Reuters Soccer Blog

TV spat threatens La Liga matchday 30

March 28, 2011

SOCCER-SPAIN/TAX-STRIKEIn the latest edition of our Monday Spanish soccer blog, Mark Elkington looks at a dispute that threatens the next round of La Liga matches, Spain’s Euro 2012 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Lithuania and the problems affecting second-division leaders Rayo Vallecano.

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?

Why Henry’s move might not kickstart transfer window

July 14, 2010

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Barcelona’s Thierry Henry is heading to New York Red Bulls in a widely expected move but don’t think the first big post-World Cup transfer means the window will suddenly be awash with deals.

Thinking the unthinkable: should Liverpool sell Torres?

November 3, 2009

It is a little glib to suggest that Liverpool have a one-man strike force in Fernando Torres.

La Liga: The most boring competition in Europe?

October 1, 2009

A few days ago, Real Zaragoza president Eduardo Bandres said: “The Spanish league will be a matter totally and absolutely between two teams, among other things because the system for distributing television rights determines that it will be this way. It is unique in Europe and because of this the Spanish league is one of the most boring in Europe.”

Villa, the Spanish goal machine, stuck in the Europa League

September 6, 2009

It’s hard to believe Spain striker David Villa will not be playing in the Champions League again this season.

Was Villa right to make Sporting gesture?

November 17, 2008

David Villa had a trip down memory lane this weekend when Valencia hosted Sporting Gijon in the Primera Liga, the Asturian club where he began his professional career.

Which Euro 2008 players are on the move?

July 1, 2008

As the dust settles on Euro 2008 and attention turns to transfer market, it will be interesting to see how many of the top performers from the tournament will be on the move in the coming weeks.