2009-2010: The season is upon us

At last, after much coming and going, it's confirmed: the 2009 Torneo Apertura will begin this coming Friday (and in time for the new season, we've got a bit of a surprise for you, of which more later in the week...). A discussion on Saturday at the AFA saw a planned schedule for the weekend... Continue Reading →

Chacarita’s security concerns, and Torneo Apertura delay

Those of you in the UK (and certain lucky overseas places) can enjoy my writing in the medium of print again this month. British magazine When Saturday Comes have a new article by me on the subject of Chacarita Juniors' promotion back to the Primera División, and what it means for the security forces in... Continue Reading →

AFA protests, and Sand on his way

That is, protests against the AFA, not protests on the part of the AFA. At six on Tuesday evening, two coaches dropped off sixty or seventy people outside the AFA headquarters who proceeded to mount a protest against current AFA President Julio Grondona. Earlier in the day, José Sand was sold by Lanús to Al Ain... Continue Reading →

Torneo Clausurado?

The threat of postponement to the start of the 2008-2009 season has been hanging over Argentine football since the official fixture list for the Primera División was released last week. On Wednesday AFA President Julio Grondona declared that the decision has been taken to provisionally 'postpone all the championships until Futbolístas Argentinos Agremadios [the players'... Continue Reading →

Basile resigns

Breaking news from the AFA: Alfio Basile has met with AFA bigwigs, and TN are reporting as I type that he's resigned from his post in charge of the selección. Olympic coach Sergio Batista, River Plate manager Diego Simeone, and San Lorenzo boss Miguel Angel Russo are the early favourites to replace him. 'He had... Continue Reading →

AFA seek resolution over Gutiérrez

Julio Grondona's been in China recently, watching Argentina's not-quite-Under 23s win Olympic gold, and he's returned to a bit of a fuss. Alfio Basile named his squad for the next two World Cup Qualifiers last week (details of those players will follow before the matches, because at the time they announcement was overshadowed somewhat by... Continue Reading →

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