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Inter striker Icardi left out of Argentina World Cup squad

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, the joint-leading scorer in Italy this season, was a notable omission from Argentina’s 23-man World Cup squad named by coach Jorge Sampaoli on Monday.

Icardi scored his 29th Serie A goal of the season on Sunday as Inter pipped Lazio to a Champions League place, but he was one of 12 players cut from a provisional 35-man squad revealed last week.

Inter striker Icardi left out of Argentina World Cup squad

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, the joint-leading scorer in Italy this season, was a notable omission from Argentina’s 23-man World Cup squad named by coach Jorge Sampaoli on Monday.

Icardi scored his 29th Serie A goal of the season on Sunday as Inter pipped Lazio to a Champions League place, but he was one of 12 players cut from a provisional 35-man squad revealed last week.

Aguero says he feels ‘like new’ ahead of World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina striker Sergio Aguero said on Thursday that he feels “like new” and is ready to play his “best World Cup” in Russia despite struggling in recent months with a knee injury.

The 29-year-old hasn’t played for Manchester City since their Champions League quarter-final defeat by Liverpool on April 10, and Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has a host of attacking options to choose from before naming his World Cup squad.

Aguero says he feels ‘like new’ ahead of World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina striker Sergio Aguero said on Thursday that he feels “like new” and is ready to play his “best World Cup” in Russia despite struggling in recent months with a knee injury.

The 29-year-old hasn’t played for Manchester City since their Champions League quarter-final defeat by Liverpool on April 10, and Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has a host of attacking options to choose from before naming his World Cup squad.

Argentine FA’s ‘guide to flirting’ at World Cup causes stir

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina’s Football Association (AFA) apologised on Wednesday for issuing a World Cup handbook featuring a section on how to flirt with Russian women, admitting to an “unintentional error” following the outcry.

Under a page entitled “How to stand a chance with a Russian girl?

At Argentina football club, Maradona is God, Messi is Adam

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – There is no question that football is a sort of religion in Argentina.

And one of the football-mad country’s brightest stars, Diego Maradona, is known for his infamous “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.

Now, on the ceiling of one club in Buenos Aires, in a painting modeled after Michelangelo’s work in the Sistine Chapel, Maradona is God, extending his hand to Adam - Lionel Messi.

At Argentina football club, Maradona is God, Messi is Adam

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – There is no question that football is a sort of religion in Argentina.

And one of the football-mad country’s brightest stars, Diego Maradona, is known for his infamous “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.

Now, on the ceiling of one club in Buenos Aires, in a painting modeled after Michelangelo’s work in the Sistine Chapel, Maradona is God, extending his hand to Adam - Lionel Messi.

South American countries urge FIFA to bring in 48-team World Cup for 2022

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Buenos Aires (Argentina) (AFP) – The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Thursday asked FIFA to bring forward plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams in time for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

The competition is due to be enlarged from 32 teams to 48 in time for the 2026 finals, which will be awarded either to Morocco or a joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

South American countries urge FIFA to bring in 48-team World Cup for 2022

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Buenos Aires (Argentina) (AFP) – The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Thursday asked FIFA to bring forward plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams in time for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

The competition is due to be enlarged from 32 teams to 48 in time for the 2026 finals, which will be awarded either to Morocco or a joint North American bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Veteran Argentine scout on the lookout for the new Messi

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Ramon Maddoni points to a skinny, swirling orange-shirted figure on the field, jinking one way, then the other, a ball at his feet: “Look at this kid, he’s a ‘fenomeno’.”

Maddoni is in the business of discovering the latest ‘fenomeno’, the next Messi, a new Maradona - players that quicken the pulse of the soccer-mad Argentine public.

Veteran Argentine scout on the lookout for the new Messi

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Ramon Maddoni points to a skinny, swirling orange-shirted figure on the field, jinking one way, then the other, a ball at his feet: “Look at this kid, he’s a ‘fenomeno’.”

Maddoni is in the business of discovering the latest ‘fenomeno’, the next Messi, a new Maradona - players that quicken the pulse of the soccer-mad Argentine public.

Messi, Suarez to support South American World Cup host bid

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are set to offer their backing to a joint bid from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to host the 2030 centenary World Cup, bid organisers told AFP.

“Messi will join us in this initiative, and Suarez certainly,” Fernando Marin, the joint bid co-ordinator, told AFP on Monday.

Messi, Suarez to support South American World Cup host bid

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are set to offer their backing to a joint bid from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to host the 2030 centenary World Cup, bid organisers told AFP.

“Messi will join us in this initiative, and Suarez certainly,” Fernando Marin, the joint bid co-ordinator, told AFP on Monday.

Argentina have a ‘debt’ to settle at World Cup – Messi

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina captain Lionel Messi admitted Monday that his generation has a score to settle at the World Cup in Russia after a series of agonising near misses in major tournaments.

“The debt we owe is to ourselves, not to the people. We always give our all, we reached three finals.

Argentina have a ‘debt’ to settle at World Cup – Messi

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina captain Lionel Messi admitted Monday that his generation has a score to settle at the World Cup in Russia after a series of agonising near misses in major tournaments.

“The debt we owe is to ourselves, not to the people. We always give our all, we reached three finals.

Higuain says ill mother convinced him not to retire

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuain came close to retiring two years ago but was convinced to continue by his severely ill mother, the Argentine forward told television channel TyC Sports on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Juventus forward was undergoing a difficult period at that time with the national team, which had lost three successive major finals - the 2014 World Cup to Germany and back-to-back Copa America defeats to Chile the following two years.

Aguero named in Argentina squad despite injury

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Sergio Aguero has been included in Argentina’s squad for upcoming friendly matches against Italy and Spain even though the Manchester City striker is currently injured.

