Thursday, August 14, 2014

SAN LORENZO IS THE 2014 COPA LIBERTADORES CHAMPION !!!

 
 
Most of you that follow this blog regularly know that I'm a big San Lorenzo fan (OK, a huge San Lorenzo fan) so this is a very special post for me, one I never thought I was going to write.
 
It was the first Copa Libertadores for San Lorenzo, and it had to be like this: suffering until the last second of the game. The team was VERY nervous, the fans were VERY nervous, and honestly Nacional didn't deserve to lose the 2nd leg because they played tactically a perfect game, but a very silly mistake finished with a penalty and the Copa Libertadores winning goal.
Hats off for the paraguayan team that no one thought that could make it this far and unexpectedly was a very tough rival but I don't have any doubts that in the long term San Lorenzo was a fair champion.

After struggling in the groups stage where they advanced only on goals difference thanks to a last minute goal in a 3-0 win vs Botafogo, they improved a lot later in the competition eliminating Brazilian giants Gremio and Cruzeiro.
Then the World Cup break came, where they lost young star Angel Correa (transferred to Atletico de Madrid but had a heart issue detected that needed surgery) and 2 months later probably their best performance in the competition, in the 5-0 win vs Bolivar in the 1st leg of the semifinals that basically secured their first Copa Libertadores finals.
 
I can't believe that after decades of looking for this San Lorenzo finally made it, I woke up today and I still don't realize it's true....but it's time to star preparing the trip to Morrocco where Real Madrid will be waiting :)
 
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The new Argentine football season is underway and once again, like I've been doing since 2009, I will write previews for every game of the Argentinean league + the best betting tips.

Contact me now at mncarg@gmail.com for fee details, previews samples (you can see any game of the last 4 years!) and other questions.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AFA's President Julio Humberto Grondona died




You probably heard the news by now: today Julio Humberto Grondona, AFA's president since 1979 and long time FIFA's Vicepresident (and also probably Sepp Blatter biggest allied) died today at 82 years of age.

For many he was a tyrant and a ruled AFA like a mafia boss, for others he was a big leader, but there are no doubts that this is the end of an era for Argentine football and hopefully a turning point for better things to come (it's hard to think that something will change though because his possible replacements are not any better than him).
For now the whole Argentine football world is shocked by the news.

Grondona was also one of the founders of Arsenal de Sarandi (one of his sons is the current president) ans he was also president of Independiente in the 1970's before taking the presidency of the Argentine Football Asociation a position he held until today.


The 1st round of the Primera Division 2014 tournament (and lower divisions as well) that were scheduled for this weekend have been postponed.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Argentina Previews 2014/2015 is just a week away !!



Didn't have enough time and it didn't feel like I needed to write any updates during the World Cup as there was some kind of "information overload".
Lots of blogs, newspapers and specially people in social networks covering the biggest football event...I'm sure I didn't have anything different to say about it.

But, with the World Cup behind (and it was definitely one to remember for all Argentine football fans despite the sour ending) it's time to put our focus back on local football where in a week Copa Libertadores will resume with the semifinals between San Lorenzo - Bolivar and Nacional (Paraguay) - Defensor Sporting, and only 3 weeks later the tournament "Transicion 2014" will kick off.

The "Transicion" name is due to the upcoming change in format because the AFA has decided that from 2015 there will be only one annual tournament with 30 teams, so this would be the last "short" 19 rounds tournament.

Once again, like I've been doing since 2009, I will write previews for every game of the Argentinean league + the best betting tips.

Contact me now at mncarg@gmail.com for fee details, previews samples (you can see any game of the last 4 years!) and other questions.

Join ASAP for the whole semester and you will get a special price with a discount !!!