Reuters Soccer Blog

Should the cup-tied rule be abolished in the Champions League?

February 16, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/How AC Milan were crying out for the guile of Antonio Cassano or the tough tackling of Mark Van Bommel (who could have replaced Gennaro Gattuso before he lost his head) in Tuesday’s 1-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League last 16 first leg.

Where do awful Italy go from here?

June 25, 2010

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If you thought Italy were awful at this World Cup it could get even worse in future tournaments.

Balotelli succeeds Cassano as Lippi’s torment

March 4, 2010

SOCCER-ITALY/No¬†sooner had the campaign to get¬†Sampdoria forward Antonio Cassano an Italy call-up subsided than Inter Milan’s Mario Balotelli had taken his place as coach Marcello Lippi’s ‘tormentor’.

Unimaginative Inter could have taken punt on Cassano

August 25, 2009

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has again lamented the lack of a playmaker* following Sunday’s 1-1 home draw with Bari in their Serie A opener.

Lippi and Capello get grief for two very different reasons

March 24, 2009

Italy coach Marcello Lippi probably expected to be grilled for again overlooking Antonio Cassano, but England counterpart Fabio Capello may not have foreseen the furore surrounding him actually picking a player.