Maxi Rodriguez hopes his new squad number will inspire him to a best ever goals tally in a
The Argentine enjoyed a rich vein of form in the latter stages of 2010-11 including hat-tricks in
consecutive games but has already set his sights on surpassing those exploits this time around.
Now that Ashley Cole, Maicon, and Cesc FabregasÂ all seem to be staying at their selected
destinations, it appears a new superstarÂ footballer must step up and take over the number one spot
on Barcelona's target list. And considering the former treble winners did just lose Yaya Toure to a
28 million dollar transfer deal, I'd say that a defensive midfielder has to be near the top of the
list for the La Liga giants.
While British viewers of the 2010 World Cup had to the watch endless variations on a dreadful theme
that was the "Carling camels" advertising campaign over in Argentina the sports channel TyC came up
with something a bit more emotive and inspiring.
For several years Ronaldinho was the undisputed king of clever tricks and flicks. When Brazil
played Argentina in a 2006 World Cup qualifier, Juan Pablo SorÃn took the opportunity to show that
Ronaldinho is not the only one who could pull off a trick. You have to laugh at the way Ronaldinho
lashed out at his opponent when he realised that he'd been done.
Colorado Rapids forward Claudio Lopez played for the Argentina National Team in the 1998 and 2002
FIFA World Cup. He shares his story of making the Argentina World Cup teams in a video interview.
"You see it (playing for the National Team) off to ...
I had heard whispers about this during the World Cup, and now it is a date. Argentina is scheduled
to take on the US Men's National team on March 26, at the New Meadowlands Stadium at 7:00 p.m. ET.
In case a trip to Jersey isn't in your cards, you can watch the match on ESPN2 or follow via
Isn't it astonishing when a 26-year old footballer in his prime begins to consider retirement
from the sport?
It becomes all the more astonishing when one factors in the idea that the player in question is
far from being injury prone and in fact, is the leading scorer in the current squad of the Premier
League's second-placed team.
Well you at least have to credit their timing to lose.
Spain lost for the first time since the World Cup ended in humiliating fashion to a hungrier
Argentina squad. The final score of the match was 4-1Â in favor of Maradona's former side and La
Furia Roja experienced their first loss since that shocking 1-0 defeat to SwitzerlandÂ in their
debut match of the World Cup.
Very little real news of note in the Spanish Football area today. However as a general news piece
that may be of interest to all World Soccer fans Argentine leyend DIEGO ARMANDO MARADONA visited
this afternoon REAL MADRID during their afternoon training session. Maradona chats with Mourinho
The ex-Argentina National Team Coach meet up with the players & then had a long chat with Coach
So, as soon as we at Soccer Jones found out on Monday that Diego Maradona was no longer going to
remain as the Argentina national team coach, we knew it was only a matter of days until there was a
media fiasco.Â Maradona is now making claims that he was "lied to" and "betrayed" by the AFA.
Argentina national team coach and living legend, Diego Maradona, has stepped down following a
unanimous vote from the Argentine Football Association.
Initially, Maradona was offered a contract keeping him as boss for the next four years.Â His
conditions for returning included keeping all of his current staff on board, and after being unable
to resolve their differences, Maradona left his post as coach.
Good news for all of those that enjoy being entertained.
Diego Maradona is reportedly returning to his Argentina national team as head coach. And the man
that once told FIFA to "suck it" should be on the sidelines for his side's August 11th match
against the most unlucky team in the world, Ireland.
Shhh, don't tell anyone. But I'm in love with Argentina. Not the country but the incredible way
that the Argentina national team is playing soccer. After today's performance, they are by far the
greatest football playing team in the tournament.
Against Nigeria in the opening game, they showed glimmers of hope but today against South Korea,
Diego Maradona's side looked like the finished product except for a few vulnerabilities in
As if our blog didn't have enough man skin after yesterdays post with near naked Cristiano Ronaldo
and Didier Drogba, Argentina national team coach and legend Diego Maradona has pledged to run naked
through the streets of Buenos Aires if Argentina bring the World Cup home from South Africa. No
stranger to controversy, Maradona made the [.
