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Infantino calls on Argentina to ‘do more’ for football

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino asked Argentina to “do more” for football aside from producing star players like Lionel Messi on Wednesday, as the country announced a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with Paraguay and Uruguay.

“The Argentine Football Association can do a lot for football and not just with the players on the pitch, with Messi and all his teammates,” Infantino said after a meeting with the presidents of the three South American countries who announced their bid for the centenary World Cup.

Infantino calls on Argentina to ‘do more’ for football

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino asked Argentina to “do more” for football aside from producing star players like Lionel Messi on Wednesday, as the country announced a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with Paraguay and Uruguay.

“The Argentine Football Association can do a lot for football and not just with the players on the pitch, with Messi and all his teammates,” Infantino said after a meeting with the presidents of the three South American countries who announced their bid for the centenary World Cup.

Argentina crave Sampaoli’s magic touch

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina hope their new coach Jorge Sampaoli’s magic touch, along with returning striker Lionel Messi’s magic skills, will spirit them through a rocky qualifying campaign to the 2018 World Cup.

Sampaoli moved a step closer to taking over the vacant position as Argentina coach on Friday as his current club side Sevilla said it had reached a deal with the Argentine Football Association (AFA).

Argentina crave Sampaoli’s magic touch

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina hope their new coach Jorge Sampaoli’s magic touch, along with returning striker Lionel Messi’s magic skills, will spirit them through a rocky qualifying campaign to the 2018 World Cup.

Sampaoli moved a step closer to taking over the vacant position as Argentina coach on Friday as his current club side Sevilla said it had reached a deal with the Argentine Football Association (AFA).

FIFA lifts Messi four-game international ban

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA on Friday overturned Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s four-game ban from international matches imposed for swearing at an assistant referee, saying there was not enough evidence to support the stiff punishment.

The U-turn is a major boost to Argentina’s hopes of reaching next year’s World Cup in Russia, with the South Americans struggling in regional qualifying.

Argentina fire national football team coach Bauza

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina’s football association fired Edgardo Bauza as coach of the crisis-hit national team as it struggles to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the head of the body said Monday.

It was the first big move by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) since it last month picked new executives tasked with ending three years of turmoil in the Argentine game.

Bauza fired as Argentina national football team coach

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina’s football association fired Edgardo Bauza as coach of the crisis-hit national team as it struggles to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the head of the body said Monday.

It was the first big move by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) since it last month picked new executives tasked with ending three years of turmoil in the Argentine game.

Crisis-hit Argentina risk missing World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – The world’s top-ranked football nation Argentina risk failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1970 after Lionel Messi’s suspension and a humiliating defeat to Bolivia.

The two-time world champions’ woes deepened just as the Argentine Football Association (AFA) named new executives on Wednesday.

Crisis-hit Argentina risk missing World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – The world’s top-ranked football nation Argentina risk failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1970 after Lionel Messi’s suspension and a humiliating defeat to Bolivia.

The two-time world champions’ woes deepened just as the Argentine Football Association (AFA) named new executives on Wednesday.

Argentina strike spreads to 3rd, 4th divisions

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – A footballers’ strike which has paralysed the Argentine league spread to the third and fourth divisions on Saturday, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said.

Players are striking over unpaid wages despite a $22 million government payout to help solve the impasse.

Argentina footballers to strike despite cash handout

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina footballers will go ahead with a strike on Friday over unpaid wages despite a payout of $22 million from the government, the players’ union said.

The league is set to resume Friday for the second half of the season.

However the Argentina Footballers’ Union (FAA) said that the government payout had not resolved the dispute.

Argentine football head, three ex-cabinet chiefs indicted

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Buenos Aires (AFP) The president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and three former presidential cabinet chiefs were indicted Thursday in a probe of the country's football broadcasting rights distribution system.

Federal judge Maria Servini de Cubria suspected embezzlement after analyzing the government's program to manage broadcasting rights during football championships and national matches, particularly concerning the distribution of broadcasting revenue between clubs.

Argentine football head, three ex-cabinet chiefs indicted

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Buenos Aires (AFP) The president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and three former presidential cabinet chiefs were indicted Thursday in a probe of the country's football broadcasting rights distribution system.

Federal judge Maria Servini de Cubria suspected embezzlement after analyzing the government's program to manage broadcasting rights during football championships and national matches, particularly concerning the distribution of broadcasting revenue between clubs.

Football clubs

Delayed kick off

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On Sunday TyC Sports president Marcelo Bombau talked to Olé, telling them that he considered the AFA's attitude towards the TV companies in the ongoing dispute over player wages to be 'illicit, unjust and disrespectful.' Last week, of course, it was announced that the championship won't be starting as scheduled this coming weekend.

Chacarita’s security concerns, and Torneo Apertura delay

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Those of you in the UK (and certain lucky overseas places) can enjoy my writing in the medium of print again this month. British magazine When Saturday Comes have a new article by me on the subject of Chacarita Juniors' promotion back to the Primera División, and what it means for the security forces in [.

Torneo Clausurado?

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The threat of postponement to the start of the 2008-2009 season has been hanging over Argentine football since the official fixture list for the Primera División was released last week. On Wednesday AFA President Julio Grondona declared that the decision has been taken to provisionally 'postpone all the championships until Futbolístas Argentinos Agremadios [the players' [.

2011 Copa América organisation gets underway

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For those who aren't already aware, the 2011 Copa América will be played in Argentina, and on Tuesday AFA President Julio Grondona met with Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to start thrashing out the details. It's been agreed that the main venue for the tournament will be La Plata's Estadio Municipal (currently home to [.

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The Sweeper: Is Argentina’s Club Football Crisis a Bellwether for Europe?

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It's that "crisis" word again. Following the Sweeper's report last Friday on the SPL's growing financial troubles, the Argentinian Football Association has announced it is canceling the league season's August 14th season opener across all divisions due to unpaid club debts totaling USD$182 million.