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Hasta El Gol Siempre turned four years old on Thursday. To celebrate the milestone, I spent most of the day sitting indoors in front of my computer, recording one podcast and producing another, which had been recorded the previous evening. ... Continue reading →

Highlights: Argentina 2-1 Portugal; Fluminense 0-0 Argentinos; Uruguay 1-0 Argentina U20

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Three big matches took place on Wednesday evening at various levels of the Argentine game. At the most senior level, the least important game was played; Argentina beat Portugal in a friendly thanks to a first half goal from Ángel ... Continue reading →

Sudamericano Sub 20: Argentina finally impress

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Argentina's Under 20s finally looked a competent side in the Sudamericano Sub 20 on Sunday night, as they became the first side in the competition to beat their Brazilian counterparts, and shot themselves right back into contention for a London ... Continue reading →

Sudamericano Sub 20: Argentina back on track

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After a poor showing and a 1-0 loss to Ecuador in the first match of the final stage of the Sudamericano Sub 20, Argentina got their campaign back on track on Thursday night, and kept themselves in with a fighting ... Continue reading →

Sudamericano Sub 20 and Libertadores qualifying: Argentina lose, Independiente go through

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Argentina and Independiente have both lost 1-0 to Ecuadorian sides in the last couple of days, but the attitudes to those defeats are very different. Argentina Under 20s' loss to their Ecuadorian counterparts on Monday night in the first match ... Continue reading →

Sudamericano Sub 20: Argentina 3 – 1 Chile

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After some unconvincing showings in their first three matches which, nevertheless, brought qualification for the final group stage, Argentina's Under 20s improved a lot last night in their final group match against Chile, winning 3-1 to top the group. Banfield's ... Continue reading →

Sudamericano Sub 20: Argentina advance

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Argentina qualified for the second (and final) group stage of the 2011 Sudamericano Sub 20 in Peru with a third straight unconvincing performance on Saturday afternoon. Boca Juniors starlet Sergio Araujo got his first goal for the side ten minutes ... Continue reading →

Catching up: Argentina U20s beat Peru

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I'm slowly getting used to being back in Buenos Aires, so it's probably about time I posted the goal video of Argentina's 2-1 win against Peru in the Sudamericano Sub 20 on Wednesday evening. Rogelio Funes Mori yes! ... Continue reading →

Sudamericano Sub 20: Argentina start with a win

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In their quest to outdo their predecessors of two years ago and qualify for this year's World Youth Cup and the London 2012 Olympic Football Tournament Argentina's Under 20s got off to a good start in the Sudamericano ... Continue reading →

Argentina’s Under 20 squad announced, and the transfer latest

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With little going on during the summer break, HEGS has been quiet as I've been earning some spending money whilst on my visit to England, and seeing friends. Off the pitch though, some transfer dealing has been happening, and some ... Continue reading →

Argentines Abroad: 23rd – 26th October 2009

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On Saturday one group of Argentines abroad got off to a very good start in a new campaign José Luis Brown's national Under 17 team beat Honduras 1-0 in the first match of their age group World Cup in Nigeria. Sergio Araujo scored the only goal of the game. Around the world in the [...]

Oh, the irony

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Funny how things come full circle. Back in June, Argentina narrowly beat Colombia on a pitch so bad due to River Plate's decision to stage a rock concert on it a few days previously that Diego Maradona threw a hissy fit which saw the match with Brazil last month moved to Rosario Central's [...]

Riding into the Sorín-set

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His fifteen year career took in ten titles: four Argentine leagues, one Copa Brasil, one French Cup, one Copa Libertadores, one Supercopa Sudamericana, one Panamerican Games title, and one Youth World Cup. He was part of the most successful River Plate team of all time, and played for ten clubs in six different countries.

Gómez returns, Pastore stays put, Caruso leaves

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Don't worry Racing fans, that's not Ricardo Caruso Lombardi in the headline. Godoy Cruz striker Leandro Caruso is off to Italy, where he'll play next season for Udinese after passing a medical. At Huracán, president Carlos Babington wants to keep Javier Pastore at least until the end of the year, so has signed an agreement [.

Under-21 friendly: Argentina 4 – 0 Netherlands

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The French city of Toulon is hosting a friendly Under 21 international tournament this month which Sergio Batista's boys have travelled to, and on Wednesday they played their first match against the Netherlands, and demonstrated after the embarrassment of the Under 20s' failure to qualify to defend their crown at the the Egypt 2009 World [.

The kids are all-out

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The 2009 World Youth Cup, when it's played in Egypt, will not include the nation who've claimed the last two titles. Sergio Batista's boys finished bottom of the final group of the Sudamericano Sub 20 in Venezuela, without a single win. A 1-0 loss to Colombia on Sunday evening ensured the embarrassment was complete.

Estudiantes qualify for the Copa, and Argentina’s kids are in trouble

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Two matches were taking place simultaneously with potentially enormous consequences for HEGS this year. In one, Estudiantes de La Plata had the second leg of their Copa Libertadores qualifier against Sporting Cristal of Peru, having lost the first 2-1 in Lima. In the other, Argentina's Under 20s had to beat their cross-river rivals from Uruguay [.

A loss in the derby

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Argentina's underwhelming showing in the Sudamericano Sub 20 continued on Monday evening as they lost 2-0 in the final group stage to bitter rivals Brazil. In torrential rain, Argentina actually turned in their best performance of the tournament so far - but lost for the first time. Unlucky, boys... Argentina started the better side, dealing more [.

