Reuters Soccer Blog

Community Blog: Mexicans wave into Polokwane

By Reuters Staff
June 17, 2010

MexicancultureA group of Mexican fans treated themselves to an extraordinary day in Polokwane.

Fantastico, were the words I could get out of a young Mexican lady who had just enjoyed a long massage, a dance with a cultural group and an exhilarating crash and drive on go-carts.

Student loses shorts during training

June 17, 2010

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A portly South African student joined in Italy training on Thursday but got more than he bargained for when he lost his shorts trying a diving header and was later asked to step aside.

Community Blog: Kindness worth more than gold

By Reuters Staff
June 17, 2010

MexicanPLKThe debate of inflated prices during the Soccer World Cup is an unending one. And in the end, what is on the price tag is entirely up to the service provider.

Swiss breathe much-needed life into World Cup

June 16, 2010

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Who would have thought it would fall to Switzerland to rescue the World Cup from drowning in a sea of tedium?

The U.S. and soccer – that joke isn’t funny anymore

June 16, 2010

SOCCER-USA/Even though the results of the United States team in international competition indicate the country has become a respectable force in the game, in the past 12 months beating European champions Spain and drawing with presumed World Cup contenders England for example, there remain many who doubt whether soccer can ever capture the imagination of the sporting public in the United States.

Messi rediscovering the joy of youth

June 16, 2010

SOCCER-WORLDLionel Messi, no longer the forlorn figure of the South American qualifiers, might have been back with the under-20s such was his influence and sheer enjoyment in Argentina’s opening World Cup match.

Community Blog: Shay’ ivuvuzela, or not

By Zaheer Cassim
June 15, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/Love it or hate it, the vuvuzela has brought a buzz to the 2010 Word Cup.  Some fans from around the world have embraced this trumpet and are all merrily blowing away at the stadiums.  Some cannot stand it and have asked Fifa to put a stop to the trumpet.

Community Blog: Fan parks not for the fainthearted

June 15, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/I have decided that the World Cup fan parks are not my cup of tea. I am a bit of a football snob who prefers to either watch the game at the stadium or in front of the telly where I can follow the proceedings closely.

Community Blog: Whatever the cost

By Reuters Staff
June 13, 2010

PlkfanparkScores of Bafana Bafana fans made their way to the Polokwane Fan Fest area in a public demonstration of utter patriotism.

A South Africa rugby match is a whole other world

June 12, 2010

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The contrast between the highly-controlled environs of the soccer World Cup venues and the likes of Cape Town’s Newlands stadium, home to a South Africa v France rugby test on Saturday, was marked.