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Maradona lashes out at Messi in greatest player debate

13 Oct 2018

Argentina great Diego Maradona has hit out at his countryman Lionel Messi, saying the forward is not a leader on the pitch and should not be considered a footballing God.

Soccer-Maradona lashes out at Messi in greatest player debate

13 Oct 2018

Oct 13 Argentina great Diego Maradona has hit out at his countryman Lionel Messi, saying the forward is not a leader on the pitch and should not be considered a footballing God.

Argentina alter backline for All Blacks visit

27 Sep 2018

BUENOS AIRES Ramiro Herrera and Bautista Ezcurra were called up by Argentina on Thursday as the South Americans made two changes to the side that will face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

Rugby-New Zealand expecting the unexpected against Argentina

25 Sep 2018

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 25 The All Blacks are firm favourites for Saturday's match with Argentina but assistant coach Ian Foster warned his players on Tuesday they must not underestimate the Pumas if they want to avoid a second straight defeat for the first time since 2011.

Stopping Pumas locks vital for NZ success, says Barrett

24 Sep 2018

BUENOS AIRES New Zealand have identified Argentina's locks as the key to their great season in the Rugby Championship with Scott Barrett saying stopping Tomas Lavanini and Guido Petti will be vital if they want to win away this weekend in Buenos Aires.

All Blacks must up their game against Pumas, says Perenara

23 Sep 2018

BUENOS AIRES New Zealand are on the verge of a third successive Rugby Championship but they will have to up their game to beat Argentina if they want to secure the title with a game to spare, the All Blacks' TJ Perenara said on Sunday.

After years of silence, Brazil's footballers get political again

21 Sep 2018

SAO PAULO Brazil's divisive campaign for next month's presidential election has spilled over onto sacred ground - the country's soccer pitches - an arena where political statements have been rare in recent years.

CONMEBOL names three World Cup arenas for 2019 Copa America

19 Sep 2018

SAO PAULO The Copa America final in Brazil next year will be held at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro while the opening match will take place at the Morumbi in Sao Paulo, organisers said on Tuesday.

Soccer-CONMEBOL names three World Cup arenas for 2019 Copa America

18 Sep 2018

SAO PAULO, Sept 18 The Copa America final in Brazil next year will be held at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro while the opening match will take place at the Morumbi in Sao Paulo, organisers said on Tuesday.

Crowd trouble mars Copa Libertadores as Santos crash out

29 Aug 2018

SAO PAULO Santos fans threw fireworks at the Independiente bench and tried to invade the field during Tuesday's Copa Libertadores match in Sao Paulo, forcing the referee to abandon the game with just minutes remaining in a 0-0 draw.

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