A bit of news on one of Greece's prospective opponents in South Africa, with Argentina national
team boss Diego Maradona blasting his country's FA for the cancellation of their May 29 friendly
against Israel in Dubai (five days after a match with Canada in River Plate).
Anyone who doesn't take an active interest in football could have been forgiven in recent weeks for
thinking Lionel Messi was some four-legged, turbo charged mystical deity, such was the praise
lavished on the Argentinean's shoulders.
It is true that his recent performances, particularly in the Champions League demolition of
Arsenal, were spell binding and he was deservedly put on a pedestal with the likes of Pele and
Diego Maradona, but the praise did get a bit hysterical in places.
Carlos Tevez plays striker for Manchester City and the Argentina national team.
During yesterday's match against Liverpool, the 26 year-old striker netted two goal in their 3-0
win.Â Tevez's 13th minute goal sent City into the break up 1-0, before he scored again in the 52nd
minute of play.
Lionel Messi (24 June 1987) plays winger for Barcelona and the Argentina national team.Â During
Saturday's Supercopa match against Sevilla yesterday at Camp Nou, Messi netted three of Barcelona's
four goals in the match.
Barca was able to respond and turn around from a 3-1 deficit to nab the Supercopa title thanks
to the 23 year-old playmaker's hat-trick.
Diego "El Principe" Milito (12 June 1979) plays striker for Inter Milan and the Argentina
national team.Â Milito is an outstanding center forward who has averaged more than one goal every
two appearances throughout his 10-tear career.
There is no doubt that soccer runs in Diego's blood.
Carlos Tevez (5 Feb 1984) plays striker for the Argentina national team.Â During yesterday's
match against Mexico in the round of 16, Tevez netted goals in the 16th and 52nd minutes to help
his team come up with the 3-1 win.
Tevez's first goal should have been disallowed after being caught in an offside position,
however, the referee allowed it.
Gabriel Heinze (19 April 1978) plays defense for French club Marseille and the Argentina
national team.Â During this morning's match against Nigeria, Heinze netted the game's only goal
early in the match.Â Heinze headered the ball into the top left corner of the goal, leaving the
Nigeria goalie motionless, never having a chance to get to the shot.
Lionel Messi is arguably the world's best player.Â Messi plays winger for FC Barcelona and the
Argentina national team.Â The young Argentine netted two goals in the 4-0 victory over Valladolid
at Camp Nou as Barcelona retained the Primera Division crown.
Sergio Aguero (2 June 1988) plays striker for Atletico Madrid and the Argentina national team.Â
This week, Aguero helped his club land a Europa League title by knocking off the EPL's Fulham.Â
This summer in South Africa, Aguero will be surrounded by a cast of players who have been playing
their best soccer as of late.
Sit back and relax, turn up your speakers and enjoy some of the best of Lionel Messi in this
collection of Skills, Goals, and Tricks. The Messi video is nicely put together and set to the
music and song by David Guetta featuring Sia, Performing Titanium...Soccer and Music at it's
Just in case you've been living under a rock and have no idea just how good a soccer player
Messi is or who he is.
It's official: Thierry Henry is going back to Arsenal.
The New York Red Bulls forward and his former Premier League club put the final touches on a
short-term loan that has Arsenal's all-time leading goal scorer returning to the Emirates through
the end of February.
Henry will be eligible for the club's FA Cup match against Leeds United on Monday.
Marangoni was one of four Argentinians to play in England in the early 1980s. Osvaldo Ardiles,
Marangoni, Alex Sabella & Ricardo Villa (left to right). In 1979 Sunderland AFC signed Argentine
midfielder Claudio Marangoni from San Lorenzo for Â£380,000. Marangoni who was born on 11 November
1954 was a trainee at local club Rosario Central but never played for the first team.