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Franco Armani: From unknown to Argentina's guardian

...Franco Armani has never played for the senior Argentina team before, yet he could be the goalkeeper tasked with keeping out enough goals at the World Cup to allow...

2 years ago
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Alexander Watson Hutton, the founder of Argentinian football

...friend of Alexander Watson Hutton, who in 1882 had arrived in Argentina with a steely determination. His background was in teaching but he preached the importance of sport. Football, he...

1 year ago
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The origin of the Olympic Goal

...The most famous meeting between Argentina and Uruguay remains the final of the inaugural World Cup in 1930. Uruguay would reverse a 2-1 half-time deficit in Montevideo to win...

1 year ago
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Who influenced Marcelo Bielsa?

...World Cup as coach of Argentina, was born from the pragmatic school of Argentinian football. Influenced by Victorio Spinetto and subsequently Osvaldo Zubeldiá, who managed him to three consecutive Copa...

7 months ago
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Is Marcelo Bielsa the most influential manager currently working in the game?

...dominant style during his tenures at Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City, visited Bielsa in Argentina in 2006 for advice. Guardiola has stated that Bielsa is the best coach in...

7 months ago
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Pragmatism in football: Border-to-border

...Bilardo, meanwhile, was considered the opposite. He guided Argentina to success in the 1986 World Cup and was entirely unconcerned by the public perception of his approach. An ardent realist,...

2 years ago
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Hardened Gonzalo Higuain returns to exorcise his tournament ghosts

...adding a veneer which might now be his most vital weapon: a mental toughness that was clearly lacking in previous years. Argentina could well benefit this summer as Gonzalo Higuain...

1 year ago
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Goals Remembered: Messi acts and directs his own screenplay at Copa America 2007

...Mexico 0 Argentina 3 (Heinze ’45, Messi ’61, Riquelme ’65) 11th July 2007, Estadio Olimpico Great athletes in team sports are different from the rest of us in many...

1 year ago
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Chaos meets chaos, as Marcelo Bielsa heads to Leeds United

...yielded mixed results. In 1998, he had left a short spell with Espanyol in order to take the reins with Argentina, replacing Daniel Passarella. The Albiceleste ultimately came up short...

1 year ago
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Joe MacPherson: The Scottish Peruvian

...qualifiers against Argentina and Colombia. Joe MacPherson was born in Lima, Peru in the year 2000. His Scottish father David is a minister and was in Peru carrying out missionary...

2 years ago
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Atletico Madrid are the worst possible opponents for Leicester

...back in time and revisiting the two schools of Argentinian football – Menottisme and Bilardisme. In the 1970s, Argentina was ruled by Jorge Rafael Videla’s brutal military dictatorship. Ironically, while...

3 years ago
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Cesar Luis Menotti and Carlos Bilardo: Argentinian football's opposing ideologues

...years. Bilardo brushed off the comment. He had thick skin. And he had admired the performances of Menotti’s World Cup-winning Argentina team in 1978. Bilardo had met with Menotti to...

1 year ago
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English football and the post-Saint Etienne blues

...go away and leave it alone. Defeat to Germany, again on penalties, in the semi-final of Euro 96 had seemed unlucky. However, defeat to Argentina in the knockout stages of...

2 years ago
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Maxi Rodriguez remains a model for Liverpool in the transfer market

...2007, had gone on to cement himself as a key fixture under Javier Aguirre. For Argentina, Maxi quietly established himself alongside the likes of Juan Roman Riquelme, Pablo Aimar, Lucho...

3 years ago
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Fabio Carille: The Corinthians head-coach battling out of Tite's shadow

...single game. The highlight of his reign to date surely came in November 2016, when the seleção comprehensively dispatched Argentina 3-0 as Tite 2.0 has once again got people raving...

2 years ago
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Juan Sebastián Verón and his Estudiantes love story

...River Plate were on the table too, but it wasn’t just about returning to Argentina. It was about coming back to Estudiantes and about winning titles with his first love....

2 years ago
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England's sharper edge was key to their World Cup advancement

...ball was his; any attempt Maradona made to touch it should have left him prostrate. That didn’t happen. In the end, Argentina went on to win the World Cup and...

1 year ago
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The story of Kaizer Chiefs and their forgotten heroes of the 1970s

...was not hyperbole; one of Ace’s few opportunities for international football arose in 1976, in a ‘multi-racial’ South Africa team. Their opponents were Argentina, a quality team in their own...

1 year ago
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Saint-Étienne 1998: The perfect night of England pain which spawned two decades of distance

...game with Argentina in Saint-Étienne was the quintessential English performance of the time. It pulsed between triumph and disaster for 120 minutes, with two teams lurching between the iconic moments...

1 year ago
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The Anatomy Of England: A History In Ten Matches

...of Argentina on the way to glory in 1966, and the semi-final exit to West Germany in 1990 – but they are not treated in isolation. The ten individual chapters...

1 year ago
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Isco: So good for Spain, so frustrated at Real Madrid

...First published in March 2018. It was the Isco show once again. Spain took on Argentina in a World Cup friendly at the very end of March and thrashed...

1 year ago
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Johnny Rep: The Seventies rock star in Adidas boots

...I’m not alone. “Kempes a rock star? Oh f*** no. I’m sure he has a nice side too but that Argentina team is basically impossible to forgive. They were a...

