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On Soccer: Valencia, an Often Unsteady Club, Teeters Toward Disaster

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:00:21 GMT

Valencia fans protesting the owner Peter Lim after a loss this month. Lim bought the club in 2014, and the early signs were promising. Now, Valencia is drifting toward relegation.Valencia, which has the fourth-highest budget in Spain but the fourth-worst record, always poses a challenge for coaches, but it has never experienced a crisis quite like this.

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On Soccer: Restoring an Atmosphere, if Not Yet an Aura, in Manchester

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 02:32:20 GMT

Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, headed in a goal during a match against Liverpool in Manchester on Sunday.Manchester United Manager José Mourinho has criticized his fans for not being vocal enough. They responded with a stadium-shaking effort against Liverpool.

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In Soccer’s Hinterlands, World Cup Expansion Opens a Door

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:56:37 GMT

Uganda, celebrating a goal against Botswana, is one of the teams that are likely to benefit the most from the coming World Cup expansion.In countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, the expansion was seen as an opportunity for smaller federations to play on the world stage someday.

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FIFA to Expand World Cup to 48 Teams in 2026

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:40:15 GMT

Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, had pressed for increasing the number of countries that play in the World Cup when he ran for the leadership of the organization last year. He said it would invigorate the event, which is expected to bring an additional $1 billion in television, sponsorship and ticketing revenue in the first cycle alone.The move, pushed by the group’s president as a chance to increase fan engagement, is expected to bring an additional $1 billion every four years.

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East Timor Is Expelled From Asian Cup for Fielding Ineligible Brazilians

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:41:44 GMT

Timor-Leste players posed for a team photo before their 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Malaysia in June 2015.An investigation by the Asian Football Confederation found that officials of the East Timor soccer federation had falsified birth certificates to register the players.

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