Rory Smith

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Marcos Alonso, Chelsea and the Genius of Thomas Tuchel

There is no such thing as a good or a bad player, only one in the right (or wrong) system.Things got so bad, at one point, that even Marcos Alonso’s father was...

At F.C. Barcelona, a Sensation Worse Than Sadness

The Camp Nou’s reaction to a humbling defeat in the Champions League was a measure of how far and how fast a mighty team has fallen.They would have expected anger. As Barcelona’s...

Ibai Llanos, el joven con el que los astros del fútbol quieren hablar

Afuera, bajo el fulgurante brillo del sol parisino, los medios de comunicación del mundo se alinearon al borde del campo en el Parc des Princes. Los productores manipulaban nerviosamente las cámaras y...

Why Are Soccer's Stars Talking to Ibai Llanos?

Outside, in the bright Parisian sunshine, the world’s news media lined up on the edge of the field at the Parc des Princes. Producers fiddled busily with cameras and boom microphones. Reporters...

When a Champions League Fairy Tale Is Disputed Territory

Edmund Addo sank into child’s pose in the middle of the field, his forehead touching the turf, his arms outstretched in front of him, a gesture of supplication and thanks. About 60...

Cristiano Ronaldo Is Back and So Is Manchester United

A star returns with two goals in a resounding victory, restoring a sense of confidence to a club accustomed to sure things.MANCHESTER, England — And just like that, everything was exactly as...

A World Cup Every Two Years? Why?

Soccer is in love with the Big Idea. But a focus on fundamentally changing the game’s calendar leaves no room for a necessary debate about fixing it.This is soccer’s age of the...

Everton's Women Are 'Not Shy About Being Ambitious'

A series of changes, big and small, has a strengthened Everton believing it can hold its own with deep-pocketed rivals in England’s Women’s Super League.LIVERPOOL, England — Some of the changes have...

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