Jonás Gutíerrez reveals his year and half long cancer battle

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Jonás Gutíerrez gave an emotional interview earlier today on Argentine television to reveal that he has been undoing treatment for testicular cancer. The popular Newcastle United winger has been absent from the squad since his loan spell with Norwich and the 31-year-old has explained the reason why he has been back in Argentina for this period.

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Scocco seals Newell’s win over Olimpo (VIDEO)

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Ignacio Scocco scored his first goal since returning to Newell’s Old Boys to give his side a late one goal win over Olimpo in the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa. The result meant that Newell’s moved up to second, still unbeaten and just a point behind leaders, River Plate but if they are to challenge for the title, Scocco finding something like the form of his previous spell with the club will be crucial. The former Sunderland striker is not there yet but his crucial contribution tonight earned his side three points. Scocco was brought down with just over five minutes remaining and he picked himself up to convert from the spot. By no means have Newell’s hit their stride yet but they are likely to provide the toughest opposition to Gallardo’s River.

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Dwarf Warlock brings luck to Gimnasia ahead of the Clásico Platense

…A headline I never thought I would write. Ahead of tomorrow night’s Clásico Platense in the Copa Sudamericana, Gimnasia have enlisted the help of a dwarf warlock to bring better fortunes in the Estadio Único de La Plata, where they will face arch-rivals, Estudiantes. Gimnasia have not enjoyed the best luck in the Único and thoughts go back to 2006 when they lost 7-0 and so as the players inspected the pitch on Monday afternoon, this odd ceremony took place to reverse the fortunes of the visitors. The first leg finished goalless and so it is wide open for the return leg on Tuesday.

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Rain severely disrupts Sunday’s football – Lanús win clásico, Belgrano beat Vélez but Boca and River are washed out (VIDEO)

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Well, the Boca Juniors and Racing match may have been a farce for the hour that it lasted and River Plate‘s visit to Arsenal may have been postponed but there were still two other matches on Sunday. Lanús hosted Banfield in the Clásico del Sur and it was perhaps as expected, low in quality and high in emotion. Silvio Romero’s goal just after half time was decisive and inevitably red cards and handbags followed but nonetheless Lanús moved up to fourth in the table. Vélez Sarsfield‘s good start to the season has well and truly ended after a third match without a win. Lucas Zelarrayán’s goal gave Belgrano their second win of the season while Vélez could be 6 points behind River after the game in hand. Boca Juniors led Racing by a goal to nil thanks to Jonathan Calleri’s 26th minute goal but in truth it was a game that never should have started. Thankfully, the same mistake was not made in Sarandí and River’s match against Arsenal did not start. AFA will meet on Tuesday to discuss when these will be played.

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Mauro Icardi gives Martino and Argentina a reminder with a hat-trick for Inter (VIDEO)

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Argentine striker, Mauro Icardi laid down an impressive marker in Inter Milan’s second match of the Serie A season with a hat-trick in his sides 7-0 rout of Sassuolo. The 21-year-old will be hoping to force his way into Gerardo Martino’s thinking ahead of the Copa América in 2015.

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Independiente edge 8-goal thriller and wins for San Lorenzo, Tigre and Rafaela (VIDEO)

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In spite of the heavy rain in Avellaneda, Independiente celebrated a fourth consecutive win for the first time since the 2010 Clausura and moved up to second after a remarkable 5-3 victory over Quilmes. Earlier, San Lorenzo picked up only their second win of the season with a 2-1 win over Godoy Cruz in Bajo Flores. Remarkably, Tigre scored four for the second time this season in a 4-1 victory over Rosario Central and Atlético Rafaela took advantage of Estudiantes‘ Copa Sudamericana distraction to record a 1-0 win.

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Episode 156: River Plate extend their lead & more nonsense from the AFA

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In the hundred and fifty-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Peter and Andrés are joined, surprisingly, by Neil Clack and we discuss a week of enormous confusion in the headquarters of the Argentine Football Association; dates have been moved back and forth for not one, not two, but three different competitions, but we give you the definitive say on when the superclásico will be played: it’s the 5th October. Well, it was when we recorded anyway. Who knows when it will be now. We also talk about River Plate’s continued impressive performances, ask whether Boca are improving in anything more than results, spend a good deal of time laughing at Racing (well, they make it so easy for us) and tack on a quick bit of chat at the end about Colombia’s World Cup captain Mario Yepes, who looks like he’s joining San Lorenzo.

As ever, Mystic Sam’s…

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Defensa y Justicia sweep past Gimnasia in La Plata (VIDEO)

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Fair to say that Gimnasia‘s eyes were on their upcoming midweek clásico against Estudiantes in the Copa Sudamericana but credit to Defensa y Justicia for ruthlessly taking advantage in La Plata. Pedro Troglia opted to rest several first team players and the result was a second victory in the top flight for the Primera newcomers. Goals from Javier Yacuzzi, Mariano Barbieri and Julio Rodríguez gave Defensa y Justicia a comfortable three goal victory.

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San Lorenzo unveil the Estadio Papa Francisco

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San Lorenzo announced yesterday that their new stadium will be named the Estadio Papa Francisco, after their most famous supporter. Much of El Ciclón’s recent success has jokingly been atributed to the divine assistance of Pope Francis but either way it is a good time for the fans. Following the club’s first Copa Libertadores triumph, this historic return to Boedo is the cause of real celebration.

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All Argentine Premier League Eleven 2014/15

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With the influx of Argentine players to the Premier League this summer there is no shortage of talent. Manchester is now home to the majority of them but there is a growing Argentine influence throughout the league. Golazo Argentino picks a possible Premier League eleven….

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