Tag Archives: Argentina

Match Report: Argentina 0-4 Germany

3 Jul

Argentina versus Germany in Cape Town and what commentator Steve Wilson calls “a bona-fide clash of the titans”. I moved house this morning and yet my to do list was still shorter than that of the respective teams and captains once they’re out on the field. Escort mascot. Read out anti-racism message. Sing National Anthem. Shake hands with everyone. Quick Warm-up. Pose with big anti-racism banner. Do coin-toss. All these chores finally done, the two teams just have ‘advance to semi-finals’ left scrawled on the back of an envelope and so we finally get the game under way. Continue reading

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Match Preview 59: Argentina vs Germany (quarter-final)

3 Jul

For those who appreciate free-flowing, attacking football, this is the stand out tie of the quarter-finals.  One which seems to have developed something of an edge in the pre-match build up.  Phillip Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger have both spoken of ‘the South American temperament’ and ‘bat-shit crazy’ Diego Maradona has responded by putting on a mock German voice and suggesting the opposition are scared.  Much of this hostility is a hangover from the last time the two sides met in 2006, where a post-match brawl ensued and Leandro Cufre received a red card for kicking Per Mertesacker in the groin. Continue reading

On this day… 30th June 1974

30 Jun

As the 2010 World Cup moves towards the quarter-final stage there remains four South American sides in the competition and each in a different tie. It’s all edging towards that World Cup Final match-up we’ve all envisaged, but never actually seen. Brazil against Argentina. So, it seems only right to take the opportunity to look back at a past meeting between these two nations as it arises. On this day thirty-six years ago Brazil and Argentina met in West Germany. Continue reading

On this day… 29th June 1986

29 Jun

I’ve alluded to this before in our On This Day feature, but only ever having watched the World Cup through television coverage produced by your own country ensures that you have an unintentionally selective memory of past tournaments. Take the 1986 tournament is a prime example, I was just three years-old when it took place so have no first had memories of it, but I have seen footage of it. And so I’ve seen Gordon Strachan scoring against West Germany and then being pole-axed against Uruguay. I’ve seen Pat Jennings left bemused by Josimar’s stunning debut strike. I’ve seen all there is to see from the Argentina vs England quarter-final. I’ve seen Diego Maradona’s solo goal against Belgium from the subsequent semi-final, and even seen Maradona lifting the trophy. Only on researching this feature however (yes we do research) ,did it dawn on me though that I had never seen any footage of the final itself, the match between West Germany and Argentina, which took place twenty-four years ago today. Continue reading

Match Report: Argentina 3-1 Mexico

27 Jun

Sepp Blatter is omnipresent. He was at the match in Rustenburg last night, he was at the England v Germany game earlier today and now he is here in Soccer City; standing high up in the Stadium, in the shadows of a large archway, staring down at the scene below him like a supervillain. The Argentine supporters have greeted their team with ticker-tape and the Anthem’s are belted out by both sets of fans. Just before kick-off Javier Hernandez drops to his knees on the centre-spot and prays and over on the sideline Diego Maradona crosses himself on the bench. This has all the makings of a great World Cup game. Continue reading

Match Preview 52: Argentina vs Mexico (round two)

27 Jun

Guest match previewer, Sam McDonnell of the Little Norwich blog, looks ahead to today’s late kick-off.

Argentina’s apparently unobstructed route to at least the semi-finals should continue today as they take on a Mexico side still buzzing from making a decidedly average French side look decidedly average. Continue reading

Match Report: Argentina 2-0 Greece / Nigeria 2-2 South Korea

22 Jun

In the tunnel the mascots stare up at the Argentinean players in wonderment, like they’re watching a high-wire act. The atmosphere during the Argentine anthem is raucous to say the least, as the players stand resolutely, banners, umbrellas and drums can be seen bouncing around in the background. On the sideline Diego Maradona stands chest out, with a crowd of photographers huddled at his feet.  Just before kick-off the ‘bat-shit crazy’ manager spots himself on the big screen and gives a grin and a thumb up to the camera. Continue reading

On this day… 22nd June 1986

22 Jun

Twenty-four years ago an England team had a disastrous start to a World Cup finals campaign, beaten by an unfancied Portugal side, held to a goalless draw by Morocco and without the services of Brian Robson whose shoulder had fallen off and Ray Wilkins who had been sent off against the North African side. But then it all started going right for England. Gary Lineker hit a hat-trick against Poland in the final group game, and he hit too more against Paraguay in the second round to set up a quarter-final with Argentina and a chance, on this day in 1986, to prove they could cut it against the best in the world, and not just those nations beginning with ‘P’. Continue reading

Match Preview 36: Greece vs Argentina (Group B)

22 Jun

Despite two impressive victories, Argentina are not yet over the finish line.  A slip up against Greece could blow the group wide open, and they must be wary of not taking this match too lightly.  La Albiceleste do boast a strong bench, however, so the predicted changes – Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Milito in for Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain – will not weaken the first eleven.  Continue reading

Match Report: Argentina 4-1 South Korea

17 Jun

“If Argentina are a pleasure, South Korea are business” is how Peter Drury introduces this game and he has a fair point. Argentina are focussed and to an extent reliant on their attacking flair to get them through games whilst the South Korean approach has always been about the collective. In the stands one Argentine fan is obviously confident of the South American approach working out as he clutches a replica of the World Cup trophy during the National Anthem. The Korean fans unfurl a flag the size of one tier during their Anthem, duly saluted by Kim Jung-Woo. Continue reading