With the passing of the great Diego Maradona, we’re reposting this Issue 5 feature. For a motley crew of the League of Ireland’s finest, football paradise was found in South America, when they also faced the teenage sensation, writes Macdara Ferris.
Brazilian photo-journalist Gabriel Uchida has travelled around Argentina capturing stunning 360′ images of football stadiums from different divisions.
Pope Francis’ club in Argentina, San Lorenzo, are the 2014 Copa Libertadores champions after a 1-0 win in the second leg over Paraguay’s Nacional. Watch all the best bits.
Pope Francis must have been working over-time. His club in Argentina San Lorenzo have reached a first ever Copa Libertadores final thanks to a thumping win in the semi-finals. There they’ll meet Paraguay’s Nacional who’ve also reached the showpiece for the first time. Here are the highlights.
The latest events from the Copa Libertadores and Copa do Brasil threw up more great action and talking points. Ronaldinho couldn’t save the defending champions while Corinthians staged a tribute to former fan and motorsport legend Ayrton Senna.
As South America’s biggest club competition enters the business end, take a look at the top ten goals from the opening rounds.
More enthralling action from South America as the Copa Libertadores heats up. ‘The Emperor’ Adriano returns, getting on the scoresheet, and showing he’s back in shape. There’s a nine-goal thriller in Chile, and Lanús’ Santiago Silva goes ballistic with the referee.
South America’s biggest club competition never fails to entertain. In the best of the week’s action, David Trezeguet show’s he’s still got it, there’s some long-range crackers, and goalkeepers are never afraid to face pain to keep the ball out.
The latest wonder-kid making waves in South America is Benjamin Inostroza. The 15-year-old scored on his début in Chile while in Brazil, Neymar grabbed a belter but not before his 16-year-old teammate scored Santos’ first. Any chance these kids have Irish blood?
Ever wondered what it is that sets players such as Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho apart from the rest? Why their touch is so instant, their passing so precise and their movement so quick and agile? With the UEFA Euro 2012 final taking place this weekend between Russia and five-time champions Spain, Harry Maidment writes the answer lies largely in their development as young footballers and their steady diet of Futbol Sala or Futsal as it’s more widely known.