Argentina

Rosario Central fans throw dolls on pitch, forcing match to be halted

When football matches turn into horror movies Lots of strange things have been thrown on the pitch during matches this season alone. Toy pigs, dead rats, a severed bull’s head—but the dozens of plastic dolls Rosario Central fans threw on the pitch during their match against Racing might be the creepiest yet. Last week, Rosario Central …

Estudiantes manager tears off his shirt after getting sent off

A thoroughly impressive managerial freakout Estudiantes manager Nelson Vivas completely lost his shit after getting sent off in the first half of a match against former club Boca Juniors. After a brief, yet animated discussion with the official, Vivas tore open his shirt in a fit of rage, then kicked off his shoe, and pulled …

When Maradona was busted in Buenos Aires

This day in football history On 26 April 1991, police in Buenos Aires arrested Diego Maradona for possession of cocaine. It was one more twist in the spiraling descent of the Argentina star, who had just started serving a 15-month ban from Italian football. Although he was already suffering from a cocaine addiction when he joined …

When Maradona made his international debut

This day in football history On 27 February 1977, Argentina beat Hungary 5–1 in a friendly that marked the international debut of 16-year-old Diego Maradona. At the time, Hungary had been the more successful team, with two World Cup finals (1938 and 1954), three Olympic gold medals (1952, 1964, 1968) and one silver medal (1972). But …

When Maradona made his international debut

This day in football history On 27 February 1977, Argentina beat Hungary 5–1 in a friendly that marked the international debut of 16-year-old Diego Maradona. At the time, Hungary had been the more successful team, with two World Cup finals (1938 and 1954), three Olympic gold medals (1952, 1964, 1968) and one silver medal (1972). But …