Fresh from Argentina’s 3-2 friendly victory over Russia in Moscow, Diego Maradona confirmed a third member in what he considers his untouchables, players who are destined to start in the World Cup (should Argentina make it, which is looking increasingly less sure). Was it one of the players who impressed in the match? Nope, it’s a winger from Newcastle United.
A brief round-up of the weekend’s World Cup qualifiers as the journey on the road to South Africa continues. This weekend saw several teams clinch a spot in the finals. In Asia, Australia, Japan and South Korea are all set for a return engagement in the World Cup; while Netherlands become the first Europeans to clinch a place (with England close behind); and the South American picture gets a bit clearer with wins from Brazil and Argentina.
The honeymoon is over for Diego Maradona, and the marriage may never recover. Argentina went down 6-1 in La Paz to a vastly inferior team, and it may be entirely due to the Argentine manager’s complete lack of preparation and experience.