In April, I headed up from Buenos Aires to Rosario, Lionel Messi's hometown, for a feature for ESPNFC ahead of the Copa América Centenario. Whilst there, I talked to Ernesto Vecchio, the youth coach who oversaw Lionel Messi's childhood development for longer than anyone before Messi moved to Barcelona, and to Nicolás Canessa, an occasional team-mate of... Continue Reading →
On Friday, the Copa América Centenario kicks off in the United States, and in this week's issue of The Libero, I was asked to preview it. I've gone for a piece looking at why although it's going to be a good tournament, it's still important to remember it's not an actual Copa América. To give you... Continue Reading →
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 PayPal, and it costs you £3 per month (about US$4.50 or AR$63). So for the... Continue Reading →
All the goals from the 'weekend' of action which ended on Tuesday evening are here for your viewing pleasure, including a couple of fine diving headers in Mar Del Plata to kick things off, and a wonderful strike from Jaime Ayoví for Godoy Cruz against Arsenal de Sarandí in Mendoza. Enjoy.
The round of clásicos was by a long way the lowest-scoring weekend in an otherwise goal-packed championship, but there were some goals, including a superb free kick from Santiago García for Godoy Cruz against San Martín in the wine region derby, and two beauties for Lanús to beat Banfield in the Clásico del Sur. All of them... Continue Reading →
Boca Juniors host River Plate in the centrepiece of this weekend's round of clásicos in Argentina, and it's being shown in Argentina on three TV channels - meaning you've got three official streams to choose from. The game kicks off at 16:15 Argentine time (add four hours for the UK, 5 for Central Europe, and take... Continue Reading →
The goals from the eleventh round of action in the 2016 Primera División are right here for your enjoyment, including Atlético Tucumán legend Luis Rodríguez's hundredth career goal, all the goals from Boca Juniors' 4-1 thrashing of Aldosivi and a brilliant hit from San Lorenzo midfielder Franco Mussis.
A few days late, this post, but here are all the goals from last weekend's Primera División action, including two penalty-taking goalkeepers, a hat trick for Huracán forward Ramón Ábila and an amazing late comeback from Vélez Sarsfield to hand Rosario Central their first home defeat since November 2014.
The ninth round of Primera action is almost upon us, and as ever I've previewed it for The Bubble. Defensa y Justicia v Arsenal de Sarandí might not be a proper clásico but it could well be an interesting match all the same, and there are plenty more fascinating match-ups elsewhere. You can read the full preview... Continue Reading →