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2015/2016 Season

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Argentina replace injured Pablo Zabaleta and Ezequiel Garay

Argentina replaced the injured Pablo Zabaleta for CONMEBOL qualifying on Nov. 12 and 17.

Defenders Jonatan Maidana (River Plate) and Gino Peruzzi (Boca Juniors) were added on Tuesday by Argentina coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino to the Albiceleste callup for CONMEBOL qualifying against Brazil and Colombia on Nov. 12 and 17.

Maidana and Peruzzi replace the injured Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) and Ezequiel Garay (Zenit), who were removed from the squad list on Monday.

 By Tim Vickery

Chapecoense face big test from River Plate in the Copa Sudamericana

River Plate marched past Quito in the previous round of the Copa Sudamericana.

Two months ago, 47 teams went into the Copa Sudamericana, the continent's Europa League equivalent. Now only eight remain, and all but three of them come from the continent's two major powers.

There is an artificial aspect to this tournament. With no group phase, the competition is home and away knock-out all the way from the start to the finish, which makes the draw in the early stages much easier to manipulate. And the Sudamericana is set up so that half of the places in the last 16 are reserved...

Lionel Messi missing Barcelona vs. River Plate could spark upset - Menotti

Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo contends that Barcelona's Lionel Messi is more influential than Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno believes Argentina need to figure out how to play as a team more than ever during Lionel Messi's absence.

River Plate have a "big chance" of defeating Barcelona in the World Club Cup in December -- especially if Lionel Messi is ruled out by injury, coach Cesar Luis Menotti believes.

Former Barcelona and Argentina coach Menotti says his club, the Copa Libertadores holders, can shock the Champions League winners at the event in Japan.

Messi is sidelined with a knee ligament injury, which Barca have said will keep him out until late November, but is widely expected to return in time for the Clasico at Real...

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Argentina adds police for River Plate vs. Boca Juniors

River Plate needed police protection to exit the pitch Thursday night at La Bombonera.
Police have stepped up security for River-Boca match.

A record 9,000 police officers will be on hand to provide security during the heated rivalries scheduled in Argentine football league action this weekend, including Sunday's match between River Plate and Boca Juniors.

The Copa Libertadores round-of-16 match between bitter Argentine rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate was suspended back in May of this year after River Plate players were sprayed with pepper spray.


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Joe Bennett, Tomas Andrade join Bournemouth on season-long loans

River Plate's Tomas Andrade and Aston Villa's Joe Bennett have both joined Bournemouth on season-long deals on transfer deadline day.

Andrade, 19, joins Bournemouth from Argentine side River Plate after impressing on a preseason trial at Everton, and will be part of the Cherries' under-21 squad subject to international clearance.

Bennett, 25, signed a one-year contract extension with Villa before moving to Dean Court on loan for the rest of the 2015-16 campaign.