Reuters Soccer Blog

If England’s footballers were matchplay golfers

June 24, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/It’s a strokeplay knockout golf tournament — let’s call it the World Cup of golf — and an English player is on the tee box of the 18th hole needing a birdie four to advance.

England melt in World Cup pressure cooker

June 20, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/After England treated their fans to a second excruciatingly dull World Cup performance in South Africa on Friday, those wanting answers were left with a bemused looking Fabio Capello and an irate Wayne Rooney rant to television cameras.

Ball not to blame for goalkeeping howlers

June 15, 2010


The standard of goalkeeping in the early stages of this World Cup has not been the best but blame cannot lie with the controversial Jabulani ball.

Lesser lights may yet shine at this World Cup

November 17, 2009

Depending on the results of the second legs of the UEFA World Cup playoffs on Wednesday, next year’s tournament in South Africa could contain rather too many of football’s lesser lights for some fans out there.

World Cup playoff draw – your views

October 19, 2009

Draw for the European World Cup playoffs:

Republic of Ireland v France
Portugal v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Greece v Ukraine
Russia v Slovenia

Usual suspects will be at the World Cup, but would we have missed them?

October 15, 2009

So now we know which European teams are in the World Cup playoffs and we have a pretty good idea of the seedings,¬†though FIFA’s updated rankings out at the end of the week will provide confirmation ahead of Monday’s draw.

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.