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The best South American exports to Europe this transfer window

From Watford’s diamond in the rough to Real Madrid’s next great Brazilian, we look at the most exciting talent to cross the AtlanticExequiel Palacios (Argentina). River Plate to Bayer Leverkusen“I liked playing against Boca because we always beat them,…

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Will a clause against gender-based violence change Argentinian football?

Vélez Sarsfield have overhauled their players’ contracts in an effort to combat a problem that is all too common in societyRicardo Centurión is toxic. But the winger’s raw skill — his game is full of stepovers and mazy runs – appears to blind fans to h…

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Copa Libertadores final emerges from flames of unrest

The meeting between River Plate and Flamengo is a one-off affair for the first time in the competition’s history. It has had a troubled birthThe decision to play this year’s Copa Libertadores final, the first ever one-legged decider in the competition’…

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Why all of your favorite MLS stars are Argentinian | Francisco Navas

Economic crisis has made Major League Soccer a new paradise for Argentinian footballers to settle and expand their careersWith a tortured lilt, in 1945 Enrique Campos first sang a tale of a boy whose life is made by an unexpected call up to his club’s …

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Asif Kapadia’s Maradona documentary slices through the myth to show us the man

As an Argentinian growing up far from home, I clung on to the legend of our greatest footballer. Now I appreciate his lows as well as his highsDiego Armando Maradona’s life is a cliché, a rags to riches tragedy. He started as a poor boy with no filter,…

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Asif Kapadia’s Maradona documentary slices through the myth to show us the man

As an Argentinian growing up far from home, I clung on to the legend of our greatest footballer. Now I appreciate his lows as well as his highsDiego Armando Maradona’s life is a cliché, a rags to riches tragedy. He started as a poor boy with no filter,…

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Diego Maradona returns to coaching with Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata

Argentina legend takes over club battling relegationJob will be Maradona’s sixth as a club managerArgentina’s Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata have confirmed Diego Maradona as their new manager. The club sit 18th in the Argentinian Superliga and are in dang…

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Daniele De Rossi completes move to Boca Juniors after 18 years at Roma

Midfielder was mobbed by fans on arrival in Buenos AiresBoca manager hails De Rossi’s ‘experience and quality’Boca Juniors have confirmed the signing of Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi, who has left Roma after 18 years at the club and joins the Arg…

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First professional women’s football contracts signed in Argentina

San Lorenzo de Almagro announce 15 contractsCampaigner Macarena Sánchez is the star signingThe Argentinian club San Lorenzo de Almagro have announced the signing of the country’s first professional women’s football contracts.It is a historic moment for…

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Juan Fernando Quintero: a reminder of the glory days of football’s No10

The Colombian tore his ACL last weekend. He brings back memories of a time when the game cared less about fitting players into boxesIn recent years, football has attempted to eliminate subjectivity. The rise of VAR is the most obvious example, but we a…

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Frank De Boer struggles early in MLS as Pity and Atlanta United fail to fire

The Five Stripes won the title in just their second season. But after the departure of two key figures they have struggled to find a new identityGonzalo “Pity” Martínez was welcomed to the US with a song. As he stepped off the team bus, Atlanta United …

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Djokovic’s kindness and Nadal’s water bottles: my life as a tennis ballboy

It’s little surprise that Fernando Verdasco snapped at a ballboy in China last week. Our job was fun, but we were also taught to soak up abuseDuring my three years as a ballboy at the Miami Open I learned that, like a waiter at a Michelin-starred resta…

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Brasil v México en vivo y en español – minuto a minuto

México y Brasil se enfrentan en los octavos de final del Mundial de Rusia 2018 en Samara. Compartan sus opiniones a mi email: francisco.navas@theguardian.comOscar de la Hoya: por qué los estadounidenses deben apoyar a México durante Mundial?Sigue el pa…

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México v Suecia en vivo y en español – minuto a minuto

El Tri vuelve a la cancha en Ekaterimburgo contra Suecia para cerrar la fase de grupos asegurar su pase a los octavos de final del Mundial de Rusia 2018Compartan sus opiniones a mi email: francisco.navas@theguardian.comOscar de la Hoya: por qué los est…

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Argentinian press round-up: ‘Lionel Messi was angry. What great news!’

Jorge Sampaoli’s men are through to the last 16 thanks to a late winner against Nigeria. More importantly, their key player seems to be getting back to his bestFormer national team coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino said it best this week: Argentinians can’t…

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Corea del Sur v México en vivo y en español – minuto por minuto!

El Tri vuelve a la cancha en Rostov del Don, para asegurar su pase a los octavos de final del Mundial de Rusia 2018, contra Corea del SurCompartan sus opiniones a mi email: francisco.navas@theguardian.comOscar de la Hoya: por qué los estadounidenses de…

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‘Knights of anguish’ – Argentinian media react to World Cup humbling

The country’s pain after La Albiceleste’s 3-0 loss to Croatia percolated through its newspapers and sports magazines It never looked certain for Argentina. There were always questions left to answer but obscured by the euphoria, anxiety and demands of …

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Alemania v México – en vivo y en español

Sigue al Tri partido en vivo y en español, en su primer desafío del Mundial de Rusia 2018, contra el campeon del 2014, Alemania. Follow the match in English 4.35pm BST Min 33 Pero vuelven sin problema a defender los mismos 10 4.33pm BST Min 31 Insiste …