One match does not tell the entire story of a group stage, but the openers across the Champions League did give a glimpse into what we can expect to see in this season's competition and what certain powers need to correct to enjoy the success they desire.
Mike Petke was fired by Real Salt Lake after serving a suspension for berating a Leagues Cup official with a homophobic slur, and his lawsuit against the club divulges some of RSL's inner workings and decision making.
PSG won the battle of shorthanded group favorites, while Tottenham and Juventus let sure points slip away and Bayern Munich and Manchester City eased to victory to open group play in the Champions League.
Last season's winner begins with a familiar defeat, while Chelsea is left to sort out some internal decision making and RB Salzburg's breakout star takes it a step further on opening day of the 2019-2020 Champions League.
From an American perspective, Jesse Marsch's quest with RB Salzburg is one of the most intriguing Champions League stories in recent memory, but he has quite a challenge ahead in a group that features Liverpool and Napoli.
Why is Germany's Bundesliga a hotbed for young Americans on the rise, how do they cope with the changes to their lifestyle at such a young age and what have they learned about the country's soccer culture?
That passion for soccer is apparent all across Argentina, and while the country has yielded a disproportionate number of the geniuses of the men's game, starting with Messi and Maradona, support for the women's game has lagged far behind. Grant Wahl seeks the reasoning for all of this in Exploring Planet Fútbol: Argentina, now streaming on SI TV. Sign up for a free trial to watch the full episode.
Soccer culture in Japan has evolved immensely over the last 25 years. Grant Wahl explores the Land of the Rising Sun to discover everything from changes at the grassroots level, to the starpower in the domestic league to the growth in the women's game ever since Japan won the 2011 Women's World Cup.
It’s a country of just 350,000 people and no history of soccer excellence. So how did Iceland qualify for the World Cup? Grant Wahl circled the country to survey the landscape, talk to the people and learn the secrets behind Iceland’s rise.
MLS has changed more in the past three years than it did in the previous 10 years before that, which makes SI.com’s annual MLS Ambition Rankings more relevant than ever, a measuring stick of who’s keeping pace in the arms race and who’s not.
Half a century ago, Honduras and El Salvador battled over mass migration while their national teams fought to qualify for the 1970 World Cup. The confusion regarding how much–if at all–one actually had to do with the other has stood the test of time.