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Top five signings from Argentina’s summer transfer window

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The blinds were lowered and the curtains drawn on Argentina's summer transfer window on Thursday night, and plenty of clubs were active right up to the last minute. As I outlined here a few days ago, some clubs (San Lorenzo especially) seem to be putting faith in the squads which got them through the first.

Hand Of Pod episode 278

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Hand Of Pod, the internet's only English-language Argentine football podcast,is back from the summer break, and you can listen to it right here. Or for details of how to subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher or TuneIn, follow this link to theHOP blog.

Are there changes on the way in the Argentine league?

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Over the next few years, like, not necessarily immediately. AFA president Claudio Tapia spoke to the press on Wednesday, and at least one of the things he said gave hope to those of us who've hoped for improvements to the Argentine league system for ages. What did he say, exactly? Well, most excitingly, he said.

Some details about the 2017-18 Primera División season

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On Monday we finally heard when the 2017-18 top flight season in Argentina will kick off, under the auspices of the new Superliga. The first weekend of the championship will be the weekend of Sunday, 20th August, according toOlé, and initially the organisation will 'borrow' various services from the AFA, including the disciplinary tribunal and.

For ESPNFC: five reasons behind Boca Juniors’ title win

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With the Argentine Primera División season over, I wrote an article this week forESPNFC looking at some of the main factors in Boca Juniors' title victory, from the personality of their sometimes embattled manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto to the potency of their front three, and how it helped them recover from the blow of Carlos.

Hand Of Pod 262: the season review

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The two hundred and sixty-second episode of the best and worst English-language Argentine football podcast on the internet is up now. In it, I talk to Andrés about Boca's title win, what's left to decide continental qualification next year, our team (or rather, squad) of the season – which you can see over on theHOP.

Which Argentine clubs are playing in next year’s continental cups?

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The Argentine Primera División season is over, and the era of thirty-team championships goes with it; with four teams going down and just two coming up (we don't know whom yet, because the B Nacional still has between five and ... Continue reading →

Weekend Primera preview: 2016-17 round 12

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Welcome back to my humble blog, everyone! Budget tightening at The Bubble means that I'll be writing for them less frequently for a few months, and the main victim of that decision is my weekly Friday article in which I ... 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 →

FIFA vice-president Julio Grondona to step down from Argentine FA presidency in 2015

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Just one big story in Argentina on Tuesday, but my word, as the proverbial milkmaid said to the parson, what a big one it is. Julio Grondona, the friend of dictators and democrats, the fat, corrupt old man who has ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 46: The 2011 Apertura review podcast

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In the forty-sixth epsiode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Seba and English Dan look back on the 2011 Torneo Apertura, which ended on Monday. Boca Juniors ended as undefeated champions, and the champions with the most points difference ahead of ... Continue reading →

Apertura 2011: A three-way battle ends with Godoy Cruz in the Libertadores (video)

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The 2011 Torneo Apertura ended on Monday with, among other matches, three games which affected the battle for Copa Libertadores 2012 qualification. With Racing, Independiente, Tigre and Godoy Cruz all going into the last round with hopes of qualifying for ... Continue reading →

Apertura 2011: Boca – and three other hosts – end with a win (video)

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Boca Juniors became the third team in the history of the short championships to go unbeaten through a campaign on Sunday, when a Darío Cvitanich header gave them a 1-0 win at home to All Boys in their final Apertura ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 45: Boca’s title win, more melodrama at River and romantic tales from the Copa

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The forty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod is introduced by Queens Park Rangers star Alejandro Faurlín, and sees Sam, Seba and English Dan reflecting on Boca Juniors' title win the media bias, the key players, the impressive record and ... Continue reading →

Torneo Apertura 2011: round 19 fixtures

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The final round of the 2011 Torneo Apertura has already kicked off as I type, and there are two matches already taking place, two in a couple of hours' time, and six tomorrow, when the season will end with quite ... Continue reading →

Apertura 2011: Tigre lose again, Independiente and Colón are the big winners (video)

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The penultimate round of the 2011 Torneo Apertura ended on Thursday night with wins for Independiente and Vélez Sarsfield against San Lorenzo and Tigre respectively. On Wednesday, Arsenal de Sarandí became the first side all season to score twice against ... Continue reading →

All Boys beat Argentinos for first time in 35 years, Lanús qualify for the Copa & Racing also win (video)

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The penultimate round of matches in the 2011 Torneo Apertura started on Tuesday with a fairly dull few games. Olimpo and Estudiantes played out a dull goalless draw, and in the four matches as a whole there were only three ... Continue reading →

Torneo Apertura 2011: round 18 fixtures

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The penultimate round of the 2011 Torneo Apertura is upon us already, with four matches today, two tomorrow and four on Thursday. We kick things off with the All Boys v Argentinos Juniors clásico in Floresta, and late tonight Racing host ... Continue reading →

Apertura 2011: San Lorenzo get a big win in Tigre relegation clash, and the round’s scores & scorers (video)

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After Sunday saw Boca Juniors win the title, Monday saw a match that could prove just as important come the end of the season (i.e. Clausura); the relegation battle between San Lorenzo and Tigre. The resurgent visitors were beaten by ... Continue reading →

Apertura 2011: ¡Boca campeón! (video)

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Boca Juniors were crowned champions of Argentina on Sunday, with two matches left of the 2011 Torneo Apertura. A 3-0 win against Banfield gave Julio César Falcioni's men the title all they'd needed was a draw. Darío Cvitanich scored ... Continue reading →

Apertura 2011: Rafaela down Vélez, Verón leaves to an ovation as Estudiantes beat All Boys and more (video)

