Rory Smith

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Champions League: Pep Guardiola, City and the Ones That Got Away

One of soccer’s most successful coaches hasn’t been to the Champions League final in a decade. But as Manchester City meets Chelsea, he has a chance to reclaim the trophy he values...

Champions League Final: The Rich Get Richer

Seismic shocks to European soccer’s landscape have turned Saturday’s Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea into a sign of things to come.The shadows are drawing in across Europe.Inter Milan must...

After Stumbling to the Finish Line, Liverpool Clinches Champions League Place

A win at Anfield guaranteed the club a place in the Champions League next season, but only a brief respite before it plunges into soccer’s new reality.LIVERPOOL, England — The goals arrived...

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson: The Captain of Everything

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson has not played in months. But the art of being a captain is not limited to soccer, and for Henderson, leading is not limited to his team.LIVERPOOL, England —...

For Atlético Madrid, La Liga Title Is a Rare Opportunity

Atlético Madrid is positioned to lift the trophy in La Liga this weekend, but like Real Madrid and Barcelona, it should view the end of the season as an opportunity.Atlético Madrid had...

The Premier League Took a Knee. For Some, That's Not Enough.

For 11 months, players across England have taken a knee to highlight racial injustice. But some fear the leagues who endorsed the protests will move on without making meaningful changes.Michael Oliver blew...

Juventus Finds Its Fall Guy in Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo was given a difficult task and failed at it. But if Juventus misses out on next season’s Champions League, it won’t be entirely his fault.The jokes almost wrote themselves. Last...

The Lost Days of Raúl Jiménez

Pool photo by Catherine IvillRaúl Jiménez does not remember rising for the header that nearly ended his career.His partner, Daniela Basso, can never forget it.For 45 minutes, she feared he might be...

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