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Is playing beside Messi and Ronaldo ruining Paulo Dybala's career?
08:01 Sunday 23rd June 2019

Not many players have had the privilege of lining up in the same team as both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Paulo Dybala is among the lucky few. Except in his case, it's proving more a hindrance than a help. The 25-year-old…

Can Messi, Argentina rescue their Copa America?
08:00 Wednesday 19th June 2019

If you count the Nations League, five major tournaments take place on four continents this summer. The Women's World Cup, Copa America, Gold Cup and the AFCON are the other four. Each raises questions. Perhaps the most compelling is whether…

Should you be watching Uruguay at the Copa America?
17:00 Sunday 16th June 2019

The Copa America kicked off on Friday. Hosts Brazil knocked off Bolivia handily, 3-0. The Selecao, along with Argentina, began as many people’s tournament picks. That's usually the case although la Albiceleste now have it all…

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What a long, strange trip it's been: Argentina since 2014
15:30 Wednesday 13th June 2018

If there is one national team which has gone through more turmoil than any other during the past four years, it's most certainly Argentina. After losing the 2014 World Cup final in extra time to Germany, La Albiceleste were expected to…

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Can South America's finest wrestle the World Cup from Europe?
17:00 Tuesday 12th June 2018

There is not much longer to wait now. The Fifa World Cup is almost here. In two days' time, hosts Russia will kick-off proceedings against Saudi Arabia.  Although the World Cup is a 32-nation global event, the Europeans have dominated…

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Why Cristian Pavon is the key to Argentina's World Cup success
08:00 Thursday 7th June 2018

Rarely does Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick and another player receives all the plaudits. On Tuesday night, Argentina ran out 4-0 winners over Haiti in a World Cup warm-up game. Cristian Pavon's 31-minute cameo was match-defining. Based on…

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Nigeria and Argentina to continue World Cup affair
17:00 Monday 4th December 2017

On Friday, every football fan had eyes fixed on the FIFA World Cup draw, which took place at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia. As the dust gradually settles, we concentrate on a group stage fixture that has become all too familiar:…

Should Jorge Sampaoli turn Lionel Messi into Xavi Hernandez?
11:00 Thursday 7th September 2017

Argentina is struggling through Conmebol World Cup qualifying without a genuine midfield playmaker. Could and/or would Lionel Messi step in to do the job? Here is a sentence I did not expect to write. The two nations that battled for Copa America…