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SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Host Colombia and Spain impressing at the U-20 World Cupupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 07:26:00

MANIZALES, Colombia -- Thoughts on the just concluded group stage in the U-20 World Cup:

Sabella named Argentina national coachupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 11:38:00

Argentina have confirmed the appointment of Alejandro Sabella as their new national coach in succession to Sergio Batista.

SI.com: Tim Vickery: Can Uruguay keep momentum, is Paraguay in for bumpy road, more Copa America questionsupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 12:07:00

Going into the Copa America, we posed questions about the campaigns of the 10 South American sides. Now that the 43rd Copa America is history, we look back to find out if the tournament came up with the answers. (Listed from winners down to the teams eliminated in the group phase)

Batista sacked as Argentina coachupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 13:25:00

Coach Sergio Batista has paid the price for Argentina's unsuccessful 2011 Copa America campaign after having his contract canceled on Monday.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Believe it: Argentina's trophy drought continues with Copa defeatupdated: Sun Jul 17 2011 10:34:00

SANTA FE, Argentina -- As Martin Caceres' penalty soared into the top corner and confirmed Uruguay's passage to a fifth successive Copa America semifinal, a sense of disbelief fell over the Estadio Estanislau Lopez.

Argentina reach quarters of Copa Americaupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 12:02:00

Argentina are into the quarterfinals of the 2011 Copa America after the hosts scored a comfortable 3-0 victory against Costa Rica in Cordoba.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Argentina's failures at the Copa America are system-basedupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 11:49:00

One player has emerged from the first week of the Copa America with his reputation enhanced. Sadly for Argentina, that player is Spain's Xavi Hernandez.

Argentina booed off after goalless drawupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 06:25:00

Hosts Argentina remain winless at the 2011 Copa America after being held to a 0-0 draw by Colombia in Sante Fe on Wednesday.

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Argentina shows anxiety in opener, Chile impressive, more thoughtsupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 12:33:00

BUENOS AIRES -- Some thoughts after the first round of group games in the Copa America:

SI.com: Grant Wahl: U.S. aims to stop Argentina's Messiupdated: Fri Mar 25 2011 14:09:00

The last time the U.S. played Argentina, in 2008, the result was proof that a 0-0 score line could still produce a thrilling soccer game. U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard stood on his head, and a huge crowd in the Meadowlands saw the Americans survive going toe-to-toe with supernova Lionel Messi and his talented Argentine teammates.

SI.com: Steve Davis: U.S. faces huge test from Argentinaupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 16:14:00

The last time Bob Bradley's national team met Argentina in New Jersey (June 2008), it took a night of breathless, outstanding goalkeeping from Tim Howard to keep the Americans from being routed.

SI.com: Tim Vickery: Argentina still searching for defensive answers under Batistaupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 07:05:00

There is no place for Carlos Tevez or Sergio Aguero in the Argentina squad that coach Sergio Batista brings to New York for Saturday's friendly against the U.S.

Argentina FA - Tevez absence a punishmentupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 11:11:00

Argentina FA president Julio Grondona has spoken about Carlos Tevez's absence from Sergio Batista's squad that faced Portugal on Wednesday, claiming it was a disciplinary measure.

Conca crowned Brazil's player of the yearupdated: Tue Dec 07 2010 14:43:00

Fluminense-playmaker Dario Conca has been named Brazil's player of the year for the second consecutive season, after he helped the Rio de Janeiro-based side to their first domestic title in 26 years.

SI.com: Tim Vickery: Messi trumps new-look Brazilupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 18:36:00

Lionel Messi can chalk off another objective achieved in his young but already extraordinary career. His glorious goal in stoppage time Wednesday gave Argentina a 1-0 victory over Brazil in Doha, Qatar, his first win against the Seleção at the senior level.

SI.com: Tim Vickery: Banega restores balance to Argentina's midfieldupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 13:10:00

A 4-1 win Tuesday over world champion Spain should do much to transform Sergio Batista from caretaker to full-time coach of Argentina. More than that, though, it rams home a lesson forgotten by predecessor Diego Maradona amid the euphoria of South Africa 2010 -- midfield is not an optional extra.

Maradona's Argentina replacement to be made after October meetingupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 14:31:00

The Argentine Football Association will not replace outgoing coach Diego Maradona before October, it announced on Wednesday.

Maradona out as Argentina coachupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 08:52:00

Diego Maradona's contract as coach of the Argentine national soccer team will not be renewed, the spokesman for the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said Tuesday.

SI.com: World Soccer: Maradona as Argentina coach promises to be wild rideupdated: Wed Jan 14 2009 13:31:00

As a player, Oscar Ruggeri bludgeoned his way through 97 games for Argentina, winning one World Cup and two Copa América titles to become one of his country's most successful internationals. His coaching career, on the other hand, has been an extraordinary run of failure. It began reasonably well at San Lorenzo, when he was close to winning the championship in his first season. But it has been all downhill since then.

SI.com: Gregory Sica: Argentina not quite realizing potential in gold medal defenseupdated: Fri Aug 15 2008 11:52:00

With such incredible potential at its disposal, Argentina should proceed to the decisive stages of the Olympic Games without breaking a sweat. Los Albicelestes proved their superiority in the first round by winning all three of their group matches and playing some highly effective soccer. Bit some unexpected weaknesses were also revealed.

Argentina coach defiant after Messi rulingupdated: Wed Aug 06 2008 15:56:00

Barcelona and Argentina are in a club versus country battle for the services of Lionel Messi after sport's highest court ruled in favor of the Spanish giants who do not want the striker to play in the Olympic football tournament.

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