Back here again

On Saturday, Argentina take on Germany. It's a rematch of the tie at the World Cup quarter final of 2006, when the then host nation eliminated Argentina on penalties before some ugly scenes in Leipzig. This Argentina side aren't as well balanced as José Pekerman's 2006 vintage, but they have Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez... Continue Reading →

Argentina 3 – 1 Mexico: my reaction

Argentina's win against Mexico on Sunday was their first in 90 minutes in the knockout rounds of a World Cup for twenty years, believe it or not. To read what I thought of a generally impressive performance, especially from Carlos Tevez, click here to be taken to ESPN Soccernet. You can follow Argentina's World Cup... Continue Reading →

An update

Following Friday afternoon's training session, Diego Maradona looks like he's making two changes to the Argentina team that started the first match of the World Cup against Nigeria. Maxi Rodríguez keeps his place on the right of midfield ahead of Seba Verón (Ángel Di María is back in on the left) and... wait for it...... Continue Reading →

One step forward…

Argentina's preparations for their World Cup second round match on Sunday against Mexico continue apace, with FIFA officially confirming that Juan Sebastián Verón's 135 successful passes against Greece is a new record for a single player in a single match in World Cups (statistics started in 1966). On the squad's day off, Jonás Gutiérrez -... 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 →

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