Reuters Soccer Blog

More points for opening matches, less yawning

June 12, 2010

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The World Cup is under way and with it the traditionally lifeless opening group matches with teams happy to settle for a draw, fearful all could be lost in only the first encounter.

Maradona no more of a cheat than ‘hard men’

June 12, 2010

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Diego Maradona’s appeal for fair play has had certain sections of the British media sniggering like naughty school boys.

Rajevac accused of divided loyalties before Serbia match

June 12, 2010

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Milovan Rajevac has already had to defend himself on several occasions as to the extent of his commitment to Ghana’s cause.

The new Landon Donovans

By Reuters Staff
June 11, 2010

SOCCER The following is a guest post by Michael J. Agovino, author of  “The Bookmaker,” who will be blogging about the World Cup for TheAtlantic.com. The opinions expressed are his own.

Soccer World Cup – live

June 11, 2010

Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup in South Africa. Join us here for live updates and on-the-spot colour from every game and the times inbetween.

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Community Blog: Power cut dampens township’s World Cup mood

By Reuters Staff
June 11, 2010
SOUTH-AFRICANwabisa Ingrid Jamekwana writes from Khayelitsha township on the outskirts of Cape Town on the difficulties of watching the World Cup there.

The excitement is here in the townships too. We have our flags, our caps, our second hand sport shirts. All that is missing are the games.

Community Blog: Via Orlando!

June 11, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/CONCERTOrlando in Soweto provided the venue for the first ever FIFA World Cup Kick Off Concert. And what a night it was. This whole week I was soothed to sleep by the sounds of night rehearsals by the artists who were preparing at Orlando Stadium, which is about five minutes away from my home.

Community Blog: Street traders get paid

By Reuters Staff
June 11, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/Street traders in Port Elizabeth seem to be raking in the benefits of being a host city in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Known as the Friendly City, Port Elizabeth’s street traders said this week they too were enjoying the business boom brought by the tournament.

Will America ever love soccer like Brazilians?

By Dan Friedman
June 10, 2010

brazilfan2The following is a guest post by Dan Friedman, a former captain of the Cambridge University soccer team, a contributor to the New York Times soccer blog and a qualified New Jersey soccer coach. He is also the Arts and Culture editor for the Jewish Daily Forward. The opinions expressed are his own.

I’m not one to blow my own trumpet…

June 10, 2010

My vuvuzela is a glorious item – 70 cm of shiny plastic in the colours of the South African flag with the potential to deafen anyone nearby with the “sound of a herd of elephants”.