Why Goalkeeper Sergio Romero is a Big Part of Argentina’s Success

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In 1990, Sergio Goycochea stepped in for the injured Neri Pumpido and would be one of the catalysts to help lead Argentina in the World Cup. Between Maradona playing on one leg and "Goico" making important saves as well as stopping penalties in shootouts against Yugoslavia as well as Italy, the Argentines reached the final for the last time.

South American qualifiers

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Argentina is still not likely to go to the World Cup. At home, they did not manage to go beyond a 1-1 against the weakest side in South America, Bolivia, and the Argentines now only have 4 points for three matches. It was a well-deserved trashing that the local fans gave Messi and Company, a group of stars who should be in a circus rather than on a football pitch.

Video Vault - Behind the Scenes from USA-Argentina in 2008 at Giants Stadium

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As Tim Howard returns to his native New Jersey, we look back on one of the finest performances of his professional career for club and country.

On June 4, 2008, the U.S. faced No.1-ranked Argentina in front of nearly 80,000 fans. With the skies opening up, Howard stood tall against Lionel Messi and the talented Argentines, making several fine saves in en route to earning Budweiser Man of the Match honors.

Newcastle Captain Fabricio Coloccini Eyeing Argentine Return

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News in the Express that new Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is hoping the Newcastle captaincy will assist him in regaining his place in the Argentina squad. Fabricio Coloccini - eyeing Argentine return Coloccini was unlucky to be omitted from the Argentine squad for last summer's World Cup but it looked like the Argentines could have [.

Argentina salvages a draw against Bolivia in Copa America opener

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It may have been a draw, but it probably felt like a loss for Argentina.

Argentina kicked off the 43rd edition of the Copa America in unconvincing fashion at home on Friday night, needing a spectacular finish from substitute Sergio Aguero to tie Bolivia, 1-1.

Classic Copa América: 1993 Final, 4th of July. Mexico v...

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Classic Copa América: 1993 Final, 4th of July. Mexico v Argentina, Estadio Monumental, Guayaquil, Ecuador. (Commentating by Phil Schoen. 1st half highlights here)

Argentina's #9, Gabriel Batistuta (aka Batigol) thought he stole the show midway through the second half, however, it was Mexico's Benjamin Galindo who made things even with a cool penalty, smoothly touching it past Sergio Goycochea, a keeper that made his reputation based on his penalty-saving abilities.

Leo Messi

CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying: Argentina, Colombia roll and more

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Argentina knew that a win would put them in the driver's seat in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying for Brazil 2014, and they took care of business with a relatively easy win over Paraguay on Friday.

Messi hat-trick leads Argentina to victory over Brazil

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --Â It may have only been a friendly and not a World Cup qualifier, but it was still a game that will not be forgotten any time soon.

Argentina defeated archrivals Brazil, 4-3, in front of a record crowd of 81,994 at MetLife Stadium on Saturday afternoon, riding a Leo Messi hat-trick that included a wonderful winner in the final minutes of the South American clasico.

Copa America Rewind: Argentina finally wins, Colombia takes Group A and more

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It took longer than expected, but Argentina finally had a reason to celebrate.

Argentina recorded its first win of the Copa America, topping Costa Rica, 3-0, on Monday night in the final match of Group A. The victory advanced the albiceleste to the quarterfinals as it finished in second place of the group with five points.

Argentina held to a scoreless draw by Colombia

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Argentina has an envious cast of players that most national teams would love to have, but that collection of world-class talent once again failed to perform for the albiceleste.

Argentina tied Colombia, 0-0, on Wednesday night, leaving the albiceleste with two points from two games.


Argentines Abroad: getting set for season’s end

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Most of Europe's top leagues come to an end this weekend, so the final full-sized Argentines Abroad of the year gets you ready for the remaining title run-ins in England and France, as well as recapping the action from Spain ... Continue reading →

Catching up on Argentines Abroad ahead of the weekend

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I  have had a very, very busy week indeed, which is why not much has shown up on HEGS during the last few days, but here, prior to the beginning of the footballing weekend in Europe, is a quick Argentines Abroad catch-up ... Continue reading →

Argentines Abroad: the weekend’s league action, and a five-star performance from Messi (video)

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This week's Argentines Abroad is delayed slightly, but fortunately that means I can include  the video of Lionel Messi's astonishing performance in the European Cup on Wednesday night, when he became the first place in 32 seasons to score five goals ... Continue reading →

Argentines Abroad: Messi disappoints, Lucho moves back to an old home and more

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It's been a good while since the last lot of Argentines Abroad, partly because of the Claudio Yacob exclusive on Tuesday night, partly because of an enormous storm in Buenos Aires over the last 24 hours which left me stranded ... Continue reading →

Argentines Abroad: Messi hits three, Lamela key again, Aimar scores a cracker & more (videos)

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It's been another action-packed round of matches around the world, with Argentines once again providing no shortage of highlights. Step this way for the latest on Lionel Messi's fine weekend performance and some impressive contributions in Italy, Spain, France, Portugal ... Continue reading →

Argentines Abroad: another catch-up

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Deadlines for previewing the final rounds of the 2011 Torneo Apertura have severely hampered my style this week, so without further ado here's a quick catch-up in the main leagues covered by Argentines Abroad. In England's Premier League, Sergio Agüero ... Continue reading →

Argentines Abroad: the final weekend in November

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The weekend just gone saw as many crucial contributions from Argentines as ever in the world's biggest leagues, and a welcome return to form for the usual suspects in the Mexican league after last week's no-show. With the usual contributions ... Continue reading →

Argentines Abroad: Messi leads Barcelona to an 8-0 win & more (video)

