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Argentina have all but secured their place in the last sixteen following a convincing 4-1 victory over South Korea.  Building on the foundations laid against Nigeria, La Albiceleste once again exhibited some fantastic attacking play, including a hat trick for Gonzalo Higuain, and have a laid down a serious marker for the other favourites in the competition.

The starting eleven was unchanged except for the inclusion of Maxi Rodriguez, in place of the injured Juan Sebastian Veron.  La Selección started in positive fashion, Angel Di Maria shooting narrowly wide after just three minutes. Keeping …

 

Following Saturday’s comfortable victory over Nigeria, Argentina travel to Soccer City to face the Tigers of Asia, South Korea.  With three points already secured La Albiceleste will be expecting another victory to ensure passage into the last 16.  However following their impressive 2-0 victory over Greece, the Koreans are likely to be anything but a walk in the park (pardon the pun!).
History
Thursday’s clash will be just the third time these sides have locked horns, and history favours Argentina who came out victorious in both previous encounters.  The only previous World Cup meeting of  La Selección and the Tigers …

Argentina kicked of their World Cup with a comfortable 1-0 victory over Nigeria, courtesy of Gabriel Heinze’s sixth minute diving header. Always in control of the game La Albiceleste’s performance has gone some way to answering their pre-tournament critics. Yet Maradona will be concerned with his sides impotence in front of goal, as the scoreline could and should have been far greater.

The starting eleven was more or less as expected, with Jonas Guttierrez selected at right back and Carlos Tevez partnering Gonzalo Higuian in attack.  Guttierez’s lack of defensive nous was almost exposed in the second …

                                                                     
The waiting is finally over, this Saturday, Argentina’s campaign to capture a third World Cup trophy begins against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.  With Diego Maradona in charge preparations have naturally been controversial, his 23 man squad proving the subject of much debate.  However such discussions are now irrelevant, as all eyes turn to the Elis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, where eleven men in blue and white stripes will carry the hopes of a nation.
History
When it comes to their opening game, Argentina have a relatively strong record of nine wins …

Goalkeepers:  Mariano Andujar ( Catania), Diego Pozo (Colon), Sergio Romero (AZ).
Defenders: Nicolas Burdisso (Roma), Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Ariel Garce (Colon), Gabriel Heinze (Marseille), Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfeild), Clemente Rodriguez (Estudiantes), Walter Samuel (Inter).
Midfielders: Mario Bolatti (Fiorentina), Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Javier Pastore (Palermo), Maxi Rodriguez (Liverpool), Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes).
Fowards: Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Higuian (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Diego Milito (Inter), Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors), Carlos Tevez (Man City).
 
Maradona not Interested
Perhaps the most notable feature of the squad listed above is …

Diego Maradona is a lucky man. For most of the mangers who will be in South Africa this summer, the decision to ignore players such as Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti, would be nothing short of madness. Yet while these omissions have certainly raised eye brows, such is the strength of the players at Maradona’s disposal that he has still managed to compile a team packed with stars, which must be considered amongst the favourites for the competition.  This blog will focus on four of these stars, whose performances may well be crucial …

Glory check, despair check, fierce rivalries check, a twisted genius check, drugs, doping and scandal check. Welcome to the World Cup history of Argentina. 

1930-66: Early Promise Fades
La Albicelestes’ story beings back in 1930, at the very first World Cup held in neighbouring Uruguay. Thanks to some scintillating football Argentina reached to the final, only to be beaten 4-2 by the hosts in front of 93,000 spectators.   However this was as close as La Selección would come for a long while,  the six tournaments from 1932-62 being blighted by withdrawals, qualifying failures and early …

GROUP B
Argentina
Nigeria
South Korea
Greece
 
After a gruelling qualification campaign, Argentina have been handed a relatively comfortable group at the 2010 World Cup. Diego Maradona’s side shouldn’t fear the Greeks, Nigerians or Koreans with their vast resources. The only stumbling block could be if Maradona’s eccentric squad selections continue which is entirely possible.
If the Argies do manage to qualify in the expected top spot, their knock out draw is fairly kind if the seeded nations progress as expected. A probable 2nd round draw against either South Africa, Uruguay or Mexico would see …

South American nation Argentina has revealed their new 2010 alternative World Cup shirt that they will wear at the tournament in South Africa next summer.
The Argentines are fortunate to be competing in Africa after a poor qualification campaign that saw them perform well below their best and only just qualify automatically for the tournament. The two time World Cup winners eventually finished four points clear of arch rivals Uruguay after a 1-0 victory against them in the final qualification match of the group.

The Argentina away shirt is predominately blue with a white round …

A brace from Xabi Alonso proves too much for Argentina, as they suffer a defeat at the hands of the European Kings in Madrid.

Vicente Calderon Stadium

The scene was set, two of the worlds biggest teams were set to clash. The 54,851 seater Vicente Calderón Stadium the venue. Maradona’s men were under pressure, this coming after a disappointing qualification campaign – qualifying at the last hurdle with a 1-0 win over Uruguay. Diego Maradona, also under fire from FIFA after the inpromptu outburst to the media following their qualification to …