Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Confirmed


As i wrote two days ago, it's confirmed that Maradona won't continue as Argentina's head coach.

In a press conference where he only read a statement, Maradona confirmed what everyone was talking about : that AFA mafia president Julio Grondona said he wanted him to continue but changing 7 of their assistants (including doctors, physical trainer, etc).
As expected Maradona couldn't agree with this, so he had to leave.

He also said Grondona is a liar (nothing that Argentina football fans don't know already for a very long time) and that Carlos Bilardo betrayed him.
Only a year ago, Bilardo, ex Argentina NT coach from 1983 to 1990, who started working as the General Manager of the NT at the same time Diego started as the coach, said that if Maradona left his job, he would have to leave too, but looks like he changed his mind because now he's staying.

Maradona was coach of the Argentina national team for only 18 months, the shortest period of any coach in the last 35 years and besides that i think that he did some tactical mistakes in some games, he definitely didn't deserve this kind of treatment.

The National Team will be coached temporarily by Sergio "Checho" Batista, also a 1986 WC champion who has been in charge of the younger Argentina divisions since 2007.

The next friendly is on August 11 at Dublin vs Ireland, and the players called for this game are :

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Mariano Andújar.

Defenders: Martín Demichelis, Walter Samuel, Nicolás Burdisso, Gