Sport Argentina celebrate their World Cup semi-final penalty shootout victory over the Netherlands

With Lionel Messi in fine form, we look at how Alejandro Sabella can lead his Argentina side to glory in Brazil

Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese has quit his role with the club over a row with the owner Katharina Liebherr

Future of Mauricio Pochettino thrown into doubt as Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese resigns

Cortese was understood to be at loggerheads with club owner Katharina Liebherr over the demands of running the club that have significantly increased since their Premier League return

Transfer news: Sunderland target Argentine striker Ignacio Scocco in bid to avoid relegation

Poyet looking to South America to save his club's season

Novak Djokovic celebrates his second round victory over Leonardo Mayer at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Novak Djokovic eases into third round with a routine victory over Leonardo Mayer

Serbian needed just three sets to seal the win 6-0 6-4 6-4

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could return before the end of January after his calf injury appeared not as bad as first feared

Sergio Aguero on cusp of Manchester City return, potentially playing against Blackburn in FA Cup replay

The Argentina international has been out for eight games

Transfer news: Manchester United set to miss out on Benfica's Ezequiel Garay

Long term target reportedly set for Russian switch

The FifPro Team of the Year: (Back L-R) Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery, Xavi. (Front L-R) Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Sergio Ramos, Phillip Lahm and Manuel Neuer (missing Andres Iniesta).

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fail to vote for each other, while Steven Gerrard picks a Liverpool team-mate

Vincent Kompany takes the award for most bemusing choice after he leaves out both eventual winner Ronaldo and four-time holder Messi from his choice

Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has joined Norwich City in a loan deal until the end of the season

Transfer news: Jonas Gutierrez hoping to steer Norwich away from relegation after completing loan deal from Newcastle

Gutierrez joined Norwich from Newcastle on a short-term deal until the end of the season

Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (R) and his partner Antonella Roccuzzo attend the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Lionel Messi wears garish red suit to awards ceremony

The Barcelona forward was among those short listed for the Fifa Ballon d'Or

Jonas Gutierrez (r) competes with Yaya Toure (l)

Transfer news: Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez completes loan move to Norwich

The Argentinian appeared to signal his departure in a series of tweets

Novak Djokovic celebrates a point in his first round victory against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia

Australian Open 2014: Novak Djokovic eases through first round

Defending champion looked rusty by his high standards

Lionel Messi heads wide in the draw with Atletico Madrid

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid content with draw that allows Real Madrid to close the gap

The sides drew 0-0 in the Spanish capital in a game of few clear chances

Anthony Rose on wine: Big Mal

Such has been the success of Argentina’s malbec over the past two decades that it seems astonishing that growers were once tearing out their malbec vines, and their hair, for lack of demand for red wine. Thanks to pioneers such as Catena and Weinert and investment from overseas companies, malbec was saved for the nation, but it’s only today that we’re really seeing its true potential.

Hub cap: the expansion debate continues

Simon Calder: Transit traffic and the airport problem

The man who pays his way

The Big Six: Riding retreats

From South Africa to Argentina, England to Dubai, Australia to the US

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