Category Archives: International football

Talking to Lionel Messi’s youth coach ahead of the Copa América Centenario

In April, I headed up from Buenos Aires to Rosario, Lionel Messi’s hometown, for a feature for ESPNFC ahead of the Copa América Centenario. Whilst there, I talked to Ernesto Vecchio, the youth coach who oversaw Lionel Messi’s childhood development for … Continue reading

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This week in The Libero: what is the Copa América Centenario, exactly?

On Friday, the Copa América Centenario kicks off in the United States, and in this week’s issue of The Libero, I was asked to preview it. I’ve gone for a piece looking at why although it’s going to be a good … Continue reading

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Argentina squad announced for WCQs v Chile and Bolivia

The AFA have released Gerardo Martino’s squad list for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers away to Chile and at home to Bolivia later this month, and the headline exclusion for the local media is Carlos Tevez, who admits himself he’s … Continue reading

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Argentine football in 2015: a review

2015 has just hours left to run (in Argentina that is; happy new year if it’s already gone where you are), and the folk at The Bubble have asked me to take a look back on the last twelve months in … Continue reading

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Weekly opinion: River Plate’s Club World Cup semi-final win

River Plate secured their place in the Club World Cup final about twelve hours ago, with a 1-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Osaka. It was nervy in spite of them largely having the better of play (but not the … Continue reading

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Argentina squad v Brazil & Colombia: Messi and Agüero injured, Higuaín back in

Gerardo Martino has announced Argentina’s squad list for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers at home to Brazil (Thurs 12th November) and away to Colombia (Tues 17th), from which his side desperately need some good results after a disappointing start in … Continue reading

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Copa América 2015: two previews

The 2015 Copa América in Chile is just hours away, and here, as the title of this post suggests, are two previews. First, a link to a piece I wrote for ESPNFC examining whether Lionel Messi needs to win this tournament … Continue reading

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Gerardo Martino names preliminary 30-player list for Copa América

On Monday, Argentina manager Gerardo Martino named his 30-player preliminary squad list for the Copa América in Chile; from this list, 23 players will be selected who will form Argentina’s squad for the tournament. The biggest surprise is that Newell’s … Continue reading

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A little bit of history: Omar Sívori

Last Saturday was the anniversary of an historic debut in Argentina; on the 4th April 1954, Omar Sívori made his first appearance, at the age of 18, for River Plate against Lanús. Replacing River’s all-time highest goalscorer, Ángel Labruna, Sívori … Continue reading

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The HEGS 2014 Premier League summer transfer window roundup

That’s the northern hemisphere summer, of course. Or the boreal summer transfer window, as La Nación‘s sports site put it on Monday. I noted last week that the number of Argentines moving to English Premier League clubs this year seems to … Continue reading

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