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City names Edmar Varela coach of the year, again
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City names Edmar Varela coach of the year, again
Hats off to the boys soccer team at Boston International High School and head coach Edmar Varela, following a strong run in Division 5 of the Boston City League.
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Clint Peay takes reins as head coach of Revolution
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Clint Peay takes reins as head coach of Revolution
When Bruce Arena’s termination as head coach of the New England Revolution soccer team was announced, the circumstances surrounding his dismissal were like so many others in today’s sports — clouded in suspicion and controversy. His departure, however, resulted in the addition of Clint Peay to the small number of Black coaches leading one of Major League Soccer’s 29 teams, even if on an interim basis.
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‘The thrill of victory' for Simone Biles, the 'agony of defeat’ for U.S. Women's National Soccer team
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‘The thrill of victory' for Simone Biles, the 'agony of defeat’ for U.S. Women's National Soccer team
It isn’t often that the old expression “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” — coined in the ABC television show “Wide World of Sports” — plays out so clearly and poignantly in the minds of American sports fans as it did last weekend.
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Ceylon Park turf field to undergo renovation
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Ceylon Park turf field to undergo renovation
Tucked away amid multifamily homes, an autobody shop, two public schools and a railroad bridge, Ceylon Park is Dorchester’s primary soccer pitch. As neighbors — many, immigrants — attest, Ceylon’s soccer field has seen better days.
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Brazilian soccer standout Pelé dies at 82
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Brazilian soccer standout Pelé dies at 82
Pelé, 82, died last week in a hospital in Sao Paulo, the country’s largest city and commercial capital, of complications from colorectal cancer. He had been in ill health the better part of the last couple of years.
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Controversies aside, the World Cup is stellar
Qatar’s World Cup awarding 12 years ago might have caused controversy, but the actual tournament has brought immense pride to the Muslim and Arabic-speaking world. And the soccer has been stellar.
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FIFA plans a more expansive World Cup
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FIFA plans a more expansive World Cup
The Qatar 2022 World Cup has been a cozy logistical affair, enabling fans to easily crisscross the Connecticut-sized country and intersect with fans and other teams. But small and tidy is set to give way to large and unruly, as World Cup 2026 will be jointly hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada. Minutes-long ground travel now will be replaced by hours-long air travel.
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U.S. soccer thrives with international players
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U.S. soccer thrives with international players
South American-born soccer players Tab Ramos, Claudio Reyna, Marcelo Balboa and Fernando Clavijo played key roles for the United States in the 1990s and early 2000s World Cups. A wave of German-born players — Thomas Dooley, Jermaine Jones, Fabian Johnson, John Brooks — progeny of American military fathers and German moms, also opted to play for Uncle Sam.
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Qatar’s World Cup bid casts shadow on FIFA
Soccer great Pelé is largely credited with calling his sport “The Beautiful Game,” an affectionate phrase its media and admirers still like to turn to when other adjectives escape them. But a closer look into soccer’s inner workings occasionally takes a bit of shine off the world’s biggest professional sport.
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Colombian soccer star was national hero
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Colombian soccer star was national hero
Colombian soccer player Freddy Rincon is forever linked with one of the most rapturous moments in the history of his resource-abundant but historically-turbulent country.
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Does activism diminish athletes’ performance?
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Does activism diminish athletes’ performance?
English soccer for generations has leveled the playing field for impoverished youth who have gone on to earn multimillion-pound salaries, while enhancing both the Premier League and English National Team. Some of those players — Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling — have intrepidly used their platform to wade into the polarizing waters of social justice and political causes.
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A Cape Verdean-Irish soccer star in Africa
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A Cape Verdean-Irish soccer star in Africa
Boston’s Irish and Cabo Verdeans share a history of Catholicism, three-decker living and colonizing Uphams Corner. Most significant to the menfolk might be the celebratory pints at nearby Dublin House. You can now add soccer star Roberto “Pico” Lopes to that affinity.
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