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Lionel Messi In India - Argentina Vs Venezuela At Salt Lake Stadium

With Argentina set to face Venezuela on Indian soil, Goal.com brings you the in-depth coverage of the event...

Copa America: Lionel Messi - Argentina
Welcome to Goal.com's coverage of Lionel Messi in India, where you can keep up to date with all of the action, reaction and debate on this Friday's Argentina versus Venezuela match at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

We will have a detailed coverage, with reporters located at the grounds, pre-match press conference, live commentaries, match reports, player rating and post match comments, to offer you our most vibrant coverage to date.

Here is a list of rich content which shall satisfy YOU for all your hunger to know about the Argentine international.

Lionel Messi Needs To Be Happy To Play At His Best - Argentina's Alejandro Sabella

The 56-year-old Argentine trainer reiterated that the Barcelona forward "is the best player in the world" and believes that he should be treated with more patience


Lionel Messi's Visit To India Might Well Help The La Liga Cause But It's Still A Long Way To Go Before They Can Outshine The Premier League's Popularity In India

Goal.com looks into why the La Liga still has a long way to go in order to match the huge EPL popularity in India, despite the positive effects of the recent Lionel Messi match...


Barcelona's Lionel Messi Left Frustrated By Poor Goalscoring Record For Argentina

The prolific forward admits he is getting concerned after drawing another blank for his country and has hinted that he is unsettled when playing for his homeland


Comment: Messi Mesmerizes Kolkata But The Goof Ups Prove Again That India Is Still Not Ready To Host International Matches

Goal.com's Amoy Ghoshal looks back at the historic evening, which was overshadowed by the numerous goof ups before, during and after the match.


Argentina Vs. Venezuela: A Journey To Watch Lionel Messi Conquer The Yuva Bharati Krirangan

Sarthak Dubey shares his experience of going to Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium to watch Lionel Messi in action during the historic Argentina vs. Venezuela international friendly.


Argentina Vs Venezuela: Will This Match Help Increase Indian Football's Popularity?

Lionel Messi and his Argentine teammates visit caught the imagination of Indian fans like nothing else before. But will this translate into more people following Indian football?..


Argentina Vs. Venezuela: Timeline Of What Lionel Messi Did In The Match At The Salt Lake Stadium In Kolkata

Goal.com documents the key contributions of Lionel Messi during Argentina's 1-0 win over Venezuela in Kolkata...


Argentina Vs Venezuela: Will This Match Help Increase Indian Football's Popularity?

Lionel Messi and his Argentine teammates visit caught the imagination of Indian fans like nothing else before. But will this translate into more people following Indian football?..

Atishay Agarwal is the Editor of 90 Minutes, a pan-India monthly football magazine...

Argentina Vs Venezuela: Will The Financial Success Of The Event Also Help Rake In Sponsorships For Indian Football?

With the clash between the South American giants proving to be a financial success, Goal.com has a look at whether Indian Football can also look forward to a financial boost...


 
Argentina Coach Alejandro Sabella Heaps Praise On Lionel Messi After Win Over Venezuela

After achieving victory in his debut game as Argentina boss, Sabella pays tribute to his new captain



Player Ratings: Venezuela 0-1 Argentina


Goal.com reviews the performances of the players involved in Argentina's narrow victory over Venezuela in the friendly in Kolkata on Friday


Otamendi Steals The Show With Messi's Assist


MATCH

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Venezuela 0-1 Argentina: Nicolas Otamendi Header Secures Victory For La Albiceleste

The two South American teams offered a great spectacle in a fiery friendly in India, but the Gauchos ultimately proved to be too much for Cesar Farias' men



LIVE: Argentina Vs. Venezuela In India



Lionel Messi In India - LIVE Updates


Goal.com keeps you updated as Kolkata's awaits history, starring Barcelona phenomenon Lionel Messi as Argentina get set to face Venezuela...


In Naming Lionel Messi As Captain, Argentina Hope To Rediscover The Glory Days Of 1986 & Maradona

Handing the armband to the Barcelona phenomenon is a sign from new coach Sabella that he wants Lio to act as a talisman for the national team - like another No. 10


Argentina Vs Venezuela Fanview: Watching Lionel Messi In Action Will Be An Experience Of A Lifetime For Kolkata

Goal.com caught up with a few citizens of Kolkata to get a sense of their mood ahead of the historic international friendly between Argentina and Venezuela.



Top Ten 'Off-The Pitch' Must Know Lionel Messi Facts


Goal.com looks into the less known top ten off-the pitch facts about Football wizard Lionel Messi...



Sergio Aguero & Nicolas Burdisso Make Way In New-Look Argentina Line-Up

The pair are two of five absentees from Argentina's last outing, as the team prepares to begin their sub-continent tour with Friday's test against Venezuela


Argentina Vs Venezuela: How Important Is This Match For Lionel Messi?

Goal.com's Ayush Srivastava has a look at how important this match might be for Lionel Messi, as he prepares to lead his nation out for for the first time as a permanent Captain...



What Makes Lionel Messi's Arrival At Their Own Backyard Something 'Epic' For The Football Fans Of Kolkata?

Lionel Messi's visit to Kolkata promises be a great spectacle for the football fans. But what makes the Argentine's visit even more epic than the past celebrity visits?


Fanview: Are You Excited To Watch Messi And Will The Friendly Aid Indian Football In Any Way?

