Gaining their independence

Two Independiente players may be in line for moves to foreign climes soon. One of them you've probably heard of (if you follow the Argentine league, anyway), the other... well, if you've heard of the other you need to get out more. Lucas Pusineri, 32-year-old midfield stalwart, might have an offer from Major League Soccer,... Continue Reading →

Chau-chau, Pepe

In Pepe Santoro's last match in charge (he announced his impending resignation earlier on Friday, in spite of Independiente president Julio Comparada's attempts to convince him to stay on Thursday), Independiente turned in their best performance of the year so far. An astonishing match against Newell's in the Tomás A. Ducó was looking unusuallly low-scoring... Continue Reading →

Two good sound thrashings

Friday night saw two matches featuring teams in need of wins to aid their positions in the relegation dogfight. Both those sides got the three points they were hoping for in spectacular fashion. First, Gimnasia de Jujuy thrashed Independiente (who have now recorded four consecutive away defeats) 4-1, before Rosario Central pitched up at El... 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 →

Gorosito makes an early point

Néstor Gorosito's head and neck (not to mention most of his back) must be absolutely sweltering under that mullet. His new team managed to keep cool enough in their 2009 Torneo de Verano debut, though, that after going 1-0 down to Independiente shortly before half time, an impressive River Plate (in so far as a side... Continue Reading →

The Torneo de Verano begins

Independiente and Racing Club played out a pre-season clásico de Avellaneda down by the seaside in Mar del Plata on Saturday night, and the result wasn't an encouraging one for Racing fans hoping their side will be able to keep up appearances in the Clausura and avoid another relegation battle. With goals from Hernán Fredes,... Continue Reading →

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