Reuters Soccer Blog

Donovan leads America to the promised landon

June 23, 2010

donovanThe following is a guest post by David Henry Sterry, who is co-author of “The Glorious World Cup: A Fanatics Guide, for those who like their soccer with a side of kick ass.” The opinions expressed are his own.

Tougher action needed on soccer ‘simulation’

June 23, 2010

SOCCER-WORLDChile’s Group H game against Switzerland was wrecked as a spectacle by the dismissal of Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami for what the referee saw as a serious foul on Chile’s Arturo Vidal — to the disbelief of Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld and his players.

Don’t blame the referees, blame the players

June 21, 2010


I watched the Brazil v Ivory Coast match in the bar of a Cape Town media hotel on Sunday and, not that it was really needed, was given another reminder of what an impossible job referees have in modern football.

Community Blog: Tourists, where art thou?

June 21, 2010

SAFRICA-I work in an arts and crafts shop, and I can tell first hand that the tourists are either hiding because of the weather in Cape Town or we’re too expensive for them. Either way, they are not showing their faces. 

Community Blog: Keeping out the pigeons

June 21, 2010

SAFRICA-2010/Feral pigeons, stray crows and roaming rodents have been trying to make a home for themselves at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. But they have been kept at bay…by trained falcons.

New Zealand draw with Italy in another World Cup shock

June 20, 2010

YEAREND PICTURESNew Zealand could not quite pull off a win over Italy in their second Group F game on Sunday but a 1-1 draw still represented an extraordinary achievement.

England melt in World Cup pressure cooker

June 20, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/After England treated their fans to a second excruciatingly dull World Cup performance in South Africa on Friday, those wanting answers were left with a bemused looking Fabio Capello and an irate Wayne Rooney rant to television cameras.

World Cup 2010 podcast – day 7

June 17, 2010

Join Mike Collett, Mark Gleeson, Simon Evans and Kevin Fylan for a little night’s look back on a long day of excellent football at the World Cup in South Africa.

The toughest job at the World Cup

June 17, 2010


Can there be a more difficult job at the World Cup than providing the simultaneous translation when Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa is speaking?

Floodgates should open after slow start

June 17, 2010


The opening group stage matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa produced only 25 goals in 16 matches, 14 less than the same stage of the competition at the 2006 event in Germany.