Bergessi-ow!

The only half-interesting story of the pre-season at the moment is the fallout from an extraordinary on-pitch scrap engaged in by San Lorenzo's star striker Gonzalo Bergessio during a friendly against Uruguayan club El General. On Thursday he had a coming-together with the hosts' Gusmán Elizarzú, and by common consent it was the other bloke... Continue Reading →

Palermo sign the ‘new Kaká’

Well that's what they say he's going to become, anyway. Javier Pastore, the just-turned-20-year-old hero of Huracán's championship challenge during the Torneo Clausura, was unveiled as the newest signing at Palermo, where he told the press, 'my model is Riquelme.' Elsewhere in Europe, various Argentines played in pre-season friendlies for their clubs, including Javier Mascherano,... 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 →

San Lorenzo take the Winter Cup

San Lorenzo won the Copa del Invierno late on Wednesday night, beating Independiente 2-0 in the final in Mar Del Plata. San Lorenzo, without Andrés D'Alessandro and Diego Placente, have an otherwise almost unchanged playing squad from that which fought through the Clausura, but a new manager. Independiente, by contrast, have the same manager as... Continue Reading →

Team news

With just a few days remaining before the 2008 Torneo Clausura begins, some of the sides are still going over their options when it comes to the formations and personnel for their opening matches. No such trouble for Argentina's Olympic manager Sergio Batista, who already seems to know his starting XI for Wednesday's match against Guatemala... Continue Reading →

A three-day digest

It's been an interesting few days whilst I've been away, and I hope I don't miss anything out of a whirlwind summary: Saturday's superclásico in Mendoza was a thriller, seeing five goals and four red cards as River avenged their 1-0 defeat of the Torneo de Verano with a 3-2 victory. On the same day,... Continue Reading →

Another trophy

It's only an invitational tournament, so it doesn't matter in the slightest, but Lanús, it seems, are developing a taste for silverware after claiming their first ever championship last month. On Monday, the Granate won the Copa Ciudad de Buenos Aires without even playing, as Vélez Sársfield beat Estudiantes de La Plata 2-1 in the... Continue Reading →

Wide open

The Copa Ciudad de Buenos Aires could be won by one of two teams, with only one match remaining, after Apertura champions Lanús were able to nullify Estudiantes' threat despite finishing the match in Liniers with only nine men. Elsewhere, Rosario Central played their last match of the pre-season camp in Mar del Plata. More... Continue Reading →

Continuing the trend

Lanús showed their first card of the year on Tuesday in a triangular tournament against Vélez Sársfield in the José Amalfitani. The Apertura champions continued where they left off the league season, playing well and running out 2-0 winners against the hosts, who were playing their first match of former Under-20 selección head coach Hugo Tocalli's reign.... Continue Reading →

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