Argentina

When Argentina beat Brazil in the “Game of Shame”

This day in football history On 1 February 1937, Argentina won the South American Championship over Brazil with two extra-time goals from Vicente de la Mata. The precursor to the Copa América, the tournament consisted of six teams, with each one playing the others once and the winner decided on points. But Argentina beat Brazil in …

Thoughtful kid ties opponent’s shoe during youth match

Exemplary sportsmanship or innovative time wasting technique? During a youth match in Cordoba, Argentina, one player decided to stop everything and put his opponent’s safety first by tying his shoe for him. This thoughtful service was caught on film, giving Roy Keane the opportunity to pore of the footage and wonder why the kid didn’t …

Maradona has a Leo Messi conspiracy theory

Now that Lionel Messi is back from his international non-retirement and all is right with the world, Maradona would like to get back to questioning his character. Since Messi’s retirement declaration immediately followed Argentina’s third cup final loss in as many years and Messi himself even missed the opening spot kick of their doomed shootout …

Everything Lionel Messi missed during his international retirement

Forty six days after announcing his international retirement in the immediate aftermath of missing a penalty in Argentina’s shootout loss to Chile in the Copa American Centenario final, he has triumphantly declared his return, having missed exactly zero international matches. From ESPN FC: “I see that there are a lot of problems in Argentina football …

Argentina’s painful journey toward coveting the Copa América

Soccer’s hard lessons, for a fan and his country By Juan Sklar | Illustration by Eirian Chapman Editor’s note: This essay appears in a special edition book we produced for the organizers of Copa América Centenario. “It feels like being dumped,” I said. “It’s just a game,” my girlfriend answered. She’s one of the few Argentines …