Argentina

  • Argentine coach suggests that Carlos Tevez recall is on the cards 6 days ago

    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...
  • Real Madrid pressured Angel Di Maria not to play in World Cup final September 6, 2014

    Buenos Aires: British football's record signing Angel Di Maria says he tore up a letter sent on the morning of the World Cup final by his then club Real Madrid telling him not to play for Argentina against Germany. The 26yearold whose 59.7 million ($98 million, 75 million euros) transfer...
  • Germany call up forward Sidney Sam for Scotland match September 4, 2014

    Berlin: Germany coach Joachim Loew has called up Schalke forward Sidney Sam for a European Championship qualifying match against Scotland. Loew called up Sam after Germany lost to Argentina 42 in a friendly on Wednesday. Germany will be without Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler as well as Mats Hummels and Mesut Ozil for...
  • Di Maria dazzles as Argentina crush World Champions Germany September 4, 2014

    A brilliant performance from Angel Di Maria spurred Argentina to a crushing 42 friendly win over world champions Germany on Wednesday in an entertaining rematch of July's World Cup final. Despite the absence of injured captain Lionel Messi, Argentina ran circles around the World Cup winners on their home turf in...
  • German defenders Boateng, Hummels out of Argentina game September 2, 2014

    Duesseldorf: Germany coach Joachim Loew has called up Hoffenheim midfielder Sebastian Rudy for Wednesday's friendly with Argentina after defenders Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels withdrew with injury. Loew says Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is doubtful due to a knee problem and he called up Rudy because "we have a shortage...
  • Germany's Mesut Ozil doubtful for Argentina friendly September 1, 2014

    Germany's Mesut Ozil is unlikely to play in the friendly against World Cup finalists Argentina on Wednesday but could be fit for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland on Sunday, team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Monday. Arsenal midfielder Ozil did not join team mates on Monday in Duesseldorf for the...
  • Marco Reus, Mario Gomez in German squad for Argentina friendly August 29, 2014

    Frankfurt: Germany have recalled 18 World Cup players for next week's friendly against Argentina, a repeat of the final in Brazil. The friendly in Duesseldorf on September 3 is the first match for both teams since the July 13 final at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, when Mario Goetze scored in...
  • Argentina's Federico Fernandez signs for Swansea City August 20, 2014

    London: Swansea City have signed Argentina defender Federico Fernandez from Napoli for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. The 25yearold centre back, who has 26 caps for his country and made four appearances at the World Cup where Argentina reached the final, signed a fouryear deal with...
  • Argentina name 20 World Cup players for Germany friendly August 20, 2014

    Argentina coach Gerardo Martino was true to his word and named predecessor Alejandro Sabella's World Cup players on Tuesday for next month's friendly against Germany in Duesseldorf. Martino's squad list posted on the Argentine FA website (www.afa.org.ar) has 20 Europeanbased players, all part of the squad that lost the World Cup...
  • Gerardo Martino vows to keep Argentina in their high position August 15, 2014

    Buenos Aires: New Argentina coach Gerardo Martino vowed on Wednesday to keep the World Cup runnersup "where they are and deserve to be". Martino also said Lionel Messi's role is that of the world's best player and Javier Mascherano has been a team leader for a very long time. Martino, who worked...
  • Sergio Aguero signs new fiveyear deal with champions Manchester City August 15, 2014

    London: Argentina striker Sergio Aguero followed the lead of Manchester City team mates Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Samir Nasri and Aleksandar Kolarov by signing a new longterm deal with the club on Thursday. The Premier League champions announced on their website (www.mcfc.co.uk) that the 26yearold Aguero had agreed a fiveyear contract...
  • Martino takes reins of World Cup runnersup Argentina August 13, 2014

    Argentina named former Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino as the new manager of the national soccer team on Tuesday following Alejandro Sabella's decision to step aside in the wake of their World Cup final defeat in July. Martino, who won the Argentine league title with Newell's Old Boys in June 2013 before...
  • Indian men held by Argentina, women lose to Ukraine at Chess Olympiad August 12, 2014

    Tromso: Indian men were held to a draw by Argentina on all four boards while the eves suffered a 1.52.5 defeat against Ukraine in the ninth round of the ongoing 41st Chess Olympiad. It was a day of missed opportunity for inform S P Sethuraman, who let go of a winning...
  • Maxi Rodriguez backs Martino to be Argentina coach August 12, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Argentine footballer and threetime World Cup participant Maximiliano Rodriguez has backed former Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino to be the next coach of Argentina's national team. Amid speculations that Martino has been selected as coach, the Newell's Old Boys midfielder, 33, said on Monday that Martino "is very hardworking, crazy...
  • Watch: Diego Maradona slaps a journalist for 'bothering' his wife August 11, 2014

    Buenos Aires Argentine football great Diego Maradona punched one of the reporters who crowded around him as he left a show with his younger son Diego Fernando, here. The incident occurred Saturday afternoon at the door of the El National theatre where Maradona attended a children's show "Panam" with his son...
  • Manchester City sign Argentinian midfielder Bruno Zuculini August 9, 2014

    Manchester: Premier League champion Manchester City has completed the signing of midfielder Bruno Zuculini from Argentinian side Racing Club. The 21yearold Argentine was part of City's preseason tours of Scotland and the United States and scored in a friendly against Kansas City. Zuculini says he's "looking forward to the experiences which this...
  • ITF rules out Israel as Davis Cup venue August 8, 2014

    London: Israel's Davis Cup match against Argentina next month is being moved out of the country because of the conflict in Gaza. The September 1214 World Group playoff will not go ahead as scheduled in Tel Aviv "due to concerns arising from the military conflict between Israel and Hamas," the International...
  • Argentine football president Julio Grondona dies July 31, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Julio Grondona, the longtime head of the Argentine Football Association, has died. He was 82. The announcement was made on Wednesday by the South American football confederation, CONMEBOL. Grondona, a powerful ally of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, had been hospitalized earlier on Wednesday. Local media reported that he died hours...
  • Alejandro Sabella quits as Argentina coach: reports July 30, 2014

    Alejandro Sabella, who steered Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit as national team coach, Argentine media reported on Tuesday. The reports said the 59yearold Sabella, whose side lost the Maracana final to Germany 10 after extra time, had told Argentine FA president Julio Grondona that...
  • Maradona rips Argentina's World Cup performance July 26, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona has slammed Argentina's secondplace finish in the World Cup, saying the team "did not play at all." The former Argentina star, and coach of the national side four years ago in South Africa, said the team led by Lionel Messi should have been winning matches by three...
  • Alejandro Sabella set to decide on Argentina future in midweek July 19, 2014

    With a September friendly looming for Argentina against their World Cup final conquerors Germany, coach Alejandro Sabella is aware of the urgency of a decision on his future. Sabella, whose side lost 10 after extra time to Germany in the Maracana final a week ago, told reporters on Friday he would...
  • World Cup 2014: ArgentinaGermany final breaks social media records July 15, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The hardfought thrilling World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set new Twitter and Facebook records as the encounter was trending on all social media platforms. The final set a new Twitter record of 618,725 tweets per minute discussing the match, according to a data. Facebook also said the...