River Plate: the rebuilding begins, and next season’s new horizons

The morning after the night before, River Plate are being forced to adjust to life as a Nacional B institution. J.J. López is gone as manager, and might leave the club altogether. Ramón Díaz, who watched the game on television in Miami, has offered to take charge in the second division. Juan Pablo Carrizo returns... Continue Reading →

Hand Of Pod episode 3

The third episode of Hand Of Pod, featuring myself and the Dans English and Australian, is online now. We discuss Cristian Fabbiani's girth, Martín Palermo's slowness, Juan Sebastián Verón's lack of pace and reveal just how little we know about Goiás, Independiente's opponents in the Copa Sudamericana final. You can listen to it here.

World Cup exit: my thoughts

If you're an Argentine football fan and a bit of a glutton for punishment - or if you're otherwise interested in what exactly Diego Maradona demonstrated to us during Argentina's World Cup campaign - you can click here to read my post-match reaction from Buenos Aires for ESPN Soccernet. There'll be a post along the... 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 →

Argentina open their doors

Diego Maradona's selección trained with an audience for the first time since arriving in South Africa on Thursday, inviting the press to watch. They opened more than just the gates to the complex though, with several players commenting on the atmosphere in the camp after the session. Seba Verón talked about the pleasure of sharing... Continue Reading →

Shirt number changes

The Argentine national team arrived in South Africa at around 8am Buenos Aires time this morning, but before they left Ezeiza yesterday a few late changes were made to the list of squad numbers published a few days ago. Sergio Romero will now use the number 22, Mariano Andújar 21, Ariel Garcé will take Romero's... Continue Reading →

Questionnaire results

With the World Cup squad set to fly out to South Africa from Ezeiza airport on Friday, I thought I'd revisit the questionnaire I set two weeks ago today asking who HEGS readers felt should have been included (but weren't) and who shouldn't have been included (but were). I'm delighted to say that in the... 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 →

22 to go…

Wednesday will see Diego Maradona confirm which twenty-three of the thirty players named last week he'll be taking (injuries permitting) to South Africa, and of course HEGS will have the information with you just as soon as it's available (or, if it's released in the morning, I'll have it with you once I've got up... Continue Reading →

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