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On Soccer: Premier League Heeds the Siren Song of Spend, Spend, Spend

On Soccer By RORY SMITH NEWCASTLE, England — Last Wednesday, the English striker Andre Gray moved to Watford from Burnley. At 18.5 million pounds, or about $ 24 million, it was not the most expensive transfer this summer. It was hardly the most glamorous, and it is unlikely to be ...

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Burnley 3, Chelsea 2: Chelsea Is Stunned in Its Premier League Opener

LONDON — Chelsea had two players sent off and lost to visiting Burnley, 3-2, in the first match of its Premier League title defense on Saturday, intensifying the concerns surrounding Chelsea after its frustrating off-season in the transfer market. The captain Gary Cahill was given a straight red card for ...

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Explore 6 Premier League Cities

Advertisement The 2017-18 Premier League season begins today, with Arsenal taking on Leicester City, and there is a full slate of games throughout the weekend. But the cities that host the 20 teams, spread throughout England, have much more to offer than just soccer. Here are six locations worth exploring. ...

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Morocco Will Challenge U.S.-Led Bid for 2026 World Cup

Morocco will bid to host the 2026 World Cup, emerging as a last-minute challenger — and a potential complication — to a United States-led campaign that appeared to be coasting to victory unopposed. The Royal Moroccan Football Federation announced its plans on Friday, the deadline set by FIFA for countries ...

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For Mexico’s Márquez, Treasury Sanctions Carry Broad Consequences

Rafael Márquez’s life just became a lot more difficult. On Wednesday, the United States Treasury Department accused Márquez, the captain of Mexico’s national soccer team, and several businesses connected to him of acting as fronts and holding assets for a major drug trafficking organization. The designation — Márquez was placed ...

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Iran Bans Two Soccer Stars for Playing Against Israelis

TEHRAN — Two players on Iran’s national soccer team were banned for life from playing for their country on Thursday after they participated in a match with their club team in Greece against an Israeli team, an Iranian governmental official said. The players, Masoud Shojaei, 33, the captain of the ...

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When the Premier League Puts Your Town on the Map

HUDDERSFIELD, England — It was not just the size of its new fan base that caught Huddersfield Town by surprise this summer, but the size of its new fans. Early in July — little more than a month after the club had secured entry to the Premier League’s promised land, ...

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As Appetite for Soccer in U.S. Grows, So Does M.L.S.

NASHVILLE — Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber was having a moment. On a sunny morning in mid-July, Garber arrived in Nashville to meet with politicians, business leaders and sports executives eager to bring an M.L.S. team to the city. The two-day fact-finding mission was part of a 12-city tour ...

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N.Y.C.F.C. 3, Red Bulls 2: David Villa’s Hat Trick Leads N.Y.C.F.C. Past the Red Bulls

David Villa’s first M.L.S. hat trick helped New York City F.C. beat the Red Bulls, 3-2, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night. Villa has eight goals in his last eight matches, and he leads the league with 17, one more than Nemanja Nikolic of the Chicago Fire. Villa’s last goal ...

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