Reuters Soccer Blog

La Liga: The most boring competition in Europe?

October 1, 2009

A few days ago, Real Zaragoza president Eduardo Bandres said: “The Spanish league will be a matter totally and absolutely between two teams, among other things because the system for distributing television rights determines that it will be this way. It is unique in Europe and because of this the Spanish league is one of the most boring in Europe.”

Barcelona v Atletico: Is there a more entertaining fixture?

September 20, 2009

You are guaranteed goals when Barcelona take on Atletico Madrid each season, and Saturday’s encounter at the Nou Camp was no exception as the European champions romped to a 5-2 victory.

Can Reyes win over the Atletico boo-boys?

August 26, 2009

Jose Antonio Reyes has some work to do to win over Atletico Madrid’s hardcore fans judging by the reception he received on Tuesday, when he came on as a late substitute at the Calderon in their 2-0 Champions League play-off win over Panathinaikos.

Did Spain’s Euro 2008 win jinx the clubs?

March 4, 2009

Spain overcame 44 years of underachievement on the international stage when they were crowned European champions at Euro 2008. Not only did they win the tournament, but their players, their style and their attacking ambition were hailed around the world.

Aguero magic could pose problem for Atletico

March 3, 2009

The sort of performance Sergio Aguero turned in to inspire victory over Barcelona could be a curse as well as a blessing for Atletico Madrid, who are only going to find themselves under more pressure to sell him to one of Europe’s powerhouse clubs come the end of the season.

Can new Atletico coach do a Guardiola?

February 4, 2009

Atletico Madrid’s decision to appoint Abel Resino as coach in place of the mild-mannered Javier Aguirre should help placate disgruntled fans and unsettled players.

It really is time to call in the cameras now

October 23, 2008

There has been a long-running debate about video technology in football and surely the time has now come to assist referees and linesmen with offside decisions.