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Argentina: From Concern To Panic

July 7, 2011 by


Two games into the Copa America and things aren’t looking rosy for Sergio Batista and Argentina. Two points from two games see’s La Albiceleste teetering on the brink of elimination should they lose to Costa Rica next Monday.

River’s Plate: Has the Argentine Giant Fallen for Good?

July 6, 2011 by


‘     ‘We will resist the critics. We will reformulate the club from now on.‘ These were the words uttered by River Plate president Daniel Passarella once the dust had settled on the relegation of his beloved club. An intriguing if somewhat redundant statement regarding River’s future. The harrowing reality is that ‘reformulation’ is […]

2001 – When Gods bleed.

June 28, 2011 by


By Mina Rzouki In a game dominated by predications and statistics, the rare anomaly offers a unique thrill to the audience. My favourite moment of the Copa America lies in a match reminiscent of the one between David and Goliath otherwise known as the 2001 quarter-final match between Honduras and Brazil.

2001 – A summer without samba

June 27, 2011 by


By Thomas Watt   I’m not sure whether it’s my nationality that means I have a natural predilection for giant killings, but sometimes I cannot help but root for the little guy. Football has built its popularity over the decades on small teams overcoming the odds to topple their more illustrious opponents. In almost all […]

2007 – Mexican magic at Puerto Ordaz

June 24, 2011 by


By Gordon Fleetwood I am a rookie in terms of my Copa America experience. My lone experience of the competition was the 2007 edition in Venezuela. However, that one tournament produced an experience that I have not forgotten since. In fact, it is one of my most vivid football memories. It was a goal scored […]

1997 – An O Fenômeno Summer.

June 23, 2011 by


By Mohamed Moallim 1997 was a wonderful year if you were a Brazilian forward named Ronaldo a.k.a. O Fenômeno, a debut season at FC Barcelona ended with a Cup Winners’ Cup winner’s medal and 47 goals scored – the world was his oyster. And that summer he set off for his second Copa América in […]

1999 – El Loco’s darkest hour

June 22, 2011 by


By Joseph Sexton Some call him ‘El Loco’; other prefers ‘El Titán’. Born in La Plata in 1973, he started his pro career banging goals in for his local club- Estudiantes- and he’s barely let up ever since. In a career that’s taken him to Spain via the Federal Capital- and back again- he signed […]

1997 – Bolivia’s old tricks.

June 21, 2011 by


By Chris Ledger When reminiscing about past football tournaments, few people will remember the 1997 Copa America fondly. After all, most of the competing teams had the 1998 World Cup in mind and rested several key players. Only five players from Argentina’s 22-men squad in 1997, for example, were in the squad for France ’98 […]

Mexico – El Tricolor

June 20, 2011 by


The past decade has bared witness to an unprecedented  ascendancy in Mexican football, in terms of domestic, and national football through the constant emergence of world class footballers who have gone on to ply their trade with the best that Europe can offer. Has Mexico finally caught on, or is this simply a nation from […]

Peru – La Rojiblanca

June 16, 2011 by


    For people inside the United Kingdom, Peru is renowned for Macchu Picchu, and for football fans, Nolbero Solano but the Peruvians have surprisingly good pedigree in International football for a country of over 20 million.


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