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Apr 29, 2014

Sabella treads familiar ground with Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – The parallels between Alejandro Sabella and the man he hopes to emulate, 1986 World Cup-winning coach Carlos Bilardo, are enough to convince some fans that the time is ripe for Argentina’s third World Cup success.

The link is Estudiantes, the small club from La Plata who have won the South American Libertadores Cup four times, three with Bilardo as playmaker in the late 1960s and once with Sabella as their coach in 2009.

Apr 29, 2014

Argentina’s ‘Fab Four’ key to team’s success

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has won every major global title bar the World Cup and Argentina are hoping he will be able to tick that last remaining box with a side considered among the favorites for the title in their biggest rival’s backyard.

If the “Fantastic Quartet” of Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria are on song, Argentina can emerge victorious in Brazil to claim a third World Cup victory.

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-World-Sabella treads familiar ground with Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, April 29 (Reuters) – The parallels between Alejandro Sabella and the man he hopes to emulate, 1986 World Cup-winning coach Carlos Bilardo, are enough to convince some fans that the time is ripe for Argentina’s third World Cup success.

The link is Estudiantes, the small club from La Plata who have won the South American Libertadores Cup four times, three with Bilardo as playmaker in the late 1960s and once with Sabella as their coach in 2009.

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-World-Argentina’s ‘Fab Four’ key to team’s success

BUENOS AIRES, April 29 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has won every major global title bar the World Cup and Argentina are hoping he will be able to tick that last remaining box with a side considered among the favourites for the title in their biggest rival’s backyard.

If the “Fantastic Quartet” of Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria are on song, Argentina can emerge victorious in Brazil to claim a third World Cup victory.

Apr 28, 2014

Boca enjoy best game of year, River fail key away test

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Boca Juniors beat Arsenal 4-2 in their best game of the year while River Plate failed again to match their winning home form with an away victory that would have earned them the joint lead on Sunday.

River, held 1-1 at modest Olimpo, are two points behind leaders Gimnasia who beat relegated former South American champions Argentinos Juniors 2-0 at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium on Saturday.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-Boca enjoy best game of year, River fail key away test

BUENOS AIRES, April 27 (Reuters) – Boca Juniors beat Arsenal 4-2 in their best game of the year while River Plate failed again to match their winning home form with an away victory that would have earned them the joint lead on Sunday.

River, held 1-1 at modest Olimpo, are two points behind leaders Gimnasia who beat relegated former South American champions Argentinos Juniors 2-0 at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium on Saturday.

Apr 28, 2014

Colombia need good Teo to show up in Brazil

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – With Radamel Falcao battling to regain fitness, Colombia need Teofilo Gutierrez to show the sparkling form he displayed in the qualifiers and shun an impetuous streak that led him to walk out on teams in Turkey, Argentina and Mexico.

Gutierrez, who once pointed a realistic-looking toy gun at angry Racing Club team mates in the dressing room after being sent off, was a perfect foil to Falcao, scoring six goals as Colombia finished second in the South American qualifying group.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-World-Colombia need good Teo to show up in Brazil

April 28 (Reuters) – With Radamel Falcao battling to regain fitness, Colombia need Teofilo Gutierrez to show the sparkling form he displayed in the qualifiers and shun an impetuous streak that led him to walk out on teams in Turkey, Argentina and Mexico.

Gutierrez, who once pointed a realistic-looking toy gun at angry Racing Club team mates in the dressing room after being sent off, was a perfect foil to Falcao, scoring six goals as Colombia finished second in the South American qualifying group.

Apr 24, 2014

Good ambiance crucial to get best from Messi: Sabella

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina must create the right team climate to give the world’s best player Lionel Messi the right support to enable him to shine at the World Cup in Brazil, coach Alejandro Sabella said on Wednesday.

Sabella also said Argentina’s status among the favorites would be countered by the fact they will be playing in the backyard of the most successful team in the competition with five titles.

Apr 23, 2014

Soccer-Good ambiance crucial to get best from Messi – Sabella

BUENOS AIRES, April 23 (Reuters) – Argentina must create the right team climate to give the world’s best player Lionel Messi the right support to enable him to shine at the World Cup in Brazil, coach Alejandro Sabella said on Wednesday.

Sabella also said Argentina’s status among the favourites would be countered by the fact they will be playing in the backyard of the most successful team in the competition with five titles.

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