Reuters Soccer Blog

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.

Hodgson calls for fan support as decisions loom for Henry

December 30, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/When New England Sports Ventures finally bought Liverpool in October new owner John W Henry did not have to wait long to understand the enormity of the challenge he faces to turn around the fortunes of England’s most successful club.

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.

Newcastle failing to learn from 20 years of managerial mayhem

December 6, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/CUPAfter Newcastle United chalked up their biggest home win over local rivals Sunderland for more than half a century in October, crushing their biggest rivals 5-1, the first question manager Chris Hughton was asked was whether he thought the victory had made his job safe.

Will United fans forgive and forget?

November 18, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/Football fans are very forgiving types – if my football club were a person I’d have stopped speaking to it a long time ago.

Reports of Chelsea’s decline are greatly exaggerated

November 17, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/Former Chelsea midfielder Tony Cascarino must be in the running for an award for biggest over-reaction by a football pundit.

What next for pampered players — overcoats?

November 12, 2010

ISOCCER-ENGLAND blame the late, great Keith Weller of Leicester City.

He started the trend for “cold-weather clothing” when he pulled on a pair of white tights one winter’s day in the 1970s.

Lucas hints at brighter Anfield future

November 8, 2010

SOCCER-EUROPA/Lucas Leiva has often been dismissed as a mediocre battler with little or no star quality, but the much-maligned midfielder’s performance against Chelsea marked him out as an influential part of Liverpool’s recent recovery.

Mr. Rich invests in Bedlington for the love of the game

November 5, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/BEDLINGTONAmerican billionaire Robert Rich Jr, the 488th richest man in the world, can buy just about anything he wants to from private jets to diamonds, mansions to ocean-going liners and everything in between.

Ballon d’Or shortlist should give Premier League pause for thought

October 26, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/England performed well below expectation at the World Cup in South Africa and judging by the FIFA Ballon d’Or list announced on Tuesday the stock of the Premier League is not at its highest either.