Suspicious betting patterns as Argentina B thrashed by Nigeria (video)

Argentina's 'Under-25' B-team played a friendly in Abuja, Nigeria on Wednesday, and got thumped 4-1 by a home side who looked infinitely more up for the match than their visitors. A side captained by Pablo Zabaleta were 3-0 down at half time and only got a consolation from the penalty spot after a farcical decision... Continue Reading →

Argentina 1 – 0 Brazil: Messi wins it at the death

The long run of Argentine defeats to Brazil at full international level was finally brought to an end on Wednesday in Qatar, and although it was an inconsequential friendly, the result - sealed by a 92nd minute moment of brilliance from Lionel Messi - could well give a huge psychological boost to Sergio Batista's reign... 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 →

Argentina B 3 – 1 Panama: the goals

  Wednesday night saw an international of questionable importance as Argentina's entirely home-based 'B' team took on Panama in Santa Fe. An underwhelming performance was embellished by a fine goal from Matías De Federico halfway through the first half, before the guests equalised. After the break though, Gonzalo Bergessio struck twice to win it for Argentina.... Continue Reading →

Scotland 0 – 1 Argentina

Diego Maradona's first match in charge of Argentina saw few surprises. Against improving and tenacious opponents, a big win was never on the cards, but those who've doubted the wisdom of Maradona's appointment can take some encouragement from a performance in which the Albiceleste actually played like a team. Atlético de Madrid's Maxi Rodríguez scored... Continue Reading →

Nothing to report, and a goal video

It's getting on for 2am and the international friendly between Belarus and Argentina on Wednesday evening was so 'friendly' that neither side bothered to trouble the opposing goalkeeper unduly, by all reports. I can't even offer my own opinions on the matter because like the patriotic idiot I am, I was wasting my evening watching... Continue Reading →

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