalry at all, with the Red Bulls winning all four games.

Manchester United Ends Drought by Winning the F.A. Cup

The longtime powerhouse salvaged its season by winning its first trophy since Alex Ferguson retired.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Overrun Small Clubs in Spain

The majority of Spanish clubs started the season with no realistic expectations of winning the championship, and in the end that proved to be true.

Goals and Praise as David Villa Drives N.Y.C.F.C. Turnaround

The Spanish star has embraced his leading role with New York City F.C., where his work ethic has made him one of the best players in M.L.S. this season.

Why Bettors See an Obscure Italian Game as Almost a Sure Thing

While the chance of a draw in most games is judged to be about 25 percent, in the Spezia-Ascoli game on Friday it is fully 60 percent.

Global Soccer: 2 Unlike Stars Fading From European Firmament

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the globetrotter with Paris St.-Germain, and Francesco Totti, the A.S. Roma homebody, face uncertain futures.

For Foreign Investors in a Soccer Stadium, U.S. Visas Are the Goal

A Major League Soccer franchise owner is promoting a federal program that benefits those who contribute at least $500,000 to infrastructure projects.

N.Y.C.F.C. 2, Timbers 1: One Disputed Assist, and Three Straight Wins for N.Y.C.F.C.

After R.J. Allen was not penalized for an apparent hand ball, he quickly capitalized, assisting on David Villa’s opening goal in the 2-1 victory.

Soccer: Premier League, After a Scare and Some Final Upsets, Comes to a Close

An underdog champion, a bomb scare that emptied Manchester United's stadium and a few other final twists marked a memorable season.

Global Soccer: Barcelona’s Liga Title Shows It Thrives on Pressure

Spain’s was the last big European league decided this season. The front-runners, Barcelona, Real and Atlético, were separated by three points.

FIFA Appoints a Woman, Fatma Samoura, as Secretary General

Samoura, a veteran United Nations diplomat from Senegal, would be the first woman to hold one of FIFA’s top executive positions.

Sunderland Staves Off Relegation by Beating Everton

Sunderland will return to the Premier League next season, and its bitter rival Newcastle will not.

On Soccer: At Bayern Munich, Only the Expectations Aren’t Changing

It is a strange time for the soccer club: Coach Pep Guardiola is set to depart, some new players are signed and fans maintain unreasonably high hopes.

Soccer: In a First, Woman Coaches Men’s Soccer Team to a Title

Chan Yuen-ting led Eastern to the Premier League championship in Hong Kong, the first time a woman has coached a top-tier men’s professional team to a title.

FIFA Announces Bidding Process for 2026 World Cup

The United States, which hosted the World Cup in 1994, is expected to eagerly bid for the 2026 tournament.

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