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Aguero’s ‘club season over’, faces World Cup fitness race

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London (AFP) – Argentina international striker Sergio Aguero faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup in Russia after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said Friday his club season was over.

Guardiola, whose side secured the Premier League title last Sunday, said the 29-year-old would be sidelined for four to five weeks following minor knee surgery.

South American countries urge FIFA to bring in 48-team World Cup for 2022

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Buenos Aires (Argentina) (AFP) – The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Thursday asked FIFA to bring forward plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams in time for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

The competition is due to be enlarged from 32 teams to 48 in time for the 2026 finals, which will be awarded either to Morocco or a joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

South American countries urge FIFA to bring in 48-team World Cup for 2022

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Buenos Aires (Argentina) (AFP) – The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Thursday asked FIFA to bring forward plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams in time for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

The competition is due to be enlarged from 32 teams to 48 in time for the 2026 finals, which will be awarded either to Morocco or a joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

World Cup: Adidas Release Drop-Dead Gorgeous Away Kits For Germany, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Japan, Sweden, Belgium, Mexico And Russia (Photos)

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With less than 12 weeks to go until it all kicks off in Russia, Adidas have rolled out a plethora of World Cup away kits for their competing nations.

It's fair to say that Adidas have scored some major, major points, with each and every kit a retro-tinged stunner in its own right.

Anyway, less talky-talky, more gawpy-gawpy.

Leaked Picture- New Argentina Away Kit World Cup 2018- Adidas Argentine Alternate Shirt 18-19

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Here is what Lionel Messi and co. will be wearing as their away kit at the 2018 World Cup as they seek to make up for their disappointment four years ago in the final in Brazil. Argentina's new 2018 World Cup away shirt has not been released yet, but will be done so later this [...]

Spain squad 2018 for Argentina Germany friendlies- No Morata, Sergio Roberto in Spanish roster

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The Spain squad for their upcoming friendlies against Germany (Friday March 23 Dusseldorf) and Argentina Tuesday March 27 Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid) has been announced today (March 16, 2018), and coach Julien Lopetegui has sprung a few surprises after choosing to leave out Chelsea's Alvaro Morata and Barcelona's Sergi Roberto.

Telemundo announces first-ever woman for men’s World Cup coverage in US

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Telemundo Deportes today revealed that Viviana Vila will join its coverage this summer as the first-ever female analyst to call the FIFA men’s World Cup for US television.

Vila, who’s from Argentina, will serve as an analyst for select matches during the tournament, joining Telemundo Deportes’ team of play-by-play commentators and analysts.

Telemundo announces first-ever woman for men’s World Cup coverage in US

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Telemundo Deportes today revealed that Viviana Vila will join its coverage this summer as the first-ever female analyst to call the FIFA men’s World Cup for US television.

Vila, who’s from Argentina, will serve as an analyst for select matches during the tournament, joining Telemundo Deportes’ team of play-by-play commentators and analysts.

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Olé! Independiente Release Ravishing Retro Kit (Complete With Button-Up Front) In Homage To Legendary 1948 Championship Winners

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Argentinian side Independiente have released a simply ravishing new retro kit which pays directhomage to the club's legendary team of 1948.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the '48 vintage delivering El Rojo their third league championship, Puma have knocked out a scorcher of a limited edition strip, complete with an era-authentic button-up front.

Nick Knack: Boca Juniors ‘Furious’ After Carlos Tevez Suffers Calf Injury While Taking Part In Prison Kickabout

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Carlos Tevez has scored three goals in his first five appearances for Boca Juniors since returning to his boyhood club from a half-arsed sojourn in China.

However, despite the decent return, Boca are reported to be "furious" with their veteran striker after learning that Tevez recently sustained an injury while taking part in an unsanctioned prison kickabout.

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Messi, Suarez to support South American World Cup host bid

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are set to offer their backing to a joint bid from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to host the 2030 centenary World Cup, bid organisers told AFP.

“Messi will join us in this initiative, and Suarez certainly,” Fernando Marin, the joint bid co-ordinator, told AFP on Monday.

Messi, Suarez to support South American World Cup host bid

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are set to offer their backing to a joint bid from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to host the 2030 centenary World Cup, bid organisers told AFP.

“Messi will join us in this initiative, and Suarez certainly,” Fernando Marin, the joint bid co-ordinator, told AFP on Monday.

On This Day in Football: Bolivia crush Argentina

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On this day in 2009, Bolivia beat Argentina 6-1 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier which matched their record loss in international football.

The Argentines had lost just one game in the CONMEBOL qualifiers, a 1-0 defeat against Chile in October the previous year. The two time World Cup winners had beaten Bolivia 3-0 on home soil the last time they met each other.

