Maxi Boys making headlines

On the back of a comprehensive 3-0 win over neighbours Chile, that earned Argentina a place in the Final of Canada 2007, took a closer look at how the young Albicelestes' achievements were reported in the country's written press.

"The youth team powered past Chile and into the final," read the front-page headline of morning paper Clarín, accompanied by a photo of the players celebrating after the final whistle. "They won 3-0 in a hard-fought game, scoring their goals at crucial times. On Sunday the team take on the Czech Republic for their sixth title at this level," continued the popular daily.

In the paper's Sports section, alongside an image of the team celebrating the opening goal, the headline read "Three goals and that's final". At the foot of the page, every FIFA U-20 World Cup Final Argentina have been involved in was listed one by one. Except for the 1983 edition, when eternal rivals Brazil took the title, the photos show an Albiceleste player lifting the trophy on each occasion, starting with Diego Maradona in 1979 through to Lionel Messi at Netherlands 2005.

On the front page of daily La Nación, meanwhile, the U-20s' success dominated the sports section with the headline: "Our boys, in the final once more". Alongside a photo of Claudio Yacob celebrating his goal, Argentina's second, the paper added that "...[Angel] Di Maria, Yacob and [Maximiliano] Moralez scored the goals that put the team one step from glory..."

In their sports supplement, La Nación made a point of highlighting the game's status as a South American derby or clásico: "The semi-final was a totally different experience to all the other games at this competition, thanks to the warmth of the fans." It went on to add that "the Chilean fans were in the majority" and detail various aspects of the unique atmosphere inside the stadium: "It was a South American clásico, but played on Canadian soil."

True to its traditionally daring style, daily sports newspaper Olé boldly went for the headline "Outrageous" to illustrate what its editors felt were the differences between the two teams' approaches in Toronto. "The U-20s stuck to playing football and thrashed Chile...and are now gunning for their sixth title," was their summary of the match.

"Giants!" exclaimed the Diario Popular, plastering almost half the page devoted to the U-20s' with a photo of forward Angel Di Maria, arms outstretched in celebration. The paper's Sports supplement followed a similar theme, alluding to the achievements of Argentina's bajitos (little lads) with the headline "Maxi Boys!", in reference to their vote for man of the match, Maximiliano Moralez.

The subject of the team's star performer is always cause for a healthy debate, but on this occasion the diminutive dynamo that is Moralez very nearly swept the board. La Nación and Clarín agreed with Diario Popular in giving the Racing de Avellaneda man 9 out of 10 for his performance, making him Argentina's highest-rated player. Olé, meanwhile, went for Boca Juniors midfielder Ever Banega, although both he and Moralez received an identical score of 8.5 out of 10. Other players earning rave reviews on all fronts were the goalscorers Yacob and Di Maria, and centre-back Federico Fazio.