Primera 2016 preview: round 9

The ninth round of Primera action is almost upon us, and as ever I’ve previewed it for The Bubble. Defensa y Justicia v Arsenal de Sarandí might not be a proper clásico but it could well be an interesting match all the same, and there are plenty more fascinating match-ups elsewhere. You can read the full preview here.

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Two articles: a Lucas Alario profile, and Álvaro Recoba’s farewell party

I was busy on Thursday (busy by the standards of an underemployed freelancer, at least). I wrote three articles, and two of them are already online. For The Mirror, here’s a profile of one of Liverpool’s transfer targets, River Plate centre forward Lucas Alario. And for ESPNFC , I wrote something on the Uruguayan reaction to Álvaro Recoba’s retirement, following his farewell match in Montevideo last night.

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Primera 2016, eighth round: all the goals

There were 52 goals in 15 matches in the eighth round of Primera action, and average of almost three and a half per game, and the high point was another 6-3 away win for Racing, again in the province of Santa Fe (this time against Atlético de Rafaela). Tigre and Newell’s drew 3-3, Huracán beat Temperley 4-2 with a 14-minute hat trick from Ramón Ábila, and Vélez Sarsfield got a 3-2 away win over Belgrano. All the goals are right here.

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2016 Primera, seventh round: all the goals

I’m a couple of days late posting up this video, but here are all the goals from last weekend’s Primera División action, which saw Lanús’ unbeaten record ended by Racing and considerably more surprisingly, Rosario Central’s unbeaten start come crashing down in a 1-0 defeat away to promoted Patronato in Paraná. Estudiantes won the La Plata clásico by a landslide, Boca Juniors left it late to beat Unión 2-1 in La Bombonera thanks to Carlos Tevez’s winner, and River Plate were thrashed 4-1 by Colón in Santa Fe.

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2016 Primera, sixth round: all the goals

The superclásico was disappointing, but we didn’t have to look far for goals in Argentina this weekend; there were 48 in total, an average of 3.2 per game. That total included nine in Santa Fe, where Racing got a 6-3 win away to Unión, six in La Paternal, where Defensa y Justicia beat Argentinos Juniors 5-1, and five in Victoria, where Tigre got a 5-0 win over Atlético Tucumán. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy…

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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 been poor so far in 2016. There’s a return for Javier Pinola of Rosario Central, who was last involved for Argentina just prior to the 2007 Copa América, but didn’t make the final cut. And the official AFA squad announcement includes someone called Leonel Messi. Me neither. In spite of telling reporters his international career was probably over when he moved to Hebei Fortune in China, Ezequiel Lavezzi is in the squad.

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River Plate v Boca Juniors: some links to watch on

The new television situation for the Primera in Argentina means three different channels are showing the superclásico this afternoon (in case you stumble on this page in months or even years’ time, this is the 6th March, 2016 superclásico I’m talking about). My Twitter followers inform me that at the moment, ten minutes before kick off, only one of them is geoblocked, so here I’ll link to all three, and hopefully those of you outside Argentina will be able to enjoy the match on at least one of them.

To watch on Telefé (the only channel which was geoblocked before kick off, so more of an option for readers in Argentina), click here.

To watch on América, click here.

And to watch on Canal Trece, click here.

The Trece stream is also being ‘repeated’ live for some parts of the country which can’t get a decent signal. Mendoza’s Canal 7 tends not to geoblock its stream on YouTube, so that one’s embedded below. It’s not in HD, but I provide it here as a fallback for you lot abroad in case the others go blank at kick off.

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Primera 2016 preview: round 6

The sixth round of the 2016 Torneo de Transición is upon us, and it’s a big one, because on Sunday River Plate host Boca Juniors in the superclásico. It will be Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s second match in charge of Boca, as he looks to turn around the fortunes of the team he’s inherited from Rodolfo Arruabarrena. In my latest weekend preview for The Bubble, I cast my eye over this and other fixtures coming up this weekend, and pick out the ones you should make a point of trying to catch. Click here to read it.

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Episode 215: Boca Juniors change managers ahead of superclásico and more

This week’s Hand Of Pod is a bumper one, as we’ve got a major talking point this week. Sam, Andrés and Boca Juniors fans Fede and Fran discuss Boca’s decision on Monday to sack Rodolfo Arruabarrena and replace him on Tuesday with Guillermo Barros Schelotto as manager. Is this the change in direction the club needs? Can the new manager handle Carlos Tevez’s influence on team affairs without upsetting anyone? And most importantly, with a Copa Libertadores game against Racing tonight (Thursday) and a visit to River Plate on Sunday, how quick an impact can GBS have?

Hand Of Pod

The two hundred and fifteenth episode of Hand Of Pod is a bumper one, as we’ve got a major talking point this week. Sam, Andrés and Boca Juniors fans Fede and Fran discuss Boca’s decision on Monday to sack Rodolfo Arruabarrena and replace him on Tuesday with Guillermo Barros Schelotto as manager. Is this the change in direction the club needs? Can the new manager handle Carlos Tevez’s influence on team affairs without upsetting anyone? And most importantly, with a Copa Libertadores game against Racing tonight (Thursday) and a visit to River Plate on Sunday, how quick an impact can GBS have? Aside from Boca, we also look back on a weekend which saw yet another great performance from Rosario Central, a second consecutive clean sheet for River and more impressive stuff from Atlético Tucumán.

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Fortnightly opinion: Guillermo Barros Schelotto joins Boca Juniors

Following Rodolfo Arruabarrena’s sacking as Boca Juniors manager on Monday, the club wasted little time appointing a successor, and on Tuesday Guillermo Barros Schelotto was confirmed in charge of the league and Copa Argentina champions. In my latest opinion piece for The Bubble, I look at GBS’s demands and his managerial style, to consider whether he could be can be the step up that Boca need.

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