Reuters Soccer Blog

Soccer Break Friday – Clasico fever rises

April 15, 2011

SOCCER-SPAIN/CLASICOOnly one day to go now until Real Madrid face Barcelona in La Liga for the first of four ‘clasicos’ between Saturday and May 3. Excited? You will be now…

Patience not always a virtue in Hodgson’s case

January 7, 2011

SOCCER-EUROPA/The Liverpool owners’ decision to use this weekend’s break for the FA Cup as a chance to sit back and ponder the club’s future under Roy Hodgson is a rare patient act in the hasty world of soccer but it might not end up doing the manager any favours.

Nervous managers lack Christmas cheer after Allardyce axe

December 14, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/CUPThe festive season is upon us but, just like turkeys, Premier League managers will be getting a bit twitchy after two of their brotherhood fell to the axe in the past week.

Comolli appointment a step into the sabermetrics unknown for Liverpool

November 4, 2010

SOCCER-EUROPAThe appointment of Damien Comolli as Liverpool’s director of football strategy represents a step into the unknown for the Anfield club, with statistical analysis likely to replace the traditional eye for talent in the transfer market.

Politics plays its part at the African Nations Cup

January 17, 2010


Being in Cabinda for the African Nations Cup should have been fun. At first, it was not, to say the least. The Togo team bus came under fire, with the assistant coach and a press officer being shot to death by a group of separatists as they were on their way to Cabinda from Pointe Noire, Congo.

Coyle’s Bolton move is another footballing mystery – or is it?

January 6, 2010


One day perhaps we’ll understand how Wes Brown has amassed 21 England caps and maybe someone will eventually explain how Robinho is worth 35 million pounds but I don’t think I’ll ever comprehend the reason for Owen Coyle planning to ditch Burnley and go to Bolton Wanderers.

Mancini is a results man

December 20, 2009

It may be good entertainment but new Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will not have enjoyed watching their 4-3 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

A neighbour remembers modest Bill Shankly

December 1, 2009

It is 50 years this week since Bill Shankly first arrived at Anfield, when Liverpool were languishing in the second division, writes Martin Roberts.

Clough film is enjoyable but a clear piece of fiction

April 15, 2009

Michael Sheen has successfully impersonated Tony Blair on television and in the film “The Queen” followed by a less convincing portrait of David Frost in “Frost/Nixon”.

La Volpe opens his mouth and puts his foot in it

April 14, 2009

Mexico’s recent tribulations — four coaches in the last three years, two defeats to Honduras in five months, an even more humiliating loss in Jamaica — have left many supporters with a certain nostalgia for former coach Ricardo La Volpe.