Category Archives: Lionel Messi

Talking to Lionel Messi’s youth coach ahead of the Copa América Centenario

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 … Continue reading

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Argentina squad announced for WCQs v Chile and Bolivia

The AFA have released Gerardo Martino’s squad list for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers away to Chile and at home to Bolivia later this month, and the headline exclusion for the local media is Carlos Tevez, who admits himself he’s … Continue reading

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Weekly opinion: does Messi’s fifth Ballon d’Or make him the best ever?

In my latest weekly opinion piece for The Bubble, I predictably took a look at Lionel Messi, who won the Ballon d’Or for the World Player of the Year for the fifth time on Monday. Individual awards are a bit daft in … Continue reading

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Argentine football in 2015: a review

2015 has just hours left to run (in Argentina that is; happy new year if it’s already gone where you are), and the folk at The Bubble have asked me to take a look back on the last twelve months in … Continue reading

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Copa América 2015: two previews

The 2015 Copa América in Chile is just hours away, and here, as the title of this post suggests, are two previews. First, a link to a piece I wrote for ESPNFC examining whether Lionel Messi needs to win this tournament … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Brazil 2014: Argentina hit five past Paraguay to secure their World Cup place

This seems like as good a time as any to make the first post on HEGS in a good while. On Tuesday night, Argentina played Paraguay in Asunción and, needing a draw to mathematically confirm their place in next year’s World … Continue reading

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Messi hat trick takes him past Maradona & into joint second in Argentina top scorers list

Argentina have had two recent draws in World Cup qualifying, 0-0 at home to Colombia and 1-1 away to Ecuador, and are now assured of at least a playoff place for Brazil 2014 – one win from their remaining three … Continue reading

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Hand Of Pod 97: Argentina edge closer to a World Cup place, and back to domestic matters

In the ninety-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Joel are joined (eventually) by Daniel Schweimler, another Englishman in Buenos Aires, who runs the Hand Of Dan blog looking at Argentine society through the prism of life … Continue reading

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