Reuters Soccer Blog

No Great Escape for Liverpool

November 24, 2009

Liverpool hopes of one more great Champions League escape were dashed on Tuesday night, as Fiorentina sealed their place alongside Olympique Lyon with a 1-0 win over the French side, leaving the English team’s 1-0 success against Debrecen irrelevant.

UPDATE: No replay hopes here … the score predictions are back

November 23, 2009

Monday morning update 2: Mike Collett claims, with some justification it must be said, to have altered his predictions on Friday afternoon. I do indeed have an email from Mike asking me to change them, so I guess we’ll have to give him credit for getting Liverpool v Man City, the double pointer, bang on at 2-2. OK, Mike … but next time, one shot please.

Faithless Ferguson sounds a familiar tone (Updates with ban)

November 12, 2009

Thursday update: Nothing to do with this incident, of course, but worth noting that Ferguson has been banished to the stands, receiving a two-match ban and a fine of 20,000 quid for the comments he made about Alan Wiley in October.

France revels in best Ligue 1 match in a decade

November 9, 2009

France’s Ligue 1 cannot compare with England’s Premier League or Spain’s La Liga in terms of worldwide profile or star quality on the pitch but on Sunday Lyon and Marseille produced the sort of spectacular entertainment Chelsea v Manchester United just could not match.

Thinking the unthinkable: should Liverpool sell Torres?

November 3, 2009

It is a little glib to suggest that Liverpool have a one-man strike force in Fernando Torres.

End of St James’ Park is ultimate sell-out for Newcastle fans

October 28, 2009

Newcastle United fans have put up with a lot over the years but selling “naming rights” for James’ Park might be the final straw for some fans.

from Left field:

The importance of keeping talent in reserve

By Reuters Staff
October 28, 2009

Maintaining the strength in depth to cope with injury crises is as crucial for the management of a top-class team as it is difficult to master, writes William James.

UPDATE – The painful art of score prediction — round 10

October 26, 2009

So it was an even worse week than usual. Ok, there were some surprise results but generally it was pitiful, some panelists only picked up one point and even most of our outside contributors struggled despite showing us up in recent weeks.

Benitez hands Ferguson another lesson

October 26, 2009

A game between Liverpool and Manchester United is one of football’s great fixtures and it has recently been given additional spice by a number of clashes between the managers.

Is Ferdinand past his peak?

October 25, 2009

Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat at Liverpool has again exposed the chinks in the Premier League champions’ armour, notably their defensive frailties against top level opposition.