Tag Archives: Lionel Messi

Talking to Lionel Messi’s youth coach ahead of the Copa América Centenario

In April, I headed up from Buenos Aires to Rosario, Lionel Messi’s hometown, for a feature for ESPNFC ahead of the Copa América Centenario. Whilst there, I talked to Ernesto Vecchio, the youth coach who oversaw Lionel Messi’s childhood development for … Continue reading

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Weekly opinion: does Messi’s fifth Ballon d’Or make him the best ever?

In my latest weekly opinion piece for The Bubble, I predictably took a look at Lionel Messi, who won the Ballon d’Or for the World Player of the Year for the fifth time on Monday. Individual awards are a bit daft in … Continue reading

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Argentine football in 2015: a review

2015 has just hours left to run (in Argentina that is; happy new year if it’s already gone where you are), and the folk at The Bubble have asked me to take a look back on the last twelve months in … Continue reading

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Weekly opinion: River Plate’s Club World Cup semi-final win

River Plate secured their place in the Club World Cup final about twelve hours ago, with a 1-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Osaka. It was nervy in spite of them largely having the better of play (but not the … Continue reading

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Copa América 2015: two previews

The 2015 Copa América in Chile is just hours away, and here, as the title of this post suggests, are two previews. First, a link to a piece I wrote for ESPNFC examining whether Lionel Messi needs to win this tournament … Continue reading

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A few words on Mauro Icardi’s international decision time

On Sunday, as HEGS readers will already know, young forward Mauro Icardi hit four goals for Sampdoria against Pescara in Serie A, beating Lionel Messi to a four goal haul by a few hours. The performance has sparked calls here in … Continue reading

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Argentines Abroad: 2012 is upon us

Football has well and truly restarted in earnest after the new year festivities now, and with  action in Spain, Portugal, Italy, England and Mexico to report on Argentines Abroad is back – as is HEGS for that matter! Happy new year, everyone. … Continue reading

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The Copa América so far: some reading material

Tuesday is a day off after the opening round of games in the 2011 Copa América have seen everyone play once. You can find my thoughts on the tournament, of course, over on ESPNSoccernet, where I discuss how remarkably closely-fought … Continue reading

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Argentines Abroad: Spain, Mexico, and a roundup of the rest

There wasn’t a great deal of Argentine action last weekend, which is part of the reason this edition of Argentines Abroad is going online so late. Carlos Tevez hobbled out of Manchester City’s Premier League game against Liverpool early on … Continue reading

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HEGS / MA Award for Best Argentine Abroad 2009

The votes have been counted, and after the Copa Libertadores was decided on Wednesday night, it’s time to reveal the real question all of Latin America wants answering: who, in the opinions of the readers of Hasta El Gol Siempre … Continue reading

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