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10 soccer stories we loved in 2021

2021 was awash with huge stories in the world of soccer, with Lionel Messi's departure from Barcelona arguably the biggest of them all. But what about the most impressive, heartwarming, or surprising developments of the year? Here, theScore selects...

Aguero retires from football due to heart condition

Sergio Aguero, one of the most prolific strikers of his generation, is retiring from football at the age of 33 because of a heart arrhythmia."I have decided to stop playing football, it is a very difficult moment," the tearful...

German icon Gerd Muller dies at 75

Gerd Muller, a legendary striker for Bayern Munich and West Germany, died Sunday at the age of 75.Muller, nicknamed "Der Bomber," was the last player to reach double figures in goals at a World Cup after scoring 10 at...

FIFA ignoring fans in World Cup proposal that 'threatens' game, say supporters

Supporters' groups from across the globe have hit out at FIFA's proposal to hold the World Cup every two years, describing it as a move that threatens to "destroy" the football ecosystem and put more matches out of their...

Explainer: How will the new European Super League actually work?

On Sunday, 12 of Europe's biggest clubs announced plans to form the long-rumored Super League, confirming their intentions to break away from UEFA's Champions League. The news rocked the soccer world, and the proposed competition was met with widespread...

By the numbers: Biggest storylines from the international break

Below, theScore picks out the best statistics and stories to surface during an action-packed international break.-1: Japan finished one goal shy of the biggest win in its history when it trounced Mongolia 14-0 in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier. The...

The incredible numbers that underline Maradona's brilliance

Diego Armando Maradona is gone.One of the most iconic and gifted athletes across all sports died on the outskirts of his hometown of Buenos Aires on Wednesday. He was 60 years old.It's impossible to condense such a remarkable soccer...

Remembering Maradona: The complicated legacy of Argentina's favorite son

In Villa Fiorito, the shantytown where Diego Armando Maradona was born, it was necessary not only to hustle but also to find joy in the simplest of things. Anything loosely resembling a soccer ball was enough to put a...

Gallery: Thousands take to the streets in Argentina to honor Maradona

On Thursday, thousands of people took to the streets of Argentina to honor Diego Maradona, as a day of mourning consumed a country that deified its national hero.Maradona's body was taken from the San Fernando hospital to the Casa...

FIFA Awards: Lewandowski beats CR7 and Messi to top prize, Son wins Puskas

World football's top players and managers of 2020 were recognized on Thursday at The Best FIFA Football Awards show. Below, theScore runs down all the winners of the various trophies that were handed out.Best Men's PlayerRobert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich...


Way-too-early predictions for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

With the 2022 World Cup in Qatar exactly one year away, we're looking ahead. Plenty can change in 365 days, of course, but that...