Reuters Soccer Blog

Belgrade derby was full of nice not nasty surprises

April 25, 2011

I attended my first Belgrade derby on Saturday and all the preconceptions I might have had were happily blown away in the brisk Serbian wind.

Soccer Break Friday

March 25, 2011

SOCCER-EURO/SPAINIt’s gone quiet on the football news front though the sun’s still out in Europe as we await another weekend of unrelenting on-pitch drama in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Soccer Break Wednesday

March 23, 2011

SOCCER-EURO/Happy middle of the week to you all, and if like me you are in London where the sun is out and there is very little football to write about, you are forgiven for thinking the season is over and the grasscourt tennis season is about to kick in.

Serb violence shows soccer still struggling to stop flares

October 13, 2010

SOCCER-EURO/Italian police and stewards knew Tuesday’s Euro qualifier with Serbia could be a tense affair given the two countries’ problems with hooliganism and the high-profile nature of the match.

Prandelli breaks the mould by naming his teams a day early

October 12, 2010

SOCCER-EURO/In rugby, teams are often named several days before matches — a habit I’ve never really understood.

You can still watch Ukraine v England on TV … you just have to come to Croatia

October 6, 2009

A quick look around the blogosphere suggests that for many England fans the idea of watching the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in front of a computer screen at the mercy of an ISP, or at a crammed cinema, sounds about as appealing as making the long trip to Dnipropetrovsk.

Tosic back with a bang for Serbia, can he break through at United?

August 13, 2009

Serbia winger Zoran Tosic has boosted his chances of playing more first team football for club and country after scoring his first two international goals in a 3-1 friendly win over South Africa in Pretoria.

Can the Balkans do a World Cup quadruple?

March 30, 2009

Soccer leagues in the Balkans are suffering from an uncontrolled outflow of talent to wealthier and more competitive environments in Europe and it’s a trend that’s benefiting some of the region’s national teams.

Tosic and Ljajic not yet United class

December 2, 2008

Speculation that Manchester United are after Serbia winger Zoran Tosic has gained momentum after reports that Sir Alex Ferguson had gone to some length to obtain a work permit for the 21-year old Partizan Belgrade player.

Role model Milosevic hangs up international boots

November 6, 2008

When Savo Milosevic joined Partizan Belgrade from little known Bosnian outfit Radnik Bijeljina as a 19-year old in 1992, few people imagined he would become the most capped Yugoslav player with 101 international appearances to his name.