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U.S. Women’s Team Collects One Last Win on Road to the World Cup

HARRISON, N.J. — The objective for the United States women’s national team every time it takes the field these days is the same: Focus on the job at hand, doing it right and getting everyone off the field intact. With only two weeks left before the Americans begin their pursuit of a second straight Women’s […]

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Rocco Commisso, Cosmos Owner, Is Said to Be Close to Buying Italy’s Fiorentina

Rocco B. Commisso, the billionaire founder and chairman of the cable provider Mediacom, is expected to complete a deal to purchase the Italian soccer club A.C.F. Fiorentina in the coming days. Commisso, who was born in Italy but moved to the United States when he was 12, is also the chairman of the New York […]

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The Women’s World Cup’s Other Inequality: Rich vs. Poor

DAVIE, Fla. — Jamaica’s consul general in South Florida held a party at his home on Wednesday night to celebrate the Reggae Girlz, the first national soccer team from the Caribbean to qualify for the Women’s World Cup. The tables were set up around the pool and the players and their coaches were there, but […]

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FIFA Drops Plan for 48-Team World Cup in 2022

FIFA has abandoned plans championed by its president to expand the 2022 World Cup to include 48 teams, concluding that it could not host the larger tournament in Qatar or come up with a solution to share the event with the tiny gulf emirate’s neighbors. The expansion proposal, proposed and pressed by FIFA’s president, Gianni […]

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Going to the Women’s World Cup? You Might Not Sit With Your Family and Friends

FIFA on Monday released thousands of tickets to this summer’s Women’s World Cup to the fans who ordered them online. But for some, the confirmation that they would be seeing some of the world’s best teams in France next month was accompanied by a disconcerting surprise: the seats they had bought, including some of the […]

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For Europe’s Soccer Chief, the Outrage Arrives in Waves

BUDAPEST — Facing a floor-to-ceiling window that offered sweeping views of the Danube, the river that flows through 10 European countries, Aleksander Ceferin paused for a moment to consider his words. Ceferin, a Slovenian lawyer elected in February to a second term as the leader of UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, has become accustomed to […]

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Lyon Routs Barcelona to Win Fourth Straight Women’s Champions League Title

BUDAPEST — It was never in doubt. With a goal after five minutes and a hat trick by its star striker Ada Hegerberg in the first half-hour, Olympique Lyonnais Féminin produced a performance of crushing dominance on Saturday to beat Barcelona, 4-1, and claim a record fourth straight Champions League title. It was also Lyon’s […]

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The World’s Most Dominant Team Isn’t Who You Think

For the select few privileged enough to hear it, the pitch is irresistible. Whenever Olympique Lyonnais Féminin identifies someone it believes can burnish its already glittering roster, its offer is simple: Would you like to be part of the best group of players anyone, anywhere, can put together? More often than not, a sales pitch […]

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Manchester City Financial Inquiry Moves Closer to a Ruling

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City, one of the biggest clubs in soccer and the Premier League champions for two years running, is one step away from a ban on participating in the Champions League after investigators asked for a ruling on whether the team misled European soccer’s financial regulators, the sport’s governing body in Europe […]

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Briggs & Riley launches TORQ collection in partnership with Harrods

Briggs & Riley has the TORQ collection in Hunter green, a striking new update of its best-selling hard-sided luggage collection. Iconic department store Harrods will be the exclusive worldwide launch partner for the TORQ collection, with the carry-on and medium trunk spinner available in the fierce new Hunter colourway from June both in-store and online. […]