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Boca Juniors

For ESPNFC: five reasons behind Boca Juniors’ title win

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With the Argentine Primera División season over, I wrote an article this week forESPNFC looking at some of the main factors in Boca Juniors' title victory, from the personality of their sometimes embattled manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto to the potency of their front three, and how it helped them recover from the blow of Carlos.

Boca Juniors’ Copa Libertadores disqualification: trying to summarise the fall-out

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Four links here, three audio and one written. It's just under a week since River Plate players were attacked with home-made pepper spray by a Boca Juniorsbarra brava, causing the cancellation of the second half of their Copa Libertadores last ... Continue reading →

A couple of recent articles

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Oh, hello. It's been a while, hasn't it. How are you all? I've been thinking over the last few days about how to better useHEGS (that is to say, how to use it at all), and as with the beginning ... Continue reading →

Torneo Final 2013: All the goals from the second round as River & Boca both win amongst others (video)

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The second round of the 2013 Torneo Final was played between Wednesday and Friday, since this Sunday Argentina's primary elections take place, and no-one's allowed to have fun in this country on election weekend (seriously; bars aren't even allowed to ... Continue reading →

Copa Libertadores quarter-final roundup

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As Vélez Sarsfield and Boca Juniors fans won't have failed to notice, last week saw the conclusions of the ties in the 2012 Copa Libertadores quarter-finals. There were mixed fortunes for Argentina's two remaining sides; Vélez went out on penalties ... Continue reading →

Argentine football

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 →

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 →

A new place to find my writing: The Libero

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Today The Libero launches. It's an online football magazine, and the deal is simple: you get a weekly email containing four articles covering world football, as long as you subscribe. You can subscribe by credit or debit card, or by ... Continue reading →

A new place to find my writing: The Libero

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Today The Libero launches. It's an online football magazine, and the deal is simple: you get a weekly email containing four articles covering world football, as long as you subscribe. You can subscribe by credit or debit card, or by ... Continue reading →

Riquelme returns to Argentinos Juniors

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Oh, hello. It's been a while, as it normally is. I shan't bore you with more promises of more frequent updates this time, I'll just post this one and we'll see what happens next, shall we? The Argentine Primerakicks off ... Continue reading →

Horacio Elizondo on sending off Zinédine Zidane

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Back in April, I was lucky enough to interview Horacio Elizondo, the Argentine referee who sent off Zinédine Zidane during the 2006 World Cup final, following Zidane's headbutt on Marco Materazzi. That interview is going to be published in issue ... Continue reading →

Why I’ve not updated HEGS for ages, and how that should change soon

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Regular and long-term readers ofHEGS will have noticed, I hope, that this blog hasn't been updated for a month and a half, and that it's been a long time before that since I last really wrote anything on it, rather ... Continue reading →

Argentines Abroad 2011-12: It begins…

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This isn't going to be a very complete Argentines Abroad post, because I've been very busy so far this week, and of course Spain and Italy both have yet to get underway properly, but two of our regular contributors from last ... Continue reading →

The Argentine national team: where to now?

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This piece is the first of a new 'round table' feature which will be appearing here on HEGS and other Argentine football blogs across the internet. Every now and then (probably roughly every two weeks) someone will propose a bunch of ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 28: the 2011 Torneo Apertura preview

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Hand Of Pod's two resident Racing fans are both on holiday this week, but Sam and Australian Dan are battling on, insistent that their partners' absence is but a flesh wound, and are joined by the one and only Joel ... Continue reading →

The 2011 Torneo Apertura is here!

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Hasta El Gol Siempre is back, ladies and gents. I apologise for the long absence of any posts on here since the Copa América final, but I've been just as busy working as I was during the Copa itself, if not ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 27: The Copa América review special with Jonathan Wilson

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Apologies that I've not been posting on HEGS since the Copa América final on Sunday, but it's been a busy week. Normal service will soon be resumed, honest. The twenty-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod is our look back on an ... Continue reading →

A second Copa América preview!

