Weekly opinion: does Messi’s fifth Ballon d’Or make him the best ever?

In my latest weekly opinion piece for The Bubble, I predictably took a look at Lionel Messi, who won the Ballon d'Or for the World Player of the Year for the fifth time on Monday. Individual awards are a bit daft in a team sport though, in my opinion, so rather than the achievement of winning the... Continue Reading →

Alfredo Di Stéfano’s forgotten story: an amateur neighbourhood club & the greatest ringer of all time

Tuesday night in the Copa Argentina saw two sides with proud achievements in Argentine football come together, as Primera División Quilmes beat Primera C side Ferrocarril Midland 3-1 to advance. Quilmes were the first criollo team (that is, a side made up of locals) to win the Argentine championship, back in 1912, after it had been dominated... Continue Reading →

Argentines Abroad: 16th & 17th May

After last week's midweek cup finals in Spain and Italy, the gongs are starting to be handed out for the competitions people actually care about now, and already we've got three more league champion sides in Europe with Argentine representation to add to AZ in the Netherlands and Porto in Portugal. The Spanish, Italian and... Continue Reading →

The arrow still flies

This website has been replete with stories about a certain Argentine doing rather well in the Spanish league, so apologies for yet another. But don't worry - a little rest for regular readers from having to read my recent odes to Señorito Messi, because this one's got a bit of history behind it. Before Messi... Continue Reading →

Feliz cumple…

Not a story at all, merely a point of interest and an excuse to post a video: a very happy birthday to former River Plate, Millonarios (Colombia), Real Madrid, Espanyol, Argentina and Spain striker Alfredo Di Stéfano, who turned 81 on Wednesday. Perhaps the greatest of all time (although I realise our Argentine readers will... Continue Reading →

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