Argentine Superliga round-up week 9: Boca take first loss while Colon remain unbeaten

The international break is over and the Superliga is finally back. We kicked things off on Friday where Argentinos jrs. hosted Cólon. Argentinos Jrs. came into this game full of confidence after winning 3 out of their last 4 matches. However, it was Colon who took all three points back home to Santa Fe. Argentinos […]

Argentine Superliga round-up week 8: Boca clinch Superclasico & goalkeeper heroics in Santa Fe

The 200th edition of the Superclásico between River Plate and Boca juniors took place on Sunday. It was a spectacular game with all the elements you’d expect from a South American derby. The Monumental was rocking until the 38th minute. Ignacio Fernandez got himself sent off for a Nigel de Jong esque-challenge on Edwin Cardona. […]

Argentine Superliga roundup week 7: Rotation cost River and Lanus while Boca stroll to success

The Superliga returned this weekend after last week’s elections. Banfield kicked Fecha 7 off against Colon. Banfield drew their first game in over a year last weekend and added another draw to that number this weekend. A tight game saw both sides sharing the points, 1-1. Argentinos Juniors have started the season brightly but found […]

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 […]

Argentine Superliga round-up week 3: Boca and River maintain 100% record & off the pitch controversy for Temperley

Patronato continued to pick up important points in a 1-3 win over Tigre. Midfielder Martin Rivero was excellent and popped up with 2 goals. He also completed 97%(!) of his passes. Tigre are yet to pick up a victory and will need to improve if they don’t want to drop into the relegation zone. Tigre […]

Brains over brawn: Juan Román Riquelme’s style divided opinion, but his talent was plain to see

Silverware often guarantees greatness and a player’s position in football folklore, but a lack of thereof does not necessarily tarnish a claim to the same status. A romantic player whose beauty is not matched by his universally recognised decoration is one who will, arguably more than any other player, show why the ‘beautiful game’ is […]

Argentina Superliga round one: High scoring affairs and Boca impress early on

The Argentina Primera División or the Superliga, as it’s now called, is finally back. As always many European clubs were looking to strengthen their sides with talented youngsters from Argentina. Estudiantes’ young defensive midfielder Santiago Ascacibar left for VfB Stuttgart in Germany and both Rigoni and Driussi were sold to Zenit in Russia. It was […]

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