The Argentine Football Association (AFA) must be restructured for the national team to once against thrive, according to Albiceleste great Diego Maradona.
Argentina were eliminated from this summer’s World Cup in Russia following a 4-3 loss to eventual champions France in the round of 16.
The tone was set on the opening day when hosts Russia romped to a 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia, fired by two superb goals from super-sub Denis Cheryshev
VAR has been a constant factor in the World Cup and it is the third time the French have benefited from its use during the final
The former Sevilla and Chile boss “begged” for the fans’ forgiveness after the Croatia defeat and took responsibility.
It’s the grand final of the beautiful game so what better way than to compare notes on the players to watch out for at Moscow.
It is fair to conclude that all the disappointments with the Croatia national team faced made them stronger and hungrier to prove their critics wrong.
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They have impressed audiences with their great skills, superb goals and have shown the world that they are the future stars.
This was their fifth encounter. Last time when Brazil and Belgium faced each other at the 2002 World Cup, the Red Devils were beaten 0-2.
It all changed last week after dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Denmark. They will play hosts Russia on Saturday for a semifinal place.
While the general public remains suspicious when it comes to Loew’s next steps, the coach said it will take a few weeks to present a plan.
As Germany might attest, this World Cup has reminded us of football’s ephemeral nature. Great teams come and go. Players too. We have to enjoy them while we can.