Martín Palermo, we never doubted you

Not I. Oh, heavens no. The heavens opened over the Estadio Monumental on Saturday night and, in a frantic finish, a substitute chosen by D10s himself scored the winning goal to keep Argentina - just - on track for qualification to South Africa 2010. Martín Palermo has waited ten years for the chance to atone... Continue Reading →

Confirmed Argentina starting lineup vs Peru

Argentina's starting XI for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Peru kicks off at 7pm on Saturday (11pm UK time), and the starting eleven is exactly the same as the one manager Diego Maradona has used in training for most of the week. Newcastle winger Jonás Gutiérrez is at right back due to the injury... Continue Reading →

A possible winning team

Argentina's practice session on Wednesday produced a possibly glimpse into the mind of Diego Maradona. Although a frightening place in which Jonás Gutiérrez is worthy of a place in the team at right back, there were also one or two more lucid thoughts flitting about. In a kickabout against Sergio Batista's Under 17 side, this... Continue Reading →

Full time approaching for Diego?

Ahead of the World Cup qualifying double-header which kicks off against Peru on Saturday, Diego Maradona did his bit for team harmony amongst the under-pressure Argentina squad by telling the press that he wasn't sure whether he'd continue as manager if the team qualify for next year's global extravaganza in South Africa. Maradona's words, addressed... Continue Reading →

Returning downriver

Well that was a brief road trip. Diego Maradona's and the AFA's protracted falling-out with River Plate over the state of the Estadio Monumental pitch led to River putting up posters proclaiming '16 years unbeaten at the Monumental...' in the wake of the 3-1 defeat to Brazil in Rosario last week. On Tuesday it was... Continue Reading →

Dealing in goals

Surprising revelations in Colombia on Wednesday, as a close associate of the Cali drug cartel revealed his organisation's apparent involvement in one of the most infamous football matches in World Cup history - Argentina's 6-0 thrashing of Peru to reach the final of the 1978 event, which they went on to win. Fernando Rodríguez Mondragón, the son... Continue Reading →

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