Reuters Soccer Blog

Theatricals starting to spoil the football

June 23, 2008

Villa gets a yellow card

When I go to the theatre, I wouldn’t expect to see a soccer match break out on stage.
And so when I’m watching a soccer match I don’t want to see theatrics.

Group winners pay the price for rotation at Euro 2008

June 22, 2008

Three drama-filled quarter-finals and three group winners are gone. Spain should be worried.

The two Spains: the positive and the negative

June 21, 2008

Fernando Torres

THE OPTIMIST  (Elena Moya)    
Spain’s chances of beating Italy and reaching the Euro 2008 semi-finals are better than ever.      
‘This time is different’ is the line that is repeated tournament after tournament, just before the team inevitably falls in the quarter-finals. But on this occasion it really is different, and here’s why.

Turkey go from draw in Malta to a Euro semi

June 21, 2008

On Sept. 8 2007, Turkey slumped to a 2-2 draw with minnows Malta in Euro qualifying.

Hey UEFA, leave them finals alone!

June 20, 2008

Klose scores

As someone once famously said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

They were not talking about the finals of the European Championship at the time, but the phrase certianly applies. UEFA, under pressure it must be said from some of their 53 member associations, are weighing up the pros and cons of expanding the Euros to either a 20 or 24-team tournament.

Ronaldo’s heart set on Madrid. Time for United to cash in?

June 20, 2008

Ronaldo reactsCristiano Ronaldo told Real Madrid what they wanted to hear when he reacted to Portugal’s Euro 2008 exit with a clear indication of what he has in mind for his future.

Germans incensed by another harsh penalty

June 19, 2008

Loew in training

UEFA’s decision to banish mild-mannered coach Joachim Loew from the touchline for Thursday’s quarter-final against Portugal is being put down to anti-German feeling by a lot of people here, a suspicion fanned by the angry response from German FA bosses.

Germany’s political football

June 19, 2008

Merkel talks to Loew

Germany’s general election may still be a year away, but the challengers are already battling it out for the big political prize on unlikely territory — at Euro 2008.

Vlog on the pitch — Spain are certainly not missing Raul

June 17, 2008

When Spain’s coach Luis Aragones decided to leave Real Madrid striker Raul out of his squad for Euro 2008 some thought he would live to regret his decision.

Why is Bruce Springsteen playing for Italy? Euro 2008 lookalikes

June 17, 2008

Del Piero?Bruce Springsteen?

Wow, Donald Sutherland seems very upset by that penalty decision!      

A lot of people in football look like a lot of other people but more people in Euro 2008 seem to have doubles than in any other tournament.