Goal.com spoke to a number of football fans in India and asked them if they are excited enough to see the Argentine star and whether this friendly would aid football in India


Argentina Versus Venezuela Is More Than Just An International Friendly – César Farías

The Venezuelan coach believes that his side have a good chance of being at the 2014 World Cup...


Fanview: Are You Excited To Watch Messi And Will The Friendly Aid Indian Football In Any Way?

Goal.com spoke to a number of football fans in India and asked them if they are excited enough to see the Argentine star and whether this friendly would aid football in India


Goal.com 50: Lionel Messi Wins The Fans' Vote For Best Player Of 2010-11

The Argentine has now won the acclaim of football viewers worldwide in addition to securing the main award as chosen by Goal.com staff. Almost 150,000 voted for the Barca man...



Soccer Loung: A Letter To Lionel Messi - Do's And Don't In Kolkata


A Letter To Lionel Messi, with some do's and don't in India and Travel Tips!


Argentina Vs Venezuela: No Training Session For Venezuela As Their Playing Kits Fail To Reach Kolkata

Venezuela were unable to have their scheduled training session on Wednesday as their playing kits landed in Madrid instead of reaching Kolkata.


Argentina Vs Venezuela: Organizers Goof Up As They Mistake Venezuela For Paraguay!

A blunder of the first order as the organizers have forgotten the team which shall face Argentina...


Martin Demichelis & Lucho Gonzalez In Line For Argentina Starts As Side Trains For Venezuela Clash

The pair have been in the international wilderness for the past few years, but could feature against Venezuela after being included in the first team for Wednesday's practice


Lionel Messi Is The Best Player In The World At Both Club And International Level – Argentina Coach Alejandro Sabella

The Argentina coach addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon and showed his support for Messi, who has been criticized in the past for not delivering in national team colours...


Argentina Captain Lionel Messi Reaches Kolkata Along With His Barcelona Team-Mate Javier Mascherano

Kolkata's wait to see the current best player in the world is over as Lionel Messi landed in the City of Joy in the early hours of Wednesday morning (IST).


In Pictures: Kolkata's New-Look Salt Lake Stadium All Set To Host Historic International Friendly Between Argentina And Venezuela

Goal.com's Amoy Ghoshal gives you a pictorial insight into Kolkata's new-look Salt Lake Stadium, which has been refurbished for Friday's much awaited international friendly.


Argentina Vs Venezuela: Why Should Kolkata Have All The Fun?

As Kolkata gears up to host Lionel Messi, Goal.com's Ayush Srivastava wonders why the rest of the cities receive a cold shoulder when such world class stars visit India...


Argentina's Alejandro Sabella: We Must Be Thankful That We Have New Captain Lionel Messi

The new trainer is looking forward to seeing his new skipper lead the country out on Friday, and revealed his admiration for the 'best player in the world'


Comment: Why Lionel Messi's Legacy Will Eclipse The Ones Left Behind By Pele, Maradona & Other Football Gods Who Came To Kolkata

Goal.com's Amoy Ghoshal opines that Lionel Messi's legacy in Kolkata will surpass the ones left behind by even greats like Pele and Maradona.


Argentina Contingent Sans Lionel Messi Reach Kolkata For Their International Friendly Against Venezuela

Coach Alejandro Sabella along with his support staff and goalkeeper Esteban Andrada arrived in Kolkata earlier this Monday ahead of the International Friendly against Venezuela.


 
Juan Roman Riquelme: Argentina Captain Or Not, Lionel Messi Is The Best In The World

The talismanic No.10 supports Sabella's rumoured decision to install Lio as Mascherano's replacement, while looking forward to his own upcoming international test against Brazil


Argentina - Venezuela International Friendly: A Small Step In Global Terms But Potentially A Giant Leap For The Indian Footballing Scenario

Goal.com looks into the potential impacts that the Argentina- Venezuela Friendly at Kolkata might have on Indian footballing culture...


Comment: Kolkata & It's "Brazil-Argentina" Fascination - What Exactly Drives Them & How Do They Feel Following The Duo's Exit From Copa America 2011?

Brazil and Argentina have a huge fan following in Kolkata. But what exactly motivates the people to support the two nations?And what are their reactions following the duo's exit?


India: More Than 75,000 Tickets Of The Argentina Vs Venezuela International Friendly In Kolkata Still Unsold

Despite the challenges, organizers Celebrity Management Group (CMG) is optimistic of getting everything ready for the international friendly between Argentina and Venezuela.


Carlos Tevez Left Out For Argentina's Friendly Against Venezuela In India

The new Argentina boss has named two different squads for the upcoming matches, with Carlos Tevez being the notable absentee...


India: FIFA Congratulate Organizers For Successful Negotiations With Argentina FA To Play In India

NFIFA chief congratulates organizers for successfully reaching an agreement with Argentina FA to play an international friendly against Venezuela in India.


Barcelona Ace Lionel Messi Set To Be Handed Argentina Captaincy By Alejandro Sabella - Report

National coach is reportedly considering taking armband off Javier Mascherano and handing it to his star man after being impressed by his maturity and commitment


Tickets For The Argentina Versus Venezuela Match In Kolkata To Be Cheaper?

Sports Minister Madan Mitra states that the government is looking at measures to reduce the prices of the tickets for the high-profile match in Kolkata...


Argentina to play in Kolkata

Argentina and Venezuela will go head-to-head in an international friendly at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on 2nd September 2011

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Argentina Vs Venezuela: Organizers Goof Up As They Mistake Venezuela For Paraguay!

A blunder of the first order as the organizers have forgotten the team which shall face Argentina...



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