A Tale of One City: Rosario

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Argentina is a nation that, perhaps more than any other, lives and breathes football, revelling in its many intrigues and paradoxes. That notion is no more prevalent than in the provincial city of Rosario, which sits just 300 kilometres from the capital of Buenos Aires…

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The contrasting fortunes of Córdoba’s top two clubs

This season has seen contrasting fortunes for the two representatives of the second city of Córdoba in Argentina’s top flight. Newly promoted Club Atlético Talleres returned to the Primera División after 12 years in the wilderness, winning the Primera B Nacional at a canter last season. This was their second successive promotion, having won the Torneo Federal A the season before. All in all, Talleres only lost…

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Javier Zanetti: Il Capitano

Editor’s note: This feature is shared from These Football Times Magazine issue 1, focusing on Argentine football’s most important historical and contemporary stories. To order your copy of the magazine, click here, and to follow author Glenn Billingham, head here. • • • • To an untrained eye, the tidy and sturdy figure emerging in possession looks almost…

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After Gabriel Batistuta came Hernán Crespo

Prior to the 2002 World Cup in Germany, Marcelo Bielsa found himself deciding who to play in the most advanced position of the field for Argentina. On one hand, an ageing Gabriel Batistuta had been Argentina’s leading striker for the past two finals. On the other, Hernán Crespo was taking huge steps towards his competitor…

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Argentina’s obsession with the number 5

Argentina made it through to the 2014 World Cup final having defeated Holland in a penalty shootout. Lionel Messi, the star of the show, wearing the nation’s iconic number 10, didn’t have a single touch in the Dutch penalty area throughout the 120 minutes of play. He, rightly or wrongly, won the player of the tournament…

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The rivalry and brotherhood of Diego and Gabriel Milito

In May 2016, the final round of Argentine Primera División fixtures heralded the retirement of 36-year-old Diego Milito. A short distance across Buenos Aires, Gabriel Milito, Diego’s younger brother by 14 months, was appointed as manager of Club Atlético Independiente. Momentarily, one of football’s most intriguing sibling pairs were back where it all began. Despite laying…

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The Lob podcast talks to US legend Marcelo Balboa

In the history of the United States national team, only four men have made more appearances than Marcelo Balboa’s 127. We caught up with the former midfield star to talk about his three World Cup experiences, player development, the national team today, his roots in Argentina, and those incredible locks. • • • • • • • • Listen on: • • • •…

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