Argentina · South America

River Plate, the “B” version *update*

Though many fans of River Plate are still slowly coming to terms with the thought of having to play in the second division in Argentina, others have already begun planning and thinking about the challenge ahead.

Argentina · Football History · South America

River Plate’s darkest day

Today, I became “one of those fans”. The kind whose team just got relegated, whose goal now is merely to get back to what they once were, rather than in striving to be the best. The kind who are caught crying in the stands at the sheer helplessness of watching your team fail utterly.

FIFA · World Cup 2010

The Situation (with the FIFA World Cup)

My personal preferences to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups were England and Australia; England for its history, contributions to the game and football atmosphere, and Australia for its proximity to my residence of New Zealand. Developments this week, whether its BBC Panorama reports or the “McKinsey Report”, have changed my mind. Though… Continue reading The Situation (with the FIFA World Cup)

Argentina · Football History · Managers · World Cup 2010

The next step in managerial evolution in Argentina

It wasn’t just the score line that Argentina managed against Spain that I enjoyed this week. The team itself looks better-poised and more balanced, and lost none of the attacking verve that they displayed in South Africa. It also seems to augur the continued employment of Sergio “Checho” Batista as manage, another reason to be happy.