Argentina 2-1 Ivory Coast: the goals

The goals from the first match of the men's Olympic Football Tournament between Argentina and Ivory Coast are online now, and you can watch them right here. I offer a metaphorical doff of the cap to anyone who can tell me what on earth Oscar Ustari is doing for Ivory Coast's equaliser... Argentina 2 -... Continue Reading →

Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008: Argentina 2 – 1 Ivory Coast

Lionel Messi talked to Barcelona, Lionel Messi played for Argentina. Lionel Messi set one up and scored one as Argentina beat Ivory Coast 2-1 in the opening match of the men's Olympic Football Tournament to begin the defence of the gold medal won in Athens four years ago. Barcelona having apparently decided to allow the... Continue Reading →

Olympic preview number two

So you've read the Argentina squad profile for the Olympic Games that I wrote for Soccerlens, and still want more? You're in luck, because I was very busy this weekend. Another one has now gone up on new Australian online magazine The 84th Minute, edited by ocassional HEGS commentor Neil Zimmerman, who wanted to me... Continue Reading →

Olympic preview number one

The Olympic Football Tournament kicks off on Thursday (yes, that is before the official start of the Games, which is on Friday), and Argentina, as the defending gold medalists from four years ago in Athens, will be red-hot favourites to retain the title, thanks in large part to an attacking lineup that would terrify most... Continue Reading →

Messi’s going to Beijing

Good news for Sergio Batista. Lionel Messi's decision was announced on Wednesday, and he's got FIFA's backing: he wants to link up with Argentina's Olympic squad for the Beijing 2008 Games. With the callup now accepted by the player, Barcelona are obliged under FIFA's regulations to release Messi for the tournament, since as an under-23,... Continue Reading →

Same old story

HEGS is back, but it feels, I must say, a bit like I hadn't really been away. When I left for Havana, Sergio Batista had named Lionel Messi in the squad for the Olympic Football Tournament, and Barcelona president Joan Laporta was making some decidedly 'we'll have to see about that'-type noises. The novel seems... Continue Reading →

Olympic Football Tournament: Argentina squad

The final squad for Argentina's defence of their gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Football Tournament has been announced by Under 23 coach Sergio Batista. Following Bayern München's refusal to allow Martín Demichelis to join the squad, and Real Madrid doing likewise with Gonzalo Higuaín, the side looks slightly different to that originally named... Continue Reading →

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