Posts Tagged ‘Argentina’

Lionel Messi - a surprise outsider? 0

Lionel Messi – a surprise outsider?

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Having not necessarily shown his best form for Argentina in the past and having had a long and testing season with Barcelona, I was originally skeptical about Lionel Messi’s chances of challenging for the Golden Boot at this summer’s World Cup. However, upon seeing the 22 year old’s display against Nigeria on Saturday afternoon, I […]

Talking Points: Argentina 1-0 Nigeria 0

Talking Points: Argentina 1-0 Nigeria

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1. Cometh the Hour… Cometh the man. The world was watching as Lionel Messi took the pitch in Johannesburg today, and the little wonder did not disappoint. Messi was at the centre of almost everything Argentina did going forward, and his personal duel with Nigeria ‘keeper Vincent Enyeama was a delight to watch. Granted, Messi did not […]

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All A Bit Messi

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Argentina began the World Cup with a win, but it was a far from convincing performance from their array of superstars. It was very much a case of ‘job done’ for Argentina following their 1-0 win over Nigeria today, but there were plenty of holes to pick for the critics. Maradona’s men looked set to […]

Moments of Magic #19 - François Omam-Biyik 0

Moments of Magic #19 – François Omam-Biyik

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Moments of Magic makes its long overdue return with a look at the goal that caused one of the biggest shocks at the 1990 World Cup. François Omam-Biyik v Argentina, 1990 Reigning champions Argentina went into Italia ’90 as one of the favourites for the tournament and reached the final, but not before they were […]

World Cup scouting: Algeria / Argentina 0

World Cup scouting: Algeria / Argentina

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In the first of BackPageFootball’s World Cup scouting articles, Matthew Wood looks at players to watch from Algeria and Argentina. Once proclaimed as the ‘next Zidane’ by supporters in France (and no, it’s not Bruno Cheyrou), now playing in Serie A with Lazio, Mourad Meghni could provide the creative spark to boost Algeria’s aspirations of […]

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Summertime Blues

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As managers announce their provisional World Cup squads, Neil Sherwin takes a look at some of those who didn’t make the cut and won’t be going to South Africa. Diego Maradona has always been a tad crazy, and his tenure as Argentina manager has provided plenty for the media to write about. However the general […]

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50 Players to Watch at the World Cup (25-1)

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There are just 39 days before the event of the year, the World Cup, kicks-off in South Africa. Continuing on our series listing the top fifty players to keep an eye out for, we finally reach the final half as names get bigger, better and more familiar. Issue one, #50-#38 >>> Issue two, #37-#26 >>> […]

Off The Cuff - Hottest property in world football? 3

Off The Cuff – Hottest property in world football?

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He sounds like something from the First Epistle to the Thessalonians, may have a girly name, and some of  you reading right now may never have heard of him,  but 22 year old Angel Di Maria is about to become the hottest property in world football, according to sources in Portugal. Benfica clubman and fanatic […]

Messi wins Ballon d'Or 0

Messi wins Ballon d’Or

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has capped an excellent 2009 by picking up the prestigious Ballon d’Or award. French magazine France Football announced the results today and the Argentine was a comfortable winner. The 22 year old has had a sublime 12 months, winning La Liga, the Uefa Champions League, and the Spanish Cup, scoring 38 […]

Maradona hit with ban 0

Maradona hit with ban

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Argentina boss Diego Maradona has been slapped with a two month ban from football following his outburst at a press conference last month following the victory over Uruguay. The 49 year old, who was under a lot of pressure following a lacklustre World Cup qualifying campaign, launched an expletive-filled vicious attack on reporters and critics. […]