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Argentina's Olympic heroes, 10 years on

Where are they now?
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Are Argentina's teams at a disadvantage?

Copa Libertadores
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Argentina rebuilding job begins with Scaloni and Aimar

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Brazil's narrow victory is more worrying than Argentina's defeat

Brazil snatched it right at the end, centre-back Miranda shrugging off Nicolas Otamendi at a corner to glance in the 1-0 winner over Argentina ahead of keeper Sergio Romero. But Brazil boss Tite may well come away from Saudi Arabia a slightly more worried man than Lionel Scaloni, his Argentine counterpart.

The teams are at vastly different stages of development.

Scaloni is a caretaker coach, in temporary charge. The chaos of Argentina's World Cup campaign has forced the FA to think long and...

Lionel Messi dazzled by champion pizza tosser during international break

When it comes to eating copious amounts of pizza prepared by one of the world's best dough tossers, Lionel Messi knows carbs don't count when they're consumed on holiday.

Messi, whose weakness for the dish has been well-documented, spent time during his Argentina sabbatical by receiving a first-hand demonstration from chef Fabian Martin -- twice crowned in Naples as the world pizza champion and apparently a member of, yes, the Pizza Hall of Fame.

The Barcelona star, along with his wife, Antonella...

Brazil settled, Argentina in transition ahead of Tuesday's friendly non-friendly

As Brazil coach Tite stressed the other day, there is no such thing as a friendly between his national team and that of Argentina. But some un-friendlies are more friendly than others. And Tuesday's meeting in Saudi Arabia falls into this category.

First, it comes in the silly season of South American national team football, the year following a World Cup in which no competitive games are played. These sides will not be in action with points at stake for another eight months, when the 2019 Copa...

Lionel Messi's life inspires new Cirque du Soleil show hitting stage in 2019

Cirque du Soleil performers would be no use in a wall defending a free kick.

Lionel Messi's life story will be taken to the stage in 2019 after Cirque du Soleil confirmed they will produce a brand new show inspired by the Barcelona forward.

Cirque du Soleil, the live performance company that performs around the world, has previously based shows on musical acts such as The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Argentine rock group Soda Stereo, but never before on a football player.

"The show will celebrate Messi's legacy in Cirque du Soleil's signature way, highlighting the rich culture...

International W2W4: England, Italy face relegation; Brazil, Argentina meet again

Club football takes another break as the eyes of the world turn to the international game. Among the highlights are a pair of tough away tests for England and the renewal of a fierce rivalry in an unlikely venue. Watch the UEFA Nations League in the U.S. on ESPN+.

England need points from away games

Friday's clash between Croatia and England is not simply about settling scores from July's World Cup semifinal, which the Croats won 2-1 after extra-time. There are UEFA Nations League points to...

Amid Uruguayan continuity, pressure is on Brazil and Argentina seek new start

Argentina's manager Lionel Scaloni insists he hasn't spoken to Lionel Messi on whether he wants to play in the 2018 Copa America after the Barcelona forward was left out of the squad for upcoming friendlies.

In the four-year cycle of international football, the year that follows a World Cup is silly season for South American countries.

Competitive action does not resume until next June, with the Copa America in Brazil, but even though there is a title at stake, the primary aim for many coaches will be to prepare a squad for 2022 qualifiers, which begin toward the end of 2019.

Until then, there is nothing but friendlies. Many are money-chasing exercises played around the world, but that does not render...