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Messi passes Pele as top scorer at a single club

Madrid - Lionel Messi beat Pele's record of goals for a single club when he scored his 644th for Barcelona in a 3-0 victory against Valladolid on Tuesday.

Argentina dump rugby captain Matera over 'xenophobic' posts

Sydney - Argentina rugby skipper Pablo Matera was stripped of the captaincy and suspended over "discriminatory and xenophobic" tweets on Tuesday.

Maradona's doctor investigated for involuntary manslaughter

Buenos Aires - Diego Maradona's personal doctor was on Sunday being investigated for involuntary manslaughter four days after the Argentina legend suffered a fatal heart attack, prosecutors in San Isidro near Buenos Aires reported.

Maradona's death may trigger family inheritance battle

Buenos Aires - Diego Maradona's tormented private life, with its tangled relationships and paternity suits, suggests distributing his inheritance will be a complex task for lawyers bracing for claims from a slew of children -- those he recognized and those he didn't....

Maradona's legend shaped by his Hand of God

Buenos Aires - Diego Maradona scored more than 300 goals, many touched with genius, but the two most famous came within four minutes of each other on June 22, 1986 in Mexico: one was voted Goal of the Century, the other is even more famous.

Diego Maradona, a divine talent with more than a touch of the devil

Buenos Aires - Diego Maradona was football's archetypal troubled genius, a world-beating player whose life and career scaled the most dazzling heights but also plumbed the darkest depths.

Maradona leaves hospital following surgery

Olivos - Argentine football legend Diego Maradona left hospital on Wednesday followed by a convoy of supporters, eight days after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.

Maradona allowed to leave hospital: doctor

Olivos - Argentine football legend Diego Maradona is expected to leave hospital on Wednesday, his doctor said, eight days after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.

Maradona progressing well after brain surgery

Olivos - Argentine football great Diego Maradona is progressing well after brain surgery on a blood clot and could be discharged this week, his doctor said Monday.Maradona, 60, underwent surgery last Tuesday to remove a clot lodged between his brain and skull.

Maradona to remain in hospital for treatment following surgery: doctor

Olivos - Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona is to remain in hospital for several more days to undergo treatment following surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain, his doctor said Thursday.

Hometown left deflated but still hopeful after Messi snub

Rosario - Rosario had dared to dream but was left disappointed after the Argentine city's most celebrated son Lionel Messi announced he was staying at Barcelona.

Transgender players kick down doors in Argentina football

La Plata - Out on the pitch, they finally can feel like themselves.

River Plate reach Copa Libertadores final despite Boca loss

Buenos Aires - Defending champions River Plate booked a place in the final of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday despite losing a tense semi-final to rivals Boca Juniors at a packed Bombonera in Buenos Aires.

CONMEBOL bans Messi for three months after Copa outburst

Asunci - Argentina star Lionel Messi was banned for three months and fined $50,000 on Friday by CONMEBOL after he heavily criticized the South American football governing body during the Copa America.

Footballer Sala's body arrives in Argentina

Progreso - The coffin of footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash between Nantes and Cardiff, arrived in Argentina on Friday ahead of his funeral in his hometown of Progreso.

Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay to present joint 2030 World Cup bid

Santiago - Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay are to submit a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera announced on Thursday.

Footballer Sala's body to be returned to Argentina on Friday

Buenos Aires - Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala's body is to be returned to Argentina on Friday, the mayor of his hometown of Progreso, Julio Muller, told AFP Tuesday.Sala's body was recovered from plane wreckage in the English Channel last week.

UK rescuers launch bid to recover body from Sala's plane

London - British crash investigators on Tuesday launched an underwater operation to recover a body from the wreckage of the plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in the Channel."We are attempting to recover the body.

Shipwreck hunter urges UK to urgently recover Sala's plane

London - The investigator who found the wreckage of a plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in the Channel called on the authorities Tuesday to urgently recover the unidentified body inside.

Body found underwater in wreckage of footballer Sala's plane

London - British investigators said Monday they had spotted a body in the wreckage of a plane that disappeared in the Channel two weeks ago carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot.

Football violence: South America's interminable problem

Montevideo - Argentina's problems with football hooliganism were thrown into the spotlight by the postponement of the historic Copa Libertadores final between Buenos Aires arch rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors.

Argentina's hooligans: the endless cycle of football violence

Buenos Aires - The embarrassing postponement of the Copa Libertadores final thrust Argentina's hooligan problem back into the spotlight, as well as society's acceptance that it is part of football fan culture, analysts say.

Boxer carries host Argentina's hopes of gold in Youth Olympics

Buenos Aires - Brian Arregui has made his way through life with his fists. Now 18, he's punched his way into contention for a gold medal as Argentina hosts the Youth Olympics this week.

Thai cave survivors play River Plate at Youth Olympics

Buenos Aires - The players of the Thai junior football team who were rescued after being trapped in a cave for more than two weeks were invited to the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires and played at River Plate on Sunday.

Three men released over Argentine football child sex abuse

Buenos Aires - Three men held for five months over a shocking underage sex abuse scandal in Argentine football have been released, one of the defendants said on Friday.

US market taps in on Latin American football fever

Montevideo - United States football fans have been enjoying a special treat during the latest international break as Latin America's heavyweights Brazil, Argentina and Mexico have decamped to the north for a pair of friendlies.

Maradona's new club owned by powerful clan with shady ties

Mexico - The latest chapter in Argentine football legend Diego Maradona's colorful career will be coaching Mexican second-division club Dorados, a team owned by a powerful family that has faced accusations of ties to drug trafficking.

Mbappe strikes to send Messi, Argentina crashing out

Teenage star Kylian Mbappe struck twice and earned another goal as France found their attacking edge to beat Lionel Messi's Argentina 4-3 and move into the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday.

Argentines caught between love and indifference for Maradona

Buenos Aires - Argentine legend Diego Maradona is a controversial idol, worshipped as a god for his World Cup-winning exploits but whose life of excess has left a tormented public back home torn between veneration and derision.

Israeli bid to host Messi in Jerusalem thrust politics to fore

Jerusalem - Israel's bid to stage a high-profile football match against Argentina in the disputed city of Jerusalem inevitably thrust politics and the festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the fore.
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