from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Soccer Break – Monday edition

February 28, 2011

SOCCER-ENGLAND/CUPHello and welcome to Reuters Soccer Blog's new daily digest where we'll recommend some of the best stories on the internet for you to read over morning coffee/afternoon tea/cocktails (depending on your time zone).

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

FIFA takes agenda by scruff of the snood

February 4, 2011

SOCCER-ENGLAND/There will be a lot of fashion-conscious footballers holding their breath for item “V.1.b” at the International Football Association Board’s annual meeting next month.

from FaithWorld:

Israeli organ donations soar after soccer star dies

By Reuters Staff
February 4, 2011

organ donation

(The Israeli flag-draped coffin of Avi Cohen is seen during a special public memorial service at a football stadium near Tel Aviv December 29, 2010/Nir Elias)

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Football still offside in attitude to women

January 25, 2011

The British media furore over two television presenters’ sexist comments over a lineswoman at a Premier League match at the weekend has thrown the spotlight on the subject of women in soccer – be it on the pitch or off.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Beckham’s value is his values

January 4, 2011

SOCCER-MLS/Harry Redknapp does not need a right-sided midfield player and, with the depth of talent regularly available on his bench, he hardly needs to bolster his squad with a three-month loan signing.

from Left field:

Replays don’t always give the answer

October 27, 2010

NFL/Sunday's controversial video review decision in the Steelers-Dolphins game should be a reminder to those who support replays that cameras can't see everything.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Do you have a flare for stupidity?

October 14, 2010

SOCCER-EURO/

Blog Guy, me and others like me are being discriminated against. We're dumbasses, and we don't think there are enough ways for us to express ourselves these days.

from Photographers' Blog:

Yes, my job really is this glamorous

September 23, 2010

When people ask me what I do for a living, or they hear tales from my wife about me being away at the Olympics or shooting football or golf or a Papal visit somewhere, the usual response is to tell me how glamorous my job is, rubbing shoulders with all these famous sporting and political icons and how lucky I am to get to attend all these events and call it work!

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Blackpool offer refreshing antidote to bloated Premier League

August 16, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/August remains a time for cricket and athletics in many people's minds but if we are going to have football then it was probably fitting that the most uplifting performance of the opening day of the Premier League season came from the country's number one seaside holiday destination.

from MacroScope:

Did the World Cup stimulate German growth?

July 23, 2010

 Did the World Cup stimulate economic growth in Germany?
 SOCCER WORLD/
That's the $3.6 trillion question on the minds of economists after the Ifo institute reported on Friday  that business sentiment in Europe's largest economy surged by a record margin in July -- a month of fun in the sun for tens of millions of enthralled Germans who cheered their team's improbably strong run to the semi-finals of the World Cup in South Africa.
 
Can a soccer tournament half a world away really have a notable impact on Germany's 2.5-trillion euro ($3.6 billion) economy? Can a few exciting wins in the international soccer tournament really turn notoriously tight-fisted Germans into free-spending consumers? When I posed those questions at the start of July -- just after Germany had thrashed England 4-1 in the round of 16 -- I ran into some  scepticism. 
 
But there were also a few contrarian economists out there who also thought the good mood spreading across the country thanks to the lopsided victories in South Africa -- and especially the exciting way the young team filled with immigrants to Germany -- might lead to slightly higher growth. I've lived in Germany for over 20 years and long watched the way so many of them so diligently squirrel away  such significant chunks of their money -- as if the next world war or great depression were looming around the corner.