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American Pleads Guilty in FIFA Case for His Role in Bribes Worth Millions

Aaron Davidson, a sports marketing executive, was convicted in a federal court in Brooklyn on charges of racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.

On Soccer: Another English Club Cracks Under Barcelona’s Pressure

As Manchester City showed in a 4-0 shutout, whenever an emissary of the Premier League meets Barcelona, sooner or later, one of them is getting sent off.

On Soccer: The Five Months in Mexico That Shaped Pep Guardiola’s Philosophy

At the end of his playing days, the current Manchester City manager went out of his way to play for, and pick the mind of, a little-known coach he had always admired.

On Soccer: An Anticipated Meeting Between Manchester United and Liverpool Falls Flat

The longtime rivals are in the process of Premier League reconstruction, as exhibited by an 0-0 draw that featured little excitement.

On Soccer: Premier League Pioneer Reaches a Somewhat Hostile Destination

Bob Bradley, the first North American to manage in the Premier League, faces doubts, none of which were likely to abate after Swansea City‘s loss to Arsenal.

Soccer Player Ched Evans Is Acquitted of Rape Charges in Retrial

Evans, 27, spent two and a half years in prison but has already restarted his playing career, at Chesterfield F.C. in English soccer’s third tier.

FIFA Decision Boosts U.S.’s Chance to Host 2026 World Cup

The governing body of soccer voted on Friday to bar Europe and Asia from bidding because those regions are hosting the next two World Cups.

FIFA to Decide on Expanding the World Cup in January

FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, has pushed to expand the field to as many as 48 nations from its current size of 32.

The Scouting Tools of the Pros: A Controller and a Video Game

Games like FIFA that were designed to reflect the sport’s reality have helped alter it, influencing professional players and front offices.

A Viral Video Found a Coach Asylum. Outrage Faded, but His Worries Linger.

Osama Mohsen, a Syrian soccer coach who was tripped as he sought refuge from a civil war, found a job outside Madrid. But he still has anxieties about his future.

United States 1, New Zealand 1: Unfamiliar Faces Help U.S. Men Manage a Draw Against New Zealand

Julian Green scored his second goal in two matches, goalkeeper William Yarbrough kept New Zealand scoreless over 45 minutes in his first international start.

Iran Wins a Big Game, but Cheering Is Out of Bounds

Iran played South Korea in Tehran on Tuesday, the eve of the most solemn religious days in the country. Fans were urged not to cheer out of respect for religious values.

On Soccer: Thorny Issues Divide U.S. Soccer, and Its Fans

The federation’s concerns have recently included displays of patriotism, workplace conditions and, most prominently, a dispute over equal pay involving the women’s national team.

Abby Wambach, Retired U.S. Soccer Star, Reflects on Her Addiction

Wambach, now six months sober, revealed in a memoir her struggles with depression and her abuse of painkilling medications and alcohol.

Need to Rent a Santa? Premier League Stars, Call This Gentleman

To hundreds of players in English soccer over the past 20 years, Charles Porter and his staff have been indispensable in providing the Premier League lifestyle.

United States 2, Cuba 0: United States Men Win in Cuba in a Tuneup for Mexico

Chris Wondolowski and Julian Green scored for the United States men in their first exhibition game in Cuba in 69 years.

Costa Rican Soccer Official Pleads Guilty in FIFA Corruption Case

Eduardo Li, the 18th defendant convicted in the United States’ world-soccer corruption case, promised to forfeit $668,000 and faces up to 60 years in prison.

Kosovo: The Road Team

Competing in World Cup qualifying matches for the first time, Kosovo’s soccer team finds a politically fraught landscape.

Noted: David Beckham Makes His Presence Felt at Kent & Curwen

The international man of style hires the designer Daniel Kearns to update a venerable British brand.

Bob Bradley Lands Premier League Job, at Swansea

Bradley becomes the first American to manage in the Premier League after being appointed to replace Francesco Guidolin at Swansea City.

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