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“Soccer one of the strongest cultural links between Argentina and UK”

Friday, May 23rd 2014 - 11:39 UTC
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A roundtable on soccer organized by the Argentine Embassy in London in the wake of World Cup, Argentina Ambassador, Alicia Castro, highlighted the “cultural links between Argentine and British people” and said “soccer is one of the strongest”. Read full article


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  • darragh

    Diego Maradona's 'hand of god' rings a bell.

    What is it about SA footballers - they have tremendous skill but can't resist cheating (or biting)

    Ricardo Villa's goal against Manchester City in 1981, considered in England as “the goal of the century” - who by other than Spurs fans and RV himself?

    May 23rd, 2014 - 12:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB


    It seems they all agree about the origins and influence of England on soccer in Argentina except TTT. Remember his rants?

    May 23rd, 2014 - 02:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    There is just ONE link between argieland and the UK. 1982. The Falklands War. When the argies got taught respect for their betters. Such short memories. 32 years and they've “forgotten”. But WE rarely “start” things. WE have a long history of “finishing” them.

    If it comes to it again, let's start by rolling out the rest of the Typhoons. Bringing the subs to within 500 miles. A single Typhoon can carry up to 39 ground attack Brimstone missiles. Other Typhoons could carry Maverick and Storm Shadow missiles. The subs could probably launch 140-150 Tomahawks.

    Stick to the football field, argies, and try not to cheat again!

    May 23rd, 2014 - 02:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check


    One of the few places they can still use a sub!

    May 23rd, 2014 - 02:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ricagp

    It's a definitive proof that all the peronist crap of Kim Jong Tobi and the others has no support among argentines, not even the Argentine government. They love Britain and love to highlight their links with the English.

    All the Falklands Islands crap is pure lip service bullshit.

    May 23rd, 2014 - 02:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • PhraseWizard

    This is a wonderful article: celebrating the looking-for-a fight-to-defend-imagined-honor that the the brutish British and girlish “Argentinean” (a German word for Argentine!) fan base so often display

    May 23rd, 2014 - 03:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    Hmmm.. The Trolley Dolly needs to watch that waist otherwise she will have to start sidling down the aisle!

    May 23rd, 2014 - 03:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    only in this 4th class newspaper you can find imbeciles that relate football with the islets, wars, subs and torpedoes.
    guess none of those imbeciles have never set foot on a football pitch and have never seen a sub in their lives.
    but what can you expect from them?

    May 23rd, 2014 - 03:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Can she not make her mind up?

    Last the Brits were nasty imperial land grabbers who treated Argentina in a condescending manner.
    This time it's all loved-up.

    This just proves that to Kristina and the gang the Falklands are only a political football for domestic entertainment.

    Anyway, I m glad to see she is wearing her pinny. I looks lovely.

    May 23rd, 2014 - 03:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2


    And why would you say such a unfair comment for a woman of her age that doenst seem to bad??... Its a kind of thins little boys say to girls they do like... That they are ugly.

    Mind you the late “Mico mandante” of Venezuela has being there so I wouldn’t touch it if I were you....puaj

    She probably did look much better when she was a young air stewardess.

    May 23rd, 2014 - 03:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    In my experience most Argentines really admire the English on many levels and just wish that their administration weren't such a bunch of crooks.

    May 23rd, 2014 - 04:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    Well this is one battle I can't seeing England beating Argentina in anytime soon. Good to see Ardiles and Vila looking fit and healthy again.

    May 23rd, 2014 - 04:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    Good to see Castro in the No 10 shirt, maybe she is going to play for Argentina along with all the other girlies.

    May 23rd, 2014 - 04:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro


    May 23rd, 2014 - 04:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    #10 Cabeza, the point I should have made is that probably an air hostess job is more in line with her skill set, as an ambassador she has proved to be a total disaster. Still, Timidman cannot afford to have anyone more skilled than himself in diplomacy and tactics. Argentina desperately needs to raise its game, the lost cause of trying to colonise the Falklands makes it look really stupid in the international community. Not a place to invest.

    May 23rd, 2014 - 05:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2


    The old hag is just doing and saying what she is supposed to just pick as much fights as she can...She is not there to promote investment, tourism, cultural link and commerce with Argentina, you would have to be very naive to believe that.

    Get a healthy salary for it and live in London with her daughter, nothing else.

    The woman was involved in the corruption that underwent at the time when Kirchner and Chavez were making their shady agreements. I think she was partly in charge of the parallel embassy of Caracas.
    I don’t know why nobody remembers the Antonini Wilson scandal and she managed to get completely clean from it.
    She must stink and know some stuff.

    May 23rd, 2014 - 06:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    Joe, what are you on about? We absolutely thrashed them in the game that real men play - rugby! Soccer is for drama queens, cheats and Nancy's.

    Get back to that wall!

    May 23rd, 2014 - 06:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Artillero 601

    #14 :-)

    May 23rd, 2014 - 07:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    14 Marcos
    Football, also called association football or soccer, game in which two teams of 11 players, using any part of their bodies except their hands and arms, try to manoeuvre the ball into the opposing team’s goal. Only the goalkeeper is permitted to handle the ball and may do so only within the penalty area surrounding the goal. The team that scores more goals wins.

    17 Captain
    LOL! I was definitely only talking about soccer (or football for Marcos who doesn't know what soccer is). The wall will have to wait a few months. I am strictly on indoor work at present; two bathrooms to renovate.

    It's the May Ball here tonight which is sort of like our version of a deb ball. They have a different theme each year and this year's theme is the battle of the 8th of Dec 1914 between the British and German fleets. Being the 100th anniversary this year there will be a few extra events on to remember it including some direct family descendants from both sides coming down in December to take part.

