Reuters Soccer Blog

Enough caviar, a bit of humility please

November 13, 2011

Have Argentina, the world’s biggest exporters of soccer players, lost their feeling for the national colours Diego Maradona wore with such pride and passion? Has the ever increasing exodus of players to Europe dented their edge, made them soft?

River Plate still making waves outside top flight

August 27, 2011

By Rex Gowar

River Plate were relegated, they play in the B Nacional championship, their profile has sunk: Right, right, wrong.

Villar success highlights wider malaise

July 22, 2011

Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar could win the vote as player of the Copa America – emulating Oliver Kahn, the Germany keeper named top player at the 2002 World Cup.

That winnin’ feelin’

July 1, 2011

Lionel Messi says he feels he will one day win the World Cup.

“I more than anyone want to win something with the national team and I’m going to,” Messi told Ole sports daily in an interview published on the opening day of the Copa America.

Velez Sarsfield’s claim to being Argentina’s sixth big club

June 14, 2011

By Rex Gowar in Buenos Aires

River Plate, Boca Juniors, Independiente, Racing Club and San Lorenzo are Argentina’s Big Five clubs.

The unbearable lightness of being – or how a thin piece of synthetic cloth can become a lead weight

June 9, 2011

By Rex Gowar in Buenos Aires

Argentines often talk about how heavy a particular football shirt can be, River Plate’s, Boca Juniors’ or Argentina’s.

Grondona faces trouble at home

June 2, 2011

By Rex Gowar
River Plate’s dire relegation situation is the principal talk of Argentina’s TV soccer chat shows, a bigger story than the crisis at FIFA where Julio Grondona, in power since 1979 and fending off corruption allegations, said he will seek yet another term in office as president of the Argentine FA.

River Plate enraged more than ever by Boca defeat

May 19, 2011

It is hard to recall a time when River Plate have been more enraged by a defeat to their bitter enemies Boca Juniors than now.

The River Plate yoyo

May 10, 2011

River Plate are playing two championships in one and until Sunday’s shock 2-0 home defeat by modest All Boys they had as good a chance of winning the Clausura title as they do now of relegation.

Relegation in Argentina – is the system fair?

April 26, 2011

Olimpo, a modest team from the port city of Bahia Blanca on the windswept Atlantic coast in southern Buenos Aires province, are doing well in the Clausura championship. They are in fourth place three points behind leaders Velez Sarsfield.