Chile Files Claim Seeking Ecuador’s Place in the World Cup

Concern over Castillo’s eligibility appeared to have concerned Ecuadorean officials as well. In March 2021, Carlos Manzur, the vice president of Ecuador’s soccer federation, suggested as much in comments reported by the local news media. “I think it’s a matter of playing it safe, avoiding problems,” Manzur told reporters at the time. “I think he … Read more

Russia Is Barred From Women’s Euros and 2023 World Cup

Russia was ejected from this summer’s European women’s soccer championship and barred from qualifying for the 2023 Women’s World Cup on Monday, deepening a sporting isolation that resulted from the country’s invasion of Ukraine. UEFA, the governing body for soccer in Europe, announced its decisions Monday. In addition to barring Russia’s team from the two … Read more

Russia Is Barred From Women’s Euros and 2023 World Cup

Russia was ejected from this summer’s European women’s soccer championship and barred from qualifying for the 2023 Women’s World Cup on Monday, deepening a sporting isolation that resulted from the country’s invasion of Ukraine. UEFA, the governing body for soccer in Europe, announced its decisions Monday. In addition to barring Russia’s team from the two … Read more

Endgame Nears in Bidding for Chelsea FC

English soccer’s biggest soap opera – the bidding war to own Chelsea FC – appears to be entering its endgame. The Raine Group, the New York merchant bank appointed to sell the Premier League soccer club on behalf of Roman Abramovich, a Russian oligarch whose assets have been frozen by the British government, is poised … Read more

Manchester City Beats Real Madrid in Champions League Semifinal

MANCHESTER, England – First thing Wednesday morning, Pep Guardiola’s staff will deliver to the Manchester City manager a meticulously annotated report of his team’s Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid. At roughly the same time, Carlo Ancelotti, his counterpart in the Spanish capital, will receive something very similar. Those dossiers will contain brief snatches of … Read more

Aliou Cissé Has Senegal Ready to Shine in World Cup

DIAMNIADIO, Senegal – Standing on the sidelines of Senegal’s brand-new national stadium, Aliou Cissé, the biggest fan of his own team, waved his arms at 50,000 fans, exhorting them to cheer even louder, his signature dreadlocks bouncing on his shoulders. Fans roared back, clapping and blowing their vuvuzelas at a more deafening pitch. Minutes later, … Read more

Taking Senegalese Soccer to New Heights, With Pride and Style

DIAMNIADIO, Senegal – Standing on the sidelines of Senegal’s brand-new national stadium, Aliou Cissé, the biggest fan of his own team, waved his arms at 50,000 fans, exhorting them to cheer even louder, his signature dreadlocks bouncing on his shoulders. Fans roared back, clapping and blowing their vuvuzelas at a more deafening pitch. Minutes later, … Read more

Soccer’s Richest Clubs Sidestep UEFA Salary Cap in New Cost Controls

The biggest reforms of European soccer’s financial controls in a generation will stop short of creating US-style salary caps to restrain teams’ spending, and instead will enact rules that are unlikely to stop the continent’s richest clubs from buying up the best talent and winning the most coveted trophies. UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, has … Read more