South Africa 2010: Argentina through, with a little help

Carlos Tevez is, according to Diego Maradona, el jugador del pueblo ('the player of the people'). On Sunday, hours after the controversy during Germany's 4-1 thrashing of England, linesman Stefano Ayroldi confirmed to the world that he was indeed one of those 'people', allowing Tevez to open the scoring from a long way offside after... Continue Reading →

World Cup 2010: Argentina probable starting XI vs Mexico

Diego Maradona's been keeping everyone second-guessing for the last few days. It looked a day or two ago like there would only be a couple of changes to the Argentina side that beat Nigeria 1-0 in their first match of the World Cup, but as of Saturday afternoon things were looking a bit different. Maradona... Continue Reading →

An update

Following Friday afternoon's training session, Diego Maradona looks like he's making two changes to the Argentina team that started the first match of the World Cup against Nigeria. Maxi Rodríguez keeps his place on the right of midfield ahead of Seba Verón (Ángel Di María is back in on the left) and... wait for it...... Continue Reading →

One step forward…

Argentina's preparations for their World Cup second round match on Sunday against Mexico continue apace, with FIFA officially confirming that Juan Sebastián Verón's 135 successful passes against Greece is a new record for a single player in a single match in World Cups (statistics started in 1966). On the squad's day off, Jonás Gutiérrez -... Continue Reading →

Argentina 2 – 0 Greece: my reaction

Argentina's passage to the second round of the 2010 World Cup having been confirmed on Tuesday, the country's main concern during Wednesday's matches was who their rivals in the quarter-finals will be should they see off Mexico on Sunday. There was also time, though, for some reflection on the better-even-than-hoped-for group performance, and in particular... Continue Reading →

Greeks bearing gifts?

Lionel Messi will turn 23 years old on Thursday. He's managed quite a lot already in his club career (indeed, if he keeps scoring for Barcelona at his current rate he'll be their all-time highest scorer six months before he turns 26), but until this World Cup he's often been accused of failing to turn... Continue Reading →

World Cup squad map

A quick note to say that those who are interested can now see a map of the birthplaces of all of the Argentina squad for the 2010 World Cup, provided to me by Bill's Sports Maps, on the new 'Squad map' page. Either hover your mouse over 'Map' above and click the drop-down menu, or... Continue Reading →

Déja vu

Argentina's performance yesterday against South Korea was highly impressive, and plenty of people have suddenly started suspecting they could go all the way and win the World Cup after all. Four years ago, though, we were in the same place after a 6-0 evisceration of Serbia & Montenegro in the second group game. And we... Continue Reading →

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