Argentina 2 – 0 Greece: my reaction

Argentina's passage to the second round of the 2010 World Cup having been confirmed on Tuesday, the country's main concern during Wednesday's matches was who their rivals in the quarter-finals will be should they see off Mexico on Sunday. There was also time, though, for some reflection on the better-even-than-hoped-for group performance, and in particular... Continue Reading →

World Cup South Africa 2010: Argentina 2 – 0 Greece

Argentina confirmed their place in the second round of the 2010 World Cup on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over a very defensive Greece side in Lionel Messi's first match as captain of the selección. It took a while for Diego Maradona's team to break the tightly-packed Greek defence but eventually Martín Demichelis and substitute... Continue Reading →

Greeks bearing gifts?

Lionel Messi will turn 23 years old on Thursday. He's managed quite a lot already in his club career (indeed, if he keeps scoring for Barcelona at his current rate he'll be their all-time highest scorer six months before he turns 26), but until this World Cup he's often been accused of failing to turn... Continue Reading →

World Cup squad map

A quick note to say that those who are interested can now see a map of the birthplaces of all of the Argentina squad for the 2010 World Cup, provided to me by Bill's Sports Maps, on the new 'Squad map' page. Either hover your mouse over 'Map' above and click the drop-down menu, or... Continue Reading →

Plans and issues

Argentina's preparation for the second match of their World Cup challenge gathers apace. The main issues following the flawed but encouraging performance in the 1-0 win against Nigeria on Saturday were the right back position - where Jonás Gutiérrez clearly wasn't comfortable - and the extent of Seba Verón's calf strain, which won't keep him... Continue Reading →

Argentina World Cup 2010 shirt numbers

If simply knowing which players are in the squad isn't enough, Argentina-watchers can rejoice today: the full list of which players will use which shirt numbers during the 2010 World Cup has been released. Lionel Messi takes the number 10, of course, whilst other notable choices see Javier Mascherano stick with his preferred 14, first-choice... Continue Reading →

Friendly: Argentina 5 – 0 Canada

First, apologies to anyone who saw the starting XI I posted shortly before kick off, and accepted it as gospel. I was copying it from Cancha Llena (La Nación's sports website) and they got it completely wrong (it wasn't the only thing - they're now claiming that Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins, who sung the... Continue Reading →

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