Rory Smith

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Women’s Euros Offer a Soccer Free-for-All

England will be expecting to win its first major women’s title on home soil this summer. But the field is deep, and filled with contenders.That old, familiar feeling crackled and fizzed into...

Paulo Dybala, Juventus and the Problem With Italy

The travails of Dybala, whose contract with Juventus runs out this month, are emblematic of a soccer ecosystem that is often a world apart.Paulo Dybala did not, particularly, look as if he...

Erling Haaland, Darwin Núñez and Rediscovering the No. 9

It took Erling Haaland a couple of seconds to notice something had changed. Late last month, Haaland, the Norwegian striker, was inside the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance, patiently and quietly...

Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich and the Bitter End

A star striker is eager to move to Barcelona, and his club doesn’t seem to realize it might be its own fault that he wants to go.Robert Lewandowski does not, in his...

At Champions League Final, the Fans Weren’t the Danger

Preconceptions about Liverpool supporters and policing decisions that didn’t prioritize their safety led to the chaos at the Champions League final. That’s dangerous for every fan.It can be hard, at times like...

Ukraine Is One Game Away From the World Cup

Competing for a place in a World Cup already comes with pressure, but Ukraine’s players have not shied away from what getting there would mean to a country under siege. They’re one...

Luis Díaz Is the Liverpool Star Who Never Should Have Made It

LIVERPOOL, England — Luis Díaz bares his forearm and places a finger on his wrist, as if taking his own pulse. He does it without breaking eye contact, without pausing for breath....

The True Cost of Kylian Mbappé’s New Deal

It is easy to be dazzled by money in soccer, especially as the figures blur into incomprehension. But the numbers matter because of what comes next.It was not, Kylian Mbappé would like...

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