Argentina’s 2018 World Cup squad announced: Icardi won’t travel, but Dybala will

After months of speculation, Jorge Sampaoli announced Argentina's final 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup at lunchtime on Monday. As expected, there was no place for Mauro Icardi, who Sampaoli is said to feel struggled to integrate with the rest of the group, and who was disappointing when called up for Argentina last year.... Continue Reading →

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Argentina 2-0 Italy: highlights

On Friday, Argentina beat Italy 2-0 in a friendly in Manchester, thanks to goals from Éver Banega and Manuel Lanzini – the West Ham United playmaker's first goal for his country, in his third cap. It wasn't a perfect performance, but it left Jorge Sampaoli more satisfied than not, and several players – including Willy Caballero, Fabricio... Continue Reading →

Sampaoli adds five Argentina-based players to his March friendlies squad, including Lautaro Martínez

As expected, on Monday morning the Argentine Football Association published Jorge Sampaoli's final squad list for Argentina's upcoming friendlies against Italy in Manchester on the 23rd, and against Spain in Madrid on the 27th of this month. Having already called up twenty-two players who play their club football abroad, Sampaoli added five 'locals' to the... Continue Reading →

Watch: Lautaro Martínez hits a hat trick on his Libertadores debut as Racing beat Cruzeiro 4-2

The group stage of the 2018 Copa Libertadores got underway on Tuesday night, and the highlight came in Avellaneda, where Racing hosted Brazilian side Cruzeiro in the Cilindro. With Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli watching – just two days before he names his squad for upcoming friendlies against Spain and Italy – young striker Lautaro Martínez hit a... Continue Reading →

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