Reuters Soccer Blog

Italian protest reopens doping ban debate

February 2, 2009

All professional matches in Italy started 15 minutes late at the weekend in protest at the Court of Arbitration for Sport banning two players for a year for turning up late for a doping control.

A read of the FA Cup rules unlikely to put off Redknapp

January 22, 2009

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp’s frank admission that he will send a “mish-mash” side to face Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup tie adds to concerns that the competition has lost its elite status.

Beckham takes Serie A switch in his stride

January 12, 2009

David Beckham was in a chirpy mood after making his Serie A debut as a surprise starter in AC Milan’s 2-2 draw at AS Roma on Sunday.

Beckham takes first 38 touches for Milan

January 6, 2009

David Beckham’s first appearance for AC Milan was analysed in such detail by the Italian press that we know he made 38 touches of the ball.

There’s only one Michael Ballack..

November 20, 2008

Like political pundits on local election night, football reporters can’t help reading too much into the results of international friendlies.

Another meaningless friendly? Well, not quite…

November 19, 2008

Germany’s friendly against England at the Olympiastadion later on Wednesday will have the feel of a B international, given the absence of so many familiar players.

English managers on the rise in Premier League

October 30, 2008

The Premier League will always have its army of foreign players, some of whom are no better than English teenagers who make way for them, but the number of home-grown managers is at least growing.

Could Beckham be the new Pirlo?

October 29, 2008

If David Beckham’s loan move to AC Milan goes through, one of the options coach Carlo Ancelotti has in mind is to use him as an alternative to Andrea Pirlo as a deep midfield playmaker.

Why Owen’s England future looks grim under Capello

October 23, 2008

Capello and Owen

Fabio Capello said Michael Owen’s England career is not necessarily over after omitting the Newcastle man from his squad again for the Kazakhstan and Belarus World Cup qualifiers.

Beckham to AC Milan? Your views

October 22, 2008

It’s not totally confirmed yet but it looks like David Beckham is joining AC Milan on a short-term loan deal.