Reuters Soccer Blog

Liverpool display authority of old to reopen title race

March 22, 2009

Liverpool reopened the Premier League title race with a 5-0 win over Aston Villa that must have thrilled Anfield, while leaving fans wondering why they haven’t seen similar displays all season.

from Africa News blog:

Togo need a miracle

By Mark Gleeson
March 6, 2009

It is hard to fathom what the motivation for Jean Thissen’s decision would be. He takes on the job as national team coach of Togo just over two weeks before the resumption of Africa’s World Cup qualifiers and with the very real prospect of having to do without his best player.

Swansea show up Premier League tedium

February 17, 2009

The (almost complete) lack of Premier League action at the weekend saw thumbs being sucked all over the place, and the Reuters Soccer Blog is no exception. While some were predicting the end of the Big Four, and others picked over Rafa Benitez’s latest contract comments, we found ourselves enthralled by the silky football displayed by Championship side Swansea City in their FA Cup game against Fulham.

Premier League drama is better off the field

February 17, 2009

The Premier League table has made pretty interesting reading this season, what with Aston Villa and Chelsea threatening the end of the Big Four era and Tottenham stuck far too low down the standings for the comfort of their fans.

Should France keep inviting African teams to Paris?

October 16, 2008

Tunisia fansYou can understand why the French rarely invite any of their former colonies over for so-called friendly internationals. On Tuesday night they again faced a barrage of abuse in their own backyard, with the vast majority of a sell-out crowd at Stade de France coming to support Tunisia against Les Bleus.

UEFA running big risk with Euro expansion

September 26, 2008

Franz Beckenbauer’s announcement that the European Championship finals will feature 24 teams instead of 16 from 2016 must have been welcomed by fans of countries that have found it difficult to qualify for recent major tournaments.

Retirement beckons for doddery League Cup

September 24, 2008

Crewe score against Liverpool’s second XI

The League Cup came through a difficult birth and a forgettable youth to enjoy a long, proud middle age but the time has come for this doddery old relative to be shuffled off into retirement.

Vlog on the pitch: Football’s top 10 moments … in ballet

September 12, 2008

For England fans of a certain age Gordon Banks’s amazing reflex save from Pele’s header will always rank among one of football’s greatest moments.

Doesn’t Clarke deserve a better Chelsea send-off?

September 12, 2008

Clarke and MourinhoAfter 20 years’  loyal service most employees can expect a carriage clock or a bottle of wine. When your employer is one of the richest men in the world, and some of your colleagues earn more than 100,000 pounds a week, you might even hold out hope for a silver hip flask or even a set of golf clubs and a cheery farewell.

English football needs a Kevin Pietersen

September 9, 2008

Joe Cole scoresEngland play Croatia on Wednesday and you know what? It won’t be a surprise, or a disgrace, if they lose.