Reuters Soccer Blog

from Left field:

Post-Christmas cheer in Oslo for out-of-contract players

December 22, 2011

By Philip O'Connor, Scandinavia sports correspondent

For many football fans, the post-Christmas blues will be banished by the prospect of their club buying big when the transfer window opens in January.

Swedes show Dutch courage

By Reuters Staff
October 12, 2011

By Philip O’Connor

Sweden’s 3-2 victory over the Netherlands to qualify for Euro 2012 may have surprised many observers, but Swedish footballers have a long history of success against Dutch opposition.

The strange case of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

July 13, 2009

Inter Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the ultimate soccer enigma.

He scores goals for fun when playing Bologna, Chievo and Palermo but often goes missing against AC Milan, Manchester United or Liverpool (which is why he is never in the running for the top awards despite the incredulity of Inter fans).

from Left field:

Eriksson sacked as Mexico coach (Update)

April 2, 2009

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Eight years ago, Mexico lost 3-1 away to Honduras in a World Cup qualifier, sunk by a Carlos Pavon hat-trick, and the defeat cost Enrique Meza his job.

Ibrahimovic – Europe’s biggest enigma

March 16, 2009

During a typical football discussion at a Milan pub recently, a friend made a comment which really stayed with me.

David Villa is the best striker at Euro 2008

June 16, 2008

David Villa scores the winner against Sweden

When the Spain squad for Euro 2008 was announced all the talk in the Madrid media was about the absence of “El siete de España” — Raul. Luis Aragones, they said, would regret leaving out the former national team captain and all-time top scorer.