Javier Mascherano announces retirement from International football

Javier Mascherano announced his international retirement following Argentina's World Cup exit. The 34-year-old midfielder revealed his decision in the immediate aftermath of Saturday's 4-3 last-16 defeat by France. Speaking to reporters shortly after the final whistle, Mascherano said: "It's time to say goodbye and for the younger players to step in. "Hopefully in

Argentina 1-0 Iran: Match Report

Argentina once again required heroics from their talisman Lionel Messi as the forward scored an injury-time winner to secure qualification from World Cup Group F and break the hearts of a Iran. Having inspired his side to victory following a below-par performance in their opening fixture against Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Barcelona

Mascherano positive about Messi

Argentina international Javier Mascherano is confident that Lionel Messi will perform to the best of his abilities during this year's World Cup campaign. Messi has endured a difficult season, which has featured a tax fraud investigation, injury for a protracted period and a slight lapse in form at stages. There has

Bosnia won’t target Messi

Bosnia and Herzegovina head coach Safet Susic says that his side will not look to man-mark Argentina ace Lionel Messi. The Dragons will face Argentina in their opening World Cup encounter on Sunday, and keeping Messi quiet is one of the many tough tasks that they face. While well aware of the

Messi anxious to start WC

Argentina captain Lionel Messi is anxious to embark on a campaign to lift the one title he has never won, the FIFA World Cup. The Albiceleste have an immensely talented squad ahead of this year's campaign and as a result they have been identified has one of the stronger contenders for

Maradona denies tax evasion claims

Diego Armando Maradona has rubbished suggestions claiming he has committed tax evasion in his playing time in Italy. The Napoli legend was in Naples in the mid-week to cheer his former team in the Copa-Italia 2nd leg clash against Roma and also had the opportunity to erase the thoughts of him

FIFA announces Brazil 2014 World Cup seeds

FIFA has announced the seeds for the 2014 World Cup finals draw after the October World Rankings were released on Thursday. The hosts Brazil, will be joined by Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay and Switzerland. Uruguay's place in the top pot of seeds is subject to winning the intercontinental playoff against

Messi planning to be available for Argentina games

Lionel Messi, who scored two penalties to help Argentina beat Paraguay and become the first team from the CONMEBOL qualifying zone to secure a 2014 World Cup spot, said he wasnÔÇÖt aware that Barcelona had any plans to ask him to skip the rest of ArgentinaÔÇÖs qualifying matches. ÔÇ£I know nothing