Sam Kelly Archive
Down to business in the Libertadores
With the Copa Libertadores knockout rounds about to start, Sam Kelly reviews the tournament so far.
March 28, 2013
Argentina take big step towards Brazil
Sam Kelly reflects on an excellent few days for Alex Sabella's Argentina, who look nailed on for a place at the 2014 World Cup.
March 17, 2013
Kelly: The Saints get their Pope
Sam Kelly observes the reaction of Argentine football fans to the new Pope and the potential impact on the 2014 World Cup.
January 29, 2013
Kelly: Decisions, decisions for 'the new Messi'
Once dubbed 'the new Messi', Mauro Icardi is now caught in a tug-of-war between Italy and Argentina, writes Sam Kelly.
January 1, 2013
Neymarvellous: South America's finest
Sam Kelly analyses the best player in South America for 2012, Neymar, and ponders his inevitable move to Europe.
December 2, 2012
Big in Oxford... and Buenos Aires
Sam Kelly on an Oxford United legend returning to the Argentine club he once played for and managed - River Plate.
October 26, 2012
Argentine eyes turn to Superclasico
Sam Kelly on the Superclasico as River Plate host Boca Juniors in the biggest match in Argentina.
September 13, 2012
Kelly: Hello, is it Messi you're looking for?
Sam Kelly reports from South America on the World Cup qualifiers as various runs came to an end.
July 5, 2012
Kelly: Corinthian values
Sam Kelly reviews Corinthians' Copa Libertadores win and Riquelme's latest retirement.
June 27, 2012
Kelly: River Plate wake from their nightmare
Sam Kelly on how veteran striker David Trezeguet helped River Plate wake from their nightmare.
June 12, 2012
Messi magic and Bolivia's summit issues
Sam Kelly on some Messi magic for Argentina and Bolivia's problems at the summit.
May 27, 2012
Down to business in the Copa Libertadores
Sam Kelly tips Neymar's Santos to be the stars of a tasty Copa Libertadores semi-final line-up.
April 18, 2012
Something in the water?
Sam Kelly reports on a weekend of violence and madness both on and off the pitch in Argentina.
March 3, 2012
Messi and Tabarez make history
Sam Kelly looks back on a week when hat-trick hero Lionel Messi and Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez made history.
February 9, 2012
Boca return, Velez and La U lead pack
Sam Kelly casts an eye on his favoured contenders for this year's crisply fresh Copa Libertadores.
January 4, 2012
South America's new king
Neymar's South American Footballer Of The Year award is testament to Santos' brilliant year, writes Sam Kelly.
December 14, 2011
Santos' cautious optimism ahead of CWC final
Sam Kelly considers Santos' chances of beating Barca in the Club World Cup final.
November 16, 2011
Awayday eases pressure on Sabella
Sergio Aguero's late winner for Argentina was crucial for the future of coach Alejandro Sabella, says Sam Kelly.
October 23, 2011
Sting fails to affect Grondona
Sam Kelly on Julio Grondona, the controversial figure elected as Argentine FA president for another term.
September 29, 2011
The Superclasico de Las America victory highlighted Brazil's domestic dominance over Argentina, says Sam Kelly.
August 30, 2011
In signing Sebastian Coates, Liverpool have acquired a player of huge talent, says Sam Kelly.
July 30, 2011
AFA's attention-grabbing antics
Sam Kelly reflects on the Argentine FA's remarkable decision to construct a new-look top flight of 38 teams.
July 25, 2011
Uruguay light the way
Sam Kelly hails the rise of Uruguay, a footballing nation that he feels is well and truly on the up.
July 23, 2011
Copa final illustrates overturned order
Sam Kelly examines the credentials of 2011 Copa America finalists Uruguay and Paraguay.