Reuters Soccer Blog

The soccer world has got defending free kicks all wrong

April 16, 2008

Owen Hargreaves

Why don’t teams put a man on the post when defending a free kick? Week after week I see free kicks fly into the corner of the net with the keeper helpless at the other side of the goal.

Is the Premier League eating the rest of football?

April 10, 2008


It was with more than the usual haste that I strode off from the Nou Camp after Frank Rijkaard’s customary non-committal news conference on the eve of Barcelona’s Champions League match against Schalke on Tuesday. Liverpool against Arsenal was being shown on terrestrial TV here in Spain and it was one of those games that you didn’t want to miss.

Unbelievable tension at Anfield will never be forgotten

April 9, 2008

Benitez and Wenger

Liverpool’s rivalry with Arsenal now involves 202 matches dating back to 1893 and Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final will, for the neutral, forever rank among the greatest of them all.

Liverpool 4 Arsenal 2 — your views on an instant classic

April 8, 2008

Liverpool celebrate

For once a tie between two English sides in Europe brought out the best of the Premier League. A breathless second leg at Anfield has already been hailed as a classic after Liverpool won through 5-3 on aggregate to set up yet another semi-final against Chelsea, which will doubtless be slightly less of a classic.

Liverpool Light — now that’s entertainment

April 7, 2008

Crouch celebratesWas it just me, or did anyone else secretly prefer Liverpool Light to the Real Thing?

Vlog on the pitch — What on earth was Bendtner up to?

April 4, 2008


Tune into the latest Vlog on the Pitch, as our dynamic duo Owen Wyatt and Jon Bramley discuss Manchester United’s effortless brilliance, Barcelona’s flawed beauty and Nicklas Bendtner’s inexplicable fondness for Irish dancing.

Arsenal and Liverpool serve up real English flavour

April 3, 2008

Fabregas and Lucas

Just how English was the all-English Champions League quarter-final between Arsenal and Liverpool on Wednesday?

Grant was Sunday’s big winner, Mascherano the loser

March 25, 2008

Ronaldo celebrates his goal against LiverpoolAvram Grant was being ridiculed last week as not good enough to manage Chelsea, while referees were getting stick for not coming down harder on dissent.