6
Oct

Highlights from Sunday’s wet n’ wild Superclasico

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Bitter rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors met in a torrential downpour for Sunday’s Superclasico and the highlights are all kinds of fun.

The match resembled water polo more than football at times as players on both sides slipped and slid and the ball repeatedly stalled on the water-logged pitch.

In fact, Argentine journalist Gustavo Streger was very excited about the new camera angle that surfaced from the depths of the Estadio Monumental:

Colossal referee mistakes didn’t exactly help the “flow” of the game.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Gago was wrongly shown a red card by Mauro Vigliano for a handball in the box, though Gago actually stopped a River Plate shot with his head. A “wave” of Boca players appropriately hounded Vigliano: Poseidon must have been watching carefully, as River’s Uruguayan striker Rodrigo Mora ended up skying his penalty to restore some karma.

However, the the tide turned once more as River scored a late goal in the 78th minute to salvage a draw for the hosts.

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19
May

River Plate veteran’s first goal for the club is a golazo

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It’s the final day of your club’s league and you need a win to clinch the title. There’s no better time to score your first goal, is there?

Not many players find themselves in that situation, but 35-year-old River Plate veteran Cristian Ledesma did on Sunday. Now, it wasn’t the only goal scored in the match – River beat Quilmes 5-0 to snag the title – but it was certainly the most impressive. In his third stint with the club (first signed in 1999), Ledesma finally broke through with this rocket from distance.

It may be the midfielder’s first (and possibly only) goal he scores for River, but it’s certainly one he won’t forget.

Especially since he got to cap the night off like this:

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(H/T 101GG)

22
Jul

Age fraud? Monaco striker Radamel Falcao allegedly older than believed

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Trouble in paradise?

Radamel Falcao was introduced at Monaco just three weeks ago, welcomed by a juicy contract and everything wonderful the French Riviera offers after completing a €60m move from Atletico Madrid. But before Monaco even begins their Ligue 1 campaign, their newly-prized asset is already at the center of a damning storm.

A recently published Colombian report questions whether or not “El Tigre” is truly 27 years old as documented by FIFA records, and not two years older as an old civil registration form would suggest.

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15
Jul

Retiring Player Assists Son For Goal In Farewell Match

After a career that included stops in countries as diverse as Italy, Spain and Turkey, Argentine playmaker Ariel Ortega returned home to put an end to a lengthy career, but not before passing the torch to his young son. Let the adorable-ness ensue.

Ortega, who began his career with Argentine club River Plate, was honored with a farewell match this past weekend. Former teammates and colleagues such as Romario and Javier Saviola took part. However, the real highlight was that Tomasito, Ortega’s young son, was included in the roster as well.

During the second half of the farewell match, Ortega found himself near the top of the 18-yard box while his son found an opening just in front of goal. Ortega passed the ball to his son, and Tomasito, with all the confidence of a long-time professional, slotted the ball past a diving goalkeeper.

The moment proved to be a bit overwhelming for Ortega, who began crying while embracing his son.

Here’s to a career just ending, and another just beginning.