Reuters Soccer Blog

Should fans have the right to buy into their clubs?

March 29, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/BARCELONA-PRESIDENTInteresting story in the Guardian this morning, saying Britain’s Labour government, if re-elected, are ready to unleash plans to give fans the right to buy their clubs when they come up for sale, and to insist that current club owners give up a stake as high as 25 percent to their supporters.

Messi at start of long journey to becoming the best ever

March 22, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/Lionel Messi’s sublime hat-trick for Barcelona against Real Zaragoza on Sunday – his second triple in consecutive La Liga matches – provided more ammunition for those who believe he is the best player in the world.

Champion League draw: Arsenal v Barcelona – your views

March 19, 2010

So there’ll be one French side in the semi-finals and Inter Milan will be extremely pleased to have drawn CSKA Moscow in the quarters.

Magical Messi needs settled side to mesmerize World Cup

March 17, 2010

Lionel Messi’s hat-trick for Barcelona last weekend has once again sparked the debate in Argentina over his indifferent form for his country.

Sevilla training ground highlights disparity in La Liga resources

March 15, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Seeing Sevilla’s rather dilapidated training ground for the first time in the beautiful Andalusian sunshine on Monday morning really brought home the gulf in resources compared with La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Real Madrid need stability — not another new coach

March 12, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/REALReal Madrid president Florentino Perez will have two conflicting voices whispering in his ear as he contemplates Wednesday’s devastating Champions League exit against Olympique Lyon.

Is Guardiola losing his Midas Touch?

March 10, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/It was always going to be difficult for Pep Guardiola to repeat last year’s astonishing achievements when Barcelona swept up six trophies.

Spanish masters riding high in the money league

March 3, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/Deloitte’s latest survey of the world’s richest soccer clubs, entitled “Spanish Masters”, highlights how the dominance enjoyed by the top two, Real Madrid and Barcelona, largely depends on them raking in around half the available income from La Liga broadcast rights.

How bad can pre-match entertainment get?

February 24, 2010

There are 20 minutes left to kick off for VfB Stuttgart’s match of the year, a round-of-16 Champions League tie against Barcelona. The game has been declared a sellout. Yet the stadium is only half full.