Reuters Soccer Blog

Ferrara’s Rocky spirit cannot hide the failures of another rookie

January 13, 2010

Under pressure Juventus boss Ciro Ferrara has come out fighting after a fourth defeat in five matches but it may not be enough for another first-time coach to save his job.

Early Christmas present for Van Gaal, Bayern

December 9, 2009

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal got an early Christmas present. He gets to keep his job until at least after the festive season is over following Bayern’s 4-1 crushing of Juventus in Italy to advance to the Champions League knockout stage.

Watch out Inter after Serie A flounders in Europe

December 9, 2009

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Going into the last round of Champions League group games, Italy was the only nation with a chance of having all four entrants in the last 16.

How far should intimidating chants go?

November 24, 2009

Juventus have been fined 20,000 euros rather than receive a stadium ban for an offensive chant their fans sing about Inter Milan’s black striker Mario Balotelli.

Soccer scores and the power of the pub

September 25, 2009

Let’s be honest here, people, predicting the English football scores has proved to be a lot trickier than many of us imagined.

Live blogging the Champions League

September 15, 2009

The Champions League is back and our reporters are currently wringing out their wet things (Mitch Phillips at Chelsea)/basking in the evening sunshine by the River Manzanares (Iain Rogers at Atletico) and undergoing all climactic variations in between.

Why Mourinho is raging at Lippi

August 20, 2009

Jose Mourinho is no stranger to run-ins with rival club managers, but this week the Portuguese raised his aim and had a swipe at Italian national team boss Marcello Lippi.

Will Juventus get signings right this time?

July 1, 2009

Ever since returning to Serie A following their demotion for match-fixing, Juventus have had a terrible run in the transfer market.

Do Juventus or Milan have the next Guardiola?

June 16, 2009

There is nothing new about putting expensively assembled football teams into the hands of former players with glorious on-field pasts and little coaching experience. But I think it’s fair to say that Pep Guardiola’s remarkable success in his maiden season in the Barcelona dugout contributed to AC Milan and Juventus recently appointing novice managers Leonardo and Ciro Ferrara.

Kaka deal highlights Serie A decline

June 10, 2009

The departure of Kaka from AC Milan to Real Madrid marks the end of the Italian era in European football. Not only can Italian clubs not attract the best players in the world to play in Serie A but now, when they unearth a talent like Kaka, they can’t stop them from leaving.