After making the final of the 2011 Copa America, half the Uruguay squad are being linked with transfer moves and Luis Suarez is being hailed as the best player to ever play the game. So to make sure he knows Liverpool are his team at least for the coming season, Kenny Dalglish sent the striker a good luck message via Twitter which resulted in a flurry of overexcited re-tweets from the footballigentsia. The build up then continued throughout the lazy Sunday afternoon, with stats galore and the usual first to post the team sheets competition. One great stat we did notice, was provided by Surreal Football, who noted that “Paraguay have never scored in the Read more..
Paraguay and Venezuela meet in the second semi final of this year’s Copa America tournament, both with hopes of meeting Uruguay in Sunday’s final. The pitch at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, was markedly more flat and consistent than the surface on show in yesterday’s game, and both teams begin with some swift passing and tricky dribbling as they try and make full use of it. Cesar Gonzales in particular showed some early trickery, only to halt himself in his own tracks by taking a dive just before entering the Paraguay area. At the other end Lucas Barrios provided an outlet for Paraguay, as they sought to use him to build their attacks whilst Jonathan Santana Read more..
There has been a fair amount of focus on South America in the English football press over the last week or so, but most of this has been related to the possible transfer of Carlos Tevez to his former club Corinthians, of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Depending on which daily you read, you may have also noticed the two day late Copa America reports, as Argentina and Brazil being knocked out of a competition can gain a few column inches in even the narrowest minded British newspapers, who rarely acknowledge a world beyond the English Premier League and the England national team. Both the South American footballing giants were knocked out on penalties; after Brazil drew Read more..
Sergio Batista announces the Argentina starting line-up early, as the 2011 Copa America gets under way tonight. The tournament favourites will be hoping for a better showing against their Northern neighbours compared with their last meeting, which took place in the thin Altiplano air of La Paz, and ended up 6-1 to the Bolivians. Bolivia line up: Arias, Álvarez, Raldes, Rivero, Gutiérrez, Robles, García, Vaca, Campos, Rojas, Martins Keep checking back for a match report, and anything else that comes to mind, if we can stay awake …. The first half passed without goals, but with plenty of sustained pressure from Argentina, a decent headed chance which fell to Tevez, and a few yellow cards. Any attacks Argentina Read more..