Copa Libertadores: Last eight dominated by big two nations

WE ALREADY know there will be one Brazilian team in the final of this year’s Copa Libertadores, thanks to two all-Brazil quarter-finals providing an all-Brazil semi-final. There is no danger of a repeat of last season’s domestic squabble but there are a number of big guns left in the competition, including the 2018 finalists, River Plate and Boca Juniors. The last eight includes four heavyweights … Continue reading Copa Libertadores: Last eight dominated by big two nations

The damage being done to Argentina’s football

THE Libertadores Cup final second leg may (or may not) be played in Madrid, giving the game an unprecedented level of profile, and not just because of the adverse headlines that the twice-aborted clash between Boca Juniors and River Plate has attracted. Madrid is not a terrible choice, it is certainly better than any Middle-Eastern or US location – games played in the desert do … Continue reading The damage being done to Argentina’s football

Boca at the double…now a stab at the Libertadores?

WHEN Carlos Tevez returned to Argentina and signed for his old club, Boca Juniors, many people raised their eyebrows. Tevez was still in good form at Juventus and had been top scorer at the club. But after 50 goals in 96 games for Juve, was he going home to graze? No, said Tevez. “I am still in my prime,” he insisted, pointing to a slimmer … Continue reading Boca at the double…now a stab at the Libertadores?