Batista announces Argentina squad to face Portugal

Sergio Batista has announced his first Argentina squad as permanent boss, having been only caretaker manager when he named the squad to face Brazil late last year. When Argentina take on Portugal in Switzerland on the 9th February, they'll do so without senior squad members such as Carlos Tevez, Gabriel Heinze and Martín Demichelis, all... Continue Reading →

Argentina 1 – 0 Brazil: Messi wins it at the death

The long run of Argentine defeats to Brazil at full international level was finally brought to an end on Wednesday in Qatar, and although it was an inconsequential friendly, the result - sealed by a 92nd minute moment of brilliance from Lionel Messi - could well give a huge psychological boost to Sergio Batista's reign... Continue Reading →

Argentina squad vs Brazil

Sergio Batista named his first squad as Argentina manager yesterday, as well as being officially unveiled by Julio Grondona as the new permanent manager of the national side. Lucas Biglia was the only new name on the teamsheet, whilst in Zanetti, Mascherano and Pastore, there are no fewer than three Javiers in the list. That's... Continue Reading →

Batista is confirmed as Argentina boss

After really far too long, the Asociación de Fútbol Argentino will finally confirm Sergio Batista as the permanent manager of the Argentine national team today, following yesterday's meeting in Ezeieza. Batista's knowledge of his players, record (and knowledge) with the youth team, relationship with the group and the fact he's got Lionel Messi's support were... Continue Reading →

Argentina squad vs Japan

Sergio Batista has announced the Argentina squad which will travel to Tokyo for a friendly against Japan on the 8th October. In spite of the injury he suffered against Atlético de Madrid at the weekend, Lionel Messi is included, as are returnees Oscar Ustari and José Sosa. There's also a first call-up to the senior... Continue Reading →

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