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Posted by John (Sivan John) Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Go To Comments

Previous Meetings: Argentina vs. Nigeria
Tomorrow when Argentina takes on Nigeria in our final group game, it will be the fourth meeting between us and the Super Eagle from Africa.
 
At times, I like to think of them as our African brothers as we have been exchanging many honors over the years, mainly age group tournaments; most notably the Olympic gold medals from 1996 and 2008.
 
First meeting was back in 1994 when the World Cup was held in the United States. Nigeria was among debutants in that tournament but came with a reputation as one of Africa’s best. Current Super Eagles manager Stephen KESHI was part of the squad but never featured in this match.
 
Nigeria took the lead through Samson SIA-SIA and quickly reminded everyone of what happen four years earlier when a certain Cameroon did the same against us. But Argentina quickly bounced back with a double from Claudio CANIGGIA. Argentina won 2-1.

However the match will forever be remembered for what turned out to be Diego MARADONA’s last appearance for some obvious reason.
 
 
 
The next meeting will take place eight years later in the World Cup 2002 in Japan (co-hosted as well with South Korea). We were both placed in what was dubbed as the group of death alongside England and Sweden. Argentina took full points with a header through Gabriel BATISTUTA. BATISTUTA alongside Diego SIMEONE were part of that team in 1994 while Jay Jay OKOCHA was the only survivor for Nigeria.

It will take another eight years for us to meet again, in the World Cup in South Africa. This time, Diego MARADONA was back on the biggest stage but as the team’s manager.
 
On the field, Walter SAMUEL and Juan Sebastian VERON were reunited with Nigeria’s captain Joseph YOBO as the only survivors from 2002. Just like eight years ago, a header from Gabriel HEINZE that earned Argentina a 1-0 win.

VERON could take credit for the assist on both goals scored in 2002 and 2010.
 
As for this edition, Sergio ROMERO, Martin DEMICHELIS, Javier MASCHERANO, Lionel MESSI, Gonzalo HIGUAIN, Angel DI MARIA, Maxi RODRIGUEZ and Mariano ANDUJAR could start a reunion party with Vincent ENYEAMA, Joseph YOBO (his third time) and Peter ODEMWINGIE from the Super Eagles camp.
 
So far we have been winning all our meetings at the World Cup, surely we hope that trend will continue in thsis fourth encounter.



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Abs
(United States)
Posted on 6/25/2014 at 2:56 AM
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Yes we should top the group, and hopefully manage to reach the final, because I believe this will be the easiest route to the final we can ever have for years to come.


gabo
(United States)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 6:55 PM
0
If Colombia keeps playing in this fashion, we won't hear much from Neymar anymore, but there will soon be a Messi vs James Rodriguez debate (to be settled in the final game!)


Arge
(Suriname)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 5:48 PM
0
I'm ARG fan since 1982 (6 years old).
Batigol, it won't happn. Said it before, is Uruquay (I hate suarez, he's more an actor, dives, bites) lucky year. Why?
Same scenario as WC 2010,
ESP lost 1st game & becme champion, same for URU.
Esp 2008 europe ch, 2010 world ch & Uru 2011 copa am.ch., 2014 will reach the final & win it.
Messi for me best player of the world, he never dives, but (I hope not) still not gonna win it. I'm worried. Sorry my english is bad.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 4:57 PM
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we must and rpt must top the group. it means we get

1. swizz, maybe ecuador, even a chance of honduras
2. belgium or outside chance usa/ghana
3. likely holland, but can get mexico/ costa rica/greece


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 4:54 PM
0
Kidulthood and el principe have been missed here no doubt, the blog is quiet


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 4:42 PM
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Messi vs Neymar-The big difference.A must watch video!Will make you happy,I guarantee that :)


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=726745830711395


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 3:56 PM
0
and all the talk of argentina doing poorly BULLSHIT we beat nigeria with a single goal in two world cups, we didnt score again greece untill late in the game this group stage in no different to any other

game by game and even with all the fouling and physical play we have SIX POINTS


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 3:54 PM
0
WHATS UNPREDICTABLE ENGLAND ARE SHIT ITALY ARE SHIT CHILE ARE ABOVE AVERAGE BRAZIL OVER RATED

THATS EXACTLY HOW ANYONE WITH A BRAIN SEES IT , THERES NOTHING UNPREDICTABLE ABOUT THE OBVIOUS


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 3:51 PM
0
we have dominated posession this world cup we have conseeded a sigle goal messi has scored 2 wounder goals

lets get real shall we all we need is more class up front EVERYONE WANTS TO BEAT US NO BODY HAS

WE ARE DOING FINE


Batigol9
(Estonia)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 3:33 PM
1
Allright, now I want Uruguay will fall about same desire than Brazil. Discrace!


