Riquelme returns to Argentinos Juniors

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 Primera kicks off a week on Friday, and it will do so without Juan Román Riquelme, who’s finally left Boca Juniors and returned to Argentinos Juniors. I’ve written about it for ESPNFC, and you can read the article here.

If that link takes you to a ‘pick your language’ splash page, then select English, allow the home page to load, leave that tab open and click the link above again. It’ll load okay the second time round.

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Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina: a couple of World Cup previews

The day is finally upon us. I type at 4am on Sunday, 15th June 2014 – although I have yet to go to bed, for a significant portion of my readership Argentina’s World Cup opener against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the new Maracanã is already ‘today’. So, ahead of this first test, what are the key points, and where on the pitch are the key battles going to be fought? I’ve got a couple of previews already online.

  • First, have a read of this piece on Club Metro, in which I take a look at the tactical options open to manager Alejandro Sabella, and consider the significance of the 2-0 win Argentina recorded in St. Louis last November in the sides’ most recent meeting.
  • Then check out this one on ESPNFC, in which Bosnia-Herzegovina correspondent Sasa Ibrulj and I give our opinions on both sides’ strengths and weaknesses, and finish up by trying to predict the result (it’s just possible Sasa knows a bit more about Argentina than I do about Bosnia-Herzegovina).

Since ESPNFC’s redesign, some links from external sites seem to have gone a bit funny, so if the second link above doesn’t work, go to their homepage (espnfc.com), and do a search for ’50-50 Argentina Bosnia’ or similar, and it should pop up. And please, if you like either (or both!) of these pieces, feel free to share them!

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The World Cup starts today! So apropos of nothing, here’s the whole of the 1986 final

For no other reason than I found it on YouTube a couple of nights ago and thought it would be fun to share for those who want to fill some time whilst waiting for Thursday’s opening ceremony and Brazil v Croatia, here’s the final of the Mexico ’86 World Cup, played between Argentina and West Germany in the Estadio Azteca. I have been toying with the idea of searching for and posting some historical Argentina highlights/matches from past World Cups during this year’s tournament, so this might be the first of several such posts. This video’s almost the entire Argentine TV coverage of the event. Enjoy (and if you’re the chap who uploaded it, muchas gracias!).

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Independiente return to the Primera with a 2-0 tie-break victory over Huracán (video)

Wednesday saw one absolutely titanic clash before the much more minor business of the Brazil 2014 World Cup gets underway. Having finished level on points during the 2013-14 B Nacional season, Independiente and Huracán had to play a tie-breaker in La Plata to decide which side claimed third place in the league, and with it the final promotion spot to next (half-) season’s Primera División. Independiente won 2-0, getting a bit of a break in the second half when, at 1-0, Huracán had a legitimate goal ruled out for offside. The goals are here.

Independiente 1-0 Huracán (Zapata)

Independiente 1-0 Huracán (Ábila disallowed goal)

Independiente 2-0 Huracán (Pizzini)

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Where to find me during the World Cup

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 to HEGS, that I’m crap at updating it, even with links to articles. So, here’s the idea: I’m going to try and post links to pieces I write during the World Cup, but as I’m lazy at that I can’t promise to keep it up. As such, just in case, I’m going to tell you now where you can find me.

  • First and most easily, look on Twitter. Twitter is fast, and easy, and fun, and if I’m awake and at home I’m probably connected to it, so I post much more frequently there than here, these days. If you’ve got an account you can follow me, but if you’ve not you can still see what I’m tweeting. To do both, just go to my profile. Here it is.
  • I will of course be writing regularly throughout the tournament for ESPNFC; the new layout takes some getting used to, but navigating to the Argentina section is easy enough. Just hover over the ‘teams/groups’ options at the top of the site and click ‘Argentina’.
  • I’ll also be writing Argentina match preview and review pieces for Club Metro, the football blogs section of the UK free newspaper Metro’s website. I’ll be covering Argentine hopes and expectations as the tournament progresses.
  • You can also find me in the World Cup section of the Daily Telegraph website, with an article on Uruguay pre-tournament and possibly more to come during the competition if they progress.
  • As well as all this, keep an eye out on Thursday for the Hand Of Pod World Cup preview, in which we’ll be discussing what we expect from Argentina in this tournament (and also talking about what happens in Wednesday afternoon’s promotion tie-breaker in the second division, in which Independiente play Huracán to decide the final spot).

