16
Apr

Carlos Tevez to skip watching Argentina play during World Cup, will visit Disney World instead

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When Argentina kick off their World Cup campaign on June 15 against Bosnia-Herzegovina, it’s widely expected that Carlos Tevez will not be on the Albiceleste’s roster. A little more surprising: Tevez is not even planning on tuning in!

The excluded Juventus striker revealed to Argentinian news site Cronica.com.ar. that he has other plans this summer:

"I don’t think I will watch my national team play at the World Cup," Tevez said. "I’ve already bought tickets to go with my wife and my three children to Disney World. They deserve that trip and I have very clear in my mind where my place is."

Disney World, really?

"I will nevertheless be Argentina’s number one fan," Tevez added, not realizing perhaps that ‘number one fans’ usually watch their team’s games.

Okay, we can all agree that Disney World is a magical place, but for Tevez to not root on his own national team at the World Cup kind of seems strange, and also tastes a bit like sour grapes.

The 30-year-old Tevez played for Argentina at the last two World Cups, but has not featured for the team since missing a penalty that saw his national team lose to Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the 2011 Copa America. However, Tevez insists there is no grudge between him and national team manager Alejandro Sabella.

From TeamTalk:

"We (Tevez and Sabella) were together during my time in Brazil when I was at Corinthians (Sabella was assistant coach to Daniel Passarella)," Tevez said. "We had a fantastic rapport. We never had any problems and our relationship was cordial and very good.

"Everyone asks me why I’m not in the team but I cannot answer that question because I would be lacking respect. Things are as they are and that’s that.

"I think he (Sabella) is convinced of his selection and that’s very good. If he has to win, he will do so with his convictions and he shouldn’t do something he doesn’t feel is right. It wouldn’t be good for him to select me now!

"My wife asked me to travel to Disney with the children and I want to give her that joy once I win the scudetto with Juventus."

Should Argentina make a deep run in the tournament, however, it’s entirely conceivable that Tevez would change his mind and watch his country in the knockout stages. Nobody can be in Disney World for an entire month, can they? Right?

Composite: FOX Sports/Julie Ahn & Cheryl Hasegawa

13
Apr

Former friends meet after marital drama, and tensions boil over

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It wasn’t long ago that former teammates Maxi Lopez and Mauro Icardi were close friends, sharing memories and vacations together. Just seven months ago, they were pictured together on a boat, smiling and relaxing:

Since then, their relationship has turned sour, and it boiled over during Inter Milan’s 4-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday. But what was it that caused the friends to part ways? Two words: Wanda Nara.

Lopez and Nara were married in 2008, and have since had two children together. They seemed the picture of a perfect, happy family, but soon Nara began a very public affair with Icardi:

At first, it seemed that Lopez was handling it well, telling Argentine media TyC:

“It has been a very difficult time in my life and I cried a lot, but it all passed thanks to football. It was not a normal break-up, but at the end of the day nobody died. All I want now is to spend time with my children. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll face Icardi on the field and we’ll have a good laugh about it.”

Well, that day came on Sunday, and it’s safe to say Lopez was not laughing.

Apparently Lopez was unhappy with Icardi posting images on Twitter of himself with Lopez’s two children that he had with Nara.

"I can understand that, being a public figure, he publishes photos. But I`m not comfortable with my kids being in those photos," Lopez said in comments to Sky Sports.

The snubbed handshake wasn’t where the drama ended. During Sunday’s match, Icardi scored twice, and definitely used his celebration to rub it in a little. And, there was a scuffle on the field that both players were involved in.

In the end, Icardi got the best of his former friend and teammate — leaving with both the win and the girl.

(Image via Getty, H/T DirtyTackle)

11
Apr

Benjamin Aguero Maradona is already living up to his name

Things that most five-year-old kids are learning to do:

1) Tie their shoes

2) Share toys

3) Count to 10

4) Draw fridge art

5) Ride a tricycle

But not if your father is Sergio Aguero and your grandfather is Diego Maradona. No, instead, at age five you are learning to score golazos.

It’s probably too early to tell, but young Benjamin might have a future doing this soccer thing. Let the bidding begin!

(H/T SB Nation)

1
Apr

Win this Lionel Messi “out of this world” print

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Want to win a print of this cool Lionel Messi illustration by Eight by Eight Magazine? Just tell us on Twitter @FOXSoccer why you think Messi is the greatest, and the best answers will earn a copy!

From 8by8:

Lionel Messi’s stratospheric ascent to four consecutive FIFA Ballon D’Or titles began when manager Pep Guardiola deemed him the savior of FC Barcelona in 2008.  However, the quality and consistency of his performances for Argentina have yet to match his club form.  The revenue generated by Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League competition has allowed for him to be surrounded by superior players with whom he is able to play more frequently - and against superior opposition - than with his national side. This has led to media in Argentina expressing disappointment with his commitment to the Albicelestes (sky blue and whites).

