Group C of the 2011 Copa América began on Monday night with a double-header in San Juan, and it was the most entertaining evening of action we've had so far in the Copa. Uruguay surprisingly fell behind to Peru before a brilliant assist from Nicolás Lodeiro and a smart finish from Liverpool's Luis Suárez gave... Continue Reading →
Apertura 2010: round 14 scores and scorers
Tuesday evening was the first time in over three years that River Plate have beaten Boca Juniors in a competitive match, a result which doesn't do anything for them in the relegation struggle, but does lift them to eighth in the Torneo Apertura table. On Wednesday, Claudio Borghi's exit from the Boca manager's seat will... Continue Reading →
River Plate vs Boca Juniors: starting lineups
The superclásico will be upon us in around four and a bit hours, at 7pm local time (10pm Greenwich Mean Time) with Argentina's two biggest clubs doing battle in what has become a mediocre middle-of-the-table clash, but which will grab all the attention of the country's football-watching public anyway. The latest indications are that each... Continue Reading →
It’s superclásico day!
Eleven days after it should have been played, the biggest fixture in the Argentine calendar - and, in terms of league position and current form, just possibly the most mediocre match of the season - will kick off at 7pm Argentine time this evening. River Plate host Boca Juniors in one of the biggest derbies... Continue Reading →
Riquelme’s return in time for the superclásico
To begin the superclásico previews this weekend, I've written a piece for ESPN Soccernet looking at the return of Juan Román Riquelme to competitive action for Boca Juniors last weekend, and what it might mean for his side when they visit River Plate on Tuesday. The other big issues surrounding the game, such as both... Continue Reading →
Chile lose their manager, and might take Boca’s
Two Argentine managers are at the centre of a trans-Andean tug of war today, after Marcelo Bielsa, the Argentine who did such a good job in charge of the Chilean national side that many in his adopted country wanted him to run for president, will step down as manager today. His decision comes after the... Continue Reading →
Apertura: half-term reports from Argentina
Since we're now halfway (and a bit) through the 2010 Torneo Apertura, I thought I'd compile a very brief 'report' on each team so far, and how they're doing in relation to what they'd have hoped/expected at the start of the season. I'm aiming for a short summation of each side, so don't expect a... Continue Reading →
In Bed With Maradona again
My latest post at In Bed With Maradona, examining some of the peculiar things said by managers in the last few days (in particular River Plate's Ángel Cappa, Boca Juniors' Claudio Borghi, and Banfield's Julio César Falcioni) is online now. You can read it right here.
Mohamed to manage Independiente, and are Boca due a change as well?
Antonio Mohamed, who left his job as Colón manager two weeks ago the day after Daniel Garnero and César Luis Menotti stepped down at Independiente (as manager and sporting director respectively), is to be the new manager of the Avellaneda giants. He takes charge on Tuesday, in time to start preparing his new charges for... Continue Reading →
A clarification from Claudio Borghi
Claudio Borghi said some words earlier in the week which were universally interpreted by the Argentine press as meaning he'd stand down in the event that Boca Juniors fail to win on Sunday against Vélez Sarsfield. He's now been up in front of the press to insist that that wasn't strictly what he meant. 'I... Continue Reading →