World Cup 2010: Messi nominated for the Golden Ball

One Argentine at least is in the running to win something at the South Africa 2010 World Cup. FIFA's ten-man shortlist for the Golden Ball, awarded to the tournament's best player, has been announced, and although he didn't score the governing body's technical team have included Lionel Messi in the list, along with his Barcelona... Continue Reading →

Be afraid…

With two days still to go before Argentina take on Germany in perhaps the most evenly-matches quarter-final of the South Africa 2010 World Cup, there's not a lot interesting to report - Diego Maradona won't be changing the formation, though one or two players might come in or be dropped. You can read about those... Continue Reading →

Maradona speaks

Diego Maradona broke the Argentine national side's self-imposed media blackout (bar Sergio Agüero's infuriatingly over-exposed Twitter account) on Tuesday with a press conference two days before he'd been expected to call one. Javier Mascherano sat alongside him, mute for the most part, as perhaps a small part of the genius of having Maradona as manager... Continue Reading →

A deal with the devil

UK readers may remember that a month or so ago I was writing in When Saturday Comes about the Argentine government's under-the-radar plans to try and finance a large group of barra bravas to travel to the World Cup in South Africa come June. A couple of weeks ago there were some further developments, and... Continue Reading →

New year reading matter

If you're an eagle-eyed regular reader of HEGS, you may recall at some point during the last week a comment being made about dodgy Argentine NGOs trying to help secure funding for certain barra brava gangs to travel to the World Cup in South Africa to support the national side in June. Now, if you... Continue Reading →

Sand gets the call

With Messers Tevez and Riquelme suspended, and Sergio Agüero injured, Barcelona's Lionel Messi will be the only one of Argentina's 'fantastic four' (the phrase is Olé's and not, I would like to impress upon you, my own) who will feature against Chile in Santiago on Wednesday night. Agüero, who only picked up a minor knock... Continue Reading →

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