Reuters Soccer Blog

Is Spanish football more polarised than ever?

February 22, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/BARCELONA-PRESIDENTReal Madrid and Barcelona dominate European football in terms of economic might and sporting success, a study of the continent’s five major leagues has shown.

Are Henry’s days at Barcelona numbered?

February 17, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Thierry Henry has cut a forlorn figure sitting on the bench during Barcelona’s last three La Liga matches, raising questions over the French striker’s future in Spain.

‘Iniesta generation’ flooding Barcelona maternity wards

January 29, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/The first week of May 2009 was a rather good one for Barcelona fans and it seems like many of them celebrated in the time honoured fashion.

Can Ronaldinho really get back to his best?

January 19, 2010

Ronaldinho is enjoying his best form in four years but he is still some way off the awesome performances he managed in the middle of the last decade (Noughties? ).

Messi quietly stealing the limelight from Ronaldo

January 18, 2010

Real Madrid forward SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Cristiano Ronaldo has not not been shy in trumpeting his intention to win back the FIFA World Player of the Year award, but current holder Lionel Messi appears to have other ideas.

Bravo for the unpredictable King’s Cup!

January 15, 2010

SOCCER/Spain’s much-maligned King’s Cup struggles to make an impression these days with La Liga and the Champions League squeezing it into a distant third in terms of prestige and matches poorly attended.

Real’s precision missiles v Barca’s extraordinary teamwork

December 10, 2009

Cristiano Ronaldo’s thunderous free kick for Real Madrid against Olympique Marseille and Barcelona’s slick passing move that led to Xavi’s equaliser away to Dynamo Kiev were given a statistical overhaul in the Spanish media on Thursday.

Early Christmas present for Van Gaal, Bayern

December 9, 2009

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal got an early Christmas present. He gets to keep his job until at least after the festive season is over following Bayern’s 4-1 crushing of Juventus in Italy to advance to the Champions League knockout stage.

Messi wins Ballon D’Or almost unanimously

December 1, 2009

There was never any doubt was there? Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been awarded the 2009 Ballon D’Or by French magazine France Football.

Ibrahimovic volley gives Barcelona bragging rights

November 29, 2009

A Barcelona-Real Madrid game that veered from the brilliant to the banal, as is pretty much always the case in these contests, was settled 1-0 in favour of the Catalans by a great finish from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, following an even better pass from Dani Alves.