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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 →

Argentina squad announced for WCQs v Chile and Bolivia

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The AFA have released Gerardo Martino's squad list for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers away to Chile and at home to Bolivia later this month, and the headline exclusion for the local media is Carlos Tevez, who admits himself he's ... Continue reading →

Argentina squad announced for WCQs v Chile and Bolivia

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The AFA have released Gerardo Martino's squad list for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers away to Chile and at home to Bolivia later this month, and the headline exclusion for the local media is Carlos Tevez, who admits himself he's ... 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 →

Copa América 2015: two previews

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The 2015 Copa América in Chile is just hours away, and here, as the title of this post suggests, are two previews. First, a link to a piece I wrote forESPNFC examining whether Lionel Messi needs to win this tournament ... Continue reading →

Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina: a couple of World Cup previews

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The day is finally upon us. I type at 4am on Sunday, 15th June 2014 although I have yet to go to bed, for a significant portion of my readership Argentina's World Cup opener against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the new ... Continue reading →

International Rewind: Argentina top Slovenia; England draw with 10-man Honduras; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Lionel Messi and Ricky Alvarez gave fans of the Argentine National Team the perfect send-off in a 2-0 victory against Slovenia on Saturday evening.

Playing their final World Cup tune-up match in La Plata, Argentina, LosAlbicelestes comfortably took care of business against their European opponents.

Argentina World Cup squad: preliminary list confirmed

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After an interminable television build-up which saw singing presenters, a chef handing Alejandro Sabella and AFA officials finger food and an awful lot of comments about how TV Pública will show 'the whole World Cup to the whole of this ... Continue reading →

Wednesday Kickoff: Messi asks Barca for Aguero; Rodgers to remain at Liverpool; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Lionel Messi's representatives are far along in contract negotiations with Barcelona, but a new bump in the road has appeared.

Multiple reports in Spain and Argentina are stating on Wednesday that Messi has asked for Barcelona to sign forward Sergio Aguero from Manchester City and to give goalkeeper Pinto a new contract as well.

Brazil 2014: Argentina hit five past Paraguay to secure their World Cup place

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This seems like as good a time as any to make the first post onHEGS in a good while. On Tuesday night, Argentina played Paraguay in Asunción and, needing a draw to mathematically confirm their place in next year's World ... Continue reading →

Messi hat trick takes him past Maradona & into joint second in Argentina top scorers list

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Argentina have had two recent draws in World Cup qualifying, 0-0 at home to Colombia and 1-1 away to Ecuador, and are now assured of at least a playoff place for Brazil 2014 one win from their remaining three ... Continue reading →

A few words on Mauro Icardi’s international decision time

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On Sunday, asHEGS readers will already know, young forward Mauro Icardi hit four goals for Sampdoria against Pescara in Serie A, beating Lionel Messi to a four goal haul by a few hours. The performance has sparked calls here in ... Continue reading →

Some quick thoughts on Argentina’s World Cup qualifying, and South America more generally

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Last Friday and this Tuesday just gone were good days for the Argentine national football team. For the first time in the current World Cup qualifying campaign, they won back-to-back matches (3-0 against Uruguay on Friday, 2-1 away to Chile ... Continue reading →

World Cup qualifying Brazil 2014: Chile 1 – 2 Argentina (video)

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On Tuesday night, Argentina's national side stepped onto the pitch in Santiago to begin the second half of their World Cup qualifying campaign, away to Chile, who they'd beaten 4-1 just over a year ago in Buenos Aires at the ... Continue reading →

World Cup qualifying Brazil 2014: Argentina 3 – 0 Uruguay (video)

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On Friday night, Argentina hosted Uruguay in Mendoza, in the first of the twoclásicos rioplatense of this World Cup qualifying edition. The South American champions played poorly in the last qualifying matches a month ago, and although they put up ... Continue reading →

World Cup qualifying: Argentina beat Paraguay at home for first time since 1973 (video)

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Friday evening didn't bring any Torneo Inicial matches those will be played over Saturday, Sunday and Monday but it did feature a World Cup qualifying match in which Argentina dispatched Paraguay 3-1 in Córdoba with an expertly-finished goal ... Continue reading →

International friendly: Argentina beat Germany 3-1; match report from the game & goal video

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Wednesday afternoon in Argentina brought the chance to sit down in front of the TV for a couple of hours and catch an international friendly; one last bit of international sporting competition to enjoy before the post-Olympic world kicks in ... Continue reading →

Argentina 4-3 Brazil – Match Recap – Friendly – 9 June 2012

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Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Argentina edged Brazil in a heated friendly match. The match, which saw seven goals scored between the two sides, ended with Argentina's Levezzi and Brazil's Marcelo both being sent off.

Both players were involved in a scuffle as Levezzi kicked his counterpart while Marcelo hit the Argentine in the face.