Aguero revealed at the weekend that he would be out for two weeks with a knee injury, meaning he will not feature for City again until after the international break.

Aguero named in Argentina squad despite injury

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Sergio Aguero has been included in Argentina’s squad for upcoming friendly matches against Italy and Spain even though the Manchester City striker is currently injured.

Aguero revealed at the weekend that he would be out for two weeks with a knee injury, meaning he will not feature for City again until after the international break.

Argentina end Higuain’s exile for Spain, Italy clashes

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain was recalled to the Argentina squad after a nine-month absence on Thursday for pre-World Cup friendlies against fellow former winners Spain and Italy.

Higuain, 30, has 31 goals from his 69 international appearances and takes his place in a 22-man squad made up entirely of players based outside of Argentina.

Latin American football seen as rife with violence against women

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – The world of Latin American football is often criticized as one in which violence against women is tolerated, and now there is a new case to further soil its reputation.

Two top players - Colombians Edwin Cardona and Wilmar Barrios - who play for one of Argentina’s storied teams, Boca Juniors, are accused of assaulting and threatening two women.

Latin American football seen as rife with violence against women

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – The world of Latin American football is often criticized as one in which violence against women is tolerated, and now there is a new case to further soil its reputation.

Two top players - Colombians Edwin Cardona and Wilmar Barrios - who play for one of Argentina’s storied teams, Boca Juniors, are accused of assaulting and threatening two women.

Argentina coach wants Messi fresh for World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said Tuesday he expects captain and star striker Lionel Messi to arrive at the World Cup in peak form after he battled fatigue at the 2014 tournament.

“We’ve spoken with Leo about what’s happening and that he doesn’t find himself in the same situation four years ago when he arrived exhausted at the World Cup (in Brazil),” Sampaoli said at a news conference.

Argentina coach wants Messi fresh for World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said Tuesday he expects captain and star striker Lionel Messi to arrive at the World Cup in peak form after he battled fatigue at the 2014 tournament.

“We’ve spoken with Leo about what’s happening and that he doesn’t find himself in the same situation four years ago when he arrived exhausted at the World Cup (in Brazil),” Sampaoli said at a news conference.

Tevez ‘feels alive again’ on Boca return

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Carlos Tevez said he felt “alive again” after marking the start of his third spell with Boca Juniors by setting-up a goal in his team’s 2-0 win over Colon de Santa Fe.

The former Manchester United and Juventus striker - who turns 34 next week - is back at his childhood club after a miserable and controversial brief spell with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Tevez ‘feels alive again’ on Boca return

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Carlos Tevez said he felt “alive again” after marking the start of his third spell with Boca Juniors by setting-up a goal in his team’s 2-0 win over Colon de Santa Fe.

The former Manchester United and Juventus striker - who turns 34 next week - is back at his childhood club after a miserable and controversial brief spell with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Chinese Super League stint a holiday – Tevez

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez described his time at Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua as a “holiday”, after returning to boyhood club Boca Juniors for a third spell last week.

The 33-year-old was widely criticised in China as he struggled for form after Shenhua reportedly made him the world’s highest-paid player on a weekly salary of 730,000 euros ($899,000).

Chinese Super League stint a holiday – Tevez

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez described his time at Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua as a “holiday”, after returning to boyhood club Boca Juniors for a third spell last week.

The 33-year-old was widely criticised in China as he struggled for form after Shenhua reportedly made him the world’s highest-paid player on a weekly salary of 730,000 euros ($899,000).

Tevez back at Boca, dreams of last World Cup fling

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Carlos Tevez hopes to turn back the clock and use his return to Boca Juniors as a springboard to get back in the Argentina team for this year’s World Cup in Russia.

“I have a few years of football left, being in a World Cup for a player of my age would be something very nice,” Tevez said.

Tevez back at Boca, dreams of last World Cup fling

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Carlos Tevez hopes to turn back the clock and use his return to Boca Juniors as a springboard to get back in the Argentina team for this year’s World Cup in Russia.

“I have a few years of football left, being in a World Cup for a player of my age would be something very nice,” Tevez said.

Tevez close to Boca Juniors return: report

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Former Manchester United and Juventus striker Carlos Tevez appears closer to a move back to boyhood club Boca Juniors after 12 months in Chinese football with Shanghai Shenhua, according to Argentine press reports Friday.

“It’s already a fact: Carlos Tevez is a Boca player once again,” La Nacion newspaper reported on its webpage.

Brazil’s Gremio win third Copa Libertadores crown

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Brazilian side Gremio won their third Copa Libertadores crown on Wednesday with a 2-1 triumph over Argentina’s Lanus in La Fortaleza stadium.

Gremio arrived in Argentina off a 1-0 win in the first leg of the final in Porto Alegre, and bolstered their advantage with first-half goals from Fernandinho and Luan.

Argentina call up Boca Juniors duo for Russia clash

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Boca Juniors strikers Dario Benedetto and Cristian Pavon were called into the Argentina squad on Thursday for the November 11 friendly international against World Cup hosts Russia in Moscow.

They join the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala and Angel Di Maria in Jorge Sampaoli’s squad who will also face Nigeria in Krasnador four days later.

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.

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Football Art: Argentinian Youth Team Unveil Spectacular ‘Sistine Chapel’ Ceiling Mural Featuring Maradona As God And Messi As Adam (Photo & Video)

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A youth football club in Buenos Aires have unveiled a spectacular new artwork that adorns the entire ceiling of their indoor sports hall.

Club Sportivo Pereyra commissioned local artist Santiago Barbeito to recreate Leonardo Da Vinci's famous Sistine Chapel fresco in their gynasium, replacing God and Adam with Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi respectively.