Déja vu

Argentina's performance yesterday against South Korea was highly impressive, and plenty of people have suddenly started suspecting they could go all the way and win the World Cup after all. Four years ago, though, we were in the same place after a 6-0 evisceration of Serbia & Montenegro in the second group game. And we... Continue Reading →

World Cup South Africa 2010: Catching fire

Well, it's fair to say the sceptics didn't expect this. The noises coming from the Argentina camp about team unity and just needing to spend some time together look like they weren't just hot air - on Saturday the selección played a match that was meant to be much harder than their opener, and it... 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 →

The gang’s all here

Argentina enjoyed their first training session as a full 23-man squad on Tuesday morning, with European Cup finalist Martín Demichelis and two of the men who beat him in that final, Diego Milito and Walter Samuel, training for the first time with the team. Lionel Messi didn't play yesterday due to Maradona's desire not to... 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 →

Argentina starting lineup vs Canada

In ten minutes, Argentina vs Canada will kick off in the Estadio Monumental, and Diego Maradona's starting XI looks a little different to that which, following the Germany friendly last year, he'd insisted would be his starting lineup for the first match of the World Cup against Nigeria. It's also similar, in midfield and attack,... Continue Reading →

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