Reuters Soccer Blog

Real Madrid v Liverpool — what a difference two months make

February 23, 2009

Back in December, when the draw for the first knock-out round of the Champions League was made, Liverpool could be forgiven for feeling pretty pleased with the prospect of renewing their acquaintance with Real Madrid. How different things look now.

Is it possible for Barcelona to lose the Primera Liga?

February 10, 2009

Barcelona look unstoppable this season but did Sporting Gijon coach Manolo Preciado tempt fate when he said it was crazy to think La Liga was not already in the bag?

Which shock late transfers would you like to see?

January 30, 2009

The end of the transfer window is fast approaching and so far it has been fairly quiet (if we exclude the Manchester City-Kaka saga as it didn’t go through).

Man City’s Roll Call of the Quite Good

January 7, 2009

There’s a knack to spending large amounts of money, and Manchester City just haven’t got it, have they?

Guardiola has come a long way in 18 years

December 16, 2008

Eighteen years ago today, on Dec. 16 1990, a 19-year-old midfielder made his debut for Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona dream team in a Primera Liga match against Cadiz.

Real show signs of improvement, but can Barca be caught?

December 15, 2008

Has new Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos picked up where he left off at struggling Tottenham Hotspur?

You can’t beat Barca v Real or Juve against Milan

December 12, 2008

There was a lot of fuss about Bayern Munich v Hoffenheim and Chelsea v Arsenal in the last few weeks but for me this weekend offers the best two games in domestic football.

Will predictable Champions League have new winner?

December 11, 2008

The 16 teams that reached the Champions League first knockout round were again the usual suspects expected to go through. The group stage of Europe’s premier club competition unfolded rather predictably after a few early shocks.

Real fans glad to see back of Schuster, welcome Ramos

December 10, 2008

Chatting with Real Madrid fans outside the Bernabeu ahead of their Champions League match against Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday, the overwhelming attitude expressed was one of relief that the club was rid of Bernd Schuster.

Time for Ronaldo to retire?

November 19, 2008

When you manage just 22 minutes in a charity friendly, it is usually a bad sign.

Brazilian Ronaldo was huffing and puffing after his short cameo in Morocco on Monday against a Zinedine Zidane XI and now he is seriously considering retirement.