Things warming up nicely on the South African sporting front

June 18, 2009

SOCCER-CONFEDERATIONS/The South African sporting public were a little underwhelmed by the early stages of the Confederations Cup and the British and Irish Lions tour but the last few days has seen a major turnaround and there is now something in the air.

Cristiano Ronaldo and why art, not the artist, is what matters

June 18, 2009

SOCCER-ENGLAND/RONALDOCristiano Ronaldo’s obsession with scoring an unforgettable goal in the Champions League final makes perfect sense now the world knows he always intended to leave Manchester United afterwards for Real Madrid.

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In defence of Giuseppe Rossi

June 17, 2009

American soccer fans aren't noted for their nastiness but the reaction to Giuseppe Rossi, New Jersey native, scoring twice for Italy against the U.S in their 3-1 Confederations Cup defeat on Monday has been surprisingly vitriolic.

Bowled in the USA

April 23, 2009

If you think soccer is a hard sell in the United States then what about cricket? As we reported today, an American Premier League Twenty20 tournament is to be held in October on Staten Island, New York, with a cast made up largely of players from the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

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British Olympic soccer team becomes right royal farce

March 13, 2009

There has not been one since 1960, the Scottish don’t want its return, neither do the Welsh, nor the Northern Irish and yet the prospect of a British soccer team at the 2012 London Olympics remains.

The least enviable job in sport?

February 26, 2009

Ratomir Dujkovic reacts during a team training session at Chelsea Football Club's training ground in Cobham The four short-listed candidates to be coach of the China national soccer team have had to undergo a three-day interview at a closed training camp, Liu Zhen reported from Beijing yesterday.

Sports picture of the day

February 17, 2009

Split seconds count in sports photography. Reuters Sports Pictures editor Greg Bos thinks London-based photographer Eddie Keogh captured the moment perfectly when former Arsenal captain William Gallas went head over heels to the ground during an FA Cup match.

Sports picture of the day

February 12, 2009

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We’re back with another picture of the day, and this time Sports Pictures Editor Greg Bos has chosen a frame from the Copa Libertadores, South American soccer’s version of the Champions League. Greg writes:

Sports picture of the day: David Beckham

February 11, 2009

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To celebrate the launch of the new sports blog we’re reviving a feature from View from the Bird’s Nest and posting a picture of the day from the Reuters file.

Bankers can’t seem to kick the sporting habit

February 10, 2009

northernrockPeople are up in arms about bankers receiving bonuses when the banks they worked for have gone down the pan. But isn’t it just as shocking that so many state-backed financial firms still subsidise the eye-popping wages of sporting superstars through rich sponsorship deals?