The Superliga continued on Friday with four matches, the most notable of which saw league leaders Boca Juniors take full advantage of San Lorenzo's loss on Friday to move six points clear with a 2-0 win over Colón. Prior to that, Newell's Old Boys left it late against Arsenal de Sarandí, and Gabriel Heinze's time... Continue Reading →
Weekly opinion: 2016 Primera preview, part 2
Last week for The Bubble, I wrote the first part of a preview of this year's Primera championship. This week, with the top flight season starting on Friday, I've written the second part of that preview - picking out a few of my teams to watch (for a variety of reasons) from outside the Big Five.... Continue Reading →
Copa Libertadores semi-final preview
The 2013 Copa Libertadores semi-finals begin tonight, having been on hiatus during the Confederations Cup. Argentina's remaining representatives, Newell's Old Boys, take on Ronaldinho's Atlético Mineiro tomorrow night in Rosario, but tonight sees Colombian championship finalists Independiente Santa Fe travel to Asunción to play Paraguayan giants Olimpia. That game kicks off in about two-and-a-half hours,... Continue Reading →
Why Newell’s are worthy title winners
The final round of the Torneo Final is underway as I type, and Saturday's matches don't really have much importance. The important stuff is on Sunday, when the final relegation spot will be decided. But before that, there's time to celebrate Newell's Old Boys' title win, which has been one of the more well-deserved of... Continue Reading →
Torneo Final 2013: ¡Newell’s campeón!
On Wednesday afternoon, the postponed second half of Estudiantes v Lanús was played (the match was called off at half time on Monday last week after a Lanús fan was shot dead by police). Estudiantes were 2-0 up already from the first half, but following their 5-1 thrashing of River Plate on Sunday, if Lanús... Continue Reading →
Who’s in charge here?
Newell's Old Boys continue to be beset by problems created by their hooligan gang. On Monday a group of 25 - 30 barra bravas invaded the club's premises - some carrying firearms - and threatened club members and staff who were present, destroying some of the fittings. The attack comes in the wake of the... Continue Reading →
Caruso Lombardi leaves Newell’s
Ricardo Caruso Lombardi has stepped down as manager of Rosario club Newell's Old Boys, one week before the start of the 2008 Torneo Apertura. The manager has left the club after ten-and-a-half months in charge, probably a result of a poor relationship with club president Eduardo López and certain senior players, although for his own part he... Continue Reading →
From bug to leper
The 4-0 defeat away to Argentinos Juniors apparently helped to make up the minds of Newell's directors and convince them that a manager would be really quite a useful thing for their football club to have. And to that end, they announced on Monday that Ricardo Caruso Lombardi, who only left Argentinos a couple of... Continue Reading →