Argentines in England Part Two: Tevez, Mascherano, Dodgy Deals, and Trophies

Part One: Ardiles, Villa, War & Wembley Fans of South American football and/or the Football Manager series uttered sheer disbelief¬†when West Ham United completed a double swoop for Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano on transfer deadline day of 2006. With a grin that would make the Cheshire Cat look miserable, Hammers manager Alan Pardew stood […]

Argentine’s in England Part One: Ardiles, Villa, War & Wembley

In February 2008, as part of Tottenham Hotspur’s 125th anniversary celebrations, Argentine duo Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa became inductee 22 and 23, and the first foreigners, in the club’s Hall of Fame. However, it could have been so different had an event beyond their control not occurred in 1982. Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa […]

Two Juniors Become Seniors: Primera B Promotion Race Concludes

Argentinos Juniors and Chacarita Juniors will be playing top flight football after gaining promotion from Argentina’s Primera B Nacional. Argentinos Juniors were comfortable champions, finishing 11 points clear of their nearest rivals.¬†Chacarita Juniors grabbed the second promotion spot after an epic down-to-the-wire battle with Guillermo Brown which was only settled on the final day of […]

Riquelme, Boselli, and Me

Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera is a stunning, swaying yellow-and-blue cathedral of football nestled in the tight streets of the wonderful Buenos Aires barrio of La Boca. Juan Rom√°n Riquelme, Carlos Tevez, Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Sebasti√°n Ver√≥n, and countless other legends have all donned the azul y oro¬†at one point or another during their […]

And then there were 16: Copa Libertadores Preview

The Copa Libertadores is heading towards the “business end” with 16 teams remaining, four of which are Argentine. Estudiantes and Atl√©tico Tucum√°n have already been eliminated – having finished third in their groups – and will now drop into the Copa Sudamericana for a second bite at the cherry of continental glory. That leaves River […]

Argentina’s Far Flung Friendlies

End-of-season tours to exotic far-flung destinations are normally nothing to do with football. Instead it’s often the brain child of a suit and tie in the marketing department looking to keep the latest sponsor happy lest they withdraw their lucrative support. During this upcoming FIFA date, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) will boost their coffers […]

Jorge Sampaoli: Argentina Finally Have Their Man

After what seems like an eternity, Argentina have finally announced Jorge Sampaoli as the new manager of their national football team. Sampaoli will replace the much-maligned Edgardo Bauza, whose reign gleaned just three wins from eight to leave La Albiceleste in fifth position in the COMNEBOL World Cup qualification table. The delay in announcing the […]

Argentine involvement in the Copa Libertadores

The group stage of the Copa Libertadores – South America’s premier cup competition – has concluded, with four of Argentina’s six representatives qualifying for the knockout phase. River Plate, San Lorenzo, Godoy Cruz, and Lan√ļs will all progress whilst Estudiantes and Atl√©tico Tucum√°n have been eliminated in third place in their respective groups and will […]

Argentina Primera Division: Boca vs Newell’s is the Game of the weekend

There is no doubt that the game of the weekend in round 25 takes place at¬†La Bombonera, where top-of-the-league Boca Juniors host Newell’s Old Boys. Both sides are going into the game following a defeat, both losing 3-1 at home to their greatest rivals during the¬†Cl√°sico¬†Weekend. Newell’s were defeated by Rosario Central, who took a […]

Previewing ‘Clasico Weekend’

Another idea out of the AFA’s ever-revolving tombola of wacky ideas is the Cl√°sico weekend, where all 30 teams are paired against their nearest rivals in a line-up that would have Sky Sports’ marketing men wetting their pants. The Boca-River game will perhaps have the biggest repercussions, and not just because they are the country’s […]

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