Argentina's World Cup

Argentina's World Cup

Maradona says there are people out to get him

ARGENTINA head coach Diego Maradona feels mistreated and persecuted but says he is focusing on his job, family and the support of "ordinary people".

Maradona feels pressure

ARGENTINA are on the verge of missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1970, which makes every aspect of Diego Maradona's coaching tactics fair game. Even his sleeping habits.

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Argentines left dazed and confused in Berlin as hosts party hard

BERLIN was no place for an Argentina fan on Friday night. Kurfurstendamm clogged up with hooting traffic, German flag-waving rife, a busy U-Bahn carriage rocking to rousing communal choruses, some honouring the penalty-saving king Jens Lehmann, other odes dedicated to the increasingly popular Mannschaft mastermind they call "Klinsi".

FIFA probe after Argentines lose game . . and the plot

FIFA's disciplinary committee are set to investigate the scenes of violence which marred Germany's quarter-final victory over Argentina last night.

Argentina face FIFA sanctions after post-match confrontation

ARGENTINA are set to face the wrath of FIFA after some shameful scenes on the pitch following their penalty shoot-out defeat to Germany in Berlin's Olympic Stadium yesterday.

Messi pitches in with plan to beat hosts

ARGENTINA star Lionel Messi has urged his team-mates to keep the ball on the ground if they want to beat Germany.

Maxi masters Mexico

ARGENTINA 2 Crespo 10; M Rodriguez 98 (aet)

Self-critical Messi told not to fret

LIONEL Messi has been told by one of Argentina's elder statesmen to enjoy himself and not fret too much. The gifted Barcelona winger hopes to mark his 19th birthday tonight by retaining his place in the starting-line in the match against Mexico.

Argentina looking like the real deal despite bore draw

ARGENTINA against Holland was billed as a game between two potential winners of the tournament and, while it perhaps didn't live up to expectations, it was the South Americans who impressed me the most.

Messi glad of hand from Diego

A TWO-INCH crest stitched on to the side of Lionel Messi's boots has given the watching world a clue into the fine line between the agony and ecstasy of top-level sport.

Crespo wary of Dutch threat

HERNAN CRESPO believes it will be difficult for Argentina to emulate their mesmeric performance against Serbia and Montenegro when they take on Holland tomorrow.

Mexico Saviola's first choice

ARGENTINA forward Javier Saviola admits he would rather face Mexico than Portugal in the last 16 of the World Cup.

South Americans wise up in Europe

IT WAS one of the traditional building blocks of world football. For decades, we all knew that when the World Cup came to Europe, the Europeans would dominate. Yes, Brazil had won it in 1958, but that was the time of Pele's extraordinary emergence, and the defenders were cruelly under-prepared for his young genius.

Argentines pass with flying colours

ARGENTINA, safely through to the last 16, set the benchmark for the World Cup yesterday with the sort of performance that will send fear into the camps of the tournament's other big guns. Brazil, Germany, Italy, Holland, Spain and England must surely now sit up and take notice of a result that was just as convincing and clinical as it sounds.

Crespo calls for patience

HERNAN CRESPO believes Argentina need to play patiently at the beginning of the World Cup.

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