Why Argentina chose ‘ganas’ and ‘pibes’ over winning

Van Basten
“Everyone laughs at Argentina, but the point is to understand how they got themselves into this mess. Their football team, coached by Diego Maradona, a peculiar former cocaine addict with no previous successful coaching experiences, might fail to qualify for the World Cup. To get there, the Selección must beat Peru at home on Saturday and probably at least draw in Uruguay on Wednesday.” (FT)

Apparently Argentina Asked Peru to Roll Over. But Peru Didn’t.
“Late late 2-1 win over Peru for Diego Maradona’s Argentina on Saturday night, with Martin Palermo scoring the all-important goal in the 93rd minute (and drawing a magnificent Klinsmann-esque diving celebration from his coach, see the very end of the above video.)” (WorldCupBlog)

Palermo Scores, Maradona ‘Flops’, Argentina Wins
“The hero of Argentina’s sputtering World Cup campaign owns an ignominious place in the Guiness Book of World Records. And now, Martín Palermo, a guy known as el Loco (the crazy one), has staked his place in Argentine soccer history. Few will soon forgot the final five minutes or so of Saturday night’s tumultuous South American World Cup qualifying match between a desperate Argentina and a desolate Peru at Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires.” (NYT)

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