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 Román Riquelme, Carlos Tevez, Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Sebastián Verón, 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 Atlético Tucumán 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 Primera Division: End of Season Review Part Two

Duking it out for a much sought-after Libertadores place, Avellaneda rivals Racing and Independiente finished 4th and 6th respectively. While rarely outside the top 10, both struggled for any consistency but managerial changes midway through the campaign prompted upturns in form and strong finishes to the season. Racing eschewed a cautious approach for a more […]

Argentina Primera División round-up week 30: Banfield’s miracle and San Lorenzo & Independiente’s missed opportunity

Saturday, June 24 Defensa y Justicia 1-0 Gimnasia La Plata Defensa y Justicia secured themselves continental football as they beat Gimnasia 1-0. DyJ were dominant throughout the game but were unable to break the deadlock. However, River Plate loanee Alexander Barboza scored an 81th-minute penalty to keep all three points in Florencio Varela. The defender […]

Argentina Primera Division round-up week 28: Sarmiento, Atletico Rafaela and Quilmes relegated, Boca close to title

Thursday, June 15 Colon 2-1 San Lorenzo We kicked round 28 off in Santa Fe as Colon were hosting San Lorenzo. El Ciclon are still looking for a Copa Libertadores spot. Therefore, a win was a must. San Lorenzo dominated the match and had plenty of chances but failed to convert them. Colon had a […]

Copa Argentina round-up: Estudiantes eliminated by 4th tier side and Rosario Central looking for revenge

The Copa Argentina was re-launched in 2011. Since then, Rosario Central have reached the final 3 times, losing all of them. There are still 64 teams left in this year’s edition. All teams battle for the cup and a place in the Copa Libertadores group stage. With some of the participants playing as low as […]

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 […]

Argentina Primera División round-up week 26: Boca Juniors and River plate both drop points, Banfield move to 4th position

Friday, May 26 We started round 26 off in Mar del Plata as Aldosivi were hosting Independiente. Independiente, who have been on fire as of late, struggled during the game. Sanchez Mino got a yellow card in the 10th(!) minute after he took too long to take the corner. Pretty hilarious to see but it […]

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 Lanús will all progress whilst Estudiantes and Atlético Tucumán have been eliminated in third place in their respective groups and will […]

Argentina Primera División roundup week 25: Boca Juniors get crucial win, Aldosivi shock San Lorenzo

Friday, May 19 Banfield are flying high this year as they sit in 5th position. They pick most of their points up at home and usually struggle away from home. Atletico Tucuman were able to exploit Banfield’s poor away form, as they beat them 3-0. Saturday, May 20 Saturday’s early kick-off saw Belgrano draw with […]

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 Clásico 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 Clásico 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 […]

Argentina Primera División roundup: Independiente continue impressive away record, River ease past Temperley and Quilmes lose again.

Friday, May 5 We started this week off with San Martin vs Quilmes. Quilmes were looking to build on their win from last week and almost got a point away from home. A 94th-minute goal from Joaquin Molina gave San Martin all three points. Another disappointing defeat for Quilmes, who have now lost 13 out […]

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