Yet another draw

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The national Under 20s played their first match of the final group in the Sudamericano Sub 20 on Saturday evening, and yet again - like four of their five first round matches - they drew. This time Paraguay were the opponents. In stiflingly hot Puerto Ordaz, Argentina started the stronger of the two sides with Juan Neira [.

Argentina squad vs France and the Under 20s progress

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Tuesday saw Diego Maradona name his second Argentina squad, in preparation for the friendly against France in Marseilles on the 11th of February. For the first time Lionel Messi was called up by El Diego - as was my mate Carlos Tevez - who, clearly motivated by my words of encouragement on Saturday night, scored for Manchester [.

Sudamericano goals, and some summer scores

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It's been a busy few days for Sergio Batista's Under 20 team in Venezeula whilst I've been away. Two more group matches have yielded four points in spite of underwhelming performances - you can see highlights of both games here. In Mar del Plata on Saturday, Boca Juniors beat River Plate in the year's first [.

A weekend off

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I'm in Manchester for a couple of nights this weekend, sorting out some final plans for my upcoming trip to Mexico. What this means is that there won't be any immediate write-ups of Friday and Saturday's major matches; to wit, the Sudamericano Sub 20 group stage game between Argentina and Peru in Maturín, Venezuela on [.

Sudamericano Sub 20 - Venezuela 1 - 1 Argentina: the goals

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The goals from last night's opener of the Sudamericano Sub 20 Venezuela 2009 are online, and you can watch them right here. Sergio Batista's Argentina drew 1-1 with the hosts after conceding a penalty in the opening minute. Sudamericano Sub 20 2009 group stage: Venezuela 1 - 1 Argentina (19th Jan 2009): Posted in Argentine football, Continental [.

Sudamericano Sub20 - Venezuela 1 - 1 Argentina

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Venezuela 2009 is underway, and Argentina's challenge for the South American Under 20 title (and more importantly, qualification for the World Youth Cup) got off to a faltering start on Monday night. I'm too tired to write a proper match report, but the junior albiceleste fell behind to a rebound from a first-minute penalty, with [.

Angel the golden boy

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Four years ago it was Carlos Tevez, on Saturday Benfica's Angel Di María secured his place in Argentine football history by becoming the second man to score a gold medal-winning goal for his country in the Olympic Football Tournament. In a final played in scorching heat in the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, Argentina rode [.

Going for gold

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In a couple of hours' time, Argentina will be going for a second gold medal of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games when the men's football team take on Nigeria, their conquerors in Atlanta 1996, in the OFT final. Argentina are seeking to defend their title, having demolished arch-rivals Brazil 3-0 in the semi, with Liverpool [.

Olympic Football Tournament: Argentina 3 - 0 Brazil

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The Olympic Football Tournament is the one international tournament Brazil have never won (of the ones they compete in of course, because obviously they've never been crowned champions of Europe or what have you), and it will have to remain as such for at least the next four years. On Tuesday the selecção met the [.

Olympic Football Tournament: Argentina 2 - 1 Netherlands (AET)

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Argentina advanced to the semi-finals of the Olympic Football Tournament in China on Saturday, after beating the Netherlands 2-1 after extra time in Shanghai. Barcelona star Lionel Messi was the key man for an Argentine side who found it hard, at times, to get out of first gear, but who still created more good chances [.

Olympic Football Tournament: Argentina 2 - 0 Serbia

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Argentina rounded off their Olympic Football Tournament group campaign with an academic defeat of Serbia on Wednesday. Having already qualified for the quarter-finals, Sergio Batista rested Juan Román Riquelme, Javier Mascherano and (to the disappointment of a Chinese crowd who'd turned up specially to see him) Lionel Messi, and was rewarded with a 2-0 win [.

Olympic Football Tournament: Argentina 1 - 0 Australia

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Argentina are still a long way from shining as brightly as they might do, but they confirmed their place in the quarter-finals of the Olympic Football Tournament on Sunday, beating Australia by a solitary goal after an underwhelming performance which saw the Aussies' spirited rearguard eventually broken by a brilliant counter-attacking goal from Napoli's Ezequiel [.

Argentina 2-1 Ivory Coast: the goals

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The goals from the first match of the men's Olympic Football Tournament between Argentina and Ivory Coast are online now, and you can watch them right here. I offer a metaphorical doff of the cap to anyone who can tell me what on earth Oscar Ustari is doing for Ivory Coast's equaliser... Argentina 2 - 1 [.

Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008: Argentina 2 - 1 Ivory Coast

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Lionel Messi talked to Barcelona, Lionel Messi played for Argentina. Lionel Messi set one up and scored one as Argentina beat Ivory Coast 2-1 in the opening match of the men's Olympic Football Tournament to begin the defence of the gold medal won in Athens four years ago. Barcelona having apparently decided to allow the [.

Olympic preview number two

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So you've read the Argentina squad profile for the Olympic Games that I wrote for Soccerlens, and still want more? You're in luck, because I was very busy this weekend. Another one has now gone up on new Australian online magazine The 84th Minute, edited by ocassional HEGS commentor Neil Zimmerman, who wanted to me [.

Olympic preview number one

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The Olympic Football Tournament kicks off on Thursday (yes, that is before the official start of the Games, which is on Friday), and Argentina, as the defending gold medalists from four years ago in Athens, will be red-hot favourites to retain the title, thanks in large part to an attacking lineup that would terrify most [.