Messi demands Argentina improvement ahead of World Cup

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Argentina captain Lionel Messi believes they need to improve if they are to stand a chance of winning next year’s World Cup in Russia. Argentina, who reached the final in 2014, struggled during qualification for Russia, going through three coaches before securing their place at the tournament thanks to a Messi hat-trick in a 3-1 win away to Ecuador in the final qualifier. Messi’s side will kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16, before facing Croatia and ...

Argentina’s Pizzi appointed coach for World Cup-bound Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Juan Antonio Pizzi has replaced Edgardo Bauza as head coach of World Cup-bound Saudi Arabia, sources at the country's football federation have told Reuters. Argentinean Pizzi would represent Saudi Arabia at the World Cup draw in Moscow on Friday, they added. Pizzi is the third coach to fill the position in the last three months after Bauza was hired to replace Bert van Marwijk, who qualified the country for their first World Cup finals since 2006. Van ...

Maradona wants daughter jailed for ‘stealing $4.5 million from him’

Sunday, 26 November 2017

The 57-year-old football legend Diego Maradona said he is suing his ex-wife Claudia Villafane and daughters Dalma and Giannina for the alleged theft of $4.5 million from him between 2000 and 2015. He added that his family transferred the money to a bank account in Uruguay and to US where they bought a property. Maradona's lawyer claims 28-year-old Giannina was in Uruguay for a 'few hours' in August, according to Spanish sports news outlet Marca. However, Giannina said on Twitter: "They ...

I want another go at coaching Argentina, says Maradona

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Diego Maradona criticized the faltering Argentina team on Wednesday and appealed for another chance at managing the national side. A day after they lost 4-2 to Nigeria in a friendly in Russia, Maradona, who last managed Argentina at the 2010 World Cup, hit out the current set up in a short Instagram message. “I am angry because they have thrown away our prestige, but it’s not the fault of the lads,” he said. “I WANT TO COME BACK!!!” ...

Mascherano says 2018 World Cup will be his last

Friday, 13 October 2017

Argentina’s Javier Mascherano will retire from international soccer after next year’s World Cup finals in Russia, the defender said on Thursday. “My end point is Russia, there’s nothing after that,” Mascherano told Argentina broadcaster TyC Sports. Argentina beat Ecuador 3-1 on Tuesday to clinch a place in Russia in a must win match for the underperforming side. The two-times champion reached the final in Brazil three years ago ...

Manchester City boosted by Aguero’s return to light training

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero stepped up his recovery from a broken rib sustained in a road accident last month by returning to light training on Tuesday. The Argentina international was injured in a car crash during a day off in the Netherlands and missed City’s last Premier League game at Chelsea, a 1-0 win, and his country’s World Cup qualifiers. “Exactly how many days he will be off, I don’t know right now,” City manager Pep ...

Davis Cup holders Argentina relegated from world group

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Davis Cup holders Argentina were relegated from the world group after 15 years among the tennis elite when they lost 3-2 to Kazakhstan in Astana on Sunday. Mikhail Kukushkin beat US Open quarter-finalist Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-4 7-6(2) to give the home team an unassailable 3-1 lead and promotion in their playoff tie a year after their relegation. Dmitry Popko did not turn out for the dead rubber against Guido Pella. Argentina became the third team to be relegated the year after winning the ...

Argentina: Mercosur-Egypt trade deal to go into force in a month

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Argentina said Wednesday that it has sent the regional bloc Mercosur its ratification of the group’s 2010 trade agreement with Egypt, and the pact will go into force within a month. The trade deal, which covers food, cars, auto parts and industrial supplies, was signed by Egypt and Mercosur members Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay in 2010, but it did not go into effect because Argentina’s Congress had not approved it. Argentina’s Congress signed off on the deal in May ...

Maradona becomes honorary Naples citizen

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Argentina and Napoli legend Diego Armando Maradona will receive the honorary citizenship of Naples on July 5 in the southern city’s iconic Piazza del Plebiscito in a ceremony starting at 21:30, Naples Sports Councillor Ciro Borriello told ANSA Tuesday. The ceremony will be preceded by a musical show in the square. Naples city council recently voted to give Mardona the keys of the city because of the “commitment and love” he showed the soccer-mad port city when leading its club ...

Zabaleta to leave Manchester City

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Argentine international Pablo Zabaleta will leave Manchester City at the end of the season, the Premier League club announced on Saturday. “The 58-times capped Argentina international is out of contract in the summer and has informed the club he will move to pastures new,” City said in a statement. The 32-year-old defender has not said where he will go but is one of the first names to confirm his departure in what is expected to be a busy transfer season for ...

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