ARGENTINA

  • Lionel Messi is the best footballer of all time: David Silva 6 days ago

    Manchester: Spanish midfielder David Silva had said that Argentine forward Lionel Messi is part of his dream team as he is the best footballer of all time. "He's the best of all time, although I haven't had a chance to watch some other greats of the past," he was quoted as...
  • Angel Di Maria wins Argentina's player of the year award 1 week ago

    Manchester United's Angel Di Maria has been voted Argentina's foreign-based player of the year by the country's sports journalists. The winger won the Olimpia de Plata (Silver Olimpia award) at a ceremony on Tuesday, where striker Lucas Pratto of Velez Sarsfield won the equivalent for best player in the Argentine league. Di...
  • Champions Trophy: Netherlands beat Argentina 4-1, finish fifth December 14, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The Netherlands salvaged a fifth place finish at the Hockey Champions Trophy with a 4-1 win over Argentina, scoring four times in the final quarter to turn things around at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday. The first quarter saw very few scoring opportunities for either side with the Dutch mostly...
  • Netherlands to play Argentina for 5-6th place match in Champions Trophy December 13, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: World Cup and Olympic silver medallists the Netherlands will face Argentina in the fifth-sixth place play-off match after registering wins in their respective classification games of the Hero Champions Trophy hockey tournament here on Saturday. While the Netherlands beat Belgium 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after both the teams were...
  • Champions Trophy hockey: Australia beat Argentina 4-2 to secure semi-final place December 11, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: World champions and holders Australia finally got their mojo back and defeated Argentina 4-2 to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament at the Kalinga Stadium on Thursday. After a not-so-impressive outing where they won one, lost one and drew one game, the Kookaburras got...
  • Champions Trophy Hockey: England top Pool A, Argentina topple Germany December 9, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: England continued to enjoy their stay here in the capital of Odisha as they went on to top Pool A after a 1-1 draw with Belgium on Tuesday at the FIH Men's Champions Trophy. Amaury Keusters was on the mark for the Belgians as early as the 9th minute and...
  • Determined to put our best show on Tuesday: V R Raghunath December 8, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Bruised and battered by back-to-back defeats in the Champions Trophy hockey, India's experienced drag-flicker V R Raghunath said the hosts are keen to put up their "best show" in their last Pool B tie against World Cup silver medallist the Netherlands on Tuesday. After the narrow 0-1 loss against Olympic...
  • We lost the match in 3rd quarter: Roelant Oltmans December 8, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: India's High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans on Sunday held his defenders responsible for their second consecutive defeat in the Champions Trophy stating that the hosts' backline just crumbled under Argentina's counter-attacks in the final 15 minutes of the game. India squandered a goal lead twice to go down 2-4 against...
  • Champions Trophy Hockey: Argentina fight back to beat India 4-2 December 7, 2014

    Despite being in the lead twice, India failed to press on and in the end succumbed to a 4-2 defeat against Argentina on Sunday for their second loss in two days at the FIH Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar. An attacking game of hockey saw six goals being scored, mostly in the...
  • As it happened: India vs Argentina, Champions Trophy Hockey December 7, 2014

    After a painful 1-0 defeat against Germany in their campaign opener, India would be desperate for a win against Argentina. But for that to happen, India's forwards will have to convert their chances into goals, something they miserably failed to do against the Germans who scored in the last minute through...
  • Netherlands thrash Argentina 3-0 in Champions Trophy hockey December 6, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The Netherlands produced a fine 3-0 win over Argentina in the opening match of Pool B of the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy at the Kalinga Stadium here. The Dutch team was awarded five penalty corners in the first quarter but only scored on one occasion. Mink van der Weerden's drag-flick...
  • Belgium stuns Germany 4-0; Australia blanks Argentina 2-0 December 4, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Belgium notched up a stunning 4-0 win over Germany in their first practice match, while Australia blanked Argentina 2-0 in another warm-up game ahead of FIH Men's Champions Trophy on Thursday. The opening goal for Belgium came through the stick of Sebastien Dockier, followed by Tanguy Cosyns who scored the...
  • Champions Trophy warm-up: Pakistan beat Argentina, England draw with Netherlands December 3, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Pakistan thrashed Argentina 3-0 in the first practice match, while England held Netherlands 1-1 in another warm-up game ahead of the FIH Champions Trophy that begins here on Saturday. Muhammad Irfan opened the account for Pakistan in the first quarter, followed by goals from Muhammad Arslan Qadir and Muhammad Rizwan...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer up for Ballon d'Or December 1, 2014

    Zurich: The goalkeeper who won the World Cup will be challenging Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or. While the footballer of the year prize has switched between the world's top scorers since 2008, Manuel Neuer of Germany is the first goalkeeper to make the Ballon d'Or top three...
  • Raphael Guerreiro scores as Portugal beat Argentina 1-0 November 19, 2014

    'Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi' got top billing at a packed Old Trafford but it was a lesser light who scored as Portugal scraped a 1-0 friendly win over Argentina on Tuesday. Raphael Guerreiro headed the winner in added time after a second half riddled with substitutions and missing the excitement...
  • Neymar on track to surpass Messi: Romario November 18, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian striker Neymar is on track to surpass Argentine goal-poacher Lionel Messi in football's list of all-time greats, according to former Barcelona and Brazilian star Romario. Now a senator in Brazil, Romario predicted the 22-year-old would remain at the top until at least his mid-30s, reports Xinhua. "He has...
  • Lionel Messi penalty gives Argentina 2-1 win over Croatia November 13, 2014

    Lionel Messi's penalty earned Argentina a 2-1 win over Croatia after a fortunate equaliser that stood despite an unintentional handball by Sergio Aguero in a friendly at West Ham United's Upton Park ground on Wednesday. Messi scored from the spot in the 57th minute after Aguero had been brought down by...
  • Lionel Messi wide right, Carlos Tevez could be number nine: Gerardo Martino November 12, 2014

    Argentina coach Gerardo Martino kept his cards close to his chest on Tuesday over his lineup for Wednesday's friendly against Croatia and whether Lionel Messi and the recalled Carlos Tevez would start together. Martino, who took charge when Alejandro Sabella stepped down after leading Argentina to the World Cup final in...
  • Carlos Tevez back for Argentina after three-year absence October 28, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Juventus striker Carlos Tevez was on Monday called up by Argentina after a three year international hiatus. The 30-year-old was named in manager Gerardo Martino's squad for upcoming friendlies against Croatia and Portugal after being frozen out during Alejandro Sabella's time as coach between 2011 and 2014. The last time...
  • Lionel Messi had nothing to do with tax affairs, father insists October 16, 2014

    Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi had nothing to do with his own tax affairs and should not be included in an investigation into an alleged fraud, his father Jorge has insisted. Messi and his father, who have denied wrongdoing, have been accused of defrauding the Spanish state of more than...
  • Messi, Higuain score twice as Argentina thrash Hong Kong 7-0 October 14, 2014

    Lionel Messi scored twice after coming off the bench as an experimental Argentina side destroyed Hong Kong 7-0 in an international friendly mismatch on Tuesday. Argentina fielded a completely different line-up from the one which lost to Brazil last week but the World Cup finalists still waltzed to a facile triumph. The...
  • Diego Tardelli nets twice as Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 October 11, 2014

    Beijing: Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as Brazil continued their defensive rehabilitation under returning coach Dunga with a morale-boosting 2-0 win over old adversaries Argentina in a feisty friendly on Saturday. Atletico Mineiro striker Diego Tardelli scored once in each half, his first goals for Brazil, as former skipper Dunga...
  • Argentine coach suggests that Carlos Tevez recall is on the cards September 25, 2014

    Argentina coach Gerardo Martino has suggested that controversial forward Carlos Tevez, not selected at all in three years under his predecessor Alejandro Sabella, could be in line for a recall. Tevez was left out of the Argentina squad named on Monday for next month's friendlies against Brazil and Hong Kong but...
  • India slip to 158 in FIFA rankings September 18, 2014

    After not much action barring the 22 draw against Bangladesh in an international friendly in March this year, India slipped eights places to be ranked 158th in the lastest FIFA rankings headed by World Champions Germany. India though can take solace from the fact that all the other subcontinent teams are...
  • Germany still ahead of Argentina in FIFA rankings September 18, 2014

    Zurich: World Cup winner Germany are still No. 1 in the FIFA rankings despite losing to secondplace Argentina in a friendly rematch of their final this month. Colombia climb one place to No. 3 even though they lost to Brazil in a friendly, and trade places with the Netherlands which lost...
  • Dunga picks Robinho for Argentina match September 17, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: Brazil coach Dunga has called up Robinho for the team's friendly matches against Argentina and Japan next month. The striker had been left out of Dunga's team for friendlies earlier this month against Colombia and Ecuador but was later added to the squad after Hulk got injured. Brazil will...
  • Argentina beat Israel in Davis Cup playoff September 15, 2014

    Favored Argentina won both matches on Sunday, rallying to defeat Israel 32 in a Davis Cup World Group playoff tie. Israel led 21 after Saturday's doubles, making this the first time in 24 years that Argentina have rallied to win a Davis Cup tie. In fact, Argentina have rallied to win...
  • Israel take 21 lead against Argentina in Davis Cup September 14, 2014

    Led by the doubles team of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, Israel took a 21 lead over Argentina on Saturday afternoon in a bestoffive Davis Cup World Group playoff. Erlich and Ram defeated Argentina's Federico Delbonis and Horacio Zeballos 63, 36, 61, 36, 63 in 91degree heat at the Sunrise Tennis...
  • Argentina tied 11 with Israel in Davis Cup September 13, 2014

    Dudi Sela's fourset win over Carlos Berlocq on Friday lifted Israel into a 11 tie with Argentina in their Davis Cup World Group playoff. Leonardo Mayer defeated Bar Botzer 64, 36, 62, 61 in the first match of the day, but Sela responded with a 63, 67 (57), 62, 62 victory...
  • Argentine family given permission to name son Messi September 13, 2014

    Buenos Aires: A couple have named their newborn son Messi after Argentina's soccer captain, having been granted permission to circumvent a 45yearold law banning the use of last names as first names. Barcelona striker Lionel Messi may be one of the highestprofile figures in Argentina but due to a 1969 statute...