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Friday's and Saturday's matches in the 2011 Torneo Apertura have seen no shortage of goals, and as expected, one postponed match San Lorenzo v Tigre will now be played on Monday at 20:30, for the reasons outlined in this ... Continue reading →

Doubts surround San Lorenzo v Tigre as political interests come into play again

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The seventeenth round of the 2011 Torneo Apertura is already underway, with Estudiantes just having beaten All Boys 3-0 in La Plata, but it's still not clear exactly when San Lorenzo v Tigre will be played. The argument over the ... Continue reading →

Apertura 2011: round 17 fixtures

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This weekend is the penultimate of the Torneo Apertura, even though there are three rounds left to play. That's because the next round is in midweek, meaning a week from now we'll be entering the final round of the season. ... Continue reading →

Apertura 2011: round 16 scores and scorers (at last…)

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At long last, the scores and scorers from the sixteenth round of the Torneo Apertura are here. Sorry for the delay. Primera División Torneo Apertura 2011, sixteenth round Club Atlético Tigre (C. Luna 15; D. Castaño 66; D. Morales 77) ... Continue reading →

Apertura 2011: Boca on the brink, Banfield & Argentinos draw & Sunday’s other goals (video)

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Boca Juniors moved nine points clear with just nine to play for in the 2011 Torneo Apertura table on Sunday, meaning they need just one more point from their remaining three matches to claim their first league title in three ... Continue reading →

Apertura 2011: Tigre get a huge win, Racing lose at last and more (video)

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The 2011 Torneo Apertura matches on Friday and Saturday have seen a number of eye-opening results. First, on Friday, Tigre beat Atlético Rafaela 3-0 at home and, astonishingly given where they were at the start of the season, climbed out ... Continue reading →

Torneo Apertura 2011: round 16 fixtures

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League leaders Boca Juniors could wrap up the tite in this round, although they won't be able to do so in their own match away to Godoy Cruz. If other results go their way, they win that match, and then ... Continue reading →

Torneo Apertura 2011: round 15 scores and goal videos (and River Plate’s goals)

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I've had a fun-packed weekend (okay, there was a bit of a hangover involved as well) and the fifteenth round of the Torneo Apertura only ended on Monday night. These two facts have combined to result in my not getting ... Continue reading →

Apertura 2011: Tigre get a win to keep the fight going (video)

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Tigre beat Newell's Old Boys by a goal to nil on Friday afternoon, to keep their battle against relegation alive and, incidentally, move joint second of the 2011 Torneo Apertura (albeit temporarily). Carlos Casteglione got the goal with nine minutes ... Continue reading →

Torneo Apertura 2011: round 15 fixtures

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The fifteenth round of the Torneo Apertura is here, and it could see Boca Juniors all but seal the championship. If they win against Racing and Lanús and Atlético Rafaela don't win their matches, Boca will be eleven points clear ... Continue reading →

Argentina

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.

Manchester City Beat Manchester United and Barca to Sign Argentine Starlet

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Bruno Zuculini, who is considered by many the top holding midfielder in the Argentine League, will sign for Manchester City next summer, despite interest from Manchester United and Barcelona, according to Goal. A fee has been agreed between Manchester City and Zucilini's current club Racing in Argentina according to the report.

River Plate

A couple of recent articles

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Oh, hello. It's been a while, hasn't it. How are you all? I've been thinking over the last few days about how to better useHEGS (that is to say, how to use it at all), and as with the beginning ... Continue reading →

Episode 89: Grondona out, various players in & Riquelme still going nowhere

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Hand Of Pod is back, and Sam, Joel and English Dan welcome 2013 with a nice laid-back chat about nothing in particular. There's just the news that one of the most powerful men in world football will leave his charge ... Continue reading →

Deceptive Cons: Tigre & the Beat of the Argentine League

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Everybody loves a roller coaster. The sudden highs and lows offer excitement from the banality of normal life. Soccer offers a similar promise. In Tigre, a modest town just 17 miles North of Buenos Aires, an amusement park known as "Parque de la Costa" hugs the riverfront. However, none of their rides can compare with the current season of Tigre's soccer club, who before Sunday stared both a championship and relegation in the eye.

Nacional B: River return home to a loss

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River Plate slipped up on Sunday, losing 2-0 to Atlético Tucumán on their return to the Estadio Monumental after a five match ban from playing there. Luis Rodríguez and César Montiglio scored the goals, one in each half. Having dominated ... Continue reading →

The Rest

D.C. United officially unveils Luciano Acosta

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United unveils their Argentine attacker just in time to prep him for the Champions League

After a prolonged search to add an impact player from outside MLS, D.C. United has officially unveiled their newest acquisition: Luciano Acosta. As we know, Acosta has been signed on loan from Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors for one year, with an option to buy at the end of that year.

Marcelo Bielsa: Slapping American Faces!

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Master and Apprentice

I swear I remember it like it was yesterday.

My parents, brother, and I were at a a barbecue hosted by longtime family friends in Chino, California. My dad and his buddy Edwardo were in the backyard tending the grill, and I (13 years old at the time) was right there trying to be you know "one of the men".

Winning isn't the only thing

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There are interesting situations playing out in Spain and Argentina this week that show the upside and downside of coaching.

In Spain, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has won 13 out of a possible 16 trophies since taking over four years ago, but he has yet to decide if he wants to coach the club next season.

HEGS exclusive: England’s Arsenal want Racing’s Yacob at season’s end

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Now that the January transfer window has closed in England, I've been given the go-ahead to report, exclusive to HEGS, that a few days ago a representative of Arsenal's scouting team in London enquired about offering a contract to Claudio ... Continue reading →