An exciting Copa Libertadores comes to a close and Corinthians win their first ever title versus Boca Juniors. In “A Conversation With Roger Gonzalez” we talk all things South American, with a focus on Argentina and the legend that is Riquelme. The talented midfielder has called time on his career with Boca and the big question is what happens next? Will Riquelme retire or will he find a new challenge at another club having given everything to Boca over the last few years. There’s even a little time for Messi and Ronaldo and how they have performed for their respective countries. Roger also discusses the importance of Copa Lib and how it compares to the Champions League. Get comfy and enjoy the conversation.
How are you enjoying the 2010 World Cup from South Africa? Has it lived up to your expectations? Is your country performing as you believed it would? What is the biggest story for you so far? How do you feel about the vuvuzela?
I can personally remember far more exciting group stages at the World Cup. There were definitely some thrilling finishes towards the end, but overall, that edge-of-your-seat type action was lacking tremendously for me. And I also have a problem with the weather and how cold it always looks. Seeing Casillas wearing a scarf during the World Cup is just wrong. I can respect the tournament being held in South Africa, but ultimately, the World Cup always smacks of summer and unfortunately, I’m not feeling the sizzle at all this time around.
Argentina look like they might just be heading for South Africa after all. With only 30 seconds left on the clock, Martin Palermo netted a dramatic winner to help his country beat Peru 2-1. The goal sent the Buenos Aires crowd into hysteria and coach Diego Maradona celebrated by sliding across the pitch on his newly trimmed stomach. After a nightmare qualifying campaign, Maradona and his team dodged yet another major bullet on their path towards the biggest prize in football. The World Cup.
Congratulations Manchester United. They’ve done this 18 times now and they’re not getting bored. Sir Alex Ferguson is amazing. The greatest manager in football history. Nobody can match what he’s done. It’s a shame the F.A. couldn’t convince him to be England manager. He’d probably have won them the World Cup by now.