Reuters Soccer Blog

Nervous managers lack Christmas cheer after Allardyce axe

December 14, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/CUPThe festive season is upon us but, just like turkeys, Premier League managers will be getting a bit twitchy after two of their brotherhood fell to the axe in the past week.

Where does benchwarmer Ronaldinho go from here?

December 13, 2010

AC Milan are flying high at the top of Serie A but Ronaldinho is stuck to the bench with Massimiliano Allegri-branded glue.

Can Mourinho triumph again in Champions League or have Real peaked too early?

December 9, 2010

Jose Mourinho’s gamble of swapping Champions League holders Inter Milan for recent underachievers Real Madrid looks to have paid off following a group stage where his new side excelled.

Newcastle failing to learn from 20 years of managerial mayhem

December 6, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/CUPAfter Newcastle United chalked up their biggest home win over local rivals Sunderland for more than half a century in October, crushing their biggest rivals 5-1, the first question manager Chris Hughton was asked was whether he thought the victory had made his job safe.

Soccer City a white elephant? 90,000 say otherwise

December 6, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/Since July’s World Cup final, which attracted an official attendance of 84 490, the crowds at Johannesburg’s Soccer City have been getting bigger and bigger.

In FIFA, U.S. are no superpower

December 3, 2010

SOCCER/So it will be Qatar and not the United States who host the 2022 World Cup finals – a decision from FIFA’s executive committee that left many fans in the U.S. angry, dismayed and a little confused.

FIFA’s World Cup decision day — live

December 1, 2010

We’ll be following all the presentations and the vote itself as FIFA’s executive committee decides on the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

FIFA battens down the hatches as allegations mount

December 1, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/The chill winds of corruption allegations swirling once again around FIFA’s Zurich HQ have got world soccer’s bosses busy battening down the hatches in the forlorn hope that, if ignored, they will all just blow away.

Five things we learned, or had confirmed, in Monday’s “Clasico”

November 30, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/CLASICO1. Lionel Messi is a more effective “big game player” than Cristiano Ronaldo.

An Englishman abroad? Rooney might not have fitted the bill

November 26, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/So Wayne Rooney says he would only have left Manchester United to go abroad. Could the fact that foreign suitors seemed shy to express any interest have anything to do with his sudden U-turn to stay at the Premier League club?