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Argentina door 'open' for Tevez

Posted Thursday, September 01, 2011 by Supersport.com94 hits

Carlos Tevez's lack of fitness cost him a place in the Argentina squad for the friendlies in Asia but the national team's door is very much open for the Manchester City striker, coach Alejandro Sabella said on Wednesday. Addressing the media ahead of Friday's friendly against Venezuela in Kolkata, his first match since taking charge last month, Sabella said he was ready to consider a fitter T...Full Story »

Real Madrid snaps up 7-year-old Leo from Argentina

Posted Tuesday, August 09, 2011 by YAHOO Sport78 hits

Has Real Madrid locked up the next Lionel Messi? Real Madrid has signed 7-year-old Leonel Angel Coira from Argentina. The Spanish club’s spokesman Juan Tapiador confirmed the move on Monday and added that Leo would begin training on Sept. 6.  Atletico Madrid was also reportedly interested in Leo but its city rival made the first move in an effort to stave off challenges from other E...Full Story »

Switzerland to host Argentina in friendly match

Posted Tuesday, August 02, 2011 by YAHOO Sport50 hits

GENEVA (AP)—Switzerland will host Argentina in a friendly international football match on Feb. 29. The Swiss Football Association says the match contract requires Argentina to bring its best possible team. The venue has not yet been decided. Switzerland and Argentina last faced each other in a June 2007 friendly in Basel. The match ended in a 1-1 drawFull Story »

Official: Sergio Batista out as coach of Argentina

Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2011 by YAHOO Sport37 hits

Argentina has dispensed with the services of coach Sergio Batista, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) has announced. Batista's future at the helm of the South American giants had been a huge source of conjecture following the team's failure to go beyond the quarterfinals at Copa America while hosting the competition. Argentina was ousted from the competition after losing to eventual win...Full Story »

Barcelona play as a team, Argentina rely on Messi

Posted Sunday, July 24, 2011 by Goal.com77 hits

Former Argentina coach Alfio Basile believes that Lionel Messi's failure to shine at international level is down to his country's reliance on the diminutive forward. Basile, who took charge of Argentina on two occasions, thinks that Messi flourishes in Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team, which has the ability to control the play from deeper areas due to its vast array of talent. "They feel comf...Full Story »

Argentina coach Batista faces axe after Copa flop

Posted Saturday, July 23, 2011 by YAHOO Sport39 hits

Coach Sergio Batista faces the chop for his side's Copa America flop after Argentine Football Association (AFA) sources indicated he was losing support, media reports suggested Friday. "Batista is more out than in," the national news agency Telam quoted an AFA executive committee member as saying, while broadaster C5N said: "His days are numbered." The media speculated that Batista, whom the A...Full Story »

Argentina look to Messi to quell Uruguay Copa threat

Posted Saturday, July 16, 2011 by YAHOO Sport63 hits

Argentina and Uruguay will renew their historic rivalry when they clash in Saturday's Copa America quarter-finals with all eyes on potential match-winners Lionel Messi and Diego Forlan. Uruguay won the first Copa America in 1916 and kept their momentum going through to the first World Cup, which they lifted in 1930. With that inaugural Copa success coming on Argentinian soil, the home side wil...Full Story »

I will always play for Argentina, says Messi

Posted Saturday, July 16, 2011 by Zeenews.india.com92 hits

Buenos Aires: Barcelona star Lionel Messi does not care what the Argentine press writes about him and will not stop representing Argentina. Despite fierce criticism from the fans and media for his below-par performance in the Copa America, Messi said he is not considering retiring from international football. Earlier Thursday, Julio Grondona, president of the Argentine Football Association...Full Story »

Messi vows to continue playing for Argentina

Posted Friday, July 15, 2011 by YAHOO Sport100 hits

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)—Lionel Messi says he will continue to play for Argentina despite harsh criticism about his performance for the national team. Messi on Thursday responded to Julio Grondona, the president of the Argentina Football Association, who suggested the star Barcelona playmaker could quiet the criticism by declining to play for his country. Messi and Argentina played...Full Story »

Messi confident Argentina will bounce back in Copa

Posted Monday, July 11, 2011 by YAHOO Sport255 hits

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Argentina have made a poor start to their Copa America campaign with two draws and do not look like a team ready to end a two-decade trophy drought, but they will recover and reach the quarter-finals, insists star Lionel Messi. World player of the year Messi proved unstoppable all season with a Barcelona shirt on his back but with Argentina he has become a metaphor for th...Full Story »

'Argentina woe not Messi's fault'

