In Praise of Soccer’s Jack-of-All-Trades, Now Making a Comeback

In Praise of Soccer’s Jack-of-All-Trades, Now Making a Comeback

In an era of bigger squads and multimillion-dollar specialists, Champions League managers are rediscovering the value of a pro who can play multiple positions. Source

Champions League: Chelsea Rallies for Draw; Messi Leads Barcelona

Champions League: Chelsea Rallies for Draw; Messi Leads Barcelona

Chelsea let a two-goal lead slip away before getting a late goal to tie Roma, and Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition as Barcelona beat Olympiakos. Source

Barcelona Gets Young Soccer Star Ousmane Dembélé in Huge Deal

Barcelona Gets Young Soccer Star Ousmane Dembélé in Huge Deal

In the wake of Neymar’s exit, Barcelona got Dembélé, 20, from Borussia Dortmund in a deal that could reach 147 million euros (about $173 million). Source

Hong Kong Police Say Activist Faked Account of Kidnapping and Torture

Hong Kong Police Say Activist Faked Account of Kidnapping and Torture

The police arrested the activist, Howard Lam, who said mainland Chinese officers stapled his legs during an abduction, on suspicion of misleading investigators. Source

From Cruyff to Maradona to Neymar: Soccer’s History of Record-Breaking Deals

From Cruyff to Maradona to Neymar: Soccer’s History of Record-Breaking Deals

Paris Saint-Germain acquired the Brazilian superstar Neymar from Barcelona last week for a record-breaking $263 million. This jump in the record mirrors the importance of Diego Maradona’s transfer in 1982 and Johan Cruyff’s switch...

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

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

The buildup for Saturday’s matchup between Real Madrid and Barcelona, the rivalry’s first on American soil, was huge. So were the ticket prices. Source

At P.S.G., Price for Neymar, and Elusive Success, Might Be Worth It

At P.S.G., Price for Neymar, and Elusive Success, Might Be Worth It

The cost to acquire Neymar from Barcelona could be more than a half-billion dollars. But adding the Brazilian star may turn the French club from contenders to champions. Source

F.C. Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu on Touring, Taxes and a Potential Neymar Transfer

F.C. Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu on Touring, Taxes and a Potential Neymar Transfer

Ahead of Barcelona’s “friendly Clásico” with Real Madrid in Miami, the Barcelona president discussed expansion plans in the United States, the club’s legal issues and, of course, Neymar. Source

Ex-President of F.C. Barcelona Is Arrested in Corruption Inquiry

Ex-President of F.C. Barcelona Is Arrested in Corruption Inquiry

Sandro Rosell was held as part of an inquiry into money laundering and kickbacks said to have been paid for the TV rights for matches involving Brazil’s national soccer team. Source

El Clásico: Lionel Messi’s Late Goal Lifts Barcelona Over Real Madrid

El Clásico: Lionel Messi’s Late Goal Lifts Barcelona Over Real Madrid

Messi scored from inside the penalty area two minutes into stoppage time at Madrid, leaving the Spanish league’s title race up for grabs. Source

Lionel Messi’s Late Goal Lifts Barcelona Over Real Madrid

Lionel Messi’s Late Goal Lifts Barcelona Over Real Madrid

Messi scored from inside the penalty area two minutes into stoppage time at Madrid, leaving the Spanish league’s title race up for grabs. Source

For Barcelona, the End of a Campaign, but Not of an Era

For Barcelona, the End of a Campaign, but Not of an Era

Juventus sends Barcelona out of the Champions League, and the temptation is to declare that the sun has set on a golden era. That would be a mistake. Source

Juventus Puts Barcelona in Another Big Champions League Hole

Juventus Puts Barcelona in Another Big Champions League Hole

Paulo Dybala scored twice in outshining his compatriot Lionel Messi as Juventus took the first leg of the teams’ Champions League quarterfinal, 3-0. Source

In Orchestrating Barcelona Rally, Neymar Proves Ready for the Baton

In Orchestrating Barcelona Rally, Neymar Proves Ready for the Baton

Neymar showed why there is no denying his greatness on Wednesday, fueling the greatest comeback in UEFA Champions League history. Source

Barcelona Stuns Paris St.-Germain in Champions League With Record Rally

Barcelona Stuns Paris St.-Germain in Champions League With Record Rally

Sergi Roberto scored in stoppage time to cap a remarkable 6-5 aggregate victory and bring his team a berth in the quarterfinals. Source

‘Like a Film’: Barcelona Stuns Paris St.-Germain With Champions League Rally

‘Like a Film’: Barcelona Stuns Paris St.-Germain With Champions League Rally

Sergi Roberto scored in stoppage time to cap a remarkable 6-5 aggregate victory and bring his team a berth in the quarterfinals. Source

Barcelona Reaches Copa del Rey Final Despite Red Card for Luis Suárez

Barcelona Reaches Copa del Rey Final Despite Red Card for Luis Suárez

Barcelona topped Atlético Madrid by 3-2 over a two-game semifinal series after a 1-1 draw on Tuesday, but Suárez was sent off and will miss the final. Source