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Neymar Says He’s Ready to Play for P.S.G. Saturday

Neymar, the dynamic Brazilian forward, was officially unveiled as a player for Paris Saint-Germain on Friday after his $ 264 million transfer, which more than doubled the world record. Neymar said the dollar or euro signs were not important: “I have never been motivated by money. I always follow my ...

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On Soccer: The Owner Brought the Money. The Agent Delivered the Players. Now What?

By RORY SMITH WOLVERHAMPTON, England — The formula for success was simple. Last year, when Peter Kenyon — a former chief executive of both Chelsea and Manchester United and now a kind of itinerant soccer rainmaker — approached the English club the Wolverhampton Wanderers with a takeover offer from Fosun, ...

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Neymar Seems About to Move From Barcelona to P.S.G.

SANT JOAN DESPI, Spain — Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent. Barcelona responded Wednesday with a statement saying the Brazil striker’s 222 million euro ($ 262 million) release clause must be paid in full, a scenario ...

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A German Soccer Star Orders Himself an Extra Helping of Chicago

CHICAGO — Bastian Schweinsteiger had only just settled in behind a small, circular table when his order of penne Bolognese arrived, accompanied by a glass of cranberry juice and delivered by a server who immediately recognized him as a regular. The waiter and Schweinsteiger, the German soccer star and World ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo Tells Spanish Judge He ‘Never Tried to Avoid Taxes’

MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo told a Spanish judge on Monday that he had “never tried to avoid taxes.” Ronaldo, the star Real Madrid forward who is from Portugal, was questioned to determine whether he committed tax fraud amounting to almost 15 million euros. Ronaldo spent more than 90 minutes answering ...

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U.S. Women Come Back Against Brazil

SAN DIEGO — Julie Ertz came in off the bench and scored in the 89th minute, and the United States overcame a late two-goal deficit to beat Brazil, 4-3, on Sunday night in the Tournament of Nations. The United States was in danger of losing for the fourth time this ...

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Owners of D.C. United Soccer Team Are Said to Consider Selling

The owners of D.C. United, Washington’s Major League Soccer team, are quietly weighing a sale of the franchise, people briefed on the discussions said on Sunday. The potential sale arose from efforts by D.C. United’s majority owners to sell a 35 percent stake once held by the investor Will Chang. ...

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Cox’s Bazar Journal: In a Rohingya Refugee Camp, Soccer Is a Joyful Escape

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — Mohammed Ismail prickled with adrenaline. With one defender between him and the goal, he surged from the left wing, dodging pockmarks in the yellow-dirt soccer field. He stroked the ball with the outer edge of the shoes his father had bought him and, quick as a ...

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Soccer’s El Clásico Comes to Miami. So Does the Circus.

MIAMI — An excitable, well-heeled crowd gathered in the Brickell City Center shopping complex, camera phones poised. Paolo Maldini, the legendary Italian soccer player, smiled back. He was in good company: a handful of current stars of the world game — Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suárez ...

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The Soccer Power Broker You’ve Never Heard Of

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Charlie Stillitano wanted to make sure I saw the traditional exchange of gifts between Barcelona and Juventus at halftime during their match at MetLife Stadium here last Saturday, so we left his suite and walked into one nearby. Inside, board members of the two famed European ...

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