What I hate about Argentina’s Torneos de Verano

This week's opinion piece for The Bubble was a tricky one to start writing, because there's nothing much happening in Argentine football this week. Nothing, that is, apart from transfer sagas and the over-hyped, overblown Torneos de Verano, the summer championships. So I decided to expand on just why I wish these pre-season friendlies could be treated... Continue Reading →

Torneos de Verano: River Plate 1 – 1 Boca Juniors – the goals

River Plate and Boca Juniors drew 1-1 in the last clásico of the Torneos de Verano on Sunday night, after which a penalty shootout decided that the Copa Revancha went to River, who won the penalties 3-2. You can watch both goals and the shootout right here. Lucas Viatri headed Boca into the lead after... Continue Reading →

Some Torneo de Verano goals

I'm giving the Torneos de Verano a fairly wide berth, as readers may have noticed, mainly because I find them mind-numbingly dull. All the same, it would be wrong to totally ignore them, and there've been some interesting results in the last few days. Here, then, you can watch the goals from Estudiantes' 4-1 demolition... Continue Reading →

Parting shots

A quick news update this one: It was confirmed on Thursday that the Argentine national team will play two friendlies in Buenos Aires prior to leaving for the World Cup. The original plan was to play the matches in Europe (fans there have more money, you see), but the players apparently requested that they play... Continue Reading →

Torneos de Verano 2010

The first football of the new year is already underway in Argentina; on Saturday Banfield and Huracán played out a 0-0 draw in which the champions of Argentina had more chances but couldn't put them away with Santiago Silva, whilst in the first of the AFA's official triangular tournaments (there's no round robin of the... Continue Reading →

New decade, same transfer roundabout

First of all, happy new year, HEGS readers! On Sunday the first of Argentina's clubs returned to their training facilities to prepare for the pre-season of the Torneos de Verano and (for some) Copa Libertadores qualification. The new year brings familiar issues though: Banfield are starting to accept that they're likely to lose Santiago Silva, whilst... Continue Reading →

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