Argentina

Teams /  Argentina  / Argentina 
Argentina have 4,466 Fans
 
 
 
 
FA seeks Argentina fixtures that could help England 2018 World Cup bid
Matt Scott - 3 years ago

England look set to mark the Football Association's 150th birthday celebrations in 2013 with a friendly match against Argentina.

The fixture is understood to be part of a planned double-header against the South Americans, with the first fixture taking place on 9 February 2011. That would nominally be the away leg of the two matches, but it is due to be played at a neutral venue in Europe. A similar arrangement five years ago saw England beat Argentina 3-2 in Geneva.

The deal, which is still the subject of discussion, has been on the table since April. An announcement about talks was made to the Argentinian press while the international chairman of the England 2018 World Cup bid, David Dein, led a delegation there, meeting the Argentinian football federation president, Julio Grondona. Argentina's opportunity to share in one of world football's most important commemorations has positive implications for England's bid. Grondona is a member of the 24-strong Fifa executive committee that will select the host nation for 2018.

Since launching its bid, England have played a friendly against Trinidad & Tobago, whose special adviser, Jack Warner, is an executive committee member. England will also play Thailand in June ? the Thai association's president, Worawi Makudi, is also a member of the committee.

Shared heritage might suggest that Argentina would be closest to Spain and Portugal's bid but should that fail, England will be well placed to pick up Grondona's support.

Uefa problem for CityDelegates at the European Clubs Association congress in Geneva today were given a talk about what Uefa's new financial fair-play rules mean. Hopefully Manchester City's chief executive, Garry Cook, below, was listening carefully. Ballooning wages and amortisation charges relating to eye-watering transfer fees could derail City's attempts to break even ? give or take ?15m (£12.5m) a year ? which from 2013 will be a prerequisite for playing in the governing body's competitions.

A proportion of City's revenues may also be disallowable. Under the new Uefa rules, sponsorship and commercial incomes from companies connected to a club's owner must be set at market rates.

Most of City's sponsors are related parties. The shirt sponsor, Etihad, is based in Sheikh Mansour's Abu Dhabi and 70% of Ferrostaal, an industrial-services company, is owned by Abu Dhabi.

The telecoms firm Etisalat has its headquarters in the United Arab Emirates. Aabar, a hydrocarbons firm, had as one of its founding investors the Abu Dhabi Investment Company, and Abu Dhabi Tourism is ... you get the picture.

So unless City's independent sponsors ? Umbro, Thomas Cook, Jaguar, Malmaison, Heineken and the local radio station Key103 ? are between them able to produce enough income to cover the club's inflating cost base, regualar European football may prove to be an unreachable promised land.

Boro head for North Korea

Middlesbrough Ladies are heading to Pyongyang, with the assistance of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. A club statement said: "This is a unique visit as it is rare indeed for overseas football teams to visit North Korea." The last English club to be represented in Kim Jong-il's homeland were Notts County whose then director of football, Sven-Goran Eriksson, arrived in October 2009 with one of the club's then directors, Nathan Willett. The trip was not un-controversial. As Eriksson told the Guardian in February, he made promises about helping out with North Korea's pre-World Cup training requirements, which he says Willett's actions led to being broken. Middlesbrough Ladies will hope Pyongyang has forgotten its last brush with English football.

Harris's board gameDaniel Harris, the 50-year-old medical-company owner who subscribed to West Ham United's recent £4m share issue, has been given a place on the club's board. Fans might be relieved to hear that Terry Brown ? the club's controversial former chairman, who with Harris invested in 3.8% of the club's shares through the recent equity placing ? has not.

Share your thoughts
Sign in to comment

Latest News, Blogs & Podcasts

Newspapers
 
Blogs
 
Podcasts
 
ABC Online - 10 hours ago
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella will not renew his contract once it expires in September, Argentine press reports claimed on Wednesday. The Argentine Football Association (AFA) had offered him an extension, but according to daily newspaper La ...
The Malay Mail Online - 7 hours ago
The father of Argentine football star Carlos Tevez was kidnapped early yesterday before being released hours later, a lawyer for the family said. — Reuters picBUENOS AIRES, July 30 — The father of Argentine football star Carlos Tevez was kidnapped ...
The Guardian - 3 weeks ago
Do you think Argentina played a good match? People complained about our performances in our first three matches but this is what football is all about. I'm not saying Argentina can't be world champions: they have Di María and Messi, two of the top five ...
The Guardian - 2 weeks ago
Lionel Messi, controversial winner of the Golden Ball for the World Cup's best player, believes Argentina had enough clear chances to have beaten Germany in Sunday's final. The Argentina captain, who had carried his nation's hopes through the group ...
The Guardian - 2 weeks ago
“You can imagine people from Argentina selling their cars to be here, even without tickets. This is something that happens in Argentina. We love football,” he said. “We know how special it would be for this country to win another World Cup. But ...
The Guardian (blog) - 3 weeks ago
It is as if News at Ten took to adopting Baddiel and Skinner's Three Lions (Football's Coming Home). But the Argentina version, which claims Argentina is the father of Brazilian football, has spread like wildfire and even the national squad have been ...
The Guardian (blog) - 2 weeks ago
Germany are probably favourites to win this World Cup, just as they should probably be favourites to win every tournament given the supremely well-resourced and productive youth system put in place by an eminently sensible football association. And yet ...
The Guardian - 2 weeks ago
When Sega released the 2012 version of Football Manager, they sneakily included code to enable the company to track the internet addresses of everyone who pirated it. Of the 10 million copies ripped off, one was found to have been cloned in the Vatican.
The Guardian - 3 weeks ago
Jubilant Argentina players celebrated their progress into the quarter-finals by singing a rowdy, Brazil-taunting song in the dressing room. As the Diary has reported, the song “Brasil decime que se siente” has become one of the unofficial hits of the ...
The Guardian - 2 weeks ago
The sense that Argentina has returned to the elite of international football, once again a powerful force not just based on history and tradition but rather on reaching the final – “sub-champions is not a defeat” – is not one that will fade or wane ...

Latest Photo Galleries

World Cup 2010: Argentina v Germany and Paraguay v Spain
4 years ago
All the best images from the remaining quarter-finals - in Port Elizabeth where Germany take on Argentina and in Johannesburg where Paraguay take on Spain
World Cup 2010: Argentina v Mexico - Knockout stage
4 years ago
All the best images frrom Sunday's match between Argentina and Mexico
World Cup 2010: Pictures of the decisive games in Groups A and B
4 years ago
Pictures of the decisive World Cup games in Groups A and B
   
Kick4Life - changing lives through football