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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Estudiantes Wins The Argentine Apertura Championship

Only needing a draw in their final two games, Boca Juniors failed to hold a four point lead over Estudiantes which prompted a playoff yesterday. Boca had won the last two titles with Alfio Basile at the helm. This time, with former Mexican National Team coach, Ricardo La Volpe, they failed to deliver a title against a team who had been out of the glory for 25 years.

Lead by Juan Sebastian Veron, Estudiantes overcame all odds to win, 2 to 1. An early 4th minute goal by Boca's Martin Palermo, a former Estudiantes player, was not enough. After the game, La Volpe hastily tendered his resignation. "The coach always has to win and when that doesn't happen, he has to go."

His stay on the Boca bench was a brief and tumultous three months. Reports stated that his players objected to his training regimen and tactical decisions. A native of Argentina, La Volpe had played and worked in Mexico for the last quarter century. Alfio Basile is a legendary Argentine coach, and Ricardo La Volpe perhaps took the job for the wrong reasons. Time will tell where his journey takes him next.

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