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Apr 21, 2015

Rugby-Coach Hourcade sets Pumas on good World Cup tack

BUENOS AIRES, April 21 (Reuters) – Argentina begin their World Cup countdown with a test match at home to the United States in Salta on Saturday knowing the Pumas will get their best ever preparation for rugby’s showcase tournament.

The picture was not so good, however, when coach Daniel Hourcade took charge 16 months ago of a team with internal divisions which had been highlighted in a crushing 73-13 defeat by South Africa in Johannesburg three months earlier.

Apr 20, 2015

Argentina losing hooliganism battle – Velez chief

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) РA culture of football hooliganism has become entrenched in Argentina and there is no political will to eradicate it as there was in England, the president of one of Argentina’s top clubs told Reuters.

The violence of barras bravas, hooligan gangs, is a stain on Argentine football, causing hundreds of deaths and a present ban on away fans has failed to curb it.

Apr 20, 2015

Soccer-Argentina losing hooliganism battle – Velez chief

BUENOS AIRES, April 20 (Reuters) – A culture of soccer hooliganism has become entrenched in Argentina and there is no political will to eradicate it as there was in England, the president of one of Argentina’s top clubs told Reuters.

The violence of barras bravas, hooligan gangs, is a stain on Argentine football, causing hundreds of deaths and a present ban on away fans has failed to curb it.

Apr 20, 2015

Soccer-Boca, River level on points ahead of three clashes in May

BUENOS AIRES, April 20 (Reuters) – Bitter rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors were level on points at the top of the Argentine championship on Sunday ahead of their three “clasicos” in May including the two legs of their Libertadores Cup last 16 tie.

River beat Banfield 4-1 at El Monumental with a late brace from veteran striker Fernando Cavenaghi while Boca won 3-1 at Lanus after falling a goal behind in the opening minute.

Apr 16, 2015

River stay alive in Libertadores Cup, salvage pride

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – River Plate salvaged their Libertadores Cup dream with a 3-0 home win over San Jose of Bolivia and thanks to a 5-4 defeat for Peru’s Juan Aurich by Mexico’s UANL Tigres on Wednesday.

The Argentine giants, who had struggled through their group with four draws and a defeat, needed to win at a packed El Monumental to have any chance of going through.

Apr 16, 2015

Soccer-River stay alive in Libertadores Cup, salvage pride

BUENOS AIRES, April 15 (Reuters) – River Plate salvaged their Libertadores Cup dream with a 3-0 home win over San Jose of Bolivia and thanks to a 5-4 defeat for Peru’s Juan Aurich by Mexico’s UANL Tigres on Wednesday.

The Argentine giants, who had struggled through their group with four draws and a defeat, needed to win at a packed El Monumental to have any chance of going through.

Apr 15, 2015

Arsenal target Romero dreams of emulating Maradona

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Maximiliano Romero wants to emulate the career of Diego Maradona and become a penalty box predator like Radamel Falcao, the Argentine 16-year-old who is coveted by Arsenal told Reuters on Wednesday.

The quicksilver Romero hopes to play for Arsenal in the Premier League if talks with his club Velez Sarsfield can reach agreement.

Apr 15, 2015

Soccer-Arsenal target Romero dreams of emulating Maradona

BUENOS AIRES, April 15 (Reuters) – Maximiliano Romero wants to emulate the career of Diego Maradona and become a penalty box predator like Radamel Falcao, the Argentine 16-year-old who is coveted by Arsenal told Reuters on Wednesday.

The quicksilver Romero hopes to play for Arsenal in the Premier League if talks with his club Velez Sarsfield can reach agreement.

Apr 13, 2015

Soccer-River win to join four-team logjam at top in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, April 12 (Reuters) – Four teams were level on points at the top of the Argentine championship after River Plate’s 2-1 victory at Argentinos Juniors on Sunday.

River joined San Lorenzo, Boca Juniors and Rosario Central on 21 points from nine matches almost a third of the way through the season.

Apr 9, 2015

Soccer-River cling to Libertadores hopes with late rally in Mexico

April 8 (Reuters) – River Plate scored twice in the closing three minutes to grab an unlikely 2-2 draw at Mexico’s UANL Tigres in the Libertadores Cup on Wednesday.

The Argentine giants’ hopes of qualifying for the last 16 looked dead and buried with just minutes left after Egidio Arevalo Rios and Damian Alvarez had put the Mexican side 2-0 up.

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