Reuters Soccer Blog

Let’s take ‘deliberately’ out of the handball law

November 25, 2008

I have a suggestion on how to clear up inconsistencies with handballs.

Law 12 states that “a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player…handles the ball deliberately”.                                                                  

Does striptease count as unsporting behaviour?

November 18, 2008

Catania’s Gianvito Plasmati engaged in an unusual bit of distraction when he pulled down his shorts before team mate Giuseppe Mascara curled in a freekick during a 3-2 Serie A win over Torino.

Imprisonment – a good way to motivate a struggling team?

November 13, 2008

On the whole, the lot of a Serie A player is sweet – the pay and the food are good while there are plenty of pretty monuments to see on your day off.

Del Piero…34 years young

November 6, 2008

Italy coach Marcello Lippi doesn’t want him, his predecessor Roberto Donadoni wasn’t keen, but Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero just keeps on coming up with the goods.

Gilardino handball goal ban sets interesting precedent

October 28, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine the scenario. FIFA decides to use post-match video evidence at the 1986 World Cup. After Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-final, the Argentinian is banned for two matches and the course of football history changes.

Let’s scrap anthems before international matches

October 17, 2008

Do all Honduras fans dress like that?French politicians were outraged after the Marseillaise was booed by the large contingent of Tunisia fans before Tuesday’s friendly at the Stade de France.  

Why are Italian coaches so good?

October 17, 2008

Marcello LippiItaly’s Marcello Lippi has equalled the record for the most Azzurri games without defeat and Fabio Capello’s England have managed their best ever start to World Cup qualifying.

Should fans be criticised for booing their own team?

October 13, 2008

Fabio CapelloSupporters are in the firing line after incidents at this weekend’s World Cup qualifiers.

Lippi’s back but same Italian frailties remain

August 21, 2008

Marcello LippiWatching a rudderless Italy at Euro 2008 was like having my teeth pulled out.

Wednesday’s 2-2 friendly draw against Austria in Marcello Lippi’s first game back in charge since winning the World Cup was less painful, but serious problems persist.