Reuters Soccer Blog

Real Madrid’s Alonso maturing like a fine wine

November 25, 2011

Xabi Alonso’s 30th birthday on Friday has prompted an avalanche of praise for the Real Madrid midfielder and has also served to highlight the former Liverpool man’s importance in coach Jose Mourinho’s plans for Spanish and European domination.

Why Chelsea should keep Andre Villas-Boas

November 24, 2011

Three Premier League defeats in four games and Champions League last 16 qualification compromised. The last few weeks have been very tough for Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas.

Will Gasperini last at Inter?

September 15, 2011

Many sceptical Inter Milan fans will tell you they could see their dreadful start to the season coming as soon as Gian Piero Gasperini was surprisingly named as coach.

Real fans still in love with controversial Mourinho

August 24, 2011

Jose Mourinho was given a rapturous reception by the Real Madrid faithful when his side entertained Galatasaray in a friendly on Wednesday.

Villas Boas ticks all Chelsea boxes except top prize

By Reuters Staff
June 22, 2011

By Shrikesh Laxmidas and Daniel Alvarenga

Unlike his mentor Jose Mourinho, Andre Villas Boas does not have a Champions League title on his resume as he moves to Chelsea but he ticks every other box on the London club’s wishlist.

Xavi’s Wembley tears turn to triumph

May 30, 2011

In our latest post on Spanish soccer, Iain Rogers in Madrid muses on the brilliance of the peerless Xavi and Real Madrid’s decision to hand more power to coach Jose Mourinho at the expense of sacked director general Jorge Valdano. 

Mourinho begins strengthening for next season

May 9, 2011

In our latest Monday post on Spanish soccer, Iain Rogers in Madrid looks at Real’s first signing for next season and the return of “The Beast” to save Malaga.

Bad Spanish blood boils over into Champions League “Clasico”

May 2, 2011

In our latest Monday post on Spanish soccer, Iain Rogers in Barcelona muses on the ill-tempered Champions League clash between arch rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid and the possible repercussions for the Spanish national team and looks at the unrivalled brilliance of World Player of the Year Lionel Messi.

Soccer Break Tuesday – Bad omens for United

April 26, 2011

The semi-finals of the Champions League are upon us and the omens are not good for Manchester United ahead of their double-header against Schalke 04.