Two setbacks

The sporting security authorities suffered a blow on Tuesday, when it was announced that Javier Castrilli, 'El Sheriff', Subsecretary of Sporting Events Security, had resigned from his post. Disagreements with Aníbal Fernández, the Minister of Justice and Security, led Castrilli to feel that, 'the most healthy and least traumatic option [for me] was to resign.'... Continue Reading →

Independiente 2 – 1 Estudiantes, and Olympic problems

After a horrible, endless wait since, oh, a month-and-a-half or so ago, competitive football returned to Argentine soil on Tuesday night as Independiente met Estudiantes de La Plata in the first round of the Copa Sudamericana. It was looking pretty good for Estudiantes, who had an away goal to push them slightly ahead thanks to debutant... 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 →

First defeat

Argentina's women's side lost their first match of the Panamerican Games on Wednesday, 3-0 to the United States. Playing against the tournament favourites and having made a number of changes (semi-enforced, because their previous match against Mexico had been less than 48 hours earlier), Argentina found themselves 3-0 down at the break, and managed to limit... Continue Reading →

Nearly there

A very short one, this: Argentina's women's side have almost assured their place in the semi-finals of the Panamerican Games after beating Mexico - one of the favourites for the title - 1-0 with a wonderful stoppage time free kick from Eva González. Their next, and final, group match is on Wednesday against the United... Continue Reading →

Two triumphs

                Now, all this national team news might be getting confusing, so I'll go through this very slowly, aside from anything else to make sure I've not got anything mixed up. The senior national side progressed to the final of the Copa América on Wednesday night. On Thursday, Argentina played two more football matches -... Continue Reading →

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