Reuters Soccer Blog

Just kebabs and tea in Sivas – hence the team’s success

March 31, 2009

“There is no nightlife in Sivas,” states Sivasspor coach Bulent Uygun.

Is there any way back for Owen?

March 30, 2009

Quite how far Michael Owen’s career has nosedived was underlined at the weekend when the Newcastle United striker was again overlooked for his country despite the lack of attacking options for coach Fabio Capello.

Can the Balkans do a World Cup quadruple?

March 30, 2009

Soccer leagues in the Balkans are suffering from an uncontrolled outflow of talent to wealthier and more competitive environments in Europe and it’s a trend that’s benefiting some of the region’s national teams.

Ivory Coast stadium crush leaves at least 19 dead

March 30, 2009

Tragic news from Abidjan, where officials say at least 19 people were killed in a stampede at an overcrowded stadium during a World Cup qualifier between Ivory Coast and Malawi.

Don’t mention the draw!

March 27, 2009

This week’s two World Cup qualifiers between Spain and Turkey have prompted the Spanish media to look back at a dramatic moment in the history of the two nations’ soccer teams.

Tensions boil over in Mexico camp

March 27, 2009

Troubled Mexico face a potentially decisive five days in their attempt to qualify for the World Cup and the tension is already starting to tell.

The luck of the Irish continues

March 26, 2009

It may prove difficult to switch a nation’s sporting focus from rugby to football, especially one that is basking in the glory of a first rugby grand slam in 61 years, but a wave of good fortune is boosting hopes of Ireland featuring at the World Cup finals in South Africa next year.

England’s north east goes from hotbed to wasteland

March 25, 2009

Things are looking grim in the north east, England’s fabled “hotbed of soccer”. 

Vlog on the Pitch — Thierry Henry’s sparkling return to form

March 25, 2009

Thierry Henry did not enjoy the happiest of starts to his new life in Barcelona but it’s clicked for the Frenchman this term.