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Champions-elect Boca Juniors and the 2011 Apertura So Far

November 18, 2011 by


The Argentinian Apertura 2011 is drawing to a close with only 5 games left to play and only one question remains to be solved: Can Boca Juniors really lose the title now? Undefeated Boca Juniors will on Sunday host the Primera Divisón’s other undefeated side Racing Club at La Bombonera knowing that a win will […]

Road to World Cup 2014? Or Brazil’s Road to Nowhere?

October 18, 2011 by


There is little more than two months remaining of 2011, and though the deadline seems arbitrary it will be a pity to conclude a year that has yielded such a rich variety of melodrama, controversy, pantomime and gritty prose. Good guys have turned bad (á la Ryan Giggs), the bad guys have turned, well, worse (Mourinho) and […]

CONMEBOL Qualifying: The Road To Rio Begins

October 10, 2011 by


  While most Europeans are pre-occupied with qualifying for next summers European Championship, the road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has already started for South America.  The journey to Rio may be short in terms of distance but competition to secure one of the four automatic spots will be fierce.  If South American […]

Boca Juniors Thrive in River Plate’s Absence

September 16, 2011 by


Boca Juniors currently sit at the top of the 2011 Apertura in Argentina, level on points and goal difference with Lanús, and in River Plate’s absence from the Primera División Boca appear to be thriving. The end of last season’s Clausura winners Vélez Sársfield excellent performances in the league and on the continent were over […]

The World Cup & It’s Price On Brazil

August 15, 2011 by


As London gears up for the Olympics, voices of dissent regarding the costs of hosting the games are widespread. Across the Atlantic, the mood in Brazil ahead of the 2014 World Cup is not dissimilar. As well as the all too familiar problem of construction delays there have been some more serious issues – issues […]

Auge Vinotinto – The Rise of Venezuela

August 9, 2011 by


For years Venezuela were known as the Cenicienta (Cinderella) of South American football and their meteoric rise in the last few years is very symbolic of a Walt Disney tale. Despite a less than stellar Copa America in general, the latest edition of CONEMBOL’s premier tournament played host to Venezuelas finest moment in football to […]

The Forgotten Derby – Peñarol and Nacional

August 2, 2011 by


Football produces some of the most passionate fans in the world.  There really is no better feeling for those who love the game than to see the team you’ve supported as a boy rise up and defeat your rivals.  The pulsing sense of pride that cascades your body towards a sense of immortality just as […]