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Copa Libertadores calendar putting Argentina at a disadvantage?

Gremio currently hold the Copa Libertadores title and may find they have an edge over the competition again in 2018.
Gremio currently hold the Copa Libertadores title and may find they have an edge over the competition again in 2018.

There is a real feeling this week that the World Cup has become history. Club football is back in Europe, of course, with the build-up to the big kick-off in the English Premier League and other major competitions.

The same is true in South America. Plenty of domestic leagues are already up and running, but this week things get serious in the Copa Libertadores, the continent's equivalent of the Champions League.

But there is a big difference between the two sides of the Atlantic. The European...

Argentina search begins as Lionel Scaloni and Pablo Aimar keep hotseat warm

Former Argentina international Juan Sebastian Veron discusses how the national side needs to structure itself going forward, following their performance at the 2018 World Cup.

Argentina have kicked the can down the road with their decision to place Under-20 coaches Lionel Scaloni and Pablo Aimar in temporary charge of the senior side. The duo will be in charge for next month's matches in the U.S. against Guatemala and Colombia, and presumably for the international dates in October and November as well.

"We are going to take a semester to find someone to take charge [on a permanent basis]," said Argentine Football Association president Claudio Tapia. "More than anything,...

 By Tim Vickery

Argentina got it wrong with Jorge Sampaoli, now they have time to get it right

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop thinks Lionel Messi will walk away from Argentina after their 4-3 World Cup defeat to France.

Now that Jorge Sampaoli's time as coach of Argentina has come to an end, more details are starting to emerge about the chaos in the camp during the World Cup.

It is clear there was a complete breakdown of trust. Following Argentina's second match, a dismal 3-0 defeat to Croatia, the players, led by Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi, reportedly forced a meeting where they made their grievances known; they had no faith in the coach, in his idea of play and even in his excessively nervous behaviour.

It...

Jorge Sampaoli's Argentina tenure spluttering to an inevitable conclusion

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop thinks Lionel Messi will walk away from Argentina after their 4-3 World Cup defeat to France.

Jorge Sampaoli arrived a year ago as Argentina manager, but he could never get his team to jell. If his time as Albiceleste boss is over, it will be a conclusion that saw him confused, lacking authority and alienated from his players.

Argentina's elimination in the round of 16 at the hands of France spells the end for many of the side's players. The same could also be said for Sampaoli himself.

A little over a year ago, the Casilda native was introduced as Argentina manager. The announcement sprung...

 By Tim Vickery

Argentina at a crossroads after World Cup demise as post-Lionel Messi era looms

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop thinks Lionel Messi will walk away from Argentina after their 4-3 World Cup defeat to France.

For two reasons, Jorge Sampaoli was a strange choice to take over as Argentina coach a year ago.

The first one has been made all too clear by results over the past few months, and especially the past two weeks. There is a glaring incompatibility between his basic idea and the resources available to him. Sampaoli has always favoured a furious high press, squeezing the opponents in their half of the field, creating two-against-one situations down the flanks, throwing men forward. It is a bold approach,...

Should Lionel Messi's failure to win a World Cup affect his GOAT claim?

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop thinks Lionel Messi will walk away from Argentina after their 4-3 World Cup defeat to France.

MOSCOW -- Is this the last we'll see of Lionel Messi on football's biggest stage, the World Cup? Argentina are out, and with them go a seemingly demoralized, I'd-rather-be-anywhere-than-Russia Lionel Messi. True, he did what he could in the round of 16 with two assists, including a beauty that lead to Kun Aguero's goal. But it wasn't enough. Not even close. 

And so the countdown begins. Lionel Messi will be 35 years and 208 days old on Dec. 18, 2022, the day he theoretically gets his next crack...