Riquelme finally signs, and Seba Verón wades in on Maradona

After more ins and outs, ups and downs and all round tedious moaning than a particularly tawdry adult film, Juan Román Riquelme has finally signed his new four-year contract with Boca Juniors. Putting pen to paper earlier today, the Boca playmaker extended his stay at the club by four years, a week later than scheduled.... 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 →

This didn’t take long…

It's happening already. There are rumours, before he's even managed his first match, that Diego Maradona might stand down as Argentina boss. I mean, honestly. The arguments between Diego and the AFA about who's the best assistant are still going on, and on Wednesday the media were reporting that the new manager might be considering... Continue Reading →

A new era begins

What will Diego Maradona's appointment as manager of Argentina mean for the fans and players of the national team? You can find out on Soccernet, where I've written a terrible first paragraph and an otherwise pretty good (I hope) article on the new technical team for the selección. You can read it here.

I’m sorry… WHAT?!

Yes, him. As everyone will now surely be aware, Diego Armando Maradona has been named as the new manager of the senior Argentine national football team. For those few who've not heard of him: Maradona is a deeply unsuccessful manager who has been in charge of Deportivo Mandiyú (today reformed as Textil Mandiyú) and Racing... Continue Reading →

Messi’s going to Beijing

Good news for Sergio Batista. Lionel Messi's decision was announced on Wednesday, and he's got FIFA's backing: he wants to link up with Argentina's Olympic squad for the Beijing 2008 Games. With the callup now accepted by the player, Barcelona are obliged under FIFA's regulations to release Messi for the tournament, since as an under-23,... Continue Reading →

¡Que Lío!

In the buildup to Wednesday night's South American clásico between Brazil and Argentina in Belo Horizonte for the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers, the Argentina camp has been rocked by suggestions of a division in the squad. Not entirely surprisingly, Boca Juniors' Juan Román Riquelme is at the heart of it, but the identity of the... Continue Reading →

Argentina squad vs. Ecuador and Brazil

With the completion of the two-match 'tour' of the United States on Sunday, the Argentina squad returned to Buenos Aires to begin preparations for the next round of South American qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. On Sunday, Argentina will host Ecuador in El Monumental, before travelling to take on Brazil in Belo Horizonte... Continue Reading →

Colombia vs. Argentina – the buildup

Not an awful lot has happened really. The selección landed in Bogotá on Sunday and Carlos Tevez gave a press conference alongside Juan Román Riquelme on Monday, in which he stated, among other things, that 'It will be a very difficult match, as it always is when Argentina visit Colombia in the qualifiers... '...They're a rival who've... Continue Reading →

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