Reuters Soccer Blog

Villar success highlights wider malaise

July 22, 2011

Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar could win the vote as player of the Copa America – emulating Oliver Kahn, the Germany keeper named top player at the 2002 World Cup.

Will God be Brazilian in 2014?

April 4, 2011

SOCCER-LATAM/“God is Brazilian” is a favourite phrase for Brazilians when fortune smiles on their country.

Soccer Break Wednesday

March 30, 2011

SOCCER-FRIENDLY/Now the international period is over we can focus on domestic issues again, or can we?

Soccer Break Monday

March 28, 2011

SOCCER-FRIENDLY/Welcome back to another week of digesting the global game, and where better to start than with a look at the Lionel Messi effect on the sport.

Scotland on their way back to London, but England match must wait a while

March 15, 2011

tartanScotland’s soccer team return to London for the first time since 1999 at the end of this month — but they won’t be playing England at Wembley.

Farewell Ronaldo, one of the game’s greats

February 14, 2011

SPORT SOCCER WORLDRonaldo has just made the official announcement that he is to retire with immediate effect, bringing to an end one of the great soccer stories.

Where does benchwarmer Ronaldinho go from here?

December 13, 2010

AC Milan are flying high at the top of Serie A but Ronaldinho is stuck to the bench with Massimiliano Allegri-branded glue.

Premature move for Swiss prodigy Ben Khalifa?

October 7, 2010

SOCCER-EUROPE/SWITZERLANDThe Swiss Super League is certainly not the strongest in the world but it’s a fairly safe bet to say that it beats the German fourth division. So why has 18-year-old Nassim Ben Khalifa, one of Switzerland’s most exciting prospects, swapped the former for the latter?

Just how important is the World Cup?

July 6, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/ No other sporting event has the same impact as the World Cup. Entire countries grind to a halt to watch games, no more so than Brazil where shopping and banking hours are completely altered throughout the tournament month and many just take an official month-long holiday. Politicians jump on the bandwagon, making a big thing of how much they are supporting the team, and launch government inquiries when their teams fail.

Reuters World Cup 2010 podcast — quarter-finals (II)

July 3, 2010

Listen!

Join us for a look back at the extraordinary first two quarter-finals at the World Cup and a look forward to Germany v Argentina and Spain v Paraguay. Paul Radford, Felix Bate, Jon Bramley and Kevin Fylan argue over the merits of penalty goals in soccer and consider Ghana’s desperate misfortune.