Argentina

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 …

DTotD: Ezequiel Lavezzi tackled by advertising board, breaks elbow

https://www.youtube.com/embed/fhpzVxUyjs8 It turned out the pitchside advertisements put up more of a fight against Argentina than the U.S. did in their Copa America semifinal. Ezequiel Lavezzi, who opened the scoring in Argentina’s 4–0 win with a 3rd-minute goal, fell backwards over the pitchside board in the second half and broke his elbow. The injury will …

Fox attributes Copa America yellow card to U.S. women’s team keeper

Things went very bad very fast for the U.S. in their Copa America semifinal against Argentina. They conceded a goal within the first five minutes and looked completely bewildered from then on — a state that apparently extended to broadcaster Fox, who attributed a yellow card for Chris Wondolowski to U.S. women’s team backup goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. …

Venezuela’s attempts terrible Panenka at even worse time

https://www.youtube.com/embed/OUCnsoV6sEM You’re down 2–0 to mighty Argentina in the Copa America quarterfinals. You’ve been awarded a penalty and now you have a golden opportunity to cut your opponents’ lead in half and turn the momentum. If you’re Venezuela’s Luis Seijas, a man who is completely insane, this is a perfect opportunity to show off your …

John Harkes Copa América 1995

The day the USMNT made Maradona cry

An oral history of the U.S. run to the semifinals at Copa América ’95 Associated Press How’s this for a quirk of history: the two best cup performances by the U.S. men’s national team both took place in Uruguay. Sure, the 2002 World Cup in Korea has a strong case. But get out of here with your …