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).

Where better to start with a look at Birmingham City’s last-gasp win over Arsenal in the England’s League Cup final, the drama of which is depicted in our photo of the 89th minute goal that left the north Londoners still yearning to end that trophy drought.

Here’s the Daily Telegraph’s Jonathan Liew’s verdict. Quite simply, the pressure told.

Arsenal are still on for a treble, of course, so it will be interesting to see how they rebound in the FA Cup, Premier League and the Champions League on March 8 when they face the slick and ruthless Barcelona.

Unlike Arsenal, Juventus really are struggling. 

“Played 14. Won 4. Drawn 6. Lost 4. An abysmal record belonging not to one of Serie A’s relegation threatened teams but to Juventus…” Read on here.

Another mystifying statistic this season is Real Madrid’s poor away form. Over to Marca to explain all.

While in Spain there are seemingly only ever two, or at a stretch three, winners of the league, neighbours France have one of the closest and most exciting leagues around.

French paper L’Equipe calls the Ligue 1 situation a “traffic jam” as the top five are separated by just four points.

And finally, half a world away, Australia’s Fox Sports provides evidence for the prosecution and defence following the retirement of Kevin Muscat, asking “is he a maniac or just misunderstood?”

Muscat is well known on these shores for his hard-tackling antics, so please let us know your thoughts.

Happy reading and stay tuned for more stories around the globe later on Monday. Comments and recommendations always welcome.

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