The Man Who Saw Too Much: Lionel Messi Simply Gets Up And Walks Out After Watching Spain Score Sixth Goal Against Argentina (Video)

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Spain made mincemeat of Argentina in a friendly at Atletico Madrid's Metropolitano gaff on Tuesday night, with Isco in particular shining in a shock 6-1 demolition job.

Diego Costa opened the floodgates in the 12th minute with the home side surgically unpicking their hosts and running up a massive winning margin in the process.

World Cup hopefuls Spain crush Argentina, Brazil edge Germany

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Paris (AFP) – Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain hammered an Argentina side without Lionel Messi 6-1 in a friendly on Tuesday, while Brazil defeated Germany 1-0 in their first meeting since the 2014 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s England were denied victory over Italy at Wembley after the visitors were awarded a late penalty in a 1-1 draw following consulation with the video assistant referee.

World Cup hopefuls Spain crush Argentina, Brazil edge Germany

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Paris (AFP) – Isco scored a hat-trick as Spain hammered an Argentina side without Lionel Messi 6-1 in a friendly on Tuesday, while Brazil defeated Germany 1-0 in their first meeting since the 2014 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s England were denied victory over Italy at Wembley after the visitors were awarded a late penalty in a 1-1 draw following consulation with the video assistant referee.

Isco nets hat-trick as Spain hit Argentina for six

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain delivered a resounding message about their World Cup chances this summer as Isco scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 demolition of Argentina in Madrid on Tuesday.

Diego Costa was back in the starting line-up for the first time in eight international matches and he marked his return with the opening goal as Spain ripped apart an opponent supposedly also in the running for the title in Russia.

Messi absent from Argentina friendly against Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi was left out of Argentina’s squad for their friendly match against Spain on Tuesday.

Messi had been feeling pain in his hamstring and despite coach Jorge Sampaoli insisting on Monday the striker was fit, he did not even make the bench at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

Messi absent from Argentina friendly against Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi was left out of Argentina’s squad for their friendly match against Spain on Tuesday.

Messi had been feeling pain in his hamstring and despite coach Jorge Sampaoli insisting on Monday the striker was fit, he did not even make the bench at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

Argentina have a ‘debt’ to settle at World Cup – Messi

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina captain Lionel Messi admitted Monday that his generation has a score to settle at the World Cup in Russia after a series of agonising near misses in major tournaments.

“The debt we owe is to ourselves, not to the people. We always give our all, we reached three finals.

Argentina have a ‘debt’ to settle at World Cup – Messi

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina captain Lionel Messi admitted Monday that his generation has a score to settle at the World Cup in Russia after a series of agonising near misses in major tournaments.

“The debt we owe is to ourselves, not to the people. We always give our all, we reached three finals.

‘Untouchable’ Messi fit to face Spain says Argentina boss

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Madrid (AFP) – Argentina star Lionel Messi is set to return from a minor injury for Tuesday’s international friendly against Spain, national team coach Jorge Sampaoli said on Monday.

The Barcelona forward sat out Friday’s 2-0 defeat of Italy in Manchester with a thigh muscle problem but came through Monday’s training session in Madrid and is expected to line up against the 2010 world champions.

‘Untouchable’ Messi fit to face Spain says Argentina boss

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Madrid (AFP) – Argentina star Lionel Messi is set to return from a minor injury for Tuesday’s international friendly against Spain, national team coach Jorge Sampaoli said on Monday.

The Barcelona forward sat out Friday’s 2-0 defeat of Italy in Manchester with a thigh muscle problem but came through Monday’s training session in Madrid and is expected to line up against the 2010 world champions.

Forward places up for grabs as Spain take on Argentina

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Madrid (AFP) – Two of the World Cup’s leading contenders will meet in Madrid on Tuesday but neither Spain nor Argentina have yet settled on a forward line for this summer.

For Argentina and Jorge Sampaoli the question is who best to stir Lionel Messi, with the two-time winners again boasting an embarrassment of riches up front, while showing little indication they know how to deploy them.

Forward places up for grabs as Spain take on Argentina

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Madrid (AFP) – Two of the World Cup’s leading contenders will meet in Madrid on Tuesday but neither Spain nor Argentina have yet settled on a forward line for this summer.

For Argentina and Jorge Sampaoli the question is who best to stir Lionel Messi, with the two-time winners again boasting an embarrassment of riches up front, while showing little indication they know how to deploy them.

Messi isn’t missed as Argentina down Italy

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Ever Banega ensured Argentina weren’t derailed by Lionel Messi’s absence as the World Cup contenders clinched a 2-0 win over Italy in Friday’s friendly at the Etihad Stadium.

Messi reportedly suffered an groin strain in training on Thursday, so the Barcelona forward was an unused substitute as Argentina kicked off their preparations for the World Cup in June.

