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Sep 29, 2014

Soccer-Boca Juniors eye upset ‘Superclasico’ win over River Plate

Sept 29 (Reuters) – Such is the must-win status of the “Superclasico” that Boca Juniors would have gone to El Monumental confident of upsetting high-flying arch-rivals River Plate even at their lowest ebb this season.

Argentina’s biggest match, like the world’s other major derbies, is a game apart in which the result does not necessarily follow form, although unbeaten championship leaders River are favourites on their own turf next Sunday (2015 GMT).

Sep 27, 2014

Soccer-Argentines win and lose at watertight Palace

LONDON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – It was a good Saturday for goalkeeper Julian Speroni’s Crystal Palace as they kept his fellow Argentines Esteban Cambiasso and Leonardo Ulloa quiet in a 2-0 win over Leicester City a week after their Manchester United coup.

Two goals in three second-half minutes from Frazier Campbell and Mile Jedinak secured the victory for Palace and extended their unbeaten run to four Premier League games while inflicting defeat on Leicester for the first time in four league matches.

Sep 13, 2014

Rugby-Argentina’s worst championship display this term – Hourcade

Sept 13 (Reuters) – Argentina did not deserve to beat Australia after a late two-try surge earned a bonus point in a 32-25 defeat on the Gold Coast on Saturday, according to their coach Daniel Hourcade.

The Pumas fought back from 29-13 down in the last 20 minutes and might have stolen a draw if they had scored a try from a five-metre scrum in the last few seconds.

Sep 8, 2014

Gallardo’s River breathe new life into Argentine game

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – River Plate are reaping the rewards of putting their faith in coach Marcelo Gallardo, who as a player was steeped in the club’s attacking ethos, after a run of five consecutive wins.

With Boca Juniors recovering from a poor start to the Argentine championship after a change of coach, there is the prospect of a revival of all that is best in the Big Two’s great rivalry.

Sep 8, 2014

Soccer-Gallardo’s River breathe new life into Argentine game

Sept 8 (Reuters) – River Plate are reaping the rewards of putting their faith in coach Marcelo Gallardo, who as a player was steeped in the club’s attacking ethos, after a run of five consecutive wins.

With Boca Juniors recovering from a poor start to the Argentine championship after a change of coach, there is the prospect of a revival of all that is best in the Big Two’s great rivalry.

Aug 29, 2014

Superman Valencia needs time to wow West Ham

LONDON (Reuters) – Ecuador’s Enner Valencia is itching to regain the form that earned him the nickname “Superman” and show fans why West Ham United brought the World Cup striker to Upton Park.

His scoring prowess had been such that his wife reckons he should wear a Superman top under his shirt and show it to celebrate a goal.

Aug 29, 2014

Soccer-Superman Valencia needs time to wow West Ham

LONDON, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Ecuador’s Enner Valencia is itching to regain the form that earned him the nickname “Superman” and show fans why West Ham United brought the World Cup striker to Upton Park.

His scoring prowess had been such that his wife reckons he should wear a Superman top under his shirt and show it to celebrate a goal.

Aug 21, 2014

Rugby-Pumas target breakthrough win over Springboks

Aug 21 (Reuters) – Is the Springbok harder to tame than the Puma? Even when the Puma is stronger?

Argentina have come very close to beating South Africa, not least in the Rugby Championship two years ago, but have fallen short in all 18 attempts.

Aug 13, 2014

Rugby-Pumas seek elusive first win in third Championship season

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Argentina have rarely been embarrassed, and even forced one draw, but go into their third Rugby Championship campaign still looking for their first victory.

The Pumas have also yet to record a test win this year, having lost a home series 2-0 to Six Nations champions Ireland and also lost at home to Scotland in June.

Jul 21, 2014

Moustachioed Basque seeks Bolivar’s first final

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – Xabier Azkargorta, the last man to coach Bolivia at the World Cup finals 20 years ago, is this month seeking to add another extraordinary milestone to his remarkable career in the South American football backwater.

The moustachioed Basque, who led Bolivia at the 1994 finals in the United States, having qualified for the first time since 1950, is now hoping to make his current club Bolivar the first from Bolivia to reach the final of South America’s top club competition, the Libertadores Cup.

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      "I returned to Buenos Aires in 2009 after 20 years in London, Paris and Rome as a sports desker and correspondent to look after the international sports file in Latin America. Soccer is the biggest story with the region holding the next World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and there are also good Argentine rugby and tennis stories."
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