Some summer transfer tales

January has been dominated, in Argentina, by two things, as usual; the utterly meaningless and deeply tedious 'Summer Tournaments' organised by sponsors to sell tickets to friendly matches (often involving one or more of the Big Five) to locals and holiday-going porteños in other parts of Argentina, and summer transfer rumours. Two of the most visible... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Transfer talk

Two transfer signings involving Spanish clubs have also involved Argentines today, with one rather more polemic than the other. Jonás Gutiérrez, having impressed at Real Mallorca and broken into the selección, has followed compatriots Carlos Tevez, Javier Mascherano and Julio Arca (among others) to England, where he signs for Newcastle United. Recreativo Huelva, meanwhile, are... Continue Reading →

Well, that shows what I know…

On Monday, there arrived some proof that you can't trust all my opinions on matters footbally. Back in June, Vélez Sársfield's then-19-year-old forward Mauro Zárate moved to Al-Sadd of Qatar, and I suggested it was madness for him to think that Europe's top clubs would still be interested regardless of how well he did in... Continue Reading →

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