Maradona refuses to go quietly

Just under an hour ago, Diego Maradona walked into a packed press room to give a prepared speech to Argentina's press on his thoughts after refusing to sign the contract extension the AFA offered him yesterday. He fired some shots across the bows of the organisation, but didn't come out with anything truly incendiary. All... Continue Reading →

Maradona out: official

Just a quick post to confirm the story posted here on HEGS yesterday: the AFA have just announced officially that Diego Maradona's contract as national team manager won't be renewed. Julio Grondona seemingly deliberately made Maradona an offer he knew would be rejected yesterday, to sidestep the political fallout from being the man to 'sack'... Continue Reading →

Maradona leaves…?

It's been a long day for everyone following the business behind closed doors between Julio Grondona, the AFA president, and Diego Maradona, who was expected to sign on the dotted line and put his name to a new four year contract in charge of the national side after the '5th place' (Grondona's words) finish at... Continue Reading →

Bad management

Wednesday has been an interesting day for the suits at the AFA, now back home, who've been embroiled in some heated discussions about the future of the national team. It's taken up so much of their time that, in between fitting in their luxurious banquets, the fat incompetent old fools haven't yet got round to... Continue Reading →

World Cup exit: my thoughts

If you're an Argentine football fan and a bit of a glutton for punishment - or if you're otherwise interested in what exactly Diego Maradona demonstrated to us during Argentina's World Cup campaign - you can click here to read my post-match reaction from Buenos Aires for ESPN Soccernet. There'll be a post along the... Continue Reading →

Paul was right

The octopus predicting Argentina's downfall was right. On Saturday, Diego Maradona's team crashed out of the 2010 World Cup, thrashed 4-0 by an excellent Germany side meeting their own first real challenge of the knockout stages. A lack of creativity in midfield, Javier Mascherano being asked to do too much as the sole cinco and... Continue Reading →

Argentina vs Germany preview

With moments to go before Argentina and Germany kick off their World Cup quarter-final, you can click here if you'd like to read the preview of the match I've contributed to the When Saturday Comes website.

Back here again

On Saturday, Argentina take on Germany. It's a rematch of the tie at the World Cup quarter final of 2006, when the then host nation eliminated Argentina on penalties before some ugly scenes in Leipzig. This Argentina side aren't as well balanced as José Pekerman's 2006 vintage, but they have Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez... Continue Reading →

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