Reuters Soccer Blog

Is Guardiola losing his Midas Touch?

March 10, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/It was always going to be difficult for Pep Guardiola to repeat last year’s astonishing achievements when Barcelona swept up six trophies.

Spanish masters riding high in the money league

March 3, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/Deloitte’s latest survey of the world’s richest soccer clubs, entitled “Spanish Masters”, highlights how the dominance enjoyed by the top two, Real Madrid and Barcelona, largely depends on them raking in around half the available income from La Liga broadcast rights.

From the Bernabeu to the Galpharm Stadium

March 2, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/CUPAs I huddled deeper into my jacket at the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday, watching Huddersfield Town play local rivals Leeds United, I regretted having made scoffing remarks about the overhead heaters in the stands at the Bernabeu.

Is Spanish football more polarised than ever?

February 22, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/BARCELONA-PRESIDENTReal Madrid and Barcelona dominate European football in terms of economic might and sporting success, a study of the continent’s five major leagues has shown.

‘Iniesta generation’ flooding Barcelona maternity wards

January 29, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/The first week of May 2009 was a rather good one for Barcelona fans and it seems like many of them celebrated in the time honoured fashion.

Doctor Cristiano and Mister Ronaldo

January 25, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/The best and the worst of Cristiano Ronaldo were again on display in Sunday’s 2-0 La Liga win over Malaga, and his sending off for violent conduct has prompted fierce debate over what some in Spain are calling his “Jekyll and Hyde” character.

Messi quietly stealing the limelight from Ronaldo

January 18, 2010

Real Madrid forward SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Cristiano Ronaldo has not not been shy in trumpeting his intention to win back the FIFA World Player of the Year award, but current holder Lionel Messi appears to have other ideas.

Champions League draw – your views

December 18, 2009

SPORT SOCCERDavid Beckham can look forward to en emotional evening at Old Trafford, after AC Milan were drawn to play Manchester United in the second round of the Champions League.

Real’s precision missiles v Barca’s extraordinary teamwork

December 10, 2009

Cristiano Ronaldo’s thunderous free kick for Real Madrid against Olympique Marseille and Barcelona’s slick passing move that led to Xavi’s equaliser away to Dynamo Kiev were given a statistical overhaul in the Spanish media on Thursday.

CR9 back in Real good books

December 9, 2009

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/
Cristiano Ronaldo’s match-winning performance against Olympique Marseille on Tuesday has helped defuse the fierce criticism he attracted for his irresponsible sending off against Almeria at the weekend.