Success at the 2014 World Cup will be the biggest factor in whether he can wrestle the Ballon d’Or back from Cristiano Ronaldo, but more important, a final win for Argentina could establish Messi as the greatest player of all time.

22
Feb

City to make Skrtel move if Reds miss out on top four

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Martin Skrtel is back in the news again after an impressive season with Liverpool. Joleon Lescott is likely to leave Manchester City in the summer and the club are looking for a replacement. If the Reds fail to nail down a Champions League place City are preparing to pounce.

We’ve also got the latest on an incredible comeback from none other than Diego Maradona! Read all about it by clicking here.  

10
Jan

This is what people were saying about Messi eight years ago

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Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone was singing Lionel Messi’s praises.

As Messi began his rise as a football super star, he wasn’t known well outside of Spain and Argentina. This would soon change as the youngster broke into Barcelona’s starting XI in 2006.

But before he became a global name, footy nerds started to notice his talent while playing the ever-popular video game Football Manager. The initial reviews of his digital skills in online forums from those who bought him were certainly mixed:

"To be honest I don’t rate him at all."

"He is absolutely fantastic on my game, wonderkid."

"Both times he’s played sh*te, nowhere as good as his stats suggest."

"He is already one of the best players in real life, so I can’t wait to see how good he gets as he gets older."

"Doesn’t look anything special, but I’ve added him to my shortlist."

It was late 2005 and early 2006; Messi was only a figure in their game. Most hadn’t seen him play in real life, but one seemingly savant-like user had this to say:

"I wouldn’t be surprised if he got World Player of the Year in a few years time."

Not a bad prediction, was it?

(H/T r/soccer)

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4
Jan

Maradona really wants you to know that his toned down physique is not Photoshopped

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When Diego Maradona’s daughter, Dalma, posted a photo of her dad to Twitter last month showing off his fit new body, some people questioned if the Argentine legend had really slimmed down that much, or if he’d had a little Photoshop magic to help him out:

Well, it turns out that Maradona was really not pleased by the allegations. So he recorded this gem:

"To all of you, there’s no Photoshop. There’s no Photoshop!" exclaimed the former World Cup winner in the short video clip posted on his official Facebook page. "For those who want to keep talking bulls**t, they can suck it.

Alright Diego, we believe. Pinky promise. And please, no more stripping. Think of the children.

Image provided by Action Images

22
Nov

Argentinian football violence makes Lionel Messi cry

Look what you’ve done, Argentina. You’ve made your own captain cry.

Oh, the humanity!

As followers of the FOX Soccer Blog, you are all aware of the frightening amount of violent footage that comes out of Argentina. So in an effort to advocate  against hooliganism, the Lionel Messi Foundation released this video for their “No One Wins” campaign.

The video shows real, actual tears of Messi’s, inter-cut with images of the fan violence that has pestered the country in recent years.

If anything can put a stop to the madness, it’s a sobbing Messi.

14
Oct

Seven nations still in the mix for final World Cup berths in CONCACAF & CONMEBOL

The single table formats in North and South America create a more straightforward final day of World Cup qualifying. There are some permutations to ponder and some weird scenarios — but the final standings reveal the pecking order rather quickly.

Most of the uncertainty surrounds the final berths in both confederations. Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay will fight it out for the two remaining confirmed berths and the playoff place in South America; Honduras, Mexico and Panama must sort out the last direct spot and the sole playoff berth in North America.

Here is a look at the circumstances on both continents heading into the final day:

CONMEBOL

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Qualified: Argentina, Colombia

Assured of a playoff place or better: Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay

Eliminated: Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela

 
Chile and Ecuador enter the final day with the inside track to secure the two remaining direct berths into the World Cup. A draw between the two sides in Santiago will send both of them through to Brazil. Uruguay must defeat Argentina in Montevideo and hope either Chile or Ecuador prevails comprehensively in order to climb into the top four. Otherwise, a playoff with Jordan beckons next month.

 
CONCACAF

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Qualified: Costa Rica, United States

Assured of a playoff place or better: Honduras

Eliminated: Jamaica


Honduras can guarantee the final confirmed ticket to next summer’s World Cup with a point against already-eliminated Jamaica in Kingston. Mexico stands to benefit if Honduras fails to secure the desired result at the Office. El Tri can climb into the top three with a Honduran setback and a two-goal victory over the Ticos, but a point will suffice to arrange a playoff with New Zealand next month. Panama must defeat the United States in Panama City and pray for a Costa Rica win in San Jose in order to grab the playoff berth and knock out the Mexicans.