Reuters Soccer Blog

Is the Premier League eating the rest of football?

April 10, 2008

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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.

Bad times return to Camp Nou

April 8, 2008

Henry takes a breatherOn Sunday night, after five years of calm, Barcelona fans finally exploded. The white handkerchiefs — a common way of showing frustration in Spain’s stadiums — were out, against the club president, the coach, the players … anybody involved in what seems set to be a second straight trophy-less year.

Should Rijkaard have his parachute ready?

April 2, 2008

Rijkaard hugs BojanIt was just like old times for me covering Frank Rijkaard’s press conferences either side of Barcelona’s Champions League win over Schalke, as another Dutch coach got the Louis van Gaal treatment from the media.

Friday afternoon question: Will Ronaldinho leave Barcelona?

March 29, 2008

Ronaldo de Assís Moreira AKA RonaldinhoIs Ronaldinho about to become the latest player to leave the Nou Camp by the back door?

‘Epicomedia’ and the league no one wants to win

March 25, 2008

Pepe gestures in disbeliefIt is has already been dubbed the league title no one wants to win and with its succession of mishaps, slip-ups, fall-outs and injuries, this season’s Primera Liga plot has taken more twists than even the most low-budget Spanish afternoon soap opera.