Notoraj
(Finland)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 3:21 PM
0
what a luxury Neymer had yesterday!! Please Nigeria play all out likeCameroon so we could tested our defense and our killing scoring power. By the way fred goal was offside..this WC is already in disgrace


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 3:12 PM
0
I think that de best performers from that substitute training session will see in starting 11 tomorrow, in a 4-4-2....


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 3:09 PM
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@baker we are playing the role of brazil not Germany


vimal
(Malaysia)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 3:05 PM
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im afraid nigeria mite park d bus bein overly confident that iran wont beat bosnia n knowin that a loss to argentina wud kick them out of d tournament...sigh dont b surprised guys if it is gonna b another 10 men in their half game


Rahat
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 3:04 PM
0
This WC is so unpredictable. Cannot predict anything right.

Brazil's route: Chile, Uruguay, Germany.

Argentina's route: Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 3:01 PM
0
We want everybody to score whenever the opportunity comes knocking, I want to see a free flowing attack.


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:41 PM
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Italy out.

One thing we can learn from this world cup is that the gap between so called weak teams and strong teams has lessened.

Netherlands won big against Spain,struggled against Australia.Germany did the same,they almost lost to Ghana and they looked very sloppy.Spain,England,Italy are out.Bosnia and Iran has troubled Argentina.So if you hope Argentina to rain goals at upcoming matches,then you are very wrong and you need to wake up.

Another thing is that many teams which lack star players has adopted 5 man defense and all of them have quaflied for 2nd round,namey Holland,Mexico and Costa Rica.

Their strategy was simple: making the defense look compact and pressing their opponents hard.Their opponents needed to put extra focus on breaking 5 man defense,that made their opponent's backline unorganized.Hard pressing helped them to balls in opponents half and by taking the advantage of already unorganized defense of opponents,they scored easily.This way Robben,Van Parsie,Campbell has scored good numbers of goals.But they are not hard to stop,you don't even need Ayala or Cannavaro in your defense.If your defnders keep their concentration and your midfielders do not give away possession cheaply in your own half,they will find it hard to score against you as they lack manpower in attack.Both Robben and Van Parsie struggeled against Australia.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:37 PM
0
i think kun could explode in goals too lets see


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:35 PM
0
i still say maradona would have been 94s star and batistuta leading scorer had he not been banned


theophilos
(United States)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:34 PM
0
guys please. Messi doesn't need to score against Nigeria. The OTHER PLAYERS NEED TO!


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:34 PM
0
Messi will show Enyeama no Mercy Tomorrow. Hopefulyl Di Maria or someone else turns up with Messi tomorrow we need to see improvements. Hopefully Rojo scores a goal to show the world he is the real deal. and hopefully we keep a clean sheet for those haters to keep claiming we have a weak defence.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:32 PM
0
i wish people would stop obsessing on goal counts

was gary linicker getter than maradona in 86 hhmmmmmmm


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:29 PM
0
Italy should have not played for the draw once they started attacking you could see who was clearly better.


Alam
(India)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:29 PM
0
Ban suarez and ban him for this world cup. He iis disgrace for football.


joesoccers
(Canada)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:27 PM
0
messi will score 2 against nigeria. to tie neymar, and as messi is a good guest, he'll wait to the next round to pass him in total goals.

messi is just getting started.


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:21 PM
0
It is really going like 2002 wc , so are we playing the role of brazil or germany....?


Parik
(United States)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:18 PM
0
Luis suarez incident is a disgrace for football itself, i dont want people like him no matter how talented they are to be an example to future aspiring football fans or players. This calls for a ban this world cup and if possible a year's worth of ban, disgusting !!


Budhasmilez
(India)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:18 PM
0
I wanted Italy to go thru.i thot they would have had a better chance in taking Brazil out of the fray...hope Suarez get punished to the carnivorous behaviour that he exhibited.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:15 PM
0
caniggia should have been a spinter on the side he would win a plyimpic silver or gold easy he was a 10 second 100 meters runner thats olyimpic class

no blackman could keep up on a football pitch


theophilos
(United States)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:10 PM
0
LOL Suarez is a certified psychopath. Probably going to miss the Colombia game.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:07 PM
0
LOOK AT THE CIA AGENT IN A FANCY DRESS NURSES OUTFIT LEADING DIEGO FROM THE FIELD OF PLAY

NEVER BEFORE OR SINCE IN HISTORY HAS THIS HAPPENED ALL FIFA TESTING IS IN CAMP BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

TWIN TOWERS WE NEED THE WHOLE NATION BLOWN UP MOST CURRUPT SICK DEMONIC NATION ON EARTH


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:05 PM
0
BAN HIM NOW OR I WILL START A CAMPAIGN MYSELF AGAINST FIFA BAN THE TOOTHY ONE TAKE URAGUAYS STAR AWAY BITING ISNT ACCEPTABLE BAN HIM NOW

DISGUSTING I WANT HIM OUT THE WORLD CUP NO EXCUSES

GET HIM OUT ALONG WITH OVERRATED ITALY


Argentino Trucho
(United States)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:05 PM
1
Did any of you see Luis Suarez bite that Italian defender? Sooo crazy. I hope he get's banned from the rest of the WC.