Posted Saturday, July 09, 2011 by Supersport.com139 hits

Argentina are playing badly at the Copa America because the whole squad are underperforming, leading players said while defending Lionel Messi from attacks by media and fans. "Lionel's feeling very bad...It's the first time he's been whistled (at a match), this is very hard," Messi's father Jorge told local Radio 10 referring to Wednesday's 0-0 draw with Colombia in Santa Fe. The hosts drew ...Full Story »

Argentina may play the Barca way in Colombia clash

Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2011 by YAHOO Sport74 hits

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - To aspire to play like Barcelona, or not. That, in a Lionel Messi-sized nutshell, is the question facing Argentina as they plot Colombia's downfall at the Copa America on Wednesday. Messi is the great conundrum for a host nation chasing a first major honour since the 1993 Copa, won in Ecuador. The Albiceleste, stung by criticism of their opening 1-1 draw with Bolivia, have...Full Story »

Argentina trying to solve Messi, Tevez puzzle

Posted Wednesday, July 06, 2011 by Usatoday.com183 hits

BUENOS AIRES, Argentnia — Argentina, Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez have a second chance at the Copa America, and anything less than a victory against Colombia will turn up the heat on coach Sergio Batista and his two star players. Batista is expected to attack again on Wednesday through Messi and Tevez, with support from Ezequiel Lavezzi and Ever Banega. The problem is: Messi and Tevez ...Full Story »

Argentina, Brazil looking to turn up the heat at the Copa

Posted Tuesday, July 05, 2011 by YAHOO Sport36 hits

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - The opening round of matches at the 43rd Copa America has unearthed an uncomfortable truth for hosts Argentina and perennial favourites Brazil. They appear not to be as good as they think they are. Although both former world champions sent out attacking line-ups seeking early points against lowly rivals, both emerged with unimaginative, plodding draws against Bolivia and V...Full Story »

Argentina set to make few changes to play Colombia

Posted Tuesday, July 05, 2011 by YAHOO Sport70 hits

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)—Argentina coach Sergio Batista is likely to make only one change for the match against Colombia at the Copa America on Wednesday as he seeks improvement from the lackluster 1-1 draw with Bolivia in the opener. Batista is set to start Pablo Zabaleta at right back, replacing Marco Rojo. The rest of the team should remain the same with Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez ...Full Story »

Super Mario: Messi owes Argentina

Posted Friday, July 01, 2011 by thesun.co.uk415 hits

FALLEN IDOL .. Lionel Messi LIONEL MESSI may be the best player in the world for his club but he is yet to prove it for his country, says Argentina legend Mario Kempes. Messi failed to score a single goal in five games as Argentina crashed out of last year's World Cup at the quarter-final stage. Now the man whose double strike downed Holland in the 1978 World Cup final believes it's ti...Full Story »

Argentina expect Messi to deliver

Posted Thursday, June 30, 2011 by UK.eurosport.yahoo.com180 hits

Hosts Argentina feel it is their "obligation" to win the Copa America with a team built around Lionel Messi and cannot stomach the idea of finishing behind arch rivals Brazil for a third time in a row. The old enemies met in the last two finals of South America's top football tournament, with Brazil upsetting the favourites twice, but with home advantage at the July 1-24 event Argentina ...Full Story »

Pressure on Argentina to win Copa America at home

Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2011 by YAHOO Sport114 hits

Anything less than winning the Copa America will be a disaster for Argentina, an elite football country that hasn’t won a major international event since this South American tournament in 1993. Every ingredient is present for success. Argentina is the host nation, new coach Sergio Batista has handled himself well in the wake of Diego Maradona’s acrimonious departure, and the team ha...Full Story »

Brazil, Argentina favourites for Copa, says Tiago

Posted Tuesday, June 21, 2011 by YAHOO Sport86 hits

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Argentina and Brazil must be considered joint favourites to lift the Copa America next month, AC Milan's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva said Monday. "Between Brazil and Argentina, it'll be 50/50 - Argentina can be seen as favourites as they'll be at home but we are also seen as the team to beat as we won the last two editions," Silva told a media conference in Rio. Bu...Full Story »

Albania without top players for Argentina friendly

Posted Friday, June 17, 2011 by YAHOO Sport96 hits

TIRANA, Albania (AP)—Albania coach Josip Kuze will take an under-strength side for an international friendly Monday against Argentina. Monday’s match is Argentina’s last warm-up ahead of the Copa America, which it will host from July 1.  The official ball of the Copa … Getty Images - Jun 10, 12:24 pm EDT World Soccer Gallery Kuze had only 13 regular national play...Full Story »

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