Messi completes an unforgettable season with an Argentina hat trick to down Brazil 4-3 (video)

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The curtain came down on the 2011-12 season for Argentina's Europe-based players today, when they took on Brazil (or rather more accurately, Brazil's likely Olympic Football Tournament team) in a friendly at New Meadowlands in New Jersey. The match was ... Continue reading →

2014 CONMEBOL (South America) World Cup Qualifying – Match Recaps – 3 June 2012

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Argentina and Chile both won in 2014 World Cup Qualifying in the CONMEBOL (South America) region. Below is a recap of all the matches on June 3, 2012.

Argentina 4-0 Ecuador

Lionel Messi scored a first half goal as Argentina cruised to a comfortable victory. Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, and Gonzalo Higuain provided the other goals as the home side are now top of the WCQ table.

Messi leads Argentina to thrash Ecuador (video)

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Saturday saw Argentina take on Ecuador in the Estadio Monumental in a World Cup qualifier, and in spite of a midfield supposedly lacking in creativity (yes, some people had that complaint), they won 4-0 with goals from Sergio Agüero, Gonzalo ... Continue reading →

Argentina squad v Ecuador (and Brazil)

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With the season coming to an end, it will soon be time for another double-header of World Cup qualifiers in South America. With hosts Brazil not playing qualifiers, each South American nation has one of these double rounds in which ... Continue reading →

Other football sites

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 →

Where to find me during the World Cup

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Hello. You might have heard there's a football tournament being played during the next month. You'll also have noticed, if you're a frequent visitor toHEGS, that I'm crap at updating it, even with links to articles. So, here's the idea: ... Continue reading →

Tevez’s exclusion, and why Argentina won’t miss him at the World Cup

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With the World Cup just around the corner,ESPNFC are ramping up coverage of each of the national teams, and you'll find their homepage for all 32 blogs here. I'm playing my part in writing for their Argentina team blog, of ... Continue reading →

Brazil v Argentina in New Jersey: digital match preview by Howler

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If you follow me on Twitter, you'll probably already be aware that with Argentina playing Brazil in a friendly in New Jersey in a few hours' time, a new US soccer magazine is launching a pilot issue. Howler aims to ... Continue reading →

An interview with Javier Pastore in The Blizzard, and other recent writing

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As those who follow me on Twitter and/or listen to Hand Of Pod may already be aware, I interviewed Paris Saint-Germain star and Argentina player Javier Pastore during the second half of last year. The resulting article is published today in ... Continue reading →

Argentine football

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 HEGS 2014 Premier League summer transfer window roundup

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That's the northern hemisphere summer, of course. Or the boreal summer transfer window, asLa Nación's sports site put it on Monday. I noted last week that the number of Argentines moving to English Premier League clubs this year seems to ... 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 →

Videos

A little bit of history: Omar Sívori

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Last Saturday was the anniversary of an historic debut in Argentina; on the 4th April 1954, Omar Sívori made his first appearance, at the age of 18, for River Plate against Lanús. Replacing River's all-time highest goalscorer, Ángel Labruna, Sívori ... Continue reading →

Argentina lose unbeaten record & unofficial world championship to Uruguay in 3-2 thriller (video)

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Not that anyone cares, of course. On Tuesday night, the World Cup qualifying campaign came to an end in South America, with Argentina losing a nearly two-year long unbeaten record in a five goal thriller away to Uruguay, thus handing ... Continue reading →

No Messi, but Lavezzi, Palacio & Agüero fill in as Argentina beat Peru 3-1 (video)

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Friday night saw Argentina host Peru in Buenos Aires' Estadio Monumental in their last home match of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuaín were among the absences due to injury, but an impressive attacking performance saw ... Continue reading →

Argentina dominate despite narrow winning margin in 3-2 friendly victory over Sweden (video)

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Wednesday brought a round of international friendlies around the world, and among them was Argentina's visit to Stockholm, where they took on Sweden in a match the Argentine press were hyping as the chance to get 'revenge' for the result ... Continue reading →

The Rest

The Argentine FA are giving everyone headaches again

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Last Wednesday, AFA president and FIFA vice-president Julio Grondona died. I wrote about it here, forESPNFC. Everyone knew that the organisation was in for a few changes, and it will be a while before we really get a handle on ... Continue reading →

The World Cup starts today! So apropos of nothing, here’s the whole of the 1986 final

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For no other reason than I found it on YouTube a couple of nights ago and thought it would be fun to share for those who want to fill some time whilst waiting for Thursday's opening ceremony and Brazil v ... Continue reading →

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.

Guest post: a preview of Domestic Brazil v Domestic Argentina (Weds night friendly)

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On paper at least, Wednesday's friendly between the two great South American powers of Brazil and Argentina has the distinct appearance of a mismatch. A cursory look at the squads of each nation speaks volume about the relative strength of ... Continue reading →