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Oct 16, 2014

Soccer-’Lepers’ enter ‘Knaves’ lair in Rosario derby

Oct 16 (Reuters) – Some of world soccer’s biggest names, including Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Gabriel Batistuta, Marcelo Bielsa, Cesar Luis Menotti, hail from Rosario or its surrounding area.

Argentina’s second city, 350 kilometres north of Buenos Aires, is also the venue of the country’s oldest derby, Rosario Central v Newell’s Old Boys.

Oct 9, 2014

Rugby-Russia and Uruguay vie for coveted World Cup berth

Oct 9 (Reuters) – Will the Russian Bear outsmart the small Uruguayan Tero on its own turf when they battle in Montevideo on Saturday (1800 GMT) for the last vacancy at next year’s rugby World Cup in England?

The Bears edged the first leg of the repechage 22-21 in Krasnoyarsk but will have to overcome Uruguayan passion on the pitch and on the terraces of the 14,000-capacity Charrua stadium if they are to keep that narrow advantage and reach their second successive tournament.

Oct 7, 2014

Coaches make best of Argentine derby they wanted to call off

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Buenos Aires was still recovering on Tuesday after the deluge and the debate raged on over whether Argentina’s “Superclasico” should have been played. Referee Mauro Vigliano has been suspended for allowing Sunday’s match at El Monumental to go ahead in torrential rain on a waterlogged pitch and vilified by fans, and in the media, for a mistaken red card and other poor decisions. But the reputations of both young coaches, River Plate’s Marcelo Gallardo and Rodolfo Arruabarrena, of Boca Juniors, have been enhanced by their capacity to adapt to the conditions.

Fans had been licking their lips in anticipation of a better-than-average clash of the country’s two biggest rivals.

Oct 7, 2014

Soccer-Coaches make best of Argentine derby they wanted to call off

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Buenos Aires was still recovering on Tuesday after the deluge and the debate raged on over whether Argentina’s “Superclasico” should have been played.

Referee Mauro Vigliano has been suspended for allowing Sunday’s match at El Monumental to go ahead in torrential rain on a waterlogged pitch and vilified by fans, and in the media, for a mistaken red card and other poor decisions.

Oct 5, 2014

Argentina, Portugal set up potential Messi-Ronaldo clash

LONDON (Reuters) – La Liga rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo look set to meet in an Argentina-Portugal friendly at the Old Trafford next month, in a match which could also mark Carlos Tevez’s international return.

The teams would meet in Manchester on the FIFA-designated international date of Nov. 18, the Argentine FA has confirmed on its website (www.afa.org.ar).

Oct 5, 2014

Soccer-Argentina, Portugal set up potential Messi-Ronaldo clash

LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – La Liga rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo look set to meet in an Argentina-Portugal friendly at the Old Trafford next month, in a match which could also mark Carlos Tevez’s international return.

The teams would meet in Manchester on the FIFA-designated international date of Nov. 18, the Argentine FA has confirmed on its website (www.afa.org.ar).

Oct 2, 2014

River have the better game and whole crowd against Boca

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – Argentina’s “Superclasico” between River Plate and Boca Juniors, who clash at El Monumental on Sunday (21:15 p.m. BST), is widely regarded as the world’s biggest soccer derby.

Leading figures in the Argentine game, though, question the validity of this belief while there is a ban on away fans at all first division matches in a widely-criticised government attempt to curb hooligan violence.

Oct 2, 2014

Soccer-River have the better game and whole crowd against Boca

Oct 2 (Reuters) – Argentina’s “Superclasico” between River Plate and Boca Juniors, who clash at El Monumental on Sunday (2015 GMT), is widely regarded as the world’s biggest soccer derby.

Leading figures in the Argentine game, though, question the validity of this belief while there is a ban on away fans at all first division matches in a widely-criticised government attempt to curb hooligan violence.

Sep 29, 2014

Boca Juniors eye upset ‘Superclasico’ win over River Plate

By Rex Gowar

(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 (9.15 p.m. BST).

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).

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