Reuters Soccer Blog

Crossed wires give Confederations Cup the personal touch

By Mark Gleeson
June 16, 2009

For fans seeking ticket information for the Confederation Cup, a number is listed on the FIFA site for a helpdesk with appropriate information.

Confederations Cup shapes up well…except for the weather

By Mark Gleeson
June 13, 2009

For all their scepticism about South Africa’s potential to host the World Cup, the build-up to the test event, the Confederations Cup, has so far gone without any major hitches.

from Raw Japan:

Japan coach Okada too bubbly?

June 8, 2009

As expected, Japan booked their place in next year’s World Cup soccer finals with two games to spare, sparking wild celebrations after a 1-0 win over Uzbekistan on Saturday.

Santana’s stuttering English is a good sign for South Africa

June 7, 2009

South Africa’s Brazilian coach Joel Santana has broken into English at news conferences on just a handful of occasions.

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.

from Africa News blog:

Togo need a miracle

By Mark Gleeson
March 6, 2009

It is hard to fathom what the motivation for Jean Thissen’s decision would be. He takes on the job as national team coach of Togo just over two weeks before the resumption of Africa’s World Cup qualifiers and with the very real prospect of having to do without his best player.