Reuters Soccer Blog

David Villa is the best striker at Euro 2008

June 16, 2008

David Villa scores the winner against Sweden

When the Spain squad for Euro 2008 was announced all the talk in the Madrid media was about the absence of “El siete de España” — Raul. Luis Aragones, they said, would regret leaving out the former national team captain and all-time top scorer.

Romania, not such dark horses

June 16, 2008

Wounded Romanian player Rat leaves fieldHaving been drawn alongside Italy, France and the Netherlands in Group C, not many people would have predicted Romania would hold their own destiny and that of the world champions and World Cup finalists in their own hands going into the final group matches.

Whatever happened to good old fashioned goal difference?

June 16, 2008

Adrian Mutu gesturesFootball is a simple game so why do UEFA make the Euro 2008 groups so complicated?

Suspicious Italians demand Dutch courage

June 15, 2008

Suspicious ItaliansSuspicious Italians

Italians are suspicious of everything, or so it seems. Several of my friends in Milan refuse to eat pasta or pizza outside Italy because they don’t believe it will taste the same.

No food and crazy taxi drivers — the perils of Euro 2008

June 14, 2008

My non-journalist friends are very envious that I get to go to Euro 2008 matches for free.

From underdogs to champions, fun is a banned word with Greece

June 14, 2008

Greece training

From a tiny second division Portuguese stadium to the luxurious surroundings and facilities of an Alpine sports centre, Greece are feeling like true defending champions at the Euro 2008.

Party over at Euro 2008?

June 13, 2008

SwissappointmentTo lose one tournament co-host seems unfortunate, but to lose two? Well, it seems it probably wouldn’t matter at all.

Tony Blair joins Vlog on the Pitch

June 13, 2008

With Vlog on the Pitch regular Jon Bramley away in Vienna, Owen Wyatt has been scouring the land for the perfect replacement and we think he’s found his man in Tony Blair.

Ronaldo and total football may not be the winning formula

June 12, 2008

Shirtless RonaldoTotal football is everywhere these days, in newspaper headlines and pub conversations. A few exciting performances from attack-minded teams at Euro 2008 and we’re back in the 1970s. Endless guitar solos, long greasy hair and flying Dutchmen.

Bundesliga ueber alles at Euro 2008

June 12, 2008

Ribery sits

The Bundesliga gets a bad rap at times. German clubs have for the most part failed to reach the latter stages of the Champions League in recent years, matches can sometimes seem to move in slow-motion and the officiating can be uneven or even downright scandalous (see Hoyzer, Robert).