Reuters Soccer Blog

Should Real be punished if red cards are deemed deliberate?

November 24, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/It’s one of the most farcical scenes I’ve ever seen in soccer. Real Madrid duo Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos taking ages to take kicks in the 4-0 win at Ajax and getting second yellow cards for timewasting and hence being sent off.

A bad way to crown champions

November 22, 2010

SOCCER-MLS/So that was MLS Cup again.

Call me a typical English soccer-snob but I still find the very idea of the game to be just wrong and ultimately self-defeating for the North American league.

Is Benitez at fault for Inter implosion?

November 22, 2010

SOCCER-ITALY/A lack of fit players, lack of effective training, lack of buys, lack of hunger, lack of Jose Mourinho.

Will United fans forgive and forget?

November 18, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/Football fans are very forgiving types – if my football club were a person I’d have stopped speaking to it a long time ago.

Reports of Chelsea’s decline are greatly exaggerated

November 17, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/Former Chelsea midfielder Tony Cascarino must be in the running for an award for biggest over-reaction by a football pundit.

What next for pampered players — overcoats?

November 12, 2010

ISOCCER-ENGLAND blame the late, great Keith Weller of Leicester City.

He started the trend for “cold-weather clothing” when he pulled on a pair of white tights one winter’s day in the 1970s.

Real’s Carvalho showing Chelsea what they are missing

November 8, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/Any eyebrows raised when Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho signed 32-year-old Portuguese compatriot Ricardo Carvalho from Chelsea have been firmly put back into place as the centre back is proving an extremely astute purchase.

Lucas hints at brighter Anfield future

November 8, 2010

SOCCER-EUROPA/Lucas Leiva has often been dismissed as a mediocre battler with little or no star quality, but the much-maligned midfielder’s performance against Chelsea marked him out as an influential part of Liverpool’s recent recovery.

Mr. Rich invests in Bedlington for the love of the game

November 5, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/BEDLINGTONAmerican billionaire Robert Rich Jr, the 488th richest man in the world, can buy just about anything he wants to from private jets to diamonds, mansions to ocean-going liners and everything in between.

Comolli appointment a step into the sabermetrics unknown for Liverpool

November 4, 2010

SOCCER-EUROPAThe appointment of Damien Comolli as Liverpool’s director of football strategy represents a step into the unknown for the Anfield club, with statistical analysis likely to replace the traditional eye for talent in the transfer market.