Does Soccer Still Need Headers?

It would be futile to predict when, precisely, it will come. It is not possible, from the vantage point of now, of here, to identify a specific point, or an exact date, or even a broad time frame. All that can be said is that it will come, sooner or later. The days of heading … Read more

Bad Planning and Errors Led to Champions League Chaos, Report Says

PARIS – Faulty coordination, bad planning and multiple errors by French authorities were responsible for the chaos that marred this year’s Champions League soccer final just outside Paris, according to a parliamentary report published on Wednesday that criticized officials for blaming English fans instead of acknowledging their own failings. The scenes of confusion and violence … Read more

Bad Planning and Errors, Not Fans, Led to Champions League Chaos, Report Says

PARIS – Faulty coordination, bad planning and multiple errors by French authorities were responsible for the chaos that marred this year’s Champions League soccer final just outside Paris, according to a parliamentary report published on Wednesday that criticized officials for blaming English fans instead of acknowledging their own failings. The scenes of confusion and violence … Read more

Two Chances, Two Goals and Two Wins for Germany

LONDON – It was the ruthlessness that caught the eye in those few vital moments, the cold and clinical efficiency of it all. Spain looked, in many regards, to be a better team than Germany at the European women’s soccer championships on Tuesday night. It had more of the ball and did more with it, … Read more

Its Rivals Filled the Nets. England Showed It Can, Too.

BRIGHTON, England – As the goals rained in, first two in the first 15 minutes, then two more in quick succession, then two more on top of those, all before halftime, it was hard not to think England was sending a message. Its opening victory at this summer’s European women’s soccer championship had been satisfying … Read more