Reuters Soccer Blog

The strange story of Ibra and Pep

August 25, 2010

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As Barcelona close in on the signing of Javier Mascherano from Liverpool, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future at the club seems to becoming ever more complicated.

Ibrahimovic? Milan need something

August 23, 2010

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AC Milan have confirmed they are trying to sign Barcelona forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and judging by their pre-season form, they really need a spark.

Real put faith in youth to topple Barcelona

August 18, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/Real Madrid’s signing of Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil is further proof that they have opted for youth and pace this year, after glitz and glamour failed to knock Barcelona off their perch last season.

Bullfighting banned in Catalonia — So how will David Villa celebrate now?

July 31, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/Now that the Spanish region of Catalonia has banned bullfighting, what will happen to striker David’s Villa goal-scoring celebrations?

Franckly, there’s only one replacement for Fabregas

May 20, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/ARSENALEvents, dear boy, events… If they can blow governments off course, they can blow the plans of football managers right out of the water. Just ask Arsene Wenger.

Guardiola needs to show mettle after Mourinho mugging

April 29, 2010

Failure and Pep Guardiola are words that haven’t appeared together in the same sentence for some time, but the Barcelona coach has a big task on his hands if he is to prevent them being applied to his side’s end of the season.

Are Inter fans getting overexcited too early?

April 29, 2010

Reaching a European Cup final for the first time since 1972 is success in itself for Inter Milan fans, as witnessed by the delirious scenes at Milan Malpensa airport as the team arrived back from eliminating holders Barcelona.

Barcelona v Inter Milan — Champions League live

April 28, 2010

Barcelona attempt to come back from a 3-1 defeat in the first leg when they host Inter Milan at Camp Nou. Will it be a happier night for Lionel Messi? Can Pep Guardiola get his own back on Jose Mourinho? Or will the Italians confirm their superiority and make it through to the final in Madrid?

Barca, Inter trade blows before European showdown

April 28, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/It’s considered irresponsible for a coach to call for fans to intimidate visiting teams and referees, just as it courts controversy to accuse rivals of diving a lot.