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2018 World Cup Group D: Nigeria face familiar foes in Argentina

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2018 World Cup Group D: Nigeria face familiar foes in Argentina   Argentina were handed a relatively easy draw in Russia next summer, with La Albiceleste facing off against Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria in Group D.    Argentina    It took a 3-1 win over Ecuador back in October for Argentina to secure their spot at the World Cup, with La ...

Top Match Preview: Underachieving Argentina on the brink of crisis

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Top Match Preview: Underachieving Argentina on the brink of crisis   “We are in a difficult situation but we know that qualification depends on us,” declared Edgardo Bauza in the aftermath of the horror show in Belo Horizonte on Thursday.   While many had hoped that last month’s home defeat to Paraguay was the lowest point, the manner w...

Top Match Preview: Brazil aiming to exorcise Mineirao demons against Argentina

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Top Match Preview: Brazil aiming to exorcise Mineirao demons against Argentina   Even two years on, the memories remain fresh. It was a harrowing, indelible night, one that continues to be spoken about with a vague sense of disbelief. There are defeats and then there are defeats, and Brazil's World Cup capitulation at the hands of Germany – 'the 7-1', as it has com...

Hot Streak: Is Racing's Marcos Acuna ready to fill Di Maria's boots for Argentina?

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Hot Streak: Is Racing's Marcos Acuna ready to fill Di Maria's boots for Argentina?   Argentina’s abject displays in the previous two World Cup qualifiers resulted in a fortunate draw with Peru, a humiliating defeat on home soil to Paraguay and several of the senior members of Edgardo Bauza’s squad coming under intense scrutiny. With many questioning how much long...

Player Focus: Can Di María Replicate his Copa America Form for United Next Season?

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Player Focus: Can Di María Replicate his Copa America Form for United Next Season?   When you become the most expensive transfer in the history of a league, the pressure to succeed from the get go will always be high. That was the case with Ángel Di María who, after much speculation, put pen to paper for Manchester United in a deal worth £59.7m last summe...

Match Focus: Chile & Argentina Battle to End Trophy Drought in Copa America Final

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Match Focus: Chile & Argentina Battle to End Trophy Drought in Copa America Final   The Copa America probably has the final it deserves. Chile were the team of the group stage, while Argentina, having promised so much without delivering once again, finally caught light in the semi-final with their 6-1 evisceration of Paraguay. These are the two top scorers in the competitio...

Team Focus: Argentina Must Be Wary of Pragmatic Paraguay's Resilience

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Team Focus: Argentina Must Be Wary of Pragmatic Paraguay's Resilience   It wasn’t so much a match summation from Paraguay’s Osvaldo Martinez, as a mission statement. After his team had so deservedly eliminated Brazil from the quarter-finals of this Copa America, the midfielder attempted to describe how they’d done it, only to assert their defin...

Match Focus: Argentina & Colombia Must Remove Shackles for a Memorable Game

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Match Focus: Argentina & Colombia Must Remove Shackles for a Memorable Game   As an Argentine managing Colombia, Jose Pekerman couldn’t conceal his envy at those not directly involved in Friday night’s Copa America quarter-final.    "It’s attractive," the 65-year-old said on the eve of the game. "It would excite me as a supporter because of...

Tournament Focus: Copa America 2015 Group Stage Roundup

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Tournament Focus: Copa America 2015 Group Stage Roundup   The culmination of the group stages of the 2015 Copa America eventually saw few surprises, despite both Mexico and Venezuela falling at the first hurdle, and ultimately those expected to progress did so. Heavyweights Uruguay and Colombia navigated their way through Group B and C respectively...

Team Focus: Will Much Needed Win Spark New Life into Ambling Argentina?

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Team Focus: Will Much Needed Win Spark New Life into Ambling Argentina?   On Tuesday night in La Serena, you would imagine, Leo Messi slept a lot more soundly. Argentina meanwhile might finally wake up. The story after their 2-2 draw against Paraguay was that Messi couldn’t rest, so frustrated was he with the manner of his team’s collapse. That could b...

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