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‘I feel Cuban’: Maradona arrives for Castro funeral

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Havana (AFP) Declaring "I feel Cuban," Argentine football great Diego Maradona has arrived in Cuba to attend the funeral of his "second father," the late communist leader Fidel Castro.

"I feel like the world has lost its leader," Maradona told Cuban state television after landing late Thursday.

‘I feel Cuban’: Maradona arrives for Castro funeral

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Havana (AFP) Declaring "I feel Cuban," Argentine football great Diego Maradona has arrived in Cuba to attend the funeral of his "second father," the late communist leader Fidel Castro.

"I feel like the world has lost its leader," Maradona told Cuban state television after landing late Thursday.

Maradona vows to help FIFA resolve Argentine power struggle

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Zurich (AFP) Diego Maradona has offered to support new FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's bid to improve the running of football in Argentina.

Speaking upon his arrival in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, the Argentine legend said: "I'm not going to be a FIFA observer, I'm coming to collaborate directly with Gianni Infantino.

Maradona vows to help FIFA resolve Argentine power struggle

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Zurich (AFP) Diego Maradona has offered to support new FIFA chief Gianni Infantino's bid to improve the running of football in Argentina.

Speaking upon his arrival in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, the Argentine legend said: "I'm not going to be a FIFA observer, I'm coming to collaborate directly with Gianni Infantino.

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Talking to Lionel Messi’s youth coach ahead of the Copa América Centenario

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In April, I headed up from Buenos Aires to Rosario, Lionel Messi's hometown, for a feature forESPNFC ahead of the Copa América Centenario. Whilst there, I talked to Ernesto Vecchio, the youth coach who oversaw Lionel Messi's childhood development for ... Continue reading →

This week in The Libero: what is the Copa América Centenario, exactly?

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On Friday, the Copa América Centenario kicks off in the United States, and in this week's issue ofThe Libero, I was asked to preview it. I've gone for a piece looking at why although it's going to be a good ... Continue reading →

This week in The Libero: what is the Copa América Centenario, exactly?

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On Friday, the Copa América Centenario kicks off in the United States, and in this week's issue ofThe Libero, I was asked to preview it. I've gone for a piece looking at why although it's going to be a good ... Continue reading →

A new place to find my writing: The Libero

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Today The Libero launches. It's an online football magazine, and the deal is simple: you get a weekly email containing four articles covering world football, as long as you subscribe. You can subscribe by credit or debit card, or by ... Continue reading →

A new place to find my writing: The Libero

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Today The Libero launches. It's an online football magazine, and the deal is simple: you get a weekly email containing four articles covering world football, as long as you subscribe. You can subscribe by credit or debit card, or by ... Continue reading →

Primera A

Primera 2016, round 12: all the goals

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The round ofclásicos was by a long way the lowest-scoring weekend in an otherwise goal-packed championship, but there were some goals, including a superb free kick from Santiago García for Godoy Cruz against San Martín in the wine region derby, ... Continue reading →

Primera 2016, round 12: all the goals

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The round ofclásicos was by a long way the lowest-scoring weekend in an otherwise goal-packed championship, but there were some goals, including a superb free kick from Santiago García for Godoy Cruz against San Martín in the wine region derby, ... Continue reading →

2016 Primera, eleventh round: all the goals

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The goals from the eleventh round of action in the 2016 Primera División are right here for your enjoyment, including Atlético Tucumán legend Luis Rodríguez's hundredth career goal, all the goals from Boca Juniors' 4-1 thrashing of Aldosivi and a ... Continue reading →

2016 Primera, eleventh round: all the goals

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The goals from the eleventh round of action in the 2016 Primera División are right here for your enjoyment, including Atlético Tucumán legend Luis Rodríguez's hundredth career goal, all the goals from Boca Juniors' 4-1 thrashing of Aldosivi and a ... Continue reading →

Primera 2016, tenth round: all the goals

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A few days late, this post, but here are all the goals from last weekend's Primera División action, including two penalty-taking goalkeepers, a hat trick for Huracán forward Ramón Ábila and an amazing late comeback from Vélez Sarsfield to hand ... Continue reading →

Primera 2016, tenth round: all the goals

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A few days late, this post, but here are all the goals from last weekend's Primera División action, including two penalty-taking goalkeepers, a hat trick for Huracán forward Ramón Ábila and an amazing late comeback from Vélez Sarsfield to hand ... Continue reading →

Primera 2016 preview: round 9

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The ninth round of Primera action is almost upon us, and as ever I've previewed it forThe Bubble. Defensa y Justicia v Arsenal de Sarandí might not be a properclásico but it could well be an interesting match all the ... Continue reading →

Primera 2016 preview: round 9

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The ninth round of Primera action is almost upon us, and as ever I've previewed it forThe Bubble. Defensa y Justicia v Arsenal de Sarandí might not be a properclásico but it could well be an interesting match all the ... Continue reading →

Two articles: a Lucas Alario profile, and Álvaro Recoba’s farewell party

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I was busy on Thursday (busy by the standards of an underemployed freelancer, at least). I wrote three articles, and two of them are already online. ForThe Mirror, here's a profile of one of Liverpool's transfer targets, River Plate centre ... Continue reading →

Two articles: a Lucas Alario profile, and Álvaro Recoba’s farewell party

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I was busy on Thursday (busy by the standards of an underemployed freelancer, at least). I wrote three articles, and two of them are already online. ForThe Mirror, here's a profile of one of Liverpool's transfer targets, River Plate centre ... Continue reading →

