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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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Gonzalo Higuaín retires from Argentina duty with final swipe at his critics

• Striker announces retirement ‘to the delight of many people’• ‘When you criticise someone maliciously, it hurts everyone’Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuaín has announced his retirement from international football, and taken a swipe at those who have cri…

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Gonzalo Higuaín retires from Argentina duty with final swipe at his critics

• Striker announces retirement ‘to the delight of many people’• ‘When you criticise someone maliciously, it hurts everyone’Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuaín has announced his retirement from international football, and taken a swipe at those who have cri…

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Euro 2020 roundup: Denmark and Norway claim thrilling 3-3 draws

• Switzerland 3-3 Denmark; Norway 3-3 Sweden• Gabriel Jesus scores twice in Brazil friendlyDenmark launched a stunning late comeback against Switzerland to draw their opening qualifying match for Euro 2020.Remo Freuler, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka …

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Lionel Messi returns for Argentina but can his dreams finally be realised?

The Barcelona forward will play for his country again on Friday but can he lead this squad, which is less gifted than in the past, to glory in the Copa América?Last weekend, Lionel Messi hit a high even in the context of his ridiculous career, his name…

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Maradona’s boyhood club reveal giant inflatable tunnel tribute at ‘El Diego Stadium’ – video

Argentinos Juniors have paid homage to their most famous son with an eye-catching tribute – an enormous inflatable tunnel in Diego Maradona’s image. Players entered the field through it at El Diego Stadium in their league match against Vélez Sarsfield&…

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Lionel Messi returns to Argentina squad for first time since World Cup

• Barcelona forward took sabbatical after last-16 exit to France• He will play at least one of Argentina’s friendlies this monthLionel Messi has been named in the Argentina squad for the first time since last year’s World Cup in Russia and will play in…

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Emiliano Sala: missing pilot’s family raise funds for search

David Ibbotson, who was flying light aircraft that crashed in Channel, has not been foundThe family of the missing pilot of the plane carrying the footballer Emiliano Sala have set up a fundraising page for donations to help restart a search for him.Sa…

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Emiliano Sala’s family says search for missing pilot must continue

David Ibbotson, who flew footballer in plane that crashed into sea, has not been foundThe family of the footballer Emiliano Sala has called for the authorities to continue to search for missing pilot David Ibbotson as the world of football came to term…

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Gabriel Batistuta at 50: celebrating seven of his greatest goals

Was there a more exotic footballer in the 1990s than Batigol? This collection of his best goals suggests not By Emmet Gates for The Gentleman UltraThe 1990s was perhaps the last great decade for centre-forwards. With coaches yet to shift to one-striker…

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Emiliano Sala: investigators find seat cushions on French beach

Accident investigators say pieces of cushion likely to be from aircraft that was carrying missing Cardiff City footballerThe first suspected pieces of wreckage from the plane that vanished with footballer Emiliano Sala on board have washed up on the Fr…

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Gonzalo Higuaín quiz: how well do you know Chelsea’s new striker?

The Argentinian forward has reunited with Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge. Have you followed his career so far?In which country was Higuaín born?Argentina Italy France SpainAt which of the big five clubs in Buenos Aires did Higuaín make his senior de…

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Buenos Aires becomes ghost town as fans follow delayed final

• River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to lift Copa Libertadores• Second leg of tie moved to Madrid because of crowd troubleRiver Plate fans thronged on to the streets of Buenos Aires when their team scored the decisive goal, yelling “Dale campeón! Dale C…

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The Copa Libertadores debacle is a story of Argentinian politics

The decision to move the all-Argentinian South American football final to Spain after a violent incident is a sad commentary on the state of the countryArgentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, is famous – or infamous – for the frequency with which he int…

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Argentinian football had the chance to prove it had changed – and blew it

Talk before Copa Libertadores final was of putting on a new face to the world but River Plate fans’ attack on Boca Juniors changed all thatAt around 6pm on Sunday evening, an hour after the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final had been due to kick…

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Copa Libertadores: second leg of final called off again hours before kick-off

• Match was set for Saturday but postponed after bus attack• Rescheduled game called off again on Sunday Related: River fans attack on Boca bus halts Copa Libertadores final for 24 hours It had been dubbed the final to end all finals, but nobody has an…

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River fans attack on Boca bus halts Copa Libertadores final for 24 hours

• Second leg of final postponed amid pre-match chaos• Coach pelted with missiles as players suffer effects of tear gasThe second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors had to be postponed for 24 hours on Saturday as a r…

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River fans attack on Boca bus halts Copa Libertadores final for 24 hours

• Second leg of final postponed amid pre-match chaos• Coach pelted with missiles as players suffer effects of tear gasThe second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors had to be postponed for 24 hours on Saturday as a r…

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Miranda edges Brazil past Argentina while Belgium and Holland draw

• Goal in stoppage time settles South American derby• Arnaut Groeneveld equalises for Holland in BrusselsA stoppage-time goal from Miranda gave Brazil a 1-0 victory over Argentina in a foul-strewn friendly in Saudi Arabia. The central defender beat the…

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France v Germany, Brazil v Argentina and more: international football – live!

Nations League and friendly updates from Tuesday’s gamesFollow Republic of Ireland v Wales: Nations League – live!Six of the best England performances since Euro 96And feel free to email Ben or tweet @benfisherj 6.58pm BST Henrikh Mkhitaryan capped an …