China’s Soccer Experiment Flopped. Now It May Be Over.

It takes only a glance at the news coverage from those days less than a decade ago, when China’s soccer success seemed only a matter of determination and money, to remember how quickly and how deeply the country embraced the world’s most popular sport as a national project. At home and abroad, China’s president, Xi … Read more

Hervé Renard Set to Coach France at Women’s World Cup

PARIS — Hervé Renard, a French coach with vast experience in international soccer but none leading a women’s team, was set to be hired to lead a France squad that will be among the favorites at the Women’s World Cup in July. France is expected to announce Renard’s hiring by the end of the week, … Read more

The Superteam That May Be Selling Itself Short

The grounds for VfL Wolfsburg’s inferiority complex are thin, at best. This is a club that has been crowned champion of Germany in five of the last six seasons. It has reached at least the quarterfinals of the Women’s Champions League in every year of the competition’s existence. It has made five finals, and won … Read more

Quinten and Jurrien Timber Share Title Dreams and a Bedroom

Perhaps the following exchange provides the best example of the precise dynamic of the Timber household. One brother, Quinten, is reflecting on the various virtues that have helped his Feyenoord side soar, just a touch unexpectedly, to the top of the Eredivisie — Dutch soccer’s top division — this season. “Maybe we do not have … Read more