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Mascherano to quit Argentina after World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Veteran Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano said Thursday he will step down from international duty after the 2018 World Cup.

The versatile Barcelona star, who turns 34 next June, is Argentina’s second most-capped player with 139 appearances for his country and played in the 2014 World Cup final defeat to Germany.

‘Thank God for Messi’ says relieved Argentina

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – A nation exploded with relief on Tuesday as Lionel Messi single-handedly dragged his Argentina team into next year’s World Cup finals with a spellbinding hat-trick in Quito.

“Messi is E.T. He’s from another planet. He’s not from this world,” Marco Mouras, a 28-year-old Brazilian said in a crowded Buenos Aires bar as Argentinians around him went wild, beer and pizza spilling onto the floor.

‘Thank God for Messi’ says relieved Argentina

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – A nation exploded with relief on Tuesday as Lionel Messi single-handedly dragged his Argentina team into next year’s World Cup finals with a spellbinding hat-trick in Quito.

“Messi is E.T. He’s from another planet. He’s not from this world,” Marco Mouras, a 28-year-old Brazilian said in a crowded Buenos Aires bar as Argentinians around him went wild, beer and pizza spilling onto the floor.

Argentina frets over possible Messi-less World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina awakened on Friday to the horrifying possibility of a World Cup without the “world’s best player”, Lionel Messi.

The Albiceleste drew 0-0 at home to Peru on Thursday to fall not only out of the four automatic South American qualifying places for next year’s finals in Russia, but also the fifth place that offers a play-off spot against New Zealand.

Argentina World Cup hopes in balance after Peru draw

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – The prospect of a World Cup without Lionel Messi edged nearer to reality on Thursday as Argentina struggled to a 0-0 draw with Peru which left their qualification hopes hanging in the balance.

Despite dominating possession in front of a raucous home support at Buenos Aires’ fabled “La Bombonera”
stadium, Messi and Argentina once again drew a blank to the dismay of their fans.

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, Uruguay and Paraguay confirm 2030 World Cup bid

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay will form a joint bid to host the centenary World Cup in 2030, the presidents of the three countries confirmed on Wednesday.

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes had said in August that his country would join the shared bid by neighbours Argentina and Uruguay, which hosted and won the inaugural World Cup in 1930.

River Plate threaten Leverkusen over Alario

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina’s River Plate has threatened Bayer Leverkusen after the German league side put striker Lucas Alario through a medical examination without his club’s consent.

Leverkusen want to sign Argentina international Alario, who has scored 41 goals in 82 games and won four trophies with River Plate, to replace Mexico striker Javier Hernandez after ‘Chicharito’ joined West Ham.

River Plate threaten Leverkusen over Alario

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina’s River Plate has threatened Bayer Leverkusen after the German league side put striker Lucas Alario through a medical examination without his club’s consent.

Leverkusen want to sign Argentina international Alario, who has scored 41 goals in 82 games and won four trophies with River Plate, to replace Mexico striker Javier Hernandez after ‘Chicharito’ joined West Ham.

Maradona prefers Messi, but dubs Ronaldo ‘incredible’

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentinian footballing legend Maradona said Monday that he preferred compatriot Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo all the while dubbing the Portugal captain an “incredible” player.

“I can’t remember having seen Lionel Messi play badly,” Maradona told TyCSports.

Maradona prefers Messi, but dubs Ronaldo ‘incredible’

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentinian footballing legend Maradona said Monday that he preferred compatriot Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo all the while dubbing the Portugal captain an “incredible” player.

“I can’t remember having seen Lionel Messi play badly,” Maradona told TyCSports.

Lionel Messi pledges ‘fight’ as Argentina eye World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi vowed to “keep fighting” as Argentina attempt to overcome their World Cup qualifying struggles and seal their place in next year’s tournament in Russia.

The two-time world champions are fifth in South American qualifying, with only the top four teams guaranteed a place in the 2018 World Cup.

Lionel Messi pledges ‘fight’ as Argentina eye World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi vowed to “keep fighting” as Argentina attempt to overcome their World Cup qualifying struggles and seal their place in next year’s tournament in Russia.

The two-time world champions are fifth in South American qualifying, with only the top four teams guaranteed a place in the 2018 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).

Football: Icardi in, Aguero out for Argentina

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi will spearhead Argentina’s attack against arch-rivals Brazil next month but there was no place in the squad for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi replaces Aguero in a squad believed to have been chosen by Jorge Sampaoli, the Sevilla coach who is poised to take over Argentina in a bid to rescue their World Cup hopes.

Football: Icardi in, Aguero out for Argentina

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi will spearhead Argentina’s attack against arch-rivals Brazil next month but there was no place in the squad for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi replaces Aguero in a squad believed to have been chosen by Jorge Sampaoli, the Sevilla coach who is poised to take over Argentina in a bid to rescue their World Cup hopes.

Argentine FA chief set for Messi meeting, denies Sampaoli contact

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – The new president of the Argentine Football Federation (AFA) flew to Barcelona on Thursday to meet Lionel Messi but ruled out any possibility of an encounter with Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli.

“The only object of my trip is to see Messi. As for the new coach, we are relaxed about that because Bauza has only just left,” said the recently elected Claudio Tapia.

