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 →

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 →

Boca’s latest two transfer targets

Either the world's going a little bit mad, or Pedro Pompilio is beginning to lose touch with reality a tad. The identities of two players Boca Juniors may currently be considering for the transfer market have been revealed, and they make for surprising reading. Both were born in South America, but that's about the least surprising... Continue Reading →

D’Alessandro moves closer

Two transfers involving Argentine players are moving towards a definition at the moment, the more solid-looking being Andrés D'Alessandro's transfer from Real Zaragoza in Spain to work under his former manager Ramón Díaz with San Lorenzo. Ezequiel Garay, the Racing Santander defender, could be on his way to Barcelona - or Lyon, or Real Madrid.... Continue Reading →

Two returns

Lionel Messi's training with Barcelona during the week has gone well, and he's included in Frank Rijkaard's squad for Sunday's Spanish First Division match against Racing de Santander. In perhaps the only Argentine-player-related story that could have eclipsed that one, the Torneo de Verano will see a big moment for Boca Juniors later on Saturday:... Continue Reading →

The foreign legion

With the top three tiers in Argentine football having broken up for the summer (speaking of which the lower division results service will make a belated return tomorrow for Primeras C and D), the main focus for Argentine fans this weekend was on their Europe-based players. In England, Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano found themselves... Continue Reading →

Lio and Carlos… and Esteban, two

Not a bad day for Argentines in Europe on Wednesday. Lionel Messi scored for Barcelona, obviously, but he wasn't alone - Carlos Tevez opened his Champions League account for Manchester United - his first goal in continental competition since the first leg of the 2006 Copa Libertadores second round tie with Corinthians, against River. And... Continue Reading →

Ten years on

The 25th October 1997 was an historic day in the history of football, and today we arrive at its tenth anniversary. Because ten years ago today, in the Monumental, Boca Juniors beat River Plate 2-1. Historic for what exactly? No, my fellow River fans, it wasn't the last time we lost a superclásico (the unbeaten run... Continue Reading →

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