Libertadores: Vélez lose, & Godoy beat Independiente (video)

Three Argentine teams took part in only two matches of the 2011 Copa Libertadores on Thursday night. First up Vélez Sarsfield travelled across the Andes to Santiago de Chile, where they started woefully and, although they recovered in the second half, still lost 2-1 to Unión Española. It's a second straight defeat for Vélez in... Continue Reading →

Argentina’s Under 20 squad announced, and the transfer latest

With little going on during the summer break, HEGS has been quiet as I've been earning some spending money whilst on my visit to England, and seeing friends. Off the pitch though, some transfer dealing has been happening, and some of it at least is nearing possible conclusions. Rogelio Funes Mori's transfer to Benfica collapsed... Continue Reading →

Maxi Mor-Vélez

Well well. We've been told he's staying with Racing, and the pessimistic presumed he'd be on his way back to Russia. On Monday it was revealed that Maximiliano Moralez is avoiding a return flight to Moscow, where he was never really happy in the six months he spent with FC Moscow, by taking a rather... Continue Reading →

AFA seek resolution over Gutiérrez

Julio Grondona's been in China recently, watching Argentina's not-quite-Under 23s win Olympic gold, and he's returned to a bit of a fuss. Alfio Basile named his squad for the next two World Cup Qualifiers last week (details of those players will follow before the matches, because at the time they announcement was overshadowed somewhat by... Continue Reading →

Boca hooligan banned

Mauro Martín, the current capo of Boca Juniors' barra brava, La Doce, was sentenced on Tuesday to twenty days in jail for his part in a fight between his own barra and that of Vélez Sársfield during Boca's 3-2 away win over the Liniers side on the 23rd April 2006. Martín's full sentence includes twenty days in... Continue Reading →

Racing away from success

The kind folk at Pitch Invasion have published another of my musings, this time on the opening weeks of the Clausura and Racing's truly terrible start to the year. 'Micó isn't to blame - he only came in after Gustavo Costas left in December – and nor are most of his players. Aside from the... Continue Reading →

Strong wind blowing

Huracán have continued their upward spiral this weekend, visiting Tigre in Victoria and coming away with a 2-1 victory to make it two wins on the trot and keep them in with a realistic shot at the qualification spots for next year's Copas. Tigre aren't the force they were in the Apertura, and although Diego... Continue Reading →

A three-day digest

It's been an interesting few days whilst I've been away, and I hope I don't miss anything out of a whirlwind summary: Saturday's superclásico in Mendoza was a thriller, seeing five goals and four red cards as River avenged their 1-0 defeat of the Torneo de Verano with a 3-2 victory. On the same day,... 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 →

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