Riquelme returns to Argentina’s domestic squad

Alejandro Sabella has named his first squad as Argentina manager, in preparation for a pair of friendlies against Brazil next month. The matches, before anyone gets too excited, will feature only players from the domestic leagues of the two nations, so this is not a return to the proper national side; but for the first time in... Continue Reading →

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International friendly: Catalonia 4 – 2 Argentina

A cobbled-together Argentina side visited the Camp Nou for the Catalán national side's annual pre-Christmas friendly on Tuesday evening, and were soundly beaten as the home crowd enjoyed jeering Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuaín. Lionel Messi didn't play, according to Carlos Bilardo because his club, Barcelona, had requested that he shouldn't. Unusual, since the home side... Continue Reading →

Some pre-season action

Boca Juniors' squad took off for Europe on Sunday in readiness to take part in the Audi Cup in Munich (their first match is on Wednesday against Manchester United), but over the weekend there have already been some Argentine clubs and players in pre-season action. River Plate beat Everton thanks to a great Ariel Ortega... Continue Reading →

¡Vélez campeón!

In circumstances about as controversial as they come, and after thirteen minutes of second half stoppage time, Vélez Sársfield beat Huracán by a single late goal from Maxi Moralez - who was sent off for his celebration - to climb above them in the table and claim the Torneo Clausura 2009 title. Huracán had a... Continue Reading →

Argentina B 3 – 1 Panama: the goals

  Wednesday night saw an international of questionable importance as Argentina's entirely home-based 'B' team took on Panama in Santa Fe. An underwhelming performance was embellished by a fine goal from Matías De Federico halfway through the first half, before the guests equalised. After the break though, Gonzalo Bergessio struck twice to win it for Argentina.... Continue Reading →

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