Reuters Soccer Blog

Euro 2008 referees: the team that can’t win

June 7, 2008

Referees pose

Football fans all love to hate referees … but getting close up and personal with them would change a lot of people’s opinions.

Euro 2008: Our predictions, your predictions

June 6, 2008


Click on the video above to see just a few of our correspondents here in Austria and Switzerland giving their views on what to expect at Euro 2008.

Italy learn to bend it like Donadoni

June 5, 2008

It is only at major championships like Euro 2008 that training sessions become public events.

Why keep Austria’s keepers dangling?

June 5, 2008

Austrian keepers in training

On the subject of goalkeepers (see Kev’s blog on Jens Lehmann here), you have to pity the Austrians Alexander Manninger and Juergen Macho.

Are Turkey dark horses for Euro success?

June 4, 2008

Chatting to some Turkish soccer journalists on Wednesday before the news conference with Nihat Kahveci and Hakan Balta, I got the sense they felt Turkey had some fine young attacking players and a lot of potential but could be fatally weakened at Euro 2008 by a dodgy back line.

Lehmann makes himself a big target

June 4, 2008

Lehmann clears in trainingWhen I was a keen but accident-prone goalkeeper growing up, the one piece of advice all my teachers and coaches used to give was: “Stand up when a player’s coming through on goal, and make yourself as big a target as possible.”

Cannavaro out but Italy can cope

June 3, 2008

Cannavaro on crutchesItaly may be thinking the gods are against them after World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro was ruled out of Euro 2008 after being injured in their first training session in Austria. They needn’t worry too much.

Germany fans offer mixed views on their Euro chances

June 2, 2008

Andrea Merkel

Schalke’s stadium was awash with black, red and gold on Saturday evening as thousands of Germany fans turned out in rainy Gelsenkirchen to give the national team a rousing send-off to Euro 2008.

Sleepy Salzburg gears up for Euro 2008

June 2, 2008

One Salzburg bar is offering free drinks for every sending-off in a match and even Mozart’s house has a soccer ball and an Austria shirt in the window.

Euro 2008 — Austrian passions stirring at last

May 29, 2008

Worker with hair and logo

Up until a few weeks ago you’d have been fined in Austria for flying a flag on your car. Only ambassadors and government officials were allowed to that. But bureaucracy is slipping and passions are stirring, albeit slowly, as Euro 2008 approaches.