An appreciation of Diego Buonanotte

Tuesday's been a fairly slow news day and I didn't get home until after midnight tonight, so forgive me for just linking to my writing elsewhere in October's first post. Over a year ago, prior to the 2007 Apertura kicking off, I suggested that one of the players to watch in the next twelve months... Continue Reading →

Editorial: The 2008 Clausura review

Having left a week aside for Gimnasia de Jujuy and (especially) Racing fans to recover from their celebrations upon surviving, it's time to look back on another campaign in Primera A. It's been a momentous one for a number of clubs. Racing's survival joy was doubled by news that Blanquiceleste were out, River ended a... Continue Reading →

A brave new world?

Reconciliation could be in the air in Núñez. Following Daniel Passarella's resignation from the manager's role at River Plate, numerous names have been thrown into the hat. Américo Gallego was an early favourite, before it emerged that River's playing legend (and perhaps, before too long, president), the Uruguayan ex-number 10 Enzo Francescoli, had ruled himself out... Continue Reading →

The Kaiser is dead…

The penalty defeat to Arsenal in the semi-final of the Copa Sudamericana on Wednesday night was too much, it seems, and Daniel Passarella has kept his word, and resigned from the River Plate manager's role on Thursday. Back in May, Passarella, who had by that point overseen three trophyless years at the Monumental, declared that if River... Continue Reading →

Hand of Cuenca

Somehow, Mario Cuenca kept River Plate from putting any goals past Arsenal in the Monumental in a match which the hosts had far the better of. Arsenal started more sharply and very nearly took the lead almost before the match had begun, but were denied by Juan Pablo Carrizo and thereafter, River dominated, particularly as... Continue Reading →

Copa Sudamericana semi-final buildup

The all-Argentine semi-final of the Copa Sudamericana, between Arsenal and River Plate, will kick off at 8:45pm (local time) on Thursday night in El Viaducto, and both sides look like they're going to be operating with slightly tweaked starting lineups from the norms. For the hosts, Arsenal, former River midfielder Andrés San Martín cracked a rib... Continue Reading →

Two down

The thrillingly close title race lost two possible contenders on Sunday, as River Plate and Independiente appeared to rule themselves out, managing only a draw at the Monumental, a result which serves neither of them especially well for dreams of title-chasing. It was an entertaining match, with chances galore at both ends, but lack of... Continue Reading →

Job done… just.

The Uruguayan press are today up in arms over Defensor Sporting's failure to get past River Plate in the Copa Sudamericana on Tuesday night, and it seems they've got every right to be. River played very poorly, allowed the visitors a good half-dozen clear scoring chances, but an inspired performance from Juan Pablo Carrizo, and... Continue Reading →

The end is nigh…

...The end of my trip round Spain, at least. And, just possibly, for Juan Román Riquelme's freezing-out of Villarreal's first team. But definitely not for Juan Pablo Sorín's career, according to the man himself, and neither for both River's and Boca's challenges for international honours. We'll go through those in order: I'm flying back home... Continue Reading →

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