1. Copa America 2011: Argentina vs Colombia Post-Match Analysis

    Frustration, impotence, confusion; Lionel Messi's face said it all. There was a feeling that something had broken in the cold evening of Santa Fe amidst the whistles and boos...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 3 years ago 704 reads 2 comments

  2. Copa America 2011 Recap: Low Scores and Draws Set the Tone

    The world's oldest international football tournament is now well under way, and although it may be too early to draw conclusions, one thing seems fairly certain: South America has ...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 3 years ago 461 reads 4 comments

  3. Copa America 2011: Argentina vs. Bolivia Post-Match Analysis

    The 2011 version of the Copa America kicked off on Friday, July 1st with a match facing off what is presumably one of the stronger sides on the continent, against one of the weakest...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 3 years ago 1,679 reads 11 comments

  4. Diego Maradona: Argentina's Pampered Child

    Once again, four long years of anticipation have gone by and another World Cup has come to a close. The sad reality of unfulfilled expectations has begun to set in, and many hopes and dreams will now have to be postponed until 2014...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about almost 4 years ago 617 reads 4 comments

  5. FIFA 2010 World Cup: The Argentine Dream Collapses Against Germany

    If there's one thing that the Germans have proven throughout their history, it's that there are no short-cuts to success. Success, more than just mere passion, is the final result of much hard work, planning, organization, and forethought...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 1,094 reads 4 comments

  6. FIFA 2010 World Cup: Argentina Likely to Repeat Lineup Vs. Germany

    After four days of speculation, analysis, and a dozen sketches of how Argentina might line up, I will admit to feeling pretty stupid after hearing news that Maradona is going to start the exact same team against Germany that he did against Mexico...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 1,732 reads 7 comments

  7. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Argentina Round of 16 Post-Match Tactical Analysis

    In what was arguably Argentina's first true test at this World Cup, the 3-1 victory over Mexico proved good enough for a spot at the quarterfinals but did little to settle many unresolved ...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 1,223 reads 9 comments

  8. FIFA World Cup 2010: Argentina's Starting Lineup Vs. Mexico Confirmed

    With less than 48 hours to go till the fateful match against Mexico on Sunday, Argentina has confirmed a starting line-up and a formation quite similar to the one fielded against S...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 517 reads 9 comments

  9. This World Cup Is the Best Thing That Could Have Happened to Maradona

    Given the fact that my Argentine nationality will be fairly easy to detect, and in order to keep you from writing me off as a mere flag-waving nationalist, I'm going to begin this article by mentioning an Englishman...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 348 reads 6 comments

  10. FIFA World Cup 2010: Argentina Post-Match Tactical Analysis vs. Greece

    With three wins in three matches and a +6 goal difference, Argentina have closed out a promising first round with a 2-0 win over Greece, thus once again confirming their status as true World Cup competitors...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 932 reads 8 comments

  11. FIFA World Cup 2010: Diego Milito May Finally Get a Chance vs. Greece

    You asked for him, you get him. Striker Diego Milito seems he may finally get a chance to show his skills against Greece...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 427 reads 0 comments

  12. FIFA World Cup 2010: Argentina Game Two Post-Match Tactical Analysis

    After an opening match against Nigeria that was filled with high-points and low-points, Argentina have now undoubtedly confirmed their status as true competitors, despite a twenty minute ...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 1,214 reads 5 comments

  13. FIFA World Cup 2010: Diego Maradona Sticks to His Guns

    After a few days of of speculation and a flurry of conflicting information, it seems Argentina's starting lineup to face South Korea has emerged, and is now all but confirmed...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 501 reads 1 comments

  14. FIFA World Cup 2010: Maradona Likely to Make Modifications vs. South Korea

    For all those who, regardless of nationality, share a true love for the more beautiful aspects of the game, there were moments in Argentina's match against Nigeria which warmed hearts and lit imaginations...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 608 reads 5 comments

  15. World Cup 2010: Argentina Game One Post-Match Tactical Analysis

    Despite an enormous wealth of available talent, Argentina's "unique" World Cup preparations had left a great many unanswered questions regarding how "la selección" would play, ...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 579 reads 1 comments

  16. World Cup 2010 Predictions: Argentina's Defense the Group B "X-Factor"

    In the run-up to Argentina's World Cup opening match, much has been said about the likes of Messi, Di María, Tévez, and Verón. But Argentina's back line has hardly been mentioned...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 1,365 reads 0 comments

  17. World Cup 2010 Preview: Argentine Hooligans Disembark in South Africa

    One of the bigger stories surrounding Argentina's World Cup preparation in South Africa has been the arrival of the infamous "barras-bravas" and the ensuing scandal that followed them...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 874 reads 1 comments

  18. 2010 FIFA World Cup: The Carlos Tévez Dilemma

    Most people outside Argentina would be surprised to find that, of all the players on this national team, the Argentine public's absolute favorite is not Leo Messi, but rather, Carlos Tévez...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 473 reads 5 comments

  19. 2010 FIFA World Cup: The Argentine Delegation Open Their Doors to the Press

    On a day when other World Cup candidates are "tuning up" with competitive friendlies, the big news in the Argentine camp is that, at the University of Pretoria's HPC, the doors have finally opened for the media...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 1,370 reads 2 comments

  20. The Agony & the Ecstasy: Memorable World Cup Penalty Shootouts

    If you're a "serious" soccer fan who supports a team that usually gets past the first round, the words "penalty kick shootout" will probably send shivers down your spine...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 4,150 reads 6 comments

  21. Marcelo Bielsa: Chile's Innovative Football Manager

    Marcelo Bielsa has undoubtedly become one of South America's more recognized and innovative football managers in recent times...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 1,349 reads 0 comments

  22. Chaos and Violence Erupt As Rosario Central Are Relegated

    In Argentina, the city of Rosario is -no doubt- second only to Buenos Aires in football history and passion. Some would even venture to say there are few city's in the world where football is as much a matter of life and death as this one...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 204 reads 0 comments

  23. Argentina's Possible Line-Ups and Formations

    If there's one thing that has defined this Argentine National Team led by Diego Maradona, it is the element of surprise...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 1,550 reads 10 comments

  24. We Like You Better This Way, Diego

    Over the past few months since Diego's designation as coach of the national team, I've been rather critical of many of his choices, and cynical as to his capabilities as coach of "la selección"...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 168 reads 5 comments

  25. Is Argentine Football in Crisis?

    There's no doubting that Argentina remains one of the primary sources of talent in an increasingly over-crowded and competitive footballing world...

    Esteban Sabbatasso Written by Esteban Sabbatasso about 4 years ago 146 reads 0 comments