Budhasmilez
(India)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:01 PM
0
Another prediction of kid on Uruguay has been proven right...gr8 going kid


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 2:00 PM
0
the PIONEERS of " park the bus" strategy are out... i repeat the pioneers of PARK the BUS strategy are out!!!


Alam
(India)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 1:57 PM
0
argentina forwards players movement as well as midfield players not coming in opposition penalty ar5eab is the most talking point inb my head. is anyone help me here.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 1:56 PM
0
So much talk about how great The italian coach is. Bye italy.


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 1:56 PM
0
all the predictions are going haywire italy out too...


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 1:35 PM
0
1994 team is a bit overrated. They cracked once Maradona was out. Not a definition of a great team to me.


theophilos
(United States)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 1:32 PM
0
Argentina is not an Italy or a France. They typically play sharp in group stages, just like Germany and Brazil. Thus far they've underwhelmed in the last 2 games. Considering every A AND B team qualifying for the round of 16 has played at least one "fuck you" game, if Argentina does not play a "fuck you" game against Nigeria - its 3rd group game - then its time to change the lineup by possibly dropping a striker and adding an attacking midfielder. I trust Sabella will make the right decision. As Yogi Berra once said "Its getting late early."


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 1:13 PM
0
It will be a great game. No park the bus, it will be amazing.:)


Caniggia
(Hong Kong)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 1:12 PM
0
Wow, the 94 team! In my view the strongest attacking line up with lots of personality.

Caniggia, Batistuta, Balbo
Maradona, Redondo, Simeone

Had Diego not got tested, I'm sure this team would have gone far. All of them were leaders or captains at some point in there careers aside from Caniggia.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 1:04 PM
1
nigeria will not park the bus, african teams cant park the bus


Faisal
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 12:46 PM
0
Argentina will be stronger as the tournament progress.

Vamos Argentina


thebighash
(United States)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 12:45 PM
0
Nigeria will not park the bus like the other teams. They have to attack to as they need 3 points knowing that Iran might beat B&H. We need an early goal and then exploit Nigeria's response on counters.


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 12:42 PM
0
With the performances Argentina showed in the last two matches, I'm afraid the team struggle against Nigeria too.


thebighash
(United States)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 12:42 PM
1
Great post. Brings up great memories. Messi has to score, preferably a hat-trick!


Dipu
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 12:26 PM
0
As the other two matches in the group stage was tough for Argentina because of the defensive play of the other teams. I presume, this match will look be same catagory. Perhaps, all the matches in the World Cup 2014 will be tough for them. All the teams will try to protect goals from Messi. Other players in the Argentina team should take chances this time. They should show the other teams that how attacking and decisive football they can play. Waiting to watch that game from Argenting. Vamos Argentina.....................


Rahat
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 11:59 AM
0
Again Nice post by John. Thanks.


Rahat
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 11:57 AM
0
So, Kidulthood is going to be proved wrong. Chile will be out in the 2nd round.

Kidult & el principe, I miss u guys. Shout Please.

Mundo is not the same without you.


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 11:53 AM
0
Where is kid , elprincipe .
come on guys i am sure you guys are lurking around.


ElCholo
(Argentina)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 11:53 AM
0
Great Videos.

This is Olympics 2008.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS62nByVLbA


Rahat
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 11:52 AM
0
Messi needs to score for revenge. This time the Nigerians were very much aggressive. They threatened us that they will win against us.
We need to give answer in the field. I want Messi to score at least once and keep a clean sheet to shut them off....


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 11:43 AM
0
Its time for the Birthday boy to exact his revenge on the Nigerian goalkeeper.

We all remember the opening game against them last WC when Messi threw everything including the kitchen sink, microwave and the refrigerator and came out goalless.

Remember Copa and the Uruguay when their Argentine-born keeper stopped everything and then when Messi ripped him in half in that first qualifier.


Firash
(India)
Posted on 6/24/2014 at 11:33 AM
0
Vamos Argentina !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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