Torneo Final 2014: End of Season awards

Article featured on Outside of the Boot As the curtain falls on what looks to be the final edition of the Torneo Final (should league redevelopment plans go ahead), it’s that time again… Continue reading

The New Generation of Argentinian Managers

Article first featured on Back Page Football Minutes away from a first Champions League and historic double with Atletico Madrid, Diego Simeone may be entitled to a degree of bitterness but overall can reflect,… Continue reading

Argentina World Cup Tactical Analysis

ARTICLE FIRST FEATURED ON OUTSIDE OF THE BOOT The two-time winners topped the South American qualification and, as ever, will go into the tournament as one of the favourites.  An Albiceleste victory on… Continue reading

Uruguay World Cup Tactical Analysis

ARTICLE FIRST FEATURED ON OUTSIDE OF THE BOOT After struggling throughout qualifying, Uruguay only scraped into the World Cup via a play-off against Jordan but on their day the 2010 semi-finalists will be… Continue reading

Defensor flying the flag for beleaguered Uruguay

ARTICLE FIRST FEATURED AT OUTSIDE OF THE BOOT It’s been a pretty torrid few weeks in Uruguayan football.  Nacional’s 4-2 home defeat to Newell’s in the Copa Libertadores sparked violence, leading to the arrests… Continue reading

Nicolas Castillo: Club Brugge’s Chilean Hitman

ARTICLE FIRST FEATURED AT OUTSIDE OF THE BOOT With the likes of Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez at the top of their game and the national team back to its high-tempo best under… Continue reading

Starlets of the 2014 Libertadores

A full, in-depth look at the players in the list below can be found at Outside of the Boot As ever, the Libertadores showcases some of the finest talent in South America before… Continue reading

Copa Libertadores 2014 Preview Pt. II

AS FEATURED BY OUTSIDE OF THE BOOT Following on from part 1, comes the second installment of Mala Leche & Outside of the Boot’s guide to the remaining four groups in this year’s… Continue reading

Copa Libertadores 2014 Preview Pt. I

AS FEATURED BY OUTSIDE OF THE BOOT The 55th edition of the Copa Libertadores – the South American equivalent of the Champions League – kicks off this week and, as ever, promises to… Continue reading

Vamos los Pibes: Ángel Correa

FIRST FEATURED AT OUTSIDE OF THE BOOT Fresh from his Torneo Inicial winning success with San Lorenzo, teen sensation Ángel Correa has emerged as a target for the likes of Arsenal, Atletico Madrid… Continue reading

Torneo Inicial 2013: End of Season awards

FULL ARTICLE FEATURED ON BACK PAGE FOOTBALL With the Torneo Inicial done and dusted, Mala Leche casts its eye back over the last six months in Argentinian football.  For all the winners, losers,… Continue reading

Duvan Zapata profile

Name: Duván Esteban Zapata Banguera D.O.B.: 4 January 1991 (age 22) Position: Striker Nationality: Colombian Current club: Estudiantes de la Plata (Argentina) Born in Cali in western Colombia, Zapata joined the youth ranks… Continue reading

In defence of Argentina’s defence

ARTICLE FIRST FEATURED AT BACK PAGE FOOTBALL With their passage to Brazil already confirmed, Argentina’s final two qualifiers gave boss Alejandro Sabella an opportunity to experiment with his squad selection, especially in light… Continue reading

Vamos los Pibes: Gerónimo Rulli

  Argentina is better known for the attacking players it produces but one of the country’s hottest prospects right now comes in the form of young Estudiantes goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli.  With the likes… Continue reading

Benitez tragedy can galvanise Ecuador

ARTICLE FIRST FEATURED ON LOVELY LEFT FOOT On July 29th, at around midday GMT, news began to filter through about the tragic passing of Christian Benitez.  It was announced later that the Ecuadorian… Continue reading