Argentina Wiretap

Edinson Cavani Says Confrontation With Messi A 'Part Of Football'

Nov 19, 2019 3:09 PM

Edinson Cavani spoke of his confrontation with Lionel Messi during Uruguay's 2-2 draw with Argentina.

Cavani reportedly challenged Messi to a fight, to which Messi responded "whenever you want."

"It's part of football, Clasicos are like this. The truth is that it was at times a game that had friction, there were challenges and things that are part of football, especially of South American [football]," said Cavani.

Messi also made headlines for a confrontation with Brazil manager Tite last week. 

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Tags: Argentina, Uruguay, Copa America

Messi Brought Argentine Teammates To Tears, Says Angel Di Maria

Oct 3, 2019 2:31 PM

Lionel Messi took on a more vocal role for Argentina during the 2019 Copa America, according to Angel Di Maria.

"Messi told us he was proud of the team we had built. That we had not been together much as some had not been called up [to the senior team] before. Yet, it felt as though we had all been together for many years. He said that we had all rowed in the same direction from the first day. That he was very proud of the youngsters for their commitment to this jersey and if they were there and gave what they gave at the Copa America, it was because they more than deserved to be there. Once he finished, everyone was in tears because it touched everyone's hearts, especially the youngsters," said Di Maria.

Argentina lost to Brazil 2-0 in the semifinals in the tournament.

Di Maria said he's seeing an evolution in Messi.

"The important thing is that Leo is like this. I like this Messi."

Adriana Garcia/ESPN

Tags: Argentina, Copa America

Basque Country To Play Friendly Versus Argentina

Aug 29, 2019 1:39 PM

The Basque Country will play a friendly against Argentina on October 13th.

The match will take place at San Mames Stadium in Bilbao.

The two sides last met in 1922, with Argentina winning 4-0 in Buenos Aires.

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Tags: Argentina, Game Recap

Messi Receives Three-Month Conmebol Ban

Aug 3, 2019 11:19 AM

Conmebol has suspended Lionel Messi for three months following comments he made during the 2019 Copa America.

The organization also fined Messi $50,000.

Messi accused Conmebol of favoring Brazil following Argentina's 2-0 loss in the semifinals.


Tags: Argentina, Copa America

Messi Blames 'Corruption' For Red Card, Conmebol Hits Back

Jul 7, 2019 2:14 PM

Lionel Messi blamed his comments made last week criticizing the officiating after Argentina's loss to Brazil for his red card in the third-place match against Chile.

“We don’t need to be part of the corruption that we’ve suffered at this tournament. Medel is always right at the limit. With a yellow that would have been the end of it for both of us, but well, maybe what I said recently had an impact," said Messi.

Argentina won the match 2-1. Messi received the second red card of his career.

Conmebol responded to Messi's accusations. 

“These accusations represent a lack of respect for the competition, all the participating players and the hundreds of professionals of Conmebol, an institution that since 2016 has been working tirelessly to make transparent, professionalize and develop South American football," released the federation in a statement. 

The Guardian

Tags: Argentina, Chile, IQ

Messi Criticizes Ref Following Loss To Brazil

Jul 3, 2019 7:07 PM

Lionel Messi criticized the officiating following Argentina's 2-0 loss to Brazil in the Copa America semifinal.

“He [the referee] was on their side. In every divided ball or dispute, he inclined the pitch their way. It’s not an excuse, but the truth is that, in this Copa, they kept on blowing for stupid things, for handballs, penalties. But today, they didn’t even go to VAR when there were clear plays that should have been looked at," said Messi.

Messi was especially critical of a sequence before Brazil's second goal in which Argentina argued for a penalty. 

The Guardian

Tags: Argentina, Brazil, Game Recap

Messi On Copa America: I Want To Win With Argentina

Jun 1, 2019 1:58 PM

Messi reiterated his desire to continue playing for the Argentine national team ahead of this summer's Copa America.

"The day I don't enjoy it anymore I won't play anymore. But right now I love training and matches, like I did when I was a kid. I want to retire having won something with Argentina and I'll keep trying to win something," said Messi when asked about how long he wants to play for the national team.

Messi added that he still keeps in touch with Neymar through Whatsapp.

"Neymar is phenomenal," the No.10 stated. We still talk and we even have a WhatsApp group with him, Luis Suarez and me. The group name is something like 'South Americans'."


Tags: Argentina, IQ

Gonzalo Higuain Retires From International Play

Mar 28, 2019 6:27 PM

Gonzalo Higuain officially announced his retirement from the Argentine national team, hitting out against criticism of his lack of big game goals in the process.

"People remember the goals I missed and not the ones I scored. I'm sure everyone celebrated the goal against Belgium [the winner in the 2014 World Cup quarter-final]. When you criticise someone maliciously it hurts everyone. I saw how much my family suffered, but I gave everything for the national team. It's one thing to say that the national team did not achieve our objectives, but when people talk about failure it's very hard," said Higuain.

Higuain scored 31 goals in 75 total caps for Argentina.

BBC Sport

Tags: Argentina, IQ

Lionel Messi To Skip Remainder Of Argentina's Matches In 2018

Aug 14, 2018 10:48 PM

Lionel Messi won't play for Argentina again in 2018, skipping friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia.

Messi is not sure whether he will play in the 2019 Copa America.

The fallout from the World Cup debacle saw Jorge Sampaoli leave his role as Argentina manager with Lionel Scaloni named for the interim.


Tags: Argentina, Barcelona, Copa America

Argentina Parts Ways With Jorge Sampaoli

Jul 15, 2018 3:39 PM

Argentina has announced the mutual termination of manager Jorge Sampaoli's contract.

By most accounts, Argentina's players revolted against Sampaoli during the World Cup.

Sampaoli was previously manager of Chile and Sevilla.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Argentina, Misc Rumor, World Cup

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Sports Illustrated

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Jorge Sampaoli Leaves Sevilla To Become Manager Of Argentina
Jorge Sampaoli has viewed managing Argentina as his dream job.

Press Association

FIFA Rescinds Four-Match Ban Against Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi missed Argentina's 2-0 loss to Bolivia but will return for critical matched against Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru.

The Guardian

Brazil Takes No. 1 Spot In FIFA Rankings For 1st Time In Six Years
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Lionel Messi Suspended Four Matches By FIFA For Insulting Referee
Argentina will be without Lionel Messi for four of their final five World Cup qualifiers.

The Guardian

Lionel Messi Returns To Argentina National Team
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Lionel Messi To Discuss Argentina Future With Edgardo Bauza
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The Guardian

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