By acting as a bridge between the World Cup and Euro 2020 qualifying, continuing the narratives that developed in Russia and injecting excitement into the international calendar, the much-scrutinized UEFA Nations League has served a sound purpose.
There are many layers to examine after Kathryn Mayorga's nine-year-old sexual assault allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo resurfaced–including the validity of the alleged victim's new lawsuit and the reopening of a criminal case by the Las Vegas police.
In six iconic, jaw-dropping minutes, France showed what it's capable of when it loosened the shackles, something that it didn't do–or have to do–en route to capturing a deserved second World Cup title.
Until its unlikely run, scrappy Chapecoense was an afterthought in Brazilian soccer. But what should have been its magical moment turned into a national tragedy, and now the survivors are struggling to carry on.
Lizandro Claros Saravia was just keeping ICE apprised of his college soccer scholarship. Days later, he and his brother were deported to El Salvador and have continued picking up the pieces of their lives in Nicaragua.