1 year ago
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When Juan Veron couldn't find a home at Manchester United

...to figures of myth, then Veron was Odysseus; he set out from his home of Argentina to take part in great conflicts further afield, and it would be many years...

12 months ago
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‘Next Messi Syndrome’ and the players that we failed

...by a Brazilian nation that was desperate to unearth their equivalent of Argentina’s megastar. You play with toys at that age. You play in woods and use street signs or...

2 years ago
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World Cup | Tactics Explained | Where Should Messi Play For Argentina

...side that maximise the Argentina forward’s abilities, his national side seem overly reliant on him and, when Messi misfires, so do they. Jorge Sampaoli’s predecessor in the Argentina dug-out, Tata...

1 year ago
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A landmark legal case in football in Argentina

...football in Argentina. In January 2019, Macarena Sanchez found out just how precarious her own professional career was: Urquiza announced that she was no longer required as a footballer and,...

9 months ago
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History Of The World Cup | Argentina 1978

...“The more one knows about the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, the more obvious it becomes: the tournament should never have been played.” – David Winner....

2 years ago
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Marcelo Gallardo: Barcelona's next coach?

...before, as well as one Copa Sudamericana and three Recopa Sudamericanas, among others. In an era when it’s harder than ever to build a successful dynasty in Argentina, because players...

1 week ago
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World Cup Classic Goals | Esteban Cambiasso

...In 2006, Argentina scored one of the greatest team goals ever. Finished by Esteban Cambiasso after 26 passes, it was a magnificent example of ball retention and attacking...

2 years ago
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World Cup Stories | Peru

...that South American qualification has three former World Cup winners in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, almost every game represents an intense rivalry. Brazil v Argentina, the Superclasico Sudamericano is well...

2 years ago
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A brief history of Marcelo Bielsa

...Despite only winning a gold medal with Argentina at the 2004 Olympics and several championships in Argentina with Newell’s and Vélez Sársfield – though it’s worth noting that...

7 months ago
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Who influenced Marcelo Bielsa?

...has explained his philosophy using four terms: “concentración permanente, movilidad, rotación y repenitización”. This philosophy has its roots in Argentina’s footballing history, and two of its towering, and opposing figures....

7 months ago
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World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group D

...Argentina qualified in third place in the CONMEBOL round robin, but their 19 goals scored was lower than all but one team of the ten, Bolivia. Only Brazil...

2 years ago
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José Leandro Andrade: Uruguay's 'Black Pearl'

...what part José Leandro Andrade played in Uruguay’s 4-2 victory over Argentina. According to accounts from those who were there his form, speed and influence had started to wane; yet...

3 months ago
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Tactics Explained | Enganche, Trequartista & classic number 10

...Playmakers come in many different forms. The most overt differentiation is depth: the classic 10 is called an enganche in Argentina, a trequartista in Italy, and a meia-armador...

3 years ago
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Could the Copa Libertadores go global?

When CONMEBOL agreed to move the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final, South America’s equivalent of the UEFA Champions League, to Madrid, they not only solved...

2 months ago
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Tactics Explained | Atlanta United

...line and a previous boss at Barcelona and the Argentina national team, they play vibrant, attractive football. They’ve been described as the “most dynamic side in MLS”, a reflection of...

2 years ago
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World Cup | Tactics Explained | How Switzerland Progressed

...package. With Croatia thrashing Argentina and Mexico upsetting Germany, their draw with Brazil, late win over Serbia and subsequent progression have gone under the radar. But with a reasonable second...

1 year ago
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World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group H

...Colombia were the fourth-placed side in CONMEBOL qualifying, finishing behind Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina; they were only a point behind Sampaoli’s side, too, and scored more goals. James...

1 year ago
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A brief history of Gary Lineker

Today, Lineker is a figure beyond football. A seasoned presenter, the face of the BBC and, on social media, an increasingly bold political voice,, but he should...

1 month ago
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World Cup 2018 | Episode 13 | Argentina's third system in three games

...The Tifo Football team talks Argentina’s third different system in three games, Iceland’s positivity and the most boring game of the tournament so far, France v Denmark....

1 year ago
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World Cup 2018 | Episode 9 | Lucky Neymar, troubled Argentina & surging Switzerland

...It’s ‘Day 9’. The Tifo Football team discuss the previous night’s Argentina-shaped capitulation and Croatia’s impressive display. There’s also chat regarding all the day’s games, including Brazil’s late-won victory,...

1 year ago
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World Cup History | Episode 3

...Joe Devine is joined by Paul Ansorge to talk about the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, the controversy surrounding the tournament, and within that context, how we might look...

2 years ago
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World Cup 2018 | Episode 16 | Striding France & pragmatic Uruguay

...France strode past Argentina (just about) and Uruguay out-Portugal’d Portugal to earn a spot in the quarter finals. Joe, Alex & Philippe give ‘Day 16’ the Tifo treatment....

1 year ago
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World Cup 2018 | Episode 3 | Messi vs Iceland's heroics, Peru's misgivings & weird commentary

...The Tifo Football team chat through each of ‘Super’ Saturday’s four games in their immediate, and respective aftermaths, including discussion regarding Argentina, Iceland, Peru and Nigeria....

1 year ago
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Marcelo Bielsa: Life, Leeds & Legacy

Stand-in host Alex Stewart is joined by freelance writer Jon Mackenzie, author of a forthcoming book on Marcelo Bielsa, to discuss the Argentine manager’s footballing philosophy, career, and...

7 months ago
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