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Argentina World Cup winner Brown dies at 62

Jose Luis Brown
Jose Luis Brown sails above England's Terry Butcher in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal.

World Cup winner Jose Luis Brown, who scored Argentina's opening goal in the 1986 World Cup final against West Germany, has died at the age of 62, local media reported on Monday.

The country's football association confirmed the former central defender's death in a tweet, while former Argentina striker Gabriel Batistuta also tweeted his condolences.

Brown, affectionately referred to by his nickname "Tata," spent most of his playing career at Estudiantes, making close to 300 league appearances for...

Messi suspended three months by CONMEBOL

Alejandro Moreno says CONMEBOL went easy on Lionel Messi's punishment for accusing the organization of being corrupt during Copa America.
Lionel Messi doesn't feel he should've seen red for the Gary Medel altercation and feels Argentina should've been in the Copa America final.
Gabriel Jesus said Lionel Messi was wrong to question the authorities following Argentina's semifinal defeat to Brazil in Copa America.
Alejandro Moreno believes Lionel Messi may have endeared himself to the Argentina fans, but was 'irresponsible' for his comments that could land him a ban by CONMEBOL.

Argentina's Lionel Messi was banned for three months from international matches and fined $50,000 on Friday after accusing South America's governing body for football of "corruption" during the Copa America.

Messi criticised the officiating and members of CONMEBOL last month following Argentina's semifinal loss to Brazil and after the third-place match against Chile but later apologised for his statements.

CONMEBOL has given Messi and the Argentine Football Association seven days to appeal the...

Scaloni signs extension to remain Argentina coach

Caretaker manager Lionel Scaloni will not have Lionel Messi at his disposal for Argentina's September friendlies.
Lionel Scaloni will remain in charge of the Argentina national team for the start of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.

Lionel Scaloni will remain in charge of the Argentina national team for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The Argentine Soccer Association (AFA) announced on Tuesday a deal to extend the contract for Scaloni, who guided Argentina to third place at this year's Copa America in Brazil.

"The AFA's executive committee has decided to continue with Lionel Scaloni as a coach during the next qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar that will begin next year," an AFA statement said.

Scaloni was part...

Messi, Suarez set for Barcelona tour of U.S.

New Barcelona signing Antoine Griezmann likens Lionel Messi to LeBron James, calling the two stars "the image" of their respective sports.
Antoine Griezmann discusses what it will be like to play with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and teases a brand new celebration for his first Barcelona goal.
Ivan Rakitic struck a long range effort to give Barcelona a 92nd minute consolation against Chelsea.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp tells ESPN FC's Melissa Reddy that re-signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona would take "big, big money" and "it's not our year for that."

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were back in Barcelona on Friday and the two are confirmed to travel, along with Arturo Vidal, Philippe Coutinho and Arthur Melo to the United States on Aug. 5 for matches against Italian side Napoli in Miami on Aug. 7 and Detroit on Aug. 10

All five South American players were part of their respective Copa America teams and were allotted holiday, but Suarez and Messi cut their vacations short by five days to return Barcelona on Friday.

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Maradona undergoes first of two knee surgeries

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop brushes aside Diego Maradona's reported interest in managing Manchester United as nothing more than a publicity stunt.

Diego Maradona had surgery on his right knee, the first of two procedures recommended by his doctors.

Maradona's attorney Matias Morla said the retired Argentine soccer great underwent the procedure on Wednesday at the Olivos private clinic in Buenos Aires.

The 58-year-old Maradona resigned as coach of Mexico's second-division team Dorados de Sinaloa in the middle of June.

His doctors told him he needed knee and shoulder surgeries to keep working.

The 1986 World Cup champion, who has a long medical...