Reuters Soccer Blog

Mascherano is captain, but Messi must play the Maradona role

November 11, 2008

When Carlos Bilardo began his job as Argentina coach in January 1983, the first thing he did was to visit Maradona in Spain where he was playing for Barcelona.

Argentina ‘in the hands of God’

November 4, 2008

“We’re in the hands of God,” some Argentine newspapers said after Diego Maradona was appointed coach of Argentina, a move that has just been confirmed.

Forget Maradona, the real surprise is seeing Bilardo back

October 29, 2008

Amid all the furore over Diego Maradona’s imminent appointment as Argentina coach, an equally surprising and significant development has been all but overlooked: the return of Carlos Bilardo to the national team set-up at the age of 69, and after an 18-year absence.

Maradona to coach Argentina — your views

October 28, 2008

Incredible but apparently true — Diego Maradona is to be the new coach of the Argentine national team.

Gilardino handball goal ban sets interesting precedent

October 28, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine the scenario. FIFA decides to use post-match video evidence at the 1986 World Cup. After Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-final, the Argentinian is banned for two matches and the course of football history changes.

Let’s scrap anthems before international matches

October 17, 2008

Do all Honduras fans dress like that?French politicians were outraged after the Marseillaise was booed by the large contingent of Tunisia fans before Tuesday’s friendly at the Stade de France.  

Riquelme whips up another storm

October 10, 2008

RiquelmeLess than a year after being forced out of Villarreal, who tired of what they said were his excessive privileges and lack of commitment, Juan Roman Riquelme is at the centre of a similar storm at Boca Juniors.

King Kun? Messi shows him who’s boss

October 6, 2008

Don’t Mess-i with me!

It was the battle between the young pretender and the crown prince but there was to be no revolution, just wonderful football.

Argentina’s romantic commitment facing a test

September 8, 2008

Basile watches as Tevez walks offTake a look at the standings in the South American World Cup qualifying group and it seems that Argentina are making steady progress towards South Africa. After seven of the 18 games, Alfio Basile’s team are third with 12 points, two points behind the leaders, and only four goals conceded.

Can Argentina enjoy a change of fortune against Brazil?

June 16, 2008

Aguero celebrates with MessiAmid all the Euro 2008 fuss, it has nearly been forgotten that one of the world’s great fixtures will be played on Wednesday when Brazil meet Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in Belo Horizonte.