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News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about the Argentina national football team.

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Premier League Stars Will NOT Be Released Early By Argentina

Brazil v Argentina

Tottenham and Aston Villa’s fears have been confirmed with Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni insisting his Premier League players will remain with his squad for all three World Cup qualifiers.

Clubs were hoping their stars could be withdrawn early from this fortnight’s South American matches in order to return in time for the Premier League’s resumption.

Media sites are reporting the growing concerns among some of the impacted sides that they were losing the battle.

And Scaloni, whose squad includes Spurs pair Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso plus Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez, said:

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Premier League clubs will not release players for international games in red-list countries

World Cup Trophy

The Premier League says its clubs have “reluctantly but unanimously” decided not to release players for matches in red-list countries during September’s international break.

Under current UK government rules, players would be forced to miss several games because of the 10-day isolation period required on return to the UK.

The Premier League said “extensive talks” had taken place with the Football Association and government “to find a solution” but that “no exemption had been granted”.

It added that it “strongly supported” the move made by top-flight sides, which “will apply to nearly 60 players from 19 clubs who are due to travel to 26 red-list countries”.

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Copa America Moved To Brazil

Copa America 2021

The 2021 Copa America will be hosted by Brazil, after Argentina was stripped of the tournament just two weeks before it starts.

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) said Argentina was removed as host because of the “present circumstances”. Argentina is currently experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases.

“Conmebol thanks the president @jairbolsonaro and his team, as well as the Brazilian Football Confederation for opening the doors of that country to what is today the safest sporting event in the world. South America will shine in Brazil with all its stars!” Conmebol said on Twitter.

World Cup

Icardi Thrilled To Score First Goal For Argentina

The wait is finally over for Mauro Icardi, who scored his first international goal for Argentina in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Mexico.

The 25-year-old was playing in his eighth match for his senior national side and, despite being a lethal scorer for Inter Milan at the club level, was still searching for his first goal for the Albiceleste.

He wouldn’t have to wait long.

Inside the first two minutes Icardi had his side in front, taking down a long pass from Erik Lamela and cutting back on his left foot between two defenders before slotting home.

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Argentina Fires Jorge Sampaoli

The Argentina Football Association has finally done what its fans have been clamoring for and fired head coach Jorge Sampaoli following La Albiceleste’s dreadful World Cup campaign.

“Today, the Argentine Football Association and the former national team coach, Jorge Sampaoli, have mutually agreed to the termination of their contract,” the AFA stated via their official website on Sunday.

“Likewise, the Physical Trainer, Jorge Desio and the video analyst, Matías Manna, also disassociated themselves.”

The AFA also announced that they will decide who takes charge of the Under-20 side for the 2018 COTIF tournament, which is set to begin on July 28, by Tuesday.

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Di Maria Says Real Madrid Blocked Him For Playing In World Cup Final

Stunning revelations from Angel Di Maria, that his then club Real Madrid forced him not to play for his country against Germany in the 2014 World Cup Final.

The winger was injured in the quarter-finals of the competition but had been having injections in his leg in order to play through the pain. Real Madrid had made the decision to sell Di Maria after the World Cup and did not want him hurting himself in a way that would make him impossible to sell.

Barcelona, World Cup

Hilarious Trash Talking Between Messi And Suarez Before Argentina v Uruguay Match

trash-talkingArgentina beat Uruguay 1-0 in their World Cup qualifier in Mendoza last night, with Leo Messi scoring the winner.

It was Messi’s first game back with Argentina after he infamously announced he was retiring from international football in the wake of Argentina’s Copa America final defeat to Chile this summer.

Having lost three finals with the national team (another Copa America final and the World Cup final), Messi felt he could no longer take the trauma, and felt that it was best for everyone that he walked away, as if he was cursed or something.

Barcelona

Messi Trial Dates Altered So He Can Play In Copa America

Messi-ArgentinaGood news for USA soccer fans as the date for Lionel Messi’s tax fraud trial has been reset to allow him to play in this summer’s Copa America tournament.

The trial had been scheduled to begin on June 7 would have seen Messi at least miss Argentina’s opening group game against reigning champions Chile in Santa Clara on June 6.

However, a judicial source said on Wednesday that the trial would start as scheduled on May 31 after a “misunderstanding” regarding the dates without offering further details.

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Brilliant Messi Stars In Thriller In New York

The Argentina v Brazil game at MetLife Stadium yesterday had been billed as a battle between Lionel Messi and Neymar. But it turned into the Messi show as the Barcelona star dazzled the 81,994 in attendance with an incredible halt-trick as Argentina beat their bitter rivals 4-3.

This was Messi’s last game of the season, and what a historical season it was as he scored an unprecedented 82 goals for club and in 2011-12.

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Santos Out To Win World Club Title

The stage is set for what will be an amazing  showdown between two of the most talked about players in the game today. In the next couple of hours, Neymar’s Santos and Messi’s Barcelona will fight it out for the honour of being called the best club in the world.

What i am going to say next might be hard to take for a few, however, it is a fact. First, both players and clubs are talented and whoever emerges the winner, will have won by right.