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Articles tagged with World Cup

Lionel Messi

Why Barcelona's early elimination from the Champions League is good news for Argentina

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli badly needed a boost. He received a huge one on Tuesday, and Saturday was not bad either.


Why defending deep, as is common in South American club football, could spell disaster for Peru

Peru have given themselves what they hope will be a morale-boosting send-off before heading to their first World Cup in 36 years. In late May they wil...


Defensive troubles mean a change of approach could be necessary for Argentina

Perhaps the only surprise of Spain’s 6-1 thrashing of Argentina was that so many people were surprised. A heavy defeat for the visitors in Madri...


Isco leads the way as Lopetegui's rejuvenated Spain head to Russia all smiles

 When Julen Lopetegui was installed as Spain boss, players’ ID cards would not matter - as the native phrase goes. Name, age and reputation...

Jose Pekerman

Colombia show impressive fighting spirit against France to spark hope ahead of World Cup

The decision to go to Paris to play a warm-up friendly against France was a high risk option for Colombia. After reaching the World Cup quarter-final...


Brazil has always been a world leader in physical preparation - so Neymar is in the best hands

Belo Horizonte, of course, is the city where Brazil suffered that astonishing 7-1 defeat by Germany in the semi-final of the last World Cup. And it is...


The tragic death of Peruvian commentator Daniel Peredo four months before the World Cup - and what he meant to the country

“Some people are on the pitch, they think it’s all over... it is now.  It’s four!” Any fan – even the millions who...


End-of-season burnout a concern for Messi and Argentina ahead of the World Cup

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli came back from his recent trip to Europe, where he sat down and spoke with 28 of his players. The most important, of co...


Why have Argentina fallen behind Brazil when it comes to producing quality goalkeepers?

The phrase ‘Brazilian goalkeeper’ does not, historically speaking, inspire a great deal of confidence. This is a little harsh. True, Feli...

Funes Mori

Why Ramiro Funes Mori has something to offer Argentina’s World Cup challenge

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is on a tour of Europe, meeting his players, judging their form and fitness, and explaining to them what he intends to ...