Latest Argentina National Soccer Team News

Mexico's Martino won't promise a World Cup quarterfinal

Jan. 7, 2019 3:30 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Aware Mexico is obsessed with reaching the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1986, Gerardo "Tata" Martino did not make any promises when he was introduced as El Tri's new coach. "I can't answer how is it that I will be able to reach the fifth game of a World Cup that it's...

Atlanta celebrates a title, but revelry won't last long

Dec. 10, 2018 1:45 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Despite cold, drizzly weather, thousands of fans turned out Monday for a downtown parade and rally to celebrate the city's first championship since 1995. The revelry won't last long. Atlanta United must find a coach to replace Tata Martino and likely cope with the loss of star midfielder...

US draws Sweden again for 2019 Women's World Cup

Dec. 8, 2018 6:07 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — U.S. national coach Jill Ellis was asked before the Women's World Cup draw whether she thought her team would be grouped with Sweden for the fifth straight time. "Oh, we will," Ellis laughed, recalling her reply. Turned out she was right. The defending champion Americans were grouped —...

Odd weekend in Spain: All eyes on Copa Libertadores final

Dec. 6, 2018 6:42 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The big-match buzz in Madrid and around the country has nothing to do with Spain's "clasico." It's all about Argentina's "superclasico." The most anticipated match of the weekend will feature Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the second leg...

Copa Libertadores final: A sign of Argentina's decadence

Dec. 5, 2018 8:25 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's proud soccer tradition has been sullied by its fervent, fanatical fans. The land of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona has won the World Cup twice, and it felt a sense of overwhelming pride in hosting perhaps the most important club final ever. But the second leg of...

Column: South American soccer leadership fails players, fans

Dec. 1, 2018 10:46 AM EST

South America's soccer leaders have thrown in the towel. They are incapable of staging the biggest annual game on their own continent. A confederation of 10 nations can't find anywhere safe enough for River Plate and Boca Juniors to complete their Copa Libertadores final after proving incapable of securing the...

Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go

Nov. 20, 2018 8:44 AM EST

LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) — With four years to go before the next World Cup opens in Qatar, the small gulf country's national soccer team is on the rise but still has a long, long way to go. Qatar surprisingly won the right to host the 2022 tournament eight years ago, when it was ranked 113th in the world...