Reuters Soccer Blog

Did Barcelona sleep through the Inter videos?

April 21, 2010

Inter Milan’s masterclass performance against Barcelona will have impressed many, including Pep Guardiola, and produced just the first-leg outcome the tie needed to set up a gripping return leg at the Nou Camp next Wednesday.

Champions League live blog — Bayern Munich v Olympiqye Lyon

April 20, 2010

Bayern Munich take on Olympique Lyon in the first leg of the second Champions League semi-final and we’ll be following the match between these two stylish teams live from 1845 GMT, 2045 in central Europe.

Quarrymen give Barca the edge over Real

April 13, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/A Spanish soccer club’s youth programme is known as the “cantera”, or quarry, and Barcelona’s current dominance of Real Madrid highlights how the Catalans have mined theirs much more efficiently than their arch rivals.

Not a classic “Clasico” but a fascinating experience

April 12, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/Saturday’s game between Real Madrid and Barcelona had been dubbed “the match of the millennium” by sports daily Marca and for anyone living in Spain it was impossible to ignore “El Clasico” in the days leading up to the clash at Real’s Bernabeu stadium.

Premier League in decline or just a minor blip?

April 8, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/English clubs have failed to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2003, after Arsenal were undone by a superior Barcelona side driven by the brilliant Lionel Messi and Manchester United suffered an astonishing breakdown against Bayern Munich.

Messi lights up my first Nou Camp experience

April 7, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Waiting for the post-match news conferences after a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona swept into the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday, a phone rang among the cameramen at the back of the room.

Messi outshines Walcott (and everyone else on the planet)

April 7, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/So much hype about how Theo Walcott could be the difference and help Arsenal oust Barcelona from the Champions League on Tuesday night proved a bit unfortunate, didn’t it? Walcott again produced a frustrating performance as he was outshone by the wizard that is Lionel Messi.

Champions League quarter-finals: Messi v Arsenal

April 6, 2010

We’re following the Champions League quarter-final second legs live. Join us to see if Barcelona can see off Arsenal to make the last four.

Fabregas gamble made for a great occasion

April 1, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/“It was a gamble worth taking, it was an amazing experience,  an amazing game and I will remember it all my life. This was the best team I have faced in my life.”

Champions League quarter-finals — live

March 30, 2010

We’re live blogging the night’s two Champions League quarter-final first legs, with expert commentary and analysis, including on-the-spot details from our reporters in the stadiums (or stadia, if you prefer).