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This week's Argentines Abroad is late, thanks to the midweek round of matches here in Argentina keeping me busy. Better late than never, though. As well as Lionel Messi's hat-trick in Barcelona's 8-0 demolition of Osasuna, we've got videos of ... Continue reading →

Argentines Abroad: Agüero hits a hat-trick, goals galore in Italy & more (video)

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It was another packed weekend in which Argentines around the world had a big say in footballing matters, so here's another dose of Argentines Abroad. Sergio Agüero hit a hat-trick for Manchester City, Fernando Belluschi for Porto and Javier Pastore ... Continue reading →

Torneo Apertura 2011: round 4 scores, scorers, & Sunday’s goals – at last (video)

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Sorry everyone. Sunday evening and the subsequent couple of days have been busy. Argentines Abroad will be online on Wednesday, but first things first: it's very late on Tuesday night here, and I've still not put the Sunday goals and the ... Continue reading →

Wrong Section, Right Time

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Awesome recovery here. Might be the best fake to occur beyond the bedroom of an unhappy marriage this year.

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Esteban Cambiasso's goal against Serbia and Montenegro during World Cup 2006 was the culmination of an amazing 25-man passing move culminating in the combative midfielder slammed the ball home with aplomb.

This summer, In The Stands will trail through the football archives and bring together the greatest goals and moments in football history as wet your appetite for the upcoming new season.

Happy Anniversary, Diego Maradona

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What do you celebrate 25 years of infamy with? Champagne? Narcotics? Dictators? There are just so many options.

Argentines Abroad: the end-of-season finale

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The domestic football season has now come to an end across Europe, and also in Mexico. Argentines have been key to the denouements of leagues and cups across western Europe, so here's the rundown of who's won what from ... Continue reading →

Argentines Abroad: Tevez returns to Champions League, & more (videos)

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This week saw confirmation on Tuesday that two Argentines Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta will feature in next season's European Cup; at least assuming Tevez stays with Manchester City, who beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 to confirm a top ... Continue reading →

Argentines Abroad: a new correspondent, & Agüero scores his 9th in 7 games (video)

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We've a new correspondent on Argentines Abroad this week, to give us a more in-depth view of Italy's Serie A, in which there was some decent Argentine action this week. In Spain, Sergio Agüero scored yet again for Atlético Madrid, closing ... Continue reading →

AC Milan

Serie A Preview: Genoa v AC Milan

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News off the field has dominated the week for Milan with former President Silvio Berlusconi set to retake his seat at the club, the rumour mill that has been spinning the names of two Argentines and with the talk of Max Allegri apparently coming to terms with the club over an extension to his current [.

More Than Paper Talk: River Plate’s Erik Lamela Is A Wanted Man

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Short, left-footed, technically gifted Argentines are a hot commodity in the world of football. Beginning with the unrivaled trickery of Diego Maradona twenty years ago to the present day footballing wizard that is Lionel Messi, there is something to the reputation that warrants investigation. A third player in a similar mold has been brought to attention in recent weeks: a superbly gifted.


Our Quick Champions League Preview: Group Stage Matchday 1

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Balls Out for the UEFA Champions League

Tues 13 September 2011

Group E:

Chelsea-Leverkusen (Stadium: Stamford Bridge, London): The Blues should win at home, despite not being quite settled: seems like they're still adjusting to new manager Andre Villas-Boas, the Fernando Torres situation is still unclear, especially after AVB sat him for the entire match over the weekend; and it's same old guys at the core of the squad (Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole).

Tino costed, and other news

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So I'm taking this chance to get a post out before my internet breaks again (this is the first time in a bit I've had any.)

I took the opportunity to watch Tino play his (correct me if I'm wrong) first Argentina game against Nigeria in Abuja mid-week. The line-up fielded by Los Albiceleste was largely second-string, as most of the first teamers were rested with the Copa America in mind.

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Soccer And Dictatorships: A Love Story

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Twenty-two athletes, two goals, and one ball. In England, commentators refer to it as, "A Funny Old Game," though for many that statement is far from sound. The game is football, futebol, or in America, soccer. While Americans fervently follow gridiron, basketball, and baseball, none of these games have changed international history or altered how society functions like soccer has.

Explaining Why Messi & Argentina May Never Win Again

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Messi has won every possible tournament at his club, FC Barcelona. Argentina regularly produces world class soccer players that excel in Europe. Argentina has also won two World Cups. So, the question arises: why hasn't the pulga lifted any trophies with the albiceleste?

Theories abound.

Tactics critical in tonight's US Open Cup Final

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With the possible absence of both teams' playmakers, the personnel and tactics chosen by coaches Sigi Schmid and Frank Klopas are particularly important factors for the U.S. Open Cup final (10 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer.)

Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America reports on the coaches and teams that will be on display in tonight's US Open Cup Final.

A Few Thoughts on Sporting KC, Stadia, and “Roots”

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It seems like only yesterday I was posting my first thoughts via the tongue & cheek MLS Manifesto. The major gripe? As a Kansas City Spurs, err Wiz, err Wizards, err Sporting, supporter, I had grown up watching my heroes plod about in a cavernous and always empty American football stadium, Arrowhead.

Copa Libertadores: Velez Sarsfield, Penarol close in on semifinal berths

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Argentina's Velez Sarsfield and Uruguay's Penarol each have a step into the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores after their shutout wins in the home legs of their quarterfinal ties.

Santos, the lone Brazilian team remaining in the field, got a vital away victory in Colombia, and Mexico's Jaguares needed a little English flavor to equalize at the last minute in this week's other first-leg quarterfinal matches.