Highs and lows put Albiceleste in shade
YesterdayÃ¢ÂÂs results in world cups permitted Argentines to indulge themselves in an emotional outpouring that satisfied two opposite extremes of the national character. Ã¢ÂÂWe are the bestÃ¢ÂÂ was swiftly followed by Ã¢ÂÂwe are the worst'.
They are the best because the womenÃ¢ÂÂs hockey team marched triumphantly to the final of the World Cup, breezing past Germany 2-1. They are the worst because the basketball side was utterly destroyed by Lithuania 104-85 in the world championship in Turkey.
These two results led to a situation which probably stands proudly unique in media history - you have to read the entire first half of the Argentine sports daily before you can find anything about football. Usually, the complete reverse is true, and the paper is in fact a football daily with a couple of token 100-word articles about handgliding.
Despite the highs and lows that other sports have offered the Argentine sports enthusiast this week, the reverberations from the midweek 4-1 win over Spain are still being felt. Most believed that the interim coach Sergio Batista had passed his audition and could start to sit comfortably in his new office from where he would direct proceedings with the national team for the next four years.
Doctor Carlos Bilardo put this wishful and rational thinking to rest by announcing that there were still three young candidates that he will propose to the board at AFA, and if they didnÃ¢ÂÂt choose the right one Ã¢ÂÂ the correct one according to him - then heÃ¢ÂÂd quit.
He also said that the contract on offer would only be until next yearÃ¢ÂÂs Copa America, but his boss, AFA president Julio Grondona, pointed out that this wasnÃ¢ÂÂt 100% accurate, and that in fact any contract would be until the 2014 World Cup.
If not even beating the world champions 4-1 can calm things down, nothing will.
Away from the sky-blue-and-white of the various national teams, itÃ¢ÂÂs back to club colours this weekend.
ThereÃ¢ÂÂs a top of the table clash between San Lorenzo and VÃÂ©lez, which the sanlorÃÂ© coach RamÃÂ³n DÃÂaz both played down also played up, saying he Ã¢ÂÂwouldnÃ¢ÂÂt call it a clÃÂ¡sico.Ã¢ÂÂ As we all know, any meeting between the Big Five is a clÃÂ¡sico, but VÃÂ©lez are the fifth Beatle of Argentine football as the unofficial sixth grande, and will not appreciate RamÃÂ³nÃ¢ÂÂs comments.
River Plate against Arsenal is a curious fixture because it is, at the same, a top of the table clash, but also a relegation battle. Argentine football operates on a parallel universe system, so while Arsenal are top of the table and River are just two points behind them, in the other world, the world of relegation table and three yearly averages, both would prefer not to look.
Estudiantes lost the South American Supercup midweek but can now focus on domestic commitments, this weekend against Racing. If the rumour mill is to be believed, which is a bad idea judging by the rumour millÃ¢ÂÂs form, Alejandro Sabella may have reached the end of his welcome in La Plata. So heÃ¢ÂÂll probably still be there in 2037.
And finally of the games to watch out for, Boca travel to Olimpo. Ã¢ÂÂWatching out forÃ¢ÂÂ is a relative term, however. Perhaps just look for the result. Boca have promised to pump the ball up to its two giant centre forwards all game. It wonÃ¢ÂÂt be one for the purist, but with four points to show from five games, the boys from the Bombonera can ill-afford to lose.
Tigre Ã¢ÂÂ Gimnasia
ColÃÂ³n Ã¢ÂÂ All Boys
HuracÃÂ¡n Ã¢ÂÂ Banfield
San Lorenzo Ã¢ÂÂ VÃÂ©lez
LanÃÂºs Ã¢ÂÂ Godoy Cruz
Estudiantes Ã¢ÂÂ Racing
Argentinos Ã¢ÂÂ NewellÃ¢ÂÂs
River Ã¢ÂÂ Arsenal
Independiente Ã¢ÂÂ Quilmes
Olimpo Ã¢ÂÂ Boca