2016 Primera, sixth round: all the goals

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The superclásico was disappointing, but we didn't have to look far for goals in Argentina this weekend; there were 48 in total, an average of 3.2 per game. That total included nine in Santa Fe, where Racing got a 6-3 ... Continue reading →

2016 Primera, sixth round: all the goals

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The superclásico was disappointing, but we didn't have to look far for goals in Argentina this weekend; there were 48 in total, an average of 3.2 per game. That total included nine in Santa Fe, where Racing got a 6-3 ... Continue reading →

Primera 2016 preview: round 6

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The sixth round of the 2016 Torneo de Transición is upon us, and it's a big one, because on Sunday River Plate host Boca Juniors in thesuperclásico. It will be Guillermo Barros Schelotto's second match in charge of Boca, as ... Continue reading →

Primera 2016 preview: round 6

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The sixth round of the 2016 Torneo de Transición is upon us, and it's a big one, because on Sunday River Plate host Boca Juniors in thesuperclásico. It will be Guillermo Barros Schelotto's second match in charge of Boca, as ... Continue reading →

Fortnightly opinion: Guillermo Barros Schelotto joins Boca Juniors

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Following Rodolfo Arruabarrena's sacking as Boca Juniors manager on Monday, the club wasted little time appointing a successor, and on Tuesday Guillermo Barros Schelotto was confirmed in charge of the league and Copa Argentina champions. In my latest opinion piece ... Continue reading →

2016 Primera preview: round 5

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A new round of Primera División action begins tonight albeit tonight's matches aren't themselves the most attractive of the weekend. As ever, I'm back forThe Bubble, previewing the weekend and highlighting the matches you should definitely make sure not ... Continue reading →

2016 Primera, fourth round: all the goals

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Here are all the goals from the fourth round of matches in the Primera championship, which include two wonderful matches as San Lorenzo pipped Vélez Sarsfield by the odd goal in five, Independiente and Racing produced a thrilling finish to ... Continue reading →

2016 Primera preview: round 4

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The fourth round of Primera División action kicks off on Friday afternoon, and as usual I've previewed it forThe Bubble. There are a number of attractive games in this round, with the Avellanedaclásico between Independiente and Racing the most obvious ... Continue reading →

Friday football preview: round one

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During the new Argentine Primera División season, I'll have an article each Friday lunchtime onThe Bubble looking forward to the highlights and lowlights from the coming weekend of football in short, which matches you should try to set aside ... Continue reading →

Weekly opinion: the 2016 transitional championship, and how it’ll work

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My latest piece forThe Bubble welcomes the new year with a look at how the Primera championship that will be held in the first half of the year is structured. Three and a half months, two groups, home-and-awayclásicos and a ... Continue reading →

Argentine football in 2015: a review

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2015 has just hours left to run (in Argentina that is; happy new year if it's already gone where you are), and the folk atThe Bubble have asked me to take a look back on the last twelve months in ... Continue reading →

All the goals from the twelfth round of Argentine Primera action

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Boca Juniors remain top of the table in spite of a draw away to Independiente, thanks to River Plate and Racing's earlier 0-0 on Sunday evening. There was a five goal thriller in Florencio Varela on Monday night as Colón ... Continue reading →

Boca Juniors

La Nación have drawn up a Best XI of Argentines whose transfers were dodgy

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World Soccer Talk Radio (5.18.15) Sam Kelly

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Sam Kelly.

Argentine soccer expert Sam Kelly brings us up to date on the punishment that Boca Juniors received from CONMEBOL for last week's pepper spray incident, as well as the latest analysis on the state of Argentine football.

World Soccer Talk Radio (5.18.15) Sam Kelly

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Sam Kelly.

Argentine soccer expert Sam Kelly brings us up to date on the punishment that Boca Juniors received from CONMEBOL for last week's pepper spray incident, as well as the latest analysis on the state of Argentine football.

Some tips for watching Boca Juniors v River Plate (14th May 2015) live in the Copa Libertadores last 16

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Unlike last week's first leg, TV Pública have realised before kick off that they're not allowed to broadcast outside Argentina for the second leg of this Copa Libertadores last sixteen tie between Boca Juniors and River Plate (River have a ... Continue reading →

River Plate v Boca Juniors (7th May 2015): watch Copa Libertadores last 16 first leg live

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The second part of May'sSuperclásico Trilogy is almost upon us, as River Plate host Boca Juniors in the last sixteen of the Copa Libertadores, South America's premier club competition. In Argentina, this match is being screened free to air by ... Continue reading →

Argentine national team

Argentina squad v Brazil & Colombia: Messi and Agüero injured, Higuaín back in

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Gerardo Martino has announced Argentina's squad list for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers at home to Brazil (Thurs 12th November) and away to Colombia (Tues 17th), from which his side desperately need some good results after a disappointing start in ... Continue reading →

Gerardo Martino names preliminary 30-player list for Copa América

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On Monday, Argentina manager Gerardo Martino named his 30-player preliminary squad list for the Copa América in Chile; from this list, 23 players will be selected who will form Argentina's squad for the tournament. The biggest surprise is that Newell's ... Continue reading →

The Rest

What I hate about Argentina’s Torneos de Verano

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This week's opinion piece forThe Bubble was a tricky one to start writing, because there's nothing much happening in Argentine football this week. Nothing, that is, apart from transfer sagas and the over-hyped, overblownTorneos de Verano, the summer championships. So ... Continue reading →

Carlos Sánchez is South American Footballer Of The Year for 2015

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As one year begins, another has just ended, and on Thursday (that was new year's eve, for those who aren't keeping up), Uruguay'sEl País announced the results of their annual poll to find the best players and managers in South ... Continue reading →