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Pelé Was Brazil’s Ambassador to the World

In leading his national team to success on the field, a soccer star helped his country find itself.The young soccer players who were gathered on the lush green grass of the Rose...

Shakhtar Donetsk Claims FIFA Rule Is Hurting Teams From Ukraine

A hearing will be held over a rule that allows overseas players to suspend their contracts with Ukrainian teams during the Russian invasion.LONDON — Fresh from the conclusion of the men’s World...

Qatar Got the World Cup It Wanted

DOHA, Qatar — In the end, Qatar got what it wanted.The tiny desert state, a thumb-shaped peninsula, craved nothing more than to be better known, to be a player on the world...

How FIFA Silenced a World Cup Armband Campaign

European teams had planned to highlight inclusivity on soccer’s biggest stage. They blinked when the sport’s governing body flexed its muscles.DOHA, Qatar — The opening match of the World Cup was only...

Kylian Mbappé Is Ready to Make Messi’s Moment His Own

The France and Argentina stars are teammates at Qatar-owned Paris St.-Germain. But when they collide in the World Cup final, both have much to gain, and a lot to lose.DOHA, Qatar —...

David Beckham Is the World Cup’s Missing Mouthpiece

Qatar paid David Beckham tens of millions of dollars to promote the country and its interests. To its frustration, it has not received much return on the investment.DOHA, Qatar — In the...

A secondary star produces two goals and a ticket to the final.

LUSAIL, Qatar — His arms aloft, Lionel Messi stood before those who had come to adore him. In that second, he had the massed ranks of Argentina’s fans inside the Lusail Stadium...

The Pundit Whisperer of Qatar’s beIN Sports World Cup Coverage

Qatar’s beIN Sports hired a host of retired soccer stars to bring authority to its World Cup coverage and a group of interpreters to render their words into Arabic. The toughest assignments...

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