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World Cup

Neymar v Messi Showdown Expected In World Club Cup Finals

In a couple of days, the world’s finest clubs will meet in Japan to battle it out for the coveted title of the best club in the world. The teams that make up this years challengers include:

Al-Sadd Club, Auckland City FC, Club de Futbol Monterrey, Esperance Spotive De Tunis, FC Barcelona and Santos

Brazilian club Santos released it list of players who will feature in the competition with both Ganso and Neymar making the cut. It will be the first time that Neymar and Messi will come face to face in what is expected to be a showdown between 2 of the best players in the world.

World Cup

Argentina And Uruguay Kick Off Brazil 2014 Qualifiers With Convincing Wins

As focus shifted to major international matches taking place this weekend, it was a different scenario in South America as the continent began the tedious qualification process for the Brazil 2014 World Cup finals.

Both Argentina and Uruguay won convincingly with La Albiceleste beating Chile 4-1 at home while Uruguay settled for a 4-2 win over Bolivia in Montevideo. On form strikers Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani were once again on score sheet for La Celeste who’s amazing form since last year’s finals have seen them move up the FIFA rankings to 4th place.


Argentina Crashes Out Of Copa America

Argentina is out of the 2011 Copa America after losing 5-4 on penalties to Uruguay following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.

Diego Perez’s early goal was cancelled out by Gonzalo Higuain in an action-packed first half, but despite chances from both ends, neither side could break the deadlock, ensuring a nerve-wracking shootout to end proceedings.

After going back and forth on the first four penalty kicks, Argentina’s Carlos Tevez was denied by goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, who guessed the correct direction as he went to his right.


Another Poor Argentina Performance In Copa America

It was not supposed to be this way. Argentina with Lionel Messi and Carlos tevez were supposed top restore pride to Argentina football by winning the Copa America at home. Instead they are in danger of not even reaching the quarter-finals after being held to a 0-0 draw by Colombia.

Argentina were simply poor against Columbia and could easily have lost if Dayro Moreno not missed a sitter after on 25 minutes, with the goal at his mercy following a mix-up in the Argentinian defence.


Argentina Held By Bolivia in Copa Opener

The pressure will mount even more on Lionel Messi and Argentina after they were held to disappointing 1-1 draw with Boliva in the Copa America opener. Argentina have not won a major tournament since 1993, and that is not going to change anytime soon based on this performance.

Fittingly, it was one of the most-wanted men in world football who got the Argentina goal. Sergio Aguero, the son-in-law of Diego Maradona, came on as a second-half substitute and promptly rescued a point after Brazil-born Edvaldo Rojas had stunned the hosts by breaking the deadlock just two minutes into the second half. The 25-year-old ghosted in to nudge home following a corner on the left, the ball running under Ever Banega’s foot on the line with keeper Sergio Romero beaten.


Bradley Names U.S. Squad For Argentina Game

Bob Bradley has named a 24-man squad for the upcoming friendlies against Argentina and Paraguay.

Bradley has named a strong squad with all the U.S. stars who are playing overseas, coming back for the game. The biggest impact of the “imports” will be felt in midfield where eight of the nine players in the U.S. squad play in Europe.

There are three new players in the U.S. squad. The German-based duo of FC Nürnberg defender Timothy Chandler and MSV Duisburg goalkeeper David Yelldell as well as Zak Whitbread who represented the United States at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2003.


Argentina Names Squad For U.S. Game

Argentina’s national team on Friday announced its roster for two exhibition games in the United States later this month. Argentina will play the United States on March 26 at New Meadowlands Stadium, then cross the country to play Costa Rica on March 29 at San Jose, Calif.

The roster for the games includes familiar names like Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano of Barcelona and the 37-year-old Javier Zanetti and Esteban Cambiasso of Inter. But it also includes some lesser-known players: defenders Federico Fazio (Sevilla) and Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid); Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia; and Benfica forwards Eduardo Salvio and Nicolas Gaitan.


Messi Ends Argentina’s Winless Streak

The South American duel pitting arguably 2 of the best footballing nations on the planet was settled last night when Argentine wonder kid Lionel Messi scored the only goal of the night to give his side a slender 1-0 win over arch rivals Brazil.

With last night’s result, the reigning World Player of the year moved one step closer to cementing his place in Argentina’s records as one of the country’s all time great players.

At only 23 years of age, it would be an understatement to say that Messi’s future is bright. Last night’s victory also saw the return of Brazilian play maker Ronaldinho to the national team.

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Was Maradona The Right Man For Argentina?

Argentina yesterday Hammered World Champions Spain 4-1 in Buenoa Aires. This result has of course raised questions on whether the country’s football legend Diego Maradona was the right man to coach the national team.

Winning their first game under caretaker coach Sergio Batista resoundingly does question the tactics used by former coach Diego Maradona. In my opinion, Maradona was never the right person for the job. Passion alone is not enough to ensure success.

Maradona might have had his heart in the right place but his off pitch antics and coaching technique were not right. In their qualifying matches for the World Cup, Maradona used over 100 players and as a result almost failed to make the cut in the South American group.


U.S. To Play Argentina Here After The World Cup

U.S. soccer fans will a chance to see Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates later this summer.

Soccer By Ives is reporting that Argentina has scheduled to play a friendly in the U.S., after the World Cup.

There are four FIFA-sanctioned international dates that the match could be played on. They are August 11, September 3-7, October 8-12 and November 17. Playing on a FIFA-sanctioned international date means that Argentina’s European stars like Lessi and Tevez would be likely to play.