Reuters Soccer Blog

It’s still July and already we see a European domestic shock

July 30, 2011

Yes it’s July when people should be on beaches in Europe rather than sweltering in soccer stadiums.

Germany doing just fine without Ballack

March 30, 2011

SOCCER-GERMANY/Germany captain Michael Ballack was in the stands to watch his team lose 2-1 to Australia in a friendly on Tuesday, the first time he was present since their World Cup quarter-final win over Argentina last year.

Soccer Break Wednesday

March 30, 2011

SOCCER-FRIENDLY/Now the international period is over we can focus on domestic issues again, or can we?

Soccer Break Wednesday

March 23, 2011

SOCCER-EURO/Happy middle of the week to you all, and if like me you are in London where the sun is out and there is very little football to write about, you are forgiven for thinking the season is over and the grasscourt tennis season is about to kick in.

Premature move for Swiss prodigy Ben Khalifa?

October 7, 2010

SOCCER-EUROPE/SWITZERLANDThe Swiss Super League is certainly not the strongest in the world but it’s a fairly safe bet to say that it beats the German fourth division. So why has 18-year-old Nassim Ben Khalifa, one of Switzerland’s most exciting prospects, swapped the former for the latter?

Euro 2012 qualifiers – live

September 7, 2010

We’re following all tonight’s Euro 2012 qualifiers live. Join us here for updates, comments and pix … and details of all the goals as they go in.

Ballack clings on to captaincy but will he make the team?

September 2, 2010

SOCCER-GERMANY/When Germany coach Joachim Loew confirmed Michael Ballack as team captain this week he put an end to a tug-of-war with defender Philipp Lahm. Lahm had been the captain at the World Cup in South Africa and wanted to remain after Ballack’s return from injury.

Schalke get Ruhrpott Raul but Spain may have the last laugh

July 28, 2010

GERMANY/Raul’s decision to join Schalke 04 in Germany rather than one of the English sides interested in taking him will have plenty of Real Madrid fans scratching their heads, I suspect. “What is he doing going to the Bundesliga when he could have gone to la Premier?” I can hear them ask. ”What a step down after playing for Real in the Best League In The World (TM)!” “And where is this Schalke place anyway?”

Sorry Germany, the oracle octopus has spoken

July 6, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/OCTOPUSThere are only three things that are certain in life — death, taxes and the World Cup predictions of a British-born octopus in western Germany.