Some quick thoughts on Argentina’s World Cup qualifying, and South America more generally

Last Friday and this Tuesday just gone were good days for the Argentine national football team. For the first time in the current World Cup qualifying campaign, they won back-to-back matches (3-0 against Uruguay on Friday, 2-1 away to Chile last night), and now sit on top of the CONMEBOL qualiying table with twenty points,... Continue Reading →

Venezuela claim an historic win over Argentina in South American qualifiers (video)

Tuesday night saw Argentina's second qualifier for the 2014 World Cup, and an historic result in Puerto La Cruz. In eighteen previous matches between Argentina and Venezuela, Argentina had won every single one, but tonight Venezuela played better and got a deserved 1-0 victory, with Fernando Amorebieta scoring the game's only goal from a corner.... Continue Reading →

‘Arses in our own hands’

Carlos Tevez had an interesting turn of phrase to describe Argentina's position in the South American qualifiers for South Africa 2010 after their loss to Ecuador on Wednesday night. You can read his eloquent words along with just under 1,000 of my own over on ESPN Soccernet - just click here.

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 →

Argentina 1 – 1 Ecuador

Following the experimentation of the North American friendlies last week, it was back to serious business for the selección on Sunday night, with a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador which was expected to be a mere warm up for the midweek clash away to Brazil. It proved a little trickier than that, though, with Argentina's... Continue Reading →

A game of two halves

Fourteen years ago, Colombia travelled to Buenos Aires to take on an Argentina who'd been in three of the previous four World Cup finals (winning two) and were given no chance whatsoever of getting a result. Inspired by Carlos Valerrama and with Faustino Asprilla hitting a hat-trick, they blew the hosts away, 5-0. Tuesday night... Continue Reading →

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