FOOTBALL - Hamburger SV’s Rodolfo Cardoso (ARG) is the first non-European coach in all 51 seasons of the Bundesliga.
FOOTBALL: The next episode of the Unofficial Football World Championship will take place on Wednesday, 6 February, between Sweden and Argentina. The Unofficial Football World Championship (UFWC) is a championship using a knock-out title system similar to that used in boxing and wrestling.
RUGBY UNION - Argentina’s arrival has turned the former Tri Nations into The Rugby Championship and the Pumas have needed only three matches to provide three of the five oldest starting lineups in the history of the competition, including the oldest two. This Saturday, they will improve their own record when they take on the All Blacks in Wellington.
FOOTBALL - Germany lost 1-3 at home against Argentina in their friendly match-up in Frankfurt am Main on Wednesday. ‘Die Mannschaft’ are now winless in their last seven home matches against Argentina. This ties the record for consecutive home matches without a win against a specific opponent for Germany.
FOOTBALL - Mario Kempes is 58 years old today. His two goals in the 1978 FIFA World Cup final were instrumental in Argentina’s Mundial-winning campaign in front of a home crowd. Kempes led all goalscorers in that tournament on six strikes. He also demonstrated his scoring skills the Spanish league with Valencia CF, winning the Golden Boot twice and earning the nickname “El Matador”.
Shares birthday with: Rembrandt van Rijn, Vilfredo Pareto, Linda Ronstadt
FOOTBALL - The Last 16 match between England and Argentina at the 1998 FIFA World Cup was full of drama. A fabulous run and ditto finish by the 18-year-old Michael Owen sent English hearts soaring, only to be dampened by a quite astonishing red card challenge by David Beckham. Argentina won the tense affair after a penalty shootout.
FOOTBALL - Still mesmerised by Lionel Messi’s record breaking performance on Tuesday night, Infostrada Sports Group quickly got in touch with their Argentina-based liaison to find out what makes Lionel Messi stand out so much. His reply overwhelmed us. Messi owes much of his success to a hybrid sport, the quickly emerging ‘Footminton’.
FOOTBALL - Carlos Bilardo is 73 years old today. ‘El Narigón’ (‘The Big Nose’) is famous for coaching Argentina in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, which the Albiceleste won behind a formidable performance by captain and star player Diego Maradona. Bilardo was also part of Maradona’s staff when he led Argentina at the 2010 World Cup, in which Bilardo managed to draw attention to himself with a quote we will not repeat here. However, for the not so faint at heart
FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi has often been criticised for not producing as many goals for Argentina’s national team than for club side FC Barcelona. Looking to spend the weekend on the La Liga sidelines suspended, Messi decided to let it all hang out for the ‘Albiceleste’, bagging his first career hat-trick for Argentina on Wednesday.