Argentina vs Portugal starting lineups

With Argentina's friendly against Portugal in Geneva just a few hours away, HEGS readers have a wide choice of previews. First, if you'd like to remind yourself of the main players in the Argentine side, you can get yourself over to Cahiers Du Sport where I've written a guest post on the Argentine side for... Continue Reading →

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Portuguese national side: a bluffer’s guide

With Argentina taking on Portugal in Geneva on Wednesday afternoon/evening, and the world's press (and especially, it would seem, the Argentina, Portuguese and Spanish media) pushing the fixture as a battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, I thought it a good idea to show that there are going to be other talents on display,... Continue Reading →

Argentines Abroad: 3rd & 4th October 2009

As the selección converge on Ezeiza from all corners of the world (well, western Europe) for the final, must-not-balls-up-this-time double-header of World Cup qualifiers against Peru (Saturday in El Monumental) and Uruguay (a week on Wednesday in Montevideo's Estadio Centenario), it's heartening that some of them have had more auspicious weekends than Carlos Tevez, who... Continue Reading →

Entrance and exit

On Wednesday, Diego Maradona marked Juan Román Riquelme's birthday by telling the country that Riquelme will still be welcome back in the national team if he wants to return, but might have to explain himself directly to his team-mates. No doubt Riquelme will be unhappy Maradona's not said that to his face. Meanwhile, River Plate... Continue Reading →

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