Argentine FA chief set for Messi meeting, denies Sampaoli contact

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – The new president of the Argentine Football Federation (AFA) flew to Barcelona on Thursday to meet Lionel Messi but ruled out any possibility of an encounter with Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli.

“The only object of my trip is to see Messi. As for the new coach, we are relaxed about that because Bauza has only just left,” said the recently elected Claudio Tapia.

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.

Bauza fired as Argentina coach – AFA

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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.

Spot on Messi fires Argentina over Chile in World Cup qualifier

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi scored from the penalty spot as Argentina revived their World Cup qualifying campaign with a battling 1-0 win over rivals Chile on Thursday.

Barcelona star Messi stroked home his penalty on 16 minutes after veteran Chile defender Jose Fuenzalida brought down Angel Di Maria with a clumsy challenge.

Spot on Messi fires Argentina over Chile in World Cup qualifier

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi scored from the penalty spot as Argentina revived their World Cup qualifying campaign with a battling 1-0 win over rivals Chile on Thursday.

Barcelona star Messi stroked home his penalty on 16 minutes after veteran Chile defender Jose Fuenzalida brought down Angel Di Maria with a clumsy challenge.

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.

Argentina pays players to avert strike

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina’s government said Thursday it paid $22 million dollars to the country’s Football Association to avert a players’ strike over unpaid wages that threatened to disrupt the new season.

The Argentina Footballers’ Union (AFA) had threatened to strike on the first day of the season Friday in a dispute over redistribution of broadcasting revenues.

Messi happy at Barcelona – Argentina coach

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi could not be happier than at Barcelona, and can crown his status as an all time great by winning the World Cup with Argentina, national coach Edgardo Bauza told AFP on Wednesday.

“I can see just how happy he is at Barcelona with his family around him,” said Bauza, who has been at the helm of the Argentine national team since August 2016.

Messi’s first coach dies in Argentina

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Ernesto Vecchio, the first coach of Lionel Messi when the budding superstar was a young rookie in Argentina, has died at the age of 65, the Newell's Old Boys club announced Friday.

"We regret to announce the death of Ernesto Vecchio, the technical director of Leo Messi during his debut (at Rosario)," said a statement on the Twitter account of Newell's where Vecchio worked for more than 30 years.

Bumpy plane ride too much for Messi

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Lionel Messi had to reach for the sick bag on Monday as the plane carrying the Argentina team endured a bumpy ride from Buenos Aires to San Juan ahead of a World Cup qualifier.

The Barcelona superstar and several of his team-mates took ill due to the turbulence during the journey to the city near the Andes where Argentina will face Colombia on Tuesday.

Argentina coach Bauza calls for World Cup ‘risks’

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Lionel Messi and Argentina's stars will have to take "risks" to beat Colombia and keep their World Cup hopes alive, coach Edgardo Bauza said ahead of their must-win clash on Tuesday.

Messi used expletives to Argentinian media to highlight his anger after the Albiceleste lost 3-0 to Brazil last week.

Argentina coach Bauza calls for World Cup ‘risks’

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Lionel Messi and Argentina's stars will have to take "risks" to beat Colombia and keep their World Cup hopes alive, coach Edgardo Bauza said ahead of their must-win clash on Tuesday.

Messi used expletives to Argentinian media to highlight his anger after the Albiceleste lost 3-0 to Brazil last week.

‘I’d be Messi-Ronaldo combined’ says Bolt

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt said Sunday that if he ever realised his long-held ambition of becoming a professional footballer, he'd like to have the skills of both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Asked by Argentine magazine Viva: "Would you prefer to be like Lionel Messi or like Cristiano Ronaldo?

Messi ruled out of Venezuela qualifier

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentina striker Lionel Messi will miss Tuesday's 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Venezuela with a groin problem, national team coach Edgardo Bauza said on Friday.

"Unfortunately, he won't be able to play. We can't take any risks. We spoke with the doctor and it's the sensible thing to do.

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Boca Juniors: Slightly Concerning Footage Proves La Bombonera Actually ‘Rocks’ On Matchdays (Video)

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It's well-versedin footballing lorethat Boca Juniors' erstwhile stadium, La Bombonera, is said to 'rock' on matchdays.

Indeed, the relentless pogo-ingof the ever-bombasticsupporters atop the terraces cause a certain amount of sway.

However,Planet Boca have posted a snippet of slightly worrying footage recorded during a recent match that shows an entire stand coming away from the wall as it undulates back and forth.

Some Urchin Has Stolen The Entire Top Half Of Lionel Messi’s Statue In Buenos Aires (Photo)

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While Cristiano Ronaldo was busy picking up his latest FIFA trinket on Monday, Lionel Messi was suffering the ignominy of having his entire upper body stolen.

To clarify, vandals somehow managed to scarper with the entire top half of the Messi statue that was unveiled on the Paseo de la Gloria in Buenos Aires only six months ago.

Retro Football: 12-Year-Old Erik Lamela Interviewed On Trans World Sport (Video)

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Another little footballing curio for you here in the shape of an archive interview with a young Erik Lamela, long before he was the shaven and shorn, rabona-pinging goddess you see afore ye.

It was Trans World Sport that caught up with Lamela as a prodigious, ponytailed 12-year-old knocking about on the streets of Buenos Aires.