Reuters Soccer Blog

World Cup organisers present mascot, with shorts this time

September 23, 2008

Zakumi in all his glory

So, what do you make of Zakumi, the green-haired leopard presented last night as the official mascot for the 2010 World Cup?

How to frustrate Brazil — by Robinho

September 12, 2008

Brazil playersRobinho was so keen to rub it in after Brazil’s 3-0 win over Chile on Sunday that he inadvertently gave some invaluable advice to Bolivia, their opponents in Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier.

England should think back to Munich before getting too excited

September 11, 2008

Theo Walcott celebrates

A clinical hat-trick in Zagreb on Wednesday and suddenly Theo Walcott is the answer to all England’s ills and Fabio Capello is worth every penny of the millions the FA pay him for his services as national coach.

World Cup could fall flat if South Africa carry on losing

September 10, 2008

South Africa fans look unhappy

South Africa’s hosting of the World Cup is supposed to be a watershed for the world game and the African continent, an opportunity to emphasise the international flavour of the game and at the same time give an under privileged continent a chance to prove its potential and bask in the world spotlight.

English football needs a Kevin Pietersen

September 9, 2008

Joe Cole scoresEngland play Croatia on Wednesday and you know what? It won’t be a surprise, or a disgrace, if they lose.

Argentina’s romantic commitment facing a test

September 8, 2008

Basile watches as Tevez walks offTake a look at the standings in the South American World Cup qualifying group and it seems that Argentina are making steady progress towards South Africa. After seven of the 18 games, Alfio Basile’s team are third with 12 points, two points behind the leaders, and only four goals conceded.

Cuba v United States: don’t mention the politics

September 5, 2008

U.S. players arrive in Cuba

The United States face Cuba in Havana on Saturday; the first time in over 60 years that they have played on the Caribbean island and given the political tensions between the two countries it is a fixture that has caught the imagination of the media — unusually for two countries where soccer is far from the national obsession.

Capello back in the England spotlight

September 4, 2008

Capello watches trainingFabio Capello’s less than spectacular start to life as England coach has been forgotten of late, as the back pages have been dominated by the petrodollars at Manchester City, the mysterious goings on at Newcastle, where Kevin Keegan has not been seen for three days, and Alan Curbishley’s sudden resignation as West Ham manager.

Can Argentina enjoy a change of fortune against Brazil?

June 16, 2008

Aguero celebrates with MessiAmid all the Euro 2008 fuss, it has nearly been forgotten that one of the world’s great fixtures will be played on Wednesday when Brazil meet Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in Belo Horizonte.

Wanted! Coaches for top African nations, preferably French

May 8, 2008

Jean TiganaFour of the leading contenders in Africa’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers remain rudderless less than a month away from the start of the road to 2010.