Reuters Soccer Blog

Which soccer players would make good Star Trek characters?

May 14, 2009

With the new Star Trek film out, we thought we’d have a bit of fun and see which soccer players could play the famous characters.

Six reasons for Argentina’s 6-1 defeat to Bolivia

April 3, 2009

Argentine media allocate dozens of pages to football daily and the country has two 24-hour cable channels almost exclusively dedicated to the sport. Quite often it’s a struggle to fill all that paper and airtime — so much so that one of the TV channels passes away the afternoon with a programme in which the presenters play foot-tennis.

Will Argentina be better off without Riquelme?

March 12, 2009

Even before this week’s outburst and his decision to quit Argentina for the second time in three years, Juan Roman Riquelme’s future with the national team had looked uncertain.

Vlog on the Pitch: In search of the best World Cup goal

December 3, 2008

In which our very own World Cup Wyatt peers at everyone’s favourite 5 kilos of gold and malachite, and asks: “What’s your favourite World Cup goal?”

Let’s take ‘deliberately’ out of the handball law

November 25, 2008

I have a suggestion on how to clear up inconsistencies with handballs.

Law 12 states that “a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player…handles the ball deliberately”.                                                                  

Vlog on the Pitch: Where will it end for Maradona?

November 18, 2008

Vlog on the Pitch host Owen Wyatt is in Glasgow to see the preparations for Diego Maradona’s first game in charge of Argentina.

A taste of what’s to come from Maradona?

November 14, 2008

It has taken only a week for Diego Maradona’s appointment as coach to turn the Argentina national side into something approaching a cabaret.

Mascherano is captain, but Messi must play the Maradona role

November 11, 2008

When Carlos Bilardo began his job as Argentina coach in January 1983, the first thing he did was to visit Maradona in Spain where he was playing for Barcelona.

Argentina ‘in the hands of God’

November 4, 2008

“We’re in the hands of God,” some Argentine newspapers said after Diego Maradona was appointed coach of Argentina, a move that has just been confirmed.

Forget Maradona, the real surprise is seeing Bilardo back

October 29, 2008

Amid all the furore over Diego Maradona’s imminent appointment as Argentina coach, an equally surprising and significant development has been all but overlooked: the return of Carlos Bilardo to the national team set-up at the age of 69, and after an 18-year absence.