Reuters Soccer Blog

from Mark Meadows:

Real’s psychological barrier key to Barca’s 3-1 win

December 11, 2011

By Drazen Jorgic

Annoyingly for Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, the supposed plot line of  El Clasico on Saturday did not follow the script. The much-anticipated power shift from Catalunya to Madrid did not take place and his team are back to the drawing board as far as playing against Barcelona is concerned.

Time for UEFA to revert to goal difference in Champions League

December 6, 2011

My head is hurting after all the mathematics that has been needed to work out qualification chances in the Champions League.

One hundred reasons why Denmark are a good Euro 2012 bet

December 2, 2011

OK, I’m not actually going to list 100 reasons. The 100 refers to the amazing 100-1 odds some bookmakers have given to Denmark’s chances of winning Euro 2012 following Friday’s draw.

Manchester City will struggle to offload pricey Tevez

November 28, 2011

It is quite conceivable Carlos Tevez will still be at Manchester City in February.

Real Madrid’s Alonso maturing like a fine wine

November 25, 2011

Xabi Alonso’s 30th birthday on Friday has prompted an avalanche of praise for the Real Madrid midfielder and has also served to highlight the former Liverpool man’s importance in coach Jose Mourinho’s plans for Spanish and European domination.

Why Chelsea should keep Andre Villas-Boas

November 24, 2011

Three Premier League defeats in four games and Champions League last 16 qualification compromised. The last few weeks have been very tough for Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas.

Qualification covers cracks as Irish dare to dream

By Reuters Staff
November 16, 2011

By Phil O’Connor

Those who arrived late to the Republic of Ireland’s party in Dublin could be forgiven for wondering what was going on as 10 years of hurt were banished and Euro 2012 qualification was assured.

Enough caviar, a bit of humility please

November 13, 2011

Have Argentina, the world’s biggest exporters of soccer players, lost their feeling for the national colours Diego Maradona wore with such pride and passion? Has the ever increasing exodus of players to Europe dented their edge, made them soft?

Balotelli courts maturity not Milan

November 12, 2011

Mario Balotelli has got into more scrapes than a bad teenage skateboarder but the maturing Italy striker has finally found some inner peace and his game is therefore flourishing.

Five moments of Spanish glory captured in paint

November 11, 2011

Pressed to name the five key goals in the history of the Spanish national team, most soccer fans would easily be able to pick the two most recent.