Reuters Soccer Blog

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.

‘You call this noise? What is a million vuvuzelas?’

By Reuters Staff
June 13, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/By Ruona Agbroko

If it hadn’t been for Nigeria’s goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, the 1-0 defeat to Argentina could have been much worse for the African side. That is one reason why the Nigerian supporter contingent, even if outnumbered by the Argentinian fans, remained upbeat throught the match.

Maradona gets one over on England again

June 13, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/Argentina and England have one of the great soccer rivalries and although they were not playing each other on Saturday Argentina still managed to score a psychological victory over their old foes.

Maradona no more of a cheat than ‘hard men’

June 12, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD

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

World Cup 2010 podcast – day 1

June 11, 2010

Join us for our podcast on day one of the first African World Cup, as hosts South Africa prepare to test their growing confidence against unpredictable Mexico in front of 90,000 vuvuzela-blaring fans in Soccer City.

Tevez provides sweet headache for Maradona

May 25, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/Carlos Tevez has quickly gained the love of supporters wherever he has played, first at Boca Juniors, then Corinthians, now in the Premier League, with his never-say-die attitude added to considerable ball skills.

Magical Messi needs settled side to mesmerize World Cup

March 17, 2010

Lionel Messi’s hat-trick for Barcelona last weekend has once again sparked the debate in Argentina over his indifferent form for his country.

Menotti unhappy with Maradona’s priorities

March 10, 2010
Diego Maradona, coach of Argentina's national soccer team attends a news conference in Munich March 1, 2010. Germany will play a friendly soccer match against Argentina on March 3, 2010. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Even Diego Maradona’s harshest critics, including Cesar Luis Menotti, recognised that they saw an improvement in Argentina’s defence in last week’s 1-0 win over Germany and some sort of shape to the team.

Argentina’s World Cup squad falls into place

February 19, 2010

After the century of call-ups and largely meaningless tests against mediocre opposition in friendlies, not to mention the lack of direction in the qualifiers, talent and form look set to win out in the race for places in Argentina’s World Cup squad.

Maradona and the meaning of wearing the albiceleste shirt

February 12, 2010

Diego Maradona is in danger of demeaning as a coach the light blue and white Argentine stripes he graced and worshipped as a player.