Reuters Soccer Blog

Prandelli breaks the mould by naming his teams a day early

October 12, 2010

SOCCER-EURO/In rugby, teams are often named several days before matches — a habit I’ve never really understood.

Salmantinos hail local hero Del Bosque

October 8, 2010

SOCCER-EURO/SPAINVicente del Bosque has been given a welcome more befitting a rock star than a soccer coach in his native Salamanca this week, where his World Cup-winning Spain team play Lithuania in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

from Left field:

Messi, Maradona and Batista

October 8, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/With Sergio Batista at the Argentina helm, Lionel Messi has the chance to develop into the truly great footballer his talent has promised since last year’s exploits with Barcelona.

Premature move for Swiss prodigy Ben Khalifa?

October 7, 2010

SOCCER-EUROPE/SWITZERLANDThe Swiss Super League is certainly not the strongest in the world but it’s a fairly safe bet to say that it beats the German fourth division. So why has 18-year-old Nassim Ben Khalifa, one of Switzerland’s most exciting prospects, swapped the former for the latter?

Forlan’s fond memories of Leeds

October 6, 2010

SOCCER/FORLANIt was a surreal experience to sit at Atletico Madrid´s training ground talking to a Uruguayan former Manchester United player about the Leeds United team circa 2002.

Mixed reactions for Liverpool fans over possible sale

October 6, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/Liverpool supporters will be glad to be possibly getting rid of their current U.S. owners but probably did not envisage another set of Americans taking over.

Bit late for De Jong rebuke, Mr Marwijk

October 5, 2010

If Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk had slapped down Nigel de Jong after the World Cup final, Hatem Ben Arfa might now not be facing six months out with a broken leg.

Lazio soar like their new eagle

October 5, 2010

SOCCER-ITALY/Lazio, Serie A champions in 2000 but largely also-rans ever since, came up with a not very new idea before the season to try to boost their fortunes this term.

Champions League podcast – 2

September 28, 2010

Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Karim Benzema and Juan Mata are among the strikers up for discussion in the latest edition of our Reuters Sports Champions League podcast. Kevin Fylan is joined by Ed Osmond, Owen Wyatt, Paul Radford and Mark Meadows.