Reuters Soccer Blog

The year’s biggest letdowns, starting with Quaresma

December 30, 2008

The year is coming to an end, which means it is time for football’s annual awards, including the mischievous top-of-the-flops variety.

Who´s afraid of the Premier League? Not Serie A

December 23, 2008

With English clubs so competitive in the Champions League in recent years, you might have expected Italy to react with trepidation after Inter Milan, Juventus and AS Roma were pitched against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in the last 16.

Where has the art of Italian defending gone?

December 18, 2008

During the 1980s and 90s, Italian defences were world-renowned as the toughest of the lot.

You can’t beat Barca v Real or Juve against Milan

December 12, 2008

There was a lot of fuss about Bayern Munich v Hoffenheim and Chelsea v Arsenal in the last few weeks but for me this weekend offers the best two games in domestic football.

Mourinho mind games may backfire in Champions League

December 10, 2008

Although Inter coach Jose Mourinho believes a tough draw in the Champions League last 16 will shock his side out of their European malaise, the damage may already have been done.

Is Ronaldinho more trouble than he’s worth?

December 9, 2008

Ronaldinho has returned to form since joining AC Milan from Barcelona, producing some nice assists and seven goals in Serie A.

Lippi enters the Respect debate – but is he on the losing side?

November 27, 2008

One of the benefits of being a World Cup-winning manager is that nobody complains if you turn up at a party and start badmouthing the hosts – they’re too grateful you came in the first place.

Let’s take ‘deliberately’ out of the handball law

November 25, 2008

I have a suggestion on how to clear up inconsistencies with handballs.

Law 12 states that “a direct free kick is awarded to the opposing team if a player…handles the ball deliberately”.                                                                  

Adriano ‘the animal’ is still to find his bite

November 24, 2008

Adriano is surely one of the most frustrating players in the world.

The Brazilian has all the assets needed to be one of the very best strikers — power, pace and guile — yet he has wasted several opportunities to show he can be consistently good.

Mourinho v Ranieri is a veritable grudge match

November 21, 2008

It’s hard to think of two coaches in the world with such an apparent dislike of one another as Inter’s Jose Mourinho and Juve’s Claudio Ranieri.