Soccer Break Thursday

March 24, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONSGareth Bale. The dashing Welsh winger primed to scare the living daylights out of England on Saturday. Injured. Did anyone else hear that collective sigh of relief from England fans today?

But what about Tottenham Hotspur fans. Are you worried your star man’s recent struggles with injury could hamper your club’s Champions League quarter-final chances against Real Madrid?

There are of course plenty of qualifiers this weekend so read our preview for all the latest.

Anna on the Italian Soccer Serie A has picked what she reckons might be Italy’s team to play Slovenia in Friday’s Euro 2012 qualifier having spied on Cesare Prandelli’s training sessions. Read more here.

Our man Simon Evans in Miami has written a blog on a player familiar with Spurs, Real, and Euro qualifiers. Read on for the latest on David Beckham’s US adventure.

We’ve a bit of a US theme going today in fact. NFL player Chad Ochocinco (see last Thursday’s Soccer Break) has started his soccer experiment. Can he be successful?

Over in San Francisco, spare a thought for a referee on the receiving end of a player’s anger.

Back in Europe, the Barcelona Football Blog has an interesting piece entitled ‘The Quandary of Bojan Krkic’. He looked to be heading for big things not so long ago but now might be up for sale.

And finally in England, the great long-standing debate about…standing. Where do you stand? I remember once propping myself up at Craven Cottage in the non-seating area, good times, but are the horrors of stadium disasters like Hillsborough still too recent a memory?

Discuss all these topics and other stories in world soccer on the Reuters Soccer Facebook page. And please feel free to send us recommendations for your pick of the day’s stories.

Picture: Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale watches play during their Champions League soccer match against Werder Bremen at White Hart Lane in London November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez


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Bale seems to reserve his best displays for the big games so this is a huge blow for Wales

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Bad news for Wales – only two wins against England in the last ten games in the Principality, the third was looking remote before this news and looks impossible now.

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I wouldn’t be so sure Redcoat. The bizarre turn of events regarding the England captaincy and the fact England haven’t played well recently mean that Wales could certainly spring a surprise on Saturday. It’ll be interesting viewing.

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