Messi’s training scare, Argentinos’ search for a boss, and Seba Verón’s ambition

Hearts were in mouths this afternoon in Ezeiza when Lionel Messi hit the ground in training after a collision with Javier Mascherano which saw Argentina's medical staff running over to help him. He is, apparently, absolutely fine though. And whilst the selección begin training in earnest, Argentinos Juniors are in need of a new manager... Continue Reading →

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Boca barra detained, Troglio and Llop say adios

A senior member of Boca Juniors' barra brava, La Doce, was arrested prior to Sunday's match at La Bombonera against Colón, after his name was given to the police in a list of fans to be denied entry to the game. On Monday, meanwhile, the seventh round of matches took two new managerial casualties as... Continue Reading →

A word in his ear

Pedro Troglio's been talking too much. He's been upsetting some people who have a lot of influence over his continued wellbeing and, on Wednesday, the Independiente manager had a visit from some gentlemen who sat him down and told him, quietly but firmly, that he'd better shut up if he knows what's best for him. It's... Continue Reading →

Pressure mounting

Amidst the first week of Copa Libertadores action, there's a rumour spreading that a domestic result could see the first managerial casualty of 2008. Independiente aren't involved in the Copa, but they started their Clausura campaign poorly against Lanús on Saturday, and another bad result could see Pedro Troglio's resignation. El Gráfico reports that should... Continue Reading →

Little to say

Racing and Independiente played out the most boring match of the 2008 Torneo de Verano on Sunday night, drawing 0-0 in front of stultified fans in Mendoza. With this result, Independiente lead the table, and will claim the title unless River beat San Lorenzo in the one remaining match, on Tuesday night. Very little happened... Continue Reading →

A bore draw

In a dire match in Mar del Plata, Independiente and San Lorenzo drew 1-1 in the Torneo de Verano. Once again, it was a match which saw a mix of first-teamers and reserves, with Pedro Troglio sending out a more or less full-strength Rojo side and Ramón Díaz preferring to experiment with kids and substitutes... 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 →

Starting with a draw

Diego Simeone's first match in charge of River Plate saw a virtually entire second-string side draw 1-1 with Pedro Troglio's Independiente in Mar del Plata, after leading through a Matías Abelaires penalty at the interval. Gastón Machín got the equaliser near the end of the match. River started with a side full of youth players,... Continue Reading →

Tug of war

Guillermo Barros Schelotto is a very popular man in Argentina right now. Eight months ago, he left Boca Juniors, where he'd become one of the most succesful players in the club's history, to move to Columbus Crew of the MLS in the United States. On Tuesday it emerged that his boyhood club Gimnasia La Plata... Continue Reading →

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