Reuters Soccer Blog

Soccer Break Thursday

March 31, 2011

SOCCER-ENGLAND/As the weekend approaches we can all start getting excited about domestic football again and the increase in stories and transfer speculation.

Soccer Break Wednesday

March 30, 2011

SOCCER-FRIENDLY/Now the international period is over we can focus on domestic issues again, or can we?

Soccer Break Thursday

March 24, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONSGareth Bale. The dashing Welsh winger primed to scare the living daylights out of England on Saturday. Injured. Did anyone else hear that collective sigh of relief from England fans today?

Soccer Break Friday – Champions League draw special

March 18, 2011

SOCCER-EUROPA/Well well well. Now the Champions League really is wide open..

So here’s that quarter-final draw again:

Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea v Manchester United

Barcelona v Shakhtar Donetsk

Inter Milan v Schalke 04

As Gary Lineker put it, there will be an English team in the semi-finals, but could Tottenham make it two sides? Real are certainly not invincible.

Former Gunner Gallas relishing life at Tottenham

March 10, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/By Mike Collett in London

If things had turned out differently, William Gallas could well have been facing Champions League heartache with Arsenal in Barcelona rather than glory with their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur this week.

Soccer Break Thursday

March 10, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Breathe in. Breathe out. The Champions League is over for this week after a tense two days of last 16 drama. And now for Europa League action on Thursday with yet more top sides in action.

Should the cup-tied rule be abolished in the Champions League?

February 16, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/How AC Milan were crying out for the guile of Antonio Cassano or the tough tackling of Mark Van Bommel (who could have replaced Gennaro Gattuso before he lost his head) in Tuesday’s 1-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League last 16 first leg.

Champions League returns — can anyone stop Barcelona?

February 15, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/BUSQUETSHow we’ve missed the Champions League. It’s nine weeks since the line-up for the last 16 was completed and a couple of months since the draw offered up a handful of belting ties, including Inter Milan v Bayern Munich in a repeat of last season’s final.

from Left field:

West Ham given Olympic stadium nod but can soccer co-exist with track and field?

February 11, 2011

OLYMPICS-LONDON/STADIUMSo now we know: Premier League soccer club West Ham United will take over the Olympic Stadium in London following the 2012 Games, assuming there are no late objections from the British government or the city's mayor.

Beckham’s value is his values

January 4, 2011

SOCCER-MLS/Harry Redknapp does not need a right-sided midfield player and, with the depth of talent regularly available on his bench, he hardly needs to bolster his squad with a three-month loan signing.