Boca swing the axe on Bianchi and move fast to appoint Arruabarrena


There is no questioning quite how poor Boca Juniors are at present, with many people looking at the current squad as one of the weakest in the clubs illustrious history. With results going from bad to worse, President, Daniel Angelici confirmed that coach, Carlos Bianchi would be relieved of his duties. The reputation of club’s most successful coach could not save him this time and the ever-unpopular Angelici wasted no time in showing Bianchi the exit door and less than 24 hours later has appointed one of Bianchi’s former players, Rodolfo Arruabarrena.

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Newell’s up to second while Rosario Central and Gimnasia also celebrate wins (VIDEO)


Sunday’s fixtures undoubtedly dominate this weekend’s Argentine football but on Saturday there were also wins for Newell’s Old Boys, Rosario Central and Gimnasia. Newell’s moved up to second in the table with a 1-0 win over Estudiantes in the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa. Víctor Figueroa’s smart break had the visitors backtracking and his pass to the overlapping Mauricio Tévez was finished emphatically as the youngster drilled in his second goal of the season. Earlier, Rosario Central picked up a good away win over Defensa y Justicia. Second half goals from Walter Acuña, Franco Neill and Antonio Medina rendered Washington Camacho’s strike nothing more than a consolation. In La Plata, goals from Jorge Rojas and Javier Mendoza either side of half time gave Gimnasia a deserved win over Godoy Cruz.

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Criminal investigation from 2010 delays Rojo’s Manchester United debut


Despite completing a £16 million transfer to Manchester United 11 days ago, Argentina international, Marcos Rojo is still waiting to be granted a visa as immigration officials review documents relating to a row with a neighbour in Argentina back in 2010. The 24-year-old is still supposedly awaiting trial and so the process has been delayed.

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Vietto and Icardi both bag braces in the Europa League (video)


Youngster, Luciano Vietto gave an assured performance for Villarreal on his full debut, scoring the opening two goals in a routine 4-0 win over Astana. While the first may have been an instinctive, close-range volleyed finish, the second was a superb curled finish from the edge of the box. If Vietto develops as many expect he is certainly someone to keep an eye on over the next few seasons. Elsewhere, Mauro Icardi added another couple of goals to his Inter Milan tally with a smart second half brace. Icardi, in the more immediate future, but Vietto also, will be pushing to be involved in the Argentina squad sooner rather than later.

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Leicester confirm the signing of the most decorated Argentine footballer in history


Leicester City confirmed last night the signing of Esteban Cambiasso on a one-year deal in what is a significant coup for the newly promoted side. The 34-year-old was a free agent since leaving Inter Milan at the end of last season, after 10 years at the Giuseppe Meazza but arrives in Leicester with one of the best CVs in world football. With 23 titles to his name from River Plate, Real Madrid and Inter, Cambiasso is tied with the great Alfredo Di Stéfano as the most decorated Argentine in history.

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Vélez back on top and wins for San Lorenzo and Banfield (VIDEO)


Vélez Sarsfield reclaimed top spot in the Primera and maintained the league’s only 100% record with a 1-0 win over Lanús in Liniers. Once again it was the instrumental, Lucas Pratto with the only goal as the 26-year-old made it four goals in the opening four games. With less than 10 minutes remaining, Pratto played a nice one-two before getting a bit of luck to round Agustín Marchesín and tap in the winner. Later, San Lorenzo earned their first win of the campaign with a convincing 3-0 win over Quilmes. Goals from Héctor Villalba, Gonzalo Verón and a Néstor Ortigoza penalty signalled a welcome return to form for El Ciclón ahead of Sunday’s clash with River Plate. Earlier on Thursday, Banfield celebrated back-to-back league wins with a 1-0 over Tigre in the Estadio Florencio Sola. Paraguayan, Santiago Salcedo’s strike midway through the first half was enough to give Matías Almeyda’s side a deserved win.

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Liverpool and Valencia eye River Plate’s Colombian duo


River Plate have made an outstanding start to the Torneo Transición under Marcelo Gallardo but will now be bracing themselves for transfer movement before the European window closes. Valencia have reportedly made a €6 million offer for striker, Teófilo Gutiérrez while Liverpool might be keen on renewing their interest in 21-year-old defender, Éder Álvarez Balanta given that the price is now said to be only £4.3 million.

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Sunderland snap up Argentine international, Álvarez


Sunderland have reportedly captured Inter Milan and Argentina midfielder, Ricky Álvarez on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal should they remain in the Premier League. The fee for the loan deal is around £1 million with the permanent deal to cost Gus Poyet’s side, in the region of £10 million. A member of Argentina’s World Cup squad and key member of Inter Milan’s side in the past season represents a sizeable coup for Sunderland ahead of the transfer window closing.

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Delight for River, more misery for Boca and wins for Newell’s and Godoy Cruz (VIDEO)


River Plate moved to the top of the table following another impressive victory as Marcelo Gallardo’s stylish brand of football has seen Los Millonarios emerge as serious title contenders. Two goals from midfielder, Carlos Sánchez and another from in-form striker, Teófilo Gutiérrez saw River comfortably defeat Defensa y Justicia in El Monumental. Boca Juniors‘ woes continued after suffering a damaging 3-1 loss to Estudiantes in La Plata. A fine Joaquin Correa goal gave the home side an early lead and Diego Vera’s superb brace made it three before the break. Boca managed to reduce any further embarressment and Jonathan Calleri pulled a goal back in stoppage time but the pressure continues to build in La Bombonera. Earlier, Newell’s Old Boys survived a late Atlético Rafaela fight back to win 3-2. Early goals from Maxi Rodríguez, Leandro Fernández and a Adrián Bastía own goal gave Newell’s what looked to be an unassailable lead but second half goals from Joel Sacks and Sergio Vittor ensured a nervy finish. Finally, Godoy Cruz managed to defeat Rosario Central thanks to a Rubén Ramírez header after both sides had been reduced to ten men.

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Independiente and Racing snatch late wins ahead of weekend clásico (VIDEO)


After heavy defeats last weekend both Avellaneda clubs needed a boost ahead of Sunday’s clásico and although they both left it late, Independiente and Racing both earned morale boosting victories on Tuesday night. Independiente trailed Olimpo after Jonathan Blanco’s penalty until the 88th minute but goals from Sebastian Penco and Federico Mancuello gave El Rojo an important 3 points. Racing Club then hosted Arsenal in Avellaneda and also took some momentum into Sunday, despite being thoroughly deserved it took a 87th minute penalty from Diego Milito to make the crucial breakthrough. Earlier in the day, Belgrano and Gimnasia played out a pretty non-eventful goalless draw.

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