Messi isn’t missed as Argentina down Italy

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Ever Banega ensured Argentina weren’t derailed by Lionel Messi’s absence as the World Cup contenders clinched a 2-0 win over Italy in Friday’s friendly at the Etihad Stadium.

Messi reportedly suffered an groin strain in training on Thursday, so the Barcelona forward was an unused substitute as Argentina kicked off their preparations for the World Cup in June.

China Cup: Luis Suarez Wallops Away Opener Against Czech Republic, Becomes First Uruguay Player To Reach 50 International Goals (Video)

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With Wales kicking off the China Cup with a 6-0 rogering of the hosts on Thursday afternoon, the other two competing nations Uruguay and Czech Republic followed suit today.

Just eight minutes in, Luis Suarez went a-sprawlin' to win La Celeste a penalty before duly smacking the resulting spot-kick past Jiri Pavlenka from 12 yards.

Argentina: Lionel Messi Pays Surprise Visit To Man City Academy Under-7 And Under-8 Teams (Photos)

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With Argentina in town to play Italy in a friendly at the Etihad on Friday night, Lionel Messi took time out from his pre-match preparations to make a group of young kids' day.

After training at the Etihad Campus, Sergio Aguero escorted Messi to the indoor facility, where the five-time Ballon d'Or winner met and posed for photos with City's Under-7 and Under-8 academy teams.

Argentina Messi’s team not mine, admits Sampaoli

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli accepted on Thursday the two-time world champions’ chances at the World Cup in Russia will depend far more on Lionel Messi than his own influence.

Sampaoli was drafted in for Argentina’s final four matches of a faltering qualifying campaign, but it was Messi’s brilliant hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Ecuador in their final qualifier that ensured they didn’t miss out on the World Cup.

Argentina Messi’s team not mine, admits Sampaoli

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli accepted on Thursday the two-time world champions’ chances at the World Cup in Russia will depend far more on Lionel Messi than his own influence.

Sampaoli was drafted in for Argentina’s final four matches of a faltering qualifying campaign, but it was Messi’s brilliant hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Ecuador in their final qualifier that ensured they didn’t miss out on the World Cup.

Messi begins road to Russia as Argentina chase World Cup glory

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Lionel Messi begins his road to World Cup redemption on Friday as Argentina take on Italy in a glamour friendly, desperate to win a major international prize to crown his glorious career.

In Barcelona’s colours, Messi has experienced nothing but success, winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns, while earning FIFA’s Ballon d’Or award five times.

Messi begins road to Russia as Argentina chase World Cup glory

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Lionel Messi begins his road to World Cup redemption on Friday as Argentina take on Italy in a glamour friendly, desperate to win a major international prize to crown his glorious career.

In Barcelona’s colours, Messi has experienced nothing but success, winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns, while earning FIFA’s Ballon d’Or award five times.

Aguero named in Argentina squad despite injury

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Sergio Aguero has been included in Argentina’s squad for upcoming friendly matches against Italy and Spain even though the Manchester City striker is currently injured.

Aguero revealed at the weekend that he would be out for two weeks with a knee injury, meaning he will not feature for City again until after the international break.

Aguero named in Argentina squad despite injury

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Sergio Aguero has been included in Argentina’s squad for upcoming friendly matches against Italy and Spain even though the Manchester City striker is currently injured.

Aguero revealed at the weekend that he would be out for two weeks with a knee injury, meaning he will not feature for City again until after the international break.

G.O.A.T: Lionel Messi Scores 600th Career Goal As Barcelona Beat Atletico Madrid And Edge Closer To La Liga Title (Photo & Video)

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A single goal from the enchanted left boot of Lionel Messi was enough for Barcelona to see of Atletico Madrid and move eight points clear at the summit of La Liga on Sunday night.

The goal came 26 minutes in, when Messi made light work of another 25-yard freekick to nonchalantly waft an unstoppable shot up, over the wall and past one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Jan Oblak, into the top corner of the Atletico net like there was nobody stood in his way.

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SPAIN 6 ARGENTINA 1 | INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY GAME

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SPANISH NATIONAL SQUAD FOR GERMANY & ARGENTINA MATCHES

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Wednesday Kickoff: Aguero unlikely to be fit by World Cup, Neymar ready for Russia and more

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The World Cup is coming into focus for several big stars.

Argentina Football Association doctor Homero D'Agostino says he does not expect Sergio Aguero to be fit for the start of the World Cup. (REPORT)

Neymar says he expects to be "better than I was before" by the start of the World Cup after missing extended time due to foot injury.

Canchas binacionales

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El planeta tiene infinidad de canchas y estadios de fútbol en paisajes maravillosos, exóticos, increíbles. Pero muy pocas tienen la particularidad de estar asentadas sobre la frontera de dos países.

Este post, surge del excelente trabajo del blog Fronteras, al que recomiendo a todos los amantes de la geografía, los viajes y las buenas historias.