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Weekend review: ¡River Campeón! and a frankly ridiculous relegation endgame (video)

I’m going to quickly surmise Sunday’s action from the relegation and title battles. First things first: River Plate are the new champions of Argentina, claiming their thirty-fifth Primera División title overall and their first since their return to the Primera in 2012, thanks to a 5-0 thrashing of Quilmes in the Estadio Monumental on Sunday evening. For drama, though, we had the relegation battle. At 3pm on Sunday, the following matches kicked off: Godoy Cruz v Racing; Colón v Olimpo and Arsenal v Atlético de Rafaela. Godoy had a point more than Colón and Atlético, so the maths, compared with the normal division and multiplication required by Argentina’s system, were quite simple.

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Tevez’s exclusion, and why Argentina won’t miss him at the World Cup

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 course, and following Tuesday’s 30-man longlist announcement, I’ve written a piece for them on why Carlos Tevez’s exclusion really wasn’t as surprising as lots of people seemed to think, why Argentina won’t miss him in Brazil, and why he’s very much not been left out to accommodate Franco Di Santo. You can read it here.

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Argentina World Cup squad: preliminary list confirmed

After an interminable television build-up which saw singing presenters, a chef handing Alejandro Sabella and AFA officials finger food and an awful lot of comments about how TV Pública will show ‘the whole World Cup to the whole of this beautiful country’ (don’t mention that they’ve only got 32 of the games live, with the other 32 to be shown on delay), Alejandro Sabella’s preliminary list of 30 for Argentina’s Brazil 2014 World Cup preparations has finally been confirmed. There are one or two slight surprises – Manchester City’s Martín Demichelis is called up for the first time since an error away to Bolivia in qualifying, whilst River Plate’s Gabriel Mercado gets an unexpected place on the list – but the 25 or so we’d have expected are all there. Read on for the list.

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Cantero loses his battle against Independiente’s barra brava

A brief update as, once again, I try and haul HEGS back on track. I’ve just written a piece for ESPNFC about the resignation of Javier Cantero, who stepped down as Independiente president a week ago today. Read about why he’s left the club and why it was a sad day in Argentine football’s struggle against violence right here.

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Watch Boca Juniors v River Plate live, right here!

As my Twitter followers are already well aware, the Argentine government’s Fútbol Para Todos programme has, for some time now, been streaming the vast majority of Primera División matches live to the world on YouTube. Today is no exception, so assuming this embed works properly, I am able to invite you to enjoy the superclásico right here on HEGS, live from La Bombonera, as Boca Juniors take on River Plate. You should see the video below; clicking ‘Live’ (or ‘Vivo’, if that’s what it says) will bump the stream forward to the current moment. Enjoy.

I’m going to click Publish straight away so you can enjoy the buildup – kick off is at 18:15 ART, which is in about 15 minutes as I write this. I’ll then add in the lineups, so if you refresh this page in about five minutes you should be able to see the players listed below the video.

The teams

Boca Juniors (manager: Carlos Bianchi)

1. Agustín Orión

4. Hernán Grana 2. Daniel Díaz 6. Juan Forlín 13. Emanuel Insúa

21. Cristian Erbes 8. Fernando Gago 11. Juan Sánchez Miño

10. Juan Román Riquelme (what do you mean, ‘who?’?!)

7. Juan Manuel Martínez 9. Emanuel Gigliotti

River Plate (manager: Ramón Díaz)

1. Marcelo Barovero

25. Gabriel Mercado - 2. Jonathan Maidana - 3. Éder Álvarez Balanta - 6. Ramiro Funes Mori

7. Carlos Carbonero 28. Cristian Ledesma 16. Ariel Rojas

10. Manuel Lanzini

29. Teófilo Gutiérrez 9. Fernando Cavenaghi

And the benches!

Boca: 12. Emanuel Trípodi (GK); 14. Claudio Pérez; 28 Juan Cruz Komar; 16. Gonzalo Escalante; 18. Nicolás Colazo; 17. Luciano Acosta; 25. Claudio Riaño

River: 19 Leonardo Chichizola (GK); 11. Osmar Ferreyra; 5. Matías Kranevitter; 18 Augusto Solari; 17. Jonathan Fabbro; 8. Juan Carlos Menseguez; 30. Daniel Villalva

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