Argentine Primera: a just over half term report on all the teams so far

The last 'short championship' (as we currently know them at least) of the era is now eleven matches in in Argentina, and with eight games to go I thought it was time to try and get back to posting something - anything - here. So ahead of the twelfth round of games, which kicks off... Continue Reading →


Hand Of Pod 11: club ownership, racism, & Agüero’s national team issues

In the eleventh episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Seba and English Dan discuss the last decade or so of Racing Club’s history, and what it says about club ownership issues in Argentina. They also tackle the thorny issue of racism in the country’s stadia, and talk about some of the possible reasons for Sergio... Continue Reading →

Blanquiceleste out

Hold the front page. Minutes before I was going to bed tonight (which I will be doing in, erm, a few minutes) Olé's website popped up a new front page with the headline 'Chau, Blanquiceleste'. It was reported here last week that the Governor of Buenos Aires Province had appointed Héctor García Cuerva as the... Continue Reading →

A blast from the past

Things just don't stop happening at Racing. A new twist in the tale of the club's dreadful present came into view on Tuesday, as former club legend (and manager) Reinaldo 'Mostaza' Merlo made a legal petition to have Blanquiceleste S. A., the registered company who currently own the club, declared bankrupt. Blanquiceleste / Racing president... Continue Reading →

Editorial: Lessons to learn?

Now personally, I've never paid too much attention to the idea of new year's resolutions (the last editorial aside, that is). Making promises to yourself which you admit from the start won’t be kept seems rather to be shooting oneself in the foot. Besides which resolutions are always so dull – why doesn't anyone resolve... Continue Reading →

Yet more bother at Racing

And us English think Newcastle United are a joke team. The pre-season in Argentina continues, and there's been more mudslinging and attempts to get out at one of the country's biggest clubs - and this time some of it's even come from the manager himself. OK, you know I'm talking about Racing because you've read... Continue Reading →

Stuck in the middle

Whilst Argentina's other big clubs got their pre-seasons underway on Thursday, Racing manager Miguel Micó was rather less pleased with his situation. River and Boca have been engaged in transfer dealings, Estudiantes have been bitching about their ex manager, Vélez have been welcoming a new boss and San Lorenzo take to the training pitch with... Continue Reading →

The trouble worsens at Racing

More bad news for fans of La Academia. Racing fans' favourite Claudio 'Piojo' López spoke to Miguel Rosello, director of football at Blanquiceleste, the enterprise which controls the club, and told him that he wants to rescind his contract. It's another blow for Blanquiceleste's hold on the club following Thursday's protest from the fans. Nothing... Continue Reading →

A mixed day in Avellaneda

2006 World Cup Final referee Horacio Elizondo took charge on Thursday of the AFA's new Refereeing Training committee, which replaces the previous 'School of Referees'. But the real news came in Avellaneda, where Racing are in the headlines after yet another fans' protest against their regime, and Independiente are rather happier with themselves - or... Continue Reading →

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