    Have a good weekend all. I think I'll drop back out until about the equinox and then see if anything exciting has happened on here.

    May 23rd, 2014 - 07:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Alicia Castro
    just two faced.

    May 23rd, 2014 - 07:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    @15 I would say a job perfectly suited for Alicia Castro would be cleaning vomit off the urinals at the port Stanley pub.

    May 23rd, 2014 - 08:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    18 Artillero 601
    Is “soccer”a tejano word Pomi? :-)
    F U T B O L!

    May 23rd, 2014 - 08:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I want to know where the guy with the two shades of blue tie has got his left hand only 'pizza or chicken' seems to have an unusually wide grin on her face.

    May 23rd, 2014 - 08:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    That guy is Ossie Ardiles.
    A former “soccer” player.

    As for your tic, try convincing the missy that it's about time. You are looking at Alicia Castro, letting your frontal lobe get the better of you...

    May 23rd, 2014 - 09:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • La Patria

    As someone who has played competitively in both countries, I have to say the edge goes to Argentina in this one.
    Not only on the field but also among team camaraderie. Less argy bargy than in the UK and more acceptance of new players no matter where they are from.
    Funnily enough, playing football together brings down many barriers and could be used more productively.

    May 24th, 2014 - 02:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DaveVK

    Can someone explain what is TTT?

    May 24th, 2014 - 12:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    “Funnily enough, playing football together brings down many barriers and could be used more productively.”
    that already happens with rugby and some other sports

    May 24th, 2014 - 02:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    26 DaveVK

    Just a guess here Dave but I'd say it's you. Apologies in advance if I am wrong.

    May 24th, 2014 - 03:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    Castro GTX - a very slippery person. Not to be trusted.

    May 24th, 2014 - 03:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton


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  • Jack Bauer

    It probably upsets the more nationalistic Argentines than the normal ones, but the fact is that the Argentine owes the construction of a good part of its infrastructure (which greatly contributed to its economic success util shortly after WWII), to the British. Railways, seaports, gas works, water works...They can deny it until their blue in the face, and then they still have to acknowledge that they learnt soccer from the Brits....tough life, isn't it you nationalistic pricks ?!

    May 24th, 2014 - 09:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • tRoll_with_the_Punches


    No, what upsets me is you are an unintellectual British twat. Allow me and Oxford/Merriam Webster to teach you and your benighted Anglo brethren:

    -owe (verb); owed / owing
    1: to need to pay or repay money to a person, bank, business, etc.

    2: to need to do or give something to someone who has done something for you or given something to you

    - - - -

    -invest (verb); invested / investing

    1: to commit (money) in order to earn a financial return

    2: to make use of for future benefits or advantages


    You see the difference???

    You don't have to apologize for the fact that I as a non-Anglo understand your own language better than yourselves, but you do have to thank me.

    Allow me to recapitulate: “to owe” YOU would mean you constructed all those railways et al out of your own pocket and without any expectation of return. Then we would “owe” you something. But what you did is “to invest”, to put money forth in order to achieve a productive end that would eventually earn you more money or products than the original investment. And you got it, in money and foodstuff, etc.

    So either you are utterly uneducated in both English and History, or ironically enough, made the above statement because you can't acknowledge the fact it was investment not charity... tough life, isn't you nationalistic prick?1


    TTT is the figurehead of one the world's great religions. In this website EVERYTHING is divided into “before TTT” and “after TTT” (b.t. / a.t.)

    May 24th, 2014 - 10:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Just to return to the Article above....

    Alicia is giving thanks that the English TAUGHT the Argentines how to be good at something.

    So, Argentina is quite good at football.


    But what Rules do they play Football by?
    Why is the F.A. Cup named so?
    When everywhere else it has some stupid name like the 'Cup of the Kings' or suchlike?
    What is the original?
    The Only?
    The most important?
    The F.A. Cup.

    Others can shout about their successes, or not, but please remember who invented the game.

    'nuff said.

    May 25th, 2014 - 01:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Your lack of understanding of the subtlety of the English language is blatantly obvious.
    To “owe” can also have a moral implication unrelated to finance.

    Yes, the Anglos“ as you wish to call them got paid -”I presume“ -although current Argentinian practice seems to have done away with that world accepted convention. If they had not taken the risk and built the infrastructure, then it is unlikely that they would have been built except over a longer period of time. This being the case then it is perfectly valid to say ”you owe us”

    Your understanding and use of the English language is not as good as you think.

    I would suggest a 6 months course in a language school for foreigners would be of immeasurable assistance.
    Cambridge has several which seem to attract Spanish students.

    I did not know that mental masturbation was classified as a world religion. If it is the case , then TTT IS CERTAINLY A DEITY.
    I will not argue that one.

    May 25th, 2014 - 11:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Clyde15@34, regarding the (various) connotations of the verb 'to owe', your first 3 lines couldn't have put it better. ' The Trolley who Thinks he throws punches' (@32), should know his punches missed the mark. His only defense, extremely weak, is to split hairs on the use of words in the English Language, something he has proven he knows little about., Trolley with the weak punch, I suggest you accept Clyde15's advice - go and take a 6 month course in English, or maybe longer , as 6 months probably won't be enough to get anything into your thick skull.
    But while you were ranting and raving on a subject you are obviously not familiar with, you implicitly accepted the fact that you Argies do OWE the English more than you would like to admit....tough life, isn't it, you nationalistic prick ?

    May 25th, 2014 - 08:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    “You don't have to apologize for the fact that I as a non-Anglo understand your own language better than yourselves, but you do have to thank me.”

    Oh, I am going to thank you Nostrils for that very entertaining and totally ignorant post. The above are correct, your grasp of English isn't as good as you assume and claim.

    May 26th, 2014 - 11:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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