Independiente kick off the Copa, & injury issues at River and Boca

Tuesday night saw competitive football finally begin for Argentina's clubs, even though the interminably pointless and boring Torneos De Verano (which HEGS readers may have noticed aren't being covered here this year, because I'm fed up with them) haven't yet ended. Independiente returned to the Copa Libertadores with a 2-0 win over Deportivo Quito in... Continue Reading →

Copa Libertadores 2010: Deportivo Cuenca 1 – 4 Banfield – the goals

Last year's winners, Estudiantes de La Plata, were the only Argentine side to really do the country's league justice in the 2009 Copa Libertadores, but if the early running is anything to go by then current domestic champions Banfield at least seem to have the measure of the competition. After an opening win over Mexican... Continue Reading →

In the hands of God…

Diego Armando Maradona made his competitive debut as Argentina manager on Saturday night in a packed Estadio Monumental, with a team shorn of Juan Román Riquelme, who threw a hissy fit retired from the international game the day this squad was announced. Diego's old shirt - the number 10 - was handed from Román to... Continue Reading →

Almost crazy over Lunati

There was no doubt as to the hot issue of the day in the Argentine press on Monday. The Boca Juniors vs. Independiente clásico in La Bombonera saw two red cards for the visitors during a second half which referee Pablo Lunati seemed to be losing control of at one point. Guillermo Rodríguez grabbed a... Continue Reading →

Argentina 4 – 1 Mexico

It wasn't all doom and gloom for Argentine representatives against foreign opposition on Wednesday night. The selección kicked off against Mexico in San Diego minutes after the final whistle was blown to end Boca's Copa Libertadores campaign, and made Alfio Basile's experimental 3-4-1-2 look like the most natural system in the world as they blew... Continue Reading →

Egypt 0 – 2 Argentina

Sergio Agüero stepped into the limelight in Lionel Messi's absence on Wednesday night and helped Argentina to a 2-0 win over the African champions in Cairo, after a tricky opening half gave way to a more impressive performance from Argentina in the second. Without Messi and Juan Román Riquelme, Alfio Basile's side were testing out... Continue Reading →

Not the best of debuts

Like Diego Simeone at great rivals River Plate, new Boca Juniors boss Carlos Ischia started his tenure with a Torneo de Verano friendly against Independiente in Mar del Plata. Unlike Simeone's River, there were some first-team players in Boca's lineup: Leandro Gracián was given the playmaker's role and Matías Silvestre was sent off late on.... Continue Reading →

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