World Cup Qualification Woes

Argentina: still a bit rubbish

The Albicelestes’ poor form under Diego Maradona continues

Paraguay 1/ Argentina 0
While World Cup Qualification strugglers Portugal were given a boost with a 1-0 victory in Hungary last night, Argentina saw no such change in their fortunes. Following defeat in Paraguay, Diego Maradona’s side now find themselves in the fifth-place play-off spot in the South American qualification system that is pretty much designed to give them an easy ride.

Argentina have lost four of their last five qualification games, and slip-ups in the two remaining matches against Peru and Uruguay could mean they miss their first World Cup finals since 1970. Maradona, it seems, is dealing with the pressure with his own unique brand of panicked defiance:

“As long as I have a drop of blood left, I will fight to get Argentina qualified.

“We’re not out of the World Cup.

“I’m not afraid of criticism. I’m not afraid of anybody. I’m going to continue no matter who criticises me.”

[Video: 101GG]

2 responses so far
  • David Allison // September 10, 2009 at 11:28 am

    As serious as this looks, Argentina couldn’t ask for a better set of fixtures for the next round of games, where they play bottom-placed Peru at home and the sides either side of them, Ecuador (4th) and Uruguay (6th), play each other. If they beat Peru (which HAS to be inevitable), they are guaranteed to be 4th or 5th, regardless of the Ecuador vs Uruguay result. Whatever happens, though, their closing game in Uruguay is bound to be eventful.

  • Maik // September 10, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Just leave already! Fat, crazy bastard… He’s destroying our team… Even I’d do a better job than him!!

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