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  • Argentina finally bring out the best in Messi August 16, 2012

    Frankfurt: After a rollercoaster ride under Diego Maradona followed by Sergio Batista's failed attempts to imitate Barcelona, Argentina are once again beginning to look a threat to the world's top sides. This time last year, the blueandwhite striped shirt appeared to act as a millstone around Lionel Messi's neck, transforming him...
  • Shanghai coach hopeful of signing Drogba June 14, 2012

    Shanghai: Chinese clubs have been splashing out on bigname foreign managers and players to try to raise the profile of domestic soccer. Shanghai Shenhua have a good chance of signing Chelsea striker Didier Drogba but need to work hard to complete the deal, coach Sergio Batista said on Thursday. Just three...
  • Maradona appointed coach of Argentina October 29, 2008

    New Delhi: Football legend Diego Armando Maradona has been appointed as the new coach of the Argentina national team. Maradona had been in a fourway tussle with Carlos Bianchi, Miguel Angel Russo and Sergio Batista to take over from Alfio Basile, who resigned a fortnight ago after a World Cup qualifying...
  • Argentina to defy ruling, set to hand Messi Games bow August 6, 2008

    Beijing: Argentina ignited a major international football row on Wednesday by insisting superstar attacker Lionel Messi will make a controversial Olympic Games debut. Sergio Batista, the coach of the defending Olympic champions, placed himself firmly on a collision course with Messi's Barcelona employers who want the 21yearold to play in a...