Reuters Soccer Blog

Moses and Chadli become latest to ‘test drive’ a nation

January 25, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/A new phenomenon of ‘dipping a toe’ into the waters of international football is beginning to emerge, further devaluing the ultimate individual achievement in the game.

Sunderland’s Bruce can’t lecture Bent about loyalty

January 20, 2011

SOCCER-ENGLAND/Much-travelled Sunderland manager Steve Bruce either has a very short memory or the biggest brass neck in football but either way his claim that his club had been let down by Darren Bent’s disloyal move to Aston Villa takes some swallowing.

Cosmos and Cantona could take MLS to the next level

January 20, 2011

FRANCE/For all the progress made by Major League Soccer since it began in 1996, there is not one team in the league that can match the old New York Cosmos for name recognition – not globally and not in the United States.

Aston Villa’s Bent buy will flummox O’Neill

January 19, 2011

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If eyebrows were raised when Aston Villa decided to spend up to 24 million pounds on striker Darren Bent then former manager Martin O’Neill’s forehead must have been pinned to his living room ceiling when the news broke on Tuesday.

Happy Birthday Pep. Now, about that contract…

January 18, 2011

SPAINBirthday congratulations have been pouring in all week for Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who turned 40 on Tuesday, and it is worth taking a moment to reflect on his phenomenal record since he took over from Frank Rijkaard at the end of the 2007-08 season.

Real’s search for a striker — who fits the bill?

January 14, 2011

SOCCER-EUROPAJose Mourinho’s constant pressuring of Real Madrid for another striker has finally paid off, with director general Jorge Valdano saying they were in the market for a number nine.

Bosnian diamond Dzeko could turn City’s fortunes

January 12, 2011

SOCCER-ENGLAND/CITY-DZEKOIf Edin Dzeko can adapt seamlessly to the Premier League’s high-tempo game, the blue half of Manchester may at long last get the trophy they have craved since 1968, when City won their last top-flight title.

Winter World Cup looks more and more a reality

January 11, 2011

SOCCER-ASIA/AFCWhat Sepp Blatter wants he usually gets. So when the FIFA president said that the Qatari World Cup finals will “probably” be in the winter because of the summer heat you can safely begin preparations now for your trip to the Middle East in January 2022.

Messi’s FIFA Ballon d’Or award is still a victory for team football

January 10, 2011

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It’s strange that when 2009 winner Lionel Messi was awarded the combined FIFA Ballon d’Or award on Monday there was shock in the Zurich auditorium and around the globe.

Kenny makes cute move in turning to Clark

January 10, 2011

SOCCER-ENGLAND/CUPKenny Dalgish resisted the temptation to surround himself with Liverpool “old boys” on Monday when Steve Clarke was named as first team coach at Anfield.