The Olympic squad, and some transfer news

Sergio Batista named the 15 under-23 players to represent Argentina at the Beijing Olympics on Tuesday, but what with putting up three other stories last night, I thought I'd leave it until now to publish the list. One of those players, River Plate forward Marco Rubén, has now become Villarreal forward Marco Rubén, in what... Continue Reading →

The unveiling

Somehow the announcement of a new River manager always seems to be met with slightly more fanfare than at other clubs. Perhaps because River's fans have a reputation for being Argentina's most difficult to please, perhaps because the board are amongst the least competent so there's an always an element of who'll last longer, them... Continue Reading →

Riquelme returns to Boca

Juan Román Riquelme finally returned to La Bombonera permanently on Thursday, signing a contract which should keep him at Boca Juniors for the next three years. Diego Maradona, meanwhile, went on a meet-and-greet. Riquelme's apparently told Villarreal that they needn't pay him the money they owe him, 'for another year and a half,' and his... Continue Reading →

Riquelme and Díaz: both staying put

Argentina's two biggest clubs both suffered knock-backs on Thursday from living legends to their fans. José Manuel Llaneza, a Villarreal director, explained that Juan Román Riquelme still hadn't come to an agreement with Boca Juniors about his transfer home from the Spanish club, where he fell out with manager Manuel Pellegrini around a year ago.... Continue Reading →

Not budging

Juan Román Riquelme and Andrés D'Alessandro are recent favourites on either side of the River - Boca divide, and there's been talk on Wednesday that either or both of them may be on the way back home soon. It seems, however, that for now, that won't be happening. Riquelme admitted he's not prepared to sacrifice... Continue Reading →

The Never-Ending Story

So you thought that with another round of World Cup qualifiers over, we wouldn't be hearing anything about Juan Román Riquelme for a while, eh? Well, you thought wrong. Argentina will have to wait a while to put behind them the memories of last night's defeat, but one major member of their squad could soon... Continue Reading →

Transfer talk, and a B Nacional update

Juan Román Riquelme's two magnificent free kicks on Saturday night, followed by Argentines bombarding Spanish football websites to let Chilean manager Mauricio Pellegrini know that he really should be considering Riquelme for inclusion in Villarreal's side, will not apparently be enough to save the playmaker's bacon at the Spanish side. 'We're hoping that in December... Continue Reading →

The fallout

There was apparently some bad blood in the Boca Juniors squad on their return to training after the 2-0 loss to River Plate in Sunday's superclásico. Manager Miguel Angel Russo and the rest of Boca's squad are reportedly furious with Ever Banega for picking up the red card which left them playing with ten men... Continue Reading →

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