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As kick off edges closer, now only just over three hours away, there's another preview of the Copa América by me; this time focussing more on the Argentine national team and how they're likely to line up, as well as ... Continue reading →

Copa América Argentina 2011: Here we go…

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As all readers will surely be aware, tonight at 21:45 Argentine time Bolivia will play the 700th international match in their history. Of arguably just as much importance, they'll be taking on the hosts, Argentina, in the opening match of ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 25: The River Plate relegation playoff special

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There's only one topic for this week's Hand Of Pod, and we make no apologies for that. Dan, Dan, Seba and River fan Sam try to make some sense of what none of us quite thought would come to pass: ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 24: Vélez’s title, the relegation run-in… & Palermo’s retirement

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In the 24th episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Dan discuss Vélez's title win on Sunday, and offer their commiserations to Lanús. Sam gives an impromptu history lesson about Alumni, the first side to dominate the Argentine top ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 21: Maradona madness, poor refs & Arsenal’s transfer target

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We had difficulty shutting up this week. A full 45 minutes of actually quite good stuff (if we say so ourselves) was cut, and the podcast still comes in at over an hour. Diego Maradona is the focus of much ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 20: superclásico review, Maradona’s new job & more

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For the 20th episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan, Dan and Seba welcome special guest Asli Pelit to the show. Asli's a Turkish TV presenter who was at La Bombonera to see Boca Juniors beat River Plate 2-0 in ... Continue reading →

River Plate’s Erik Lamela in the sightlines of European clubs

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On Monday, Diario Libre reported, in their first ever edition, that River Plate playmaker Erik Lamela had been bought by a management group, and is to be sold on to a European club at the end of the season (possibly Juventus). ... Continue reading →

A love note to the Copa Libertadores

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Those who are already avid readers of world football website In Bed With Maradona will probably have noticed that it's relaunched this week, and I'm pleased to say that relaunch has prompted to contribute something for them again. It's an article ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod Episode 17: Díaz quits San Lorenzo; the new old Messi, and the old old Torres

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In the seventeenth episode of Hand Of Pod, Seba rejoins Sam, Dan and Dan. He's not happy with the way referees have been treating his club, and he's not afraid to make his anger heard, but a little surprisingly it's ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod 15: Racing full back’s impressive showing & an Avellaneda clásico preview

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In the fifteenth episode of Hand Of Pod Sam, Dan, Dan and Seba discuss what we can only term a startling revelation from Racing full back Iván Pillud. We round up all the salient points from the Torneo Clausura in ... Continue reading →

Argentine national team

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 →

copa libertadores 2013

Copa Libertadores 2013: Atlético Mineiro’s championship reviewed

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This isn't actually Argentina-related, but since there's not much to report here apart from Seba Verón's return to action for Estudiantes in a pre-season friendly (they beat Atlético de Madrid 1-0) on Saturday, and Emanuel Gigliotti scoring on his Boca ... Continue reading →

Copa Libertadores semi-final preview

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The 2013 Copa Libertadores semi-finals begin tonight, having been on hiatus during the Confederations Cup. Argentina's remaining representatives, Newell's Old Boys, take on Ronaldinho's Atlético Mineiro tomorrow night in Rosario, but tonight sees Colombian championship finalists Independiente Santa Fe travel .

International football

All hail the underdogs

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The semi-finals of the 2011 Copa América are now over, and Uruguay and Paraguay will be the sides competing for the title in the Estadio Monumental on Sunday. In this article for ESPNSoccernet, I take a look back over the ... Continue reading →

Hand Of Pod: Copa América Paraguay special

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In a special edition of Hand Of Pod, Sam and the Dans are joined by Ralph Hannah, an English expert on Paraguayan football who was kind enough to drop in on us when visiting Buenos Aires with his wife for ... Continue reading →

The Rest

Teo Gutiérrez: South American Footballer of The Year 2014

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As I mentioned in the previous post onHEGS, which was two Best XIs from last year in Argentine football, River Plate did quite well in the nominations for the 2014 South American Footballer of The Year, which was announced as ... Continue reading →

Cantero loses his battle against Independiente’s barra brava

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A brief update as, once again, I try and haulHEGS back on track. I've just written a piece forESPNFC about the resignation of Javier Cantero, who stepped down as Independiente president a week ago today. Read about why he's left ... Continue reading →

Live Argentine football – free and legal!

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With the 2013-14 season just a couple of hours away in Argentina, it's a good time to finally put up a permanent post about this here onHEGS. As an extension of the Argentine government'sFútbol Para Todos program, Argentine matches in ... Continue reading →

Argentina’s latest Under-20 failure

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As those who've kept up with the juniorselección in my absence will be aware, Argentina's Under-20s have failed to qualify for the final round of the soon-to-end Sudamericano Sub 20, being played in Mendoza, and with that failure, they won't ... Continue reading →