July 12, 2010

Well friends, the time to say goodbye has arrived.

Let me begin by saying that I’ve enjoyed every day that I’ve spent on the blog talking about the national team & Argentine football with you all.

My decision to no longer blog was not a rushed decision or have anything to do with Argentina’s latest world cup failure, as humilliating as it was.

I made the decision before the world cup.

And it is due to personal and work considerations. Mostly work considerations.

I am embarking on a new career in marketing and it is going to require alot of my time and focus.

It’s really been an immense joy and wonderful experience to have maintained this blog. I will miss it alot as I will miss talking to you all.

The blog was a part of my daily life and it is difficult to end it after all the time & effort that I’ve devoted to it.

Thank you all for your participation, for making the blog a really fun place to meet up to talk about Argentine football and Thank you for your love and passion for Argentina.

Gracias Amigas y Amigos.

Hasta Siempre.

The end of the road

July 3, 2010

I’m looking forward to reading what those that have been unleashing praise on Maradona have to say today.

Poor Messi. Poor Messi.

Only an incompetent manager can make the best player in the world irrelevant.

Maradona LO QUEMO a Messi.

Argentina made it as far as the quarterfinals because it had goal scoring power but it did not have any play build up. It did not have effective ball distribution. It did not have strong collective play.

Maradona refused to make the changes necessary to give Argentina’s attack the boost that was needed.

Argentina had an advantage that no other team had. The best player in the world.

Maradona did not build a team around Messi. Maradona did not provide Messi with players that could effectively link up with him.

Maradona made Messi irrelevant. It should have been Messi’s World Cup.

It should have been Argentina’s World Cup.

Hopefully, two things will happen after today:

1. Maradona will no longer be a part of the national team.

2. Messi, with the help of a semi-intelligent manager, will have his world cup in 2014.

Vamos Argentina!!!!!!!

July 2, 2010

In Argentina, the celebrations continue

June 28, 2010

More Maradona Show

June 24, 2010

Here he is, in yesterday’s training session, working out backup GK Mariano Andujar.

Messi 23

June 24, 2010

Messi turns 23 years old today.

23 moments of his career so far:

Messi celebrates winning the World Club championship.

Messi & his friend Ronaldinho.

Messi wins 2009 Golden Ball award.

Messi wins Best Player in Champions League award.

Messi dedicating a goal to his grandmother.

Messi on the bench during the 2006 World Cup.

Messi scoring a goal against Serbia in the 2006 World Cup.

Messi at the Beijing Olympics.

Messi, marketing machine.

Messi making his debut with Barcelona at the age of 16.

Messi dedicating a goal to this father in a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay.

Messi & Argentina.

Messi, circled in yellow, with his first footbal team, Grandoli.

Messi celebrating a goal with Barcelona.

Messi in a Barcelona/Madrid derby.

Messi celebrating another Barcelona championship.

Messi celebrating a goal in the Champions League Final against Manchester United.

Messi receiving an award alongside Di Stefano & Maradona.

Messi, Maradona & the Argentina shirt.

Messi & Maradona celebrating a win over Greece in the 2010 World Cup.

Messi wins Gold Medal in the Beijing Olympics.

Messi & Maradona’s father during a training session.

Messi, U-20 World Cup Champion.

A work of art

June 24, 2010

Inspired by Palermo’s goal, Ricardo Martínez Gálvez created the painting after the Greece game and it is currently on display in Plaza San Martin in Buenos Aires.

The Maradona Show

June 22, 2010

Argentina fans celebrating in South Africa

June 18, 2010

Soccer a way of life in Argentina

June 18, 2010