Jorge Sampaoli

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 Hannes Halldorsson of Iceland saves  Lionel Messi’s penalty during the 1-1 draw in Moscow.  Photograph: EPA

Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Sometimes you hit a wall, and Iceland make a bigger wall than most. The trials of Lionel Messi in the national shirt of Argenti(...)

“Messi is two, three players at once,” Javier Mascherano once said. Above, Lionel Messi of Argentina. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

“Whenever I have trouble sleeping, I find Messi’s goals on YouTube and watch them on a loop,” the acclaimed Argentinian film-maker Lucrecia Martel sai(...)

Russian dolls of Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Lionel Messi of Argentina in a souvenir shop in Moscow. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

In the French revolutionary calendar, which was inspired by nature and agriculture and is still observed by a small hardcore of romantics, we are now (...)

The 2018 World Cup could prove to be Lionel Messi’s defining tournament. Photograph:  Agustin Marcarian/Getty

Argentina - 9-1 Croatia - 44-1 Nigeria - 200-1 Iceland - 200-1 The Contenders Argentina might be the clear favourites, but Group D is a potentially (...)

Argentina’s World Cup hopes will hinge on Lionel Messi. Photograph: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty

Argentina (9-1) Who are they? Lionel Messi turns 31 during this summer’s tournament. If he is going to emulate the great Diego Maradona by leading A(...)

Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi has been left out of Argentina’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Mauro Icardi, the joint top goalscorer in Italy’s Serie A this season, was left out of Argentina’s World Cup squad on Monday as coach Jorge Sampaoli n(...)

Sergio Agüero (right) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring their second goal in the international friendly against Nigeria in Krasnodar, Russia. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Sergio Agüero was taken to hospital after fainting at half-time in Argentina’s friendly defeat against Nigeria, the Argentinian Football Federation an(...)

Argentina’s Sergio Agüero  celebrates after scoring a goal during an international friendly against  Russia  at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Russia 0 Argentina 1 A late goal by Sergio Agüero lifted Argentina to a 1-0 win over World Cup hosts Russia in the inaugural match at Moscow’s newly-(...)

 Lionel Messi throws his jersey to the crowd as he celebrates his team’s win over Ecuador. Photograph: Getty Images

Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia qualified for next year’s World Cup on Tuesday after a dramatic last round of South American matches that also saw Per(...)

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp: got his days mixed up. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/AFP/Getty Images

Jürgen Klopp had not long sat down in the Etihad Stadium’s media room following Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City at the weekend when he was (...)

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