Same old problem for Boca: Riquelme misses training

Juan Román Riquelme has seen quite a fuss kicked up over him in the last few days, following Julio César Falcioni's decision to omit him from the squad which faced All Boys on Saturday. Yesterday, I wrote a piece for ESPN Soccernet which dealt with that decision and the difficulties Boca managers have previously faced... Continue Reading →

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Racing step out of Moreno’s shadow, and Riquelme-less Boca draw a blank (video)

Racing played their second clásico in a week on Saturday afternoon, and fell behind away to San Lorenzo before a double strike from a Colombian saved the day and gave La Academia a 2-1 win. It wasn't Giovanni Moreno, of course, but new boy Teófilo Gutiérrez who got the two goals, which he then dedicated... Continue Reading →

Hand Of Pod episode 2

In the second episode of Hand Of Pod, I rejoin Dan and Dan to discuss last week's superclásico and Argentina's Lionel Messi-inspired win over Brazil. Last week's River Plate-supporting guest Gerardo is back to give us his take on both. We also look at the race for the league title, and the Copa Libertadores qualification... Continue Reading →

Riquelme out until the new year?

Boca Juniors' season goes from bad to worse. Beaten in the superclásico and then left without a manager after Claudio Borghi finally (allegedly before the match, and independent of its result) decided his position was untenable - Banfield's Julio César Falcioni, incidentally, is the favourite to take over - they now have to face up... Continue Reading →

Riquelme renews, and more on Maradona

This is actually merely catching up with yesterday's news, because reporting it yesterday would have seen it get swamped by Diego Maradona's press conference, so I didn't. Juan Román Riquelme has finally renewed his Boca Juniors contract for another four - yes four! - years. Boca boss Claudio Borghi claims to be delighted, whilst Martín... Continue Reading →

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