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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 Sport67 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 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 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 Sport113 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 Sport82 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 Sport91 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 »

Newell’s, San Lorenzo draw 0-0 in Argentina

Posted Thursday, June 16, 2011 by YAHOO Sport89 hits

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)—Newell’s Old Boys and San Lorenzo drew 0-0 on Wednesday in an Argentine league match delayed for almost two weeks because of hooligan violence. The match scheduled for June 4 was called off before it began after a police officer was shot by hooligans. He sustained only minor injuries, but the threat of more violence forced officials to reschedule. The g...Full Story »

Russo stepping down as coach of Argentina’s Racing

Posted Thursday, June 16, 2011 by YAHOO Sport25 hits

BUENOS AIRES (AP)—Miguel Russo says will step down as the coach of Racing Club following Sunday’s season-ending match against Velez Sarsfield. Russo said Wednesday at a news conference alongside club president Rodolfo Molina that he had informed the players of his decision. He said he and club officials decided the club needed to take a new course. Racing started the Clausura seaso...Full Story »

Argentina in search for Messi understudy

Posted Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by timesofindia.indiatimes.com120 hits

BUENOS AIRES: Gonzalo Higuain is training for a similar role to Lionel Messi's in the Argentina team in preparation for matches when the Barcelona forward is not playing, coach Sergio Batista said on Tuesday. Messi is first choice as the central striker in Batista's tactics for next month's Copa America even though the coach has classic centre forwards in his squad, like Real Madrid's Higuai...Full Story »

Lionel Messi: I want more trophies with Barcelona & Copa America title with Argentina

Posted Monday, June 13, 2011 by Goal.com209 hits

Lionel Messi is as hungry as ever to continue tasting success with Barcelona and Argentina as he aims to triumph in the Copa America, and enjoy continued glory at Camp Nou. The Argentine international scored 53 goals in all competitions for his club last term, a haul which helped them win La Liga's Primera Division title as well as the Champions League, and Messi is in no mood to rest on his ...Full Story »

Argentina vs. Nigeria again—in Bangladesh

Posted Friday, June 10, 2011 by YAHOO Sport107 hits

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)—Argentina is playing another match against Nigeria, this time in the unusual football location of Bangladesh. The Sept. 6 match, which was first announced last month, will be played three months after Nigeria’s 4-1 victory last week against Argentina in Abuja, which is being investigated for suspicious betting. The match organizer, Buenos Aires-based Wo...Full Story »

Nigeria agree rematch with Argentina in Bangladesh

Posted Thursday, June 09, 2011 by YAHOO Sport49 hits

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced on Wednesday they have agreed a rematch with Argentina in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on September 6. The announcement comes a week after Nigeria recorded their first ever win over the two-time World Cup winners, 4-1 in Abuja, though against a largely second string Argentinian side. "Yes, we can confirm that there will be an international friendly match...Full Story »

Poland defeats Argentina 2-1 in friendly

Posted Monday, June 06, 2011 by YAHOO Sport52 hits

WARSAW, Poland (AP)—Poland defeated a weakened Argentina team 2-1 in an international friendly on Sunday with Adrian Mierzejewski scoring in the first half and Pawel Brozek adding another in the second. Defender Pablo Zabaleta was the only Argentina player in the starting lineup who has also made the 26-man preliminary roster for next month’s Copa America— the South American c...Full Story »

Argentina slump again in friendly

Posted Monday, June 06, 2011 by YAHOO Sport21 hits

WARSAW (AFP) - Sergio Batista has much to ponder after his experimental Argentina side went down to a friendly loss in Poland on Sunday, losing 2-1 hot on the heels of a 4-1 thumping by Nigeria. The earlier match is subject to a FIFA investigation following irregular betting patterns but what will worry Batista more is that he has yet to come up with a formula less than a month out from the sta...Full Story »

FIFA to probe betting on Nigeria v Argentina match

Posted Saturday, June 04, 2011 by 69 hits

FIFA are investigating reports of unusual betting patterns following Nigeria's defeat of Argentina in a recent international friendly, it was reported on Saturday. Nigeria ran out 4-1 winners against a largely second-string Argentinian side in the friendly encounter in Abuja. Ike Uche scored twice and Victor Obinna once to put the hosts three up at the break, while Emmanuel Emenike made it f...Full Story »

Argentina likely to leave out Tevez for Copa: Batista

Posted Friday, May 27, 2011 by YAHOO Sport29 hits

Argentina coach Sergio Batista has indicated he will not call up Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez for the Copa America in July. Tevez is coming off a long but successful season with City with whom he won the FA Cup and also qualified for the Champions League but Batista said he had to determine what was best for the squad as a whole with World Cup qualifiers looming after the Copa. "I un...Full Story »

No Messi in Argentina squad for friendlies

Posted Thursday, May 19, 2011 by Supersport.com72 hits

A squad of 22 players mostly aged under 25 and based in Europe will represent Argentina for friendlies against Nigeria on June 1 and Poland four days later. Manchester City fullback Pablo Zabaleta, fresh from winning the FA Cup in England, plus Nicolas Otamendi and Fernando Belluschi, both members of FC Porto's Europa League-winning squad, were named on the list by coach Sergio Batista on Wed...Full Story »

Argentina’ll be tough even without Messi – Siasia

Posted Thursday, May 12, 2011 by Businessdayonline.com159 hits

Nigeria coach, Samson Siasia, has insisted his team will face a very formidable Argentina next month even if superstar Lionel Messi will not be part of the friendly. Argentina have named a squad for the June 1 clash in Abuja without household names like Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel di Maria, Fernando Gargo and Carlos Tevez with Nicolas Otamendi, Emiliano Insua and Pablo Zabaleta the on...Full Story »

Messi misses Argentina friendly with pulled muscle

Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2011 by hits

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was a late withdrawal with a leg injury from the Argentina side that lined up against Costa Rica in a friendly on Tuesday. "I had prepared the team with (Messi) in it. We're not pressured by Barcelona or anyone...I think that with the scan done on him today, if he played he'd last five minutes," coach Sergio Batista told Argentine media. "He suffered a pulled (...Full Story »

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