Superclásico Apertura 2009: the lineups

There's a vital grudge match in England this afternoon as Liverpool host Manchester United in the Premier League, and also today Indian football hosts a less globally famous but no less passionate derby with Mohun Bagan taking on East Bengal. For a change, I'm not going to bill the superclásico as the world's biggest derby... Continue Reading →

Torneo Apertura 2009: Round 8 scores, scorers and goals

The eighth round of the 2009 Torneo Apertura finally ended on Monday night with the first match of Leonardo Astrada's second spell in charge of River Plate. There wasn't even the shortest of honeymoon periods, though - Independiente took a 3-0 lead by half time and only a Marcelo Gallardo penalty with a minute to... Continue Reading →

Torneo Apertura 2009: Round 8 fixtures

With Saturday featuring Argentina's must-win World Cup qualifier at home to Peru, the AFA have brought forward most of the eighth round of the 2009 Torneo Apertura, rather than opt for a two-week gap between matches. River Plate confirmed on Tuesday that former defensive lynchpin and title-winning boss Leonardo Astrada is their new manager, and... Continue Reading →

Torneo Clausura 2009

At long last, after a summer of transfer bore-stories and ridiculous friendly matches which are only 70 or 80 minutes long, real league football returns to the Argentine Republic on Friday night. Following the most closely-fought championship in short tournament history, the defending champions are a familiar name, but that's no reason to assume it'll... Continue Reading →

Competitive football at last!

Proper football has returned to Argentina with the start of the qualifying rounds for the 2009 Copa Libertadores de América. Estudiantes de La Plata travelled to Lima where they met Sporting Cristal, former finalists of this competition but for now just glad to be here after CONMEBOL came so close to booting Peruvian clubs out... Continue Reading →

In the hands of the… um…

... Tigers. Estudiantes de La Plata visited Mendoza on Wednesday night to play their postponed match away to Godoy Cruz, needing a win to keep Copa Libertadores qualification in their own hands. They took the lead, but were pegged back in the second half and, deep into stoppage time, Godoy's Iván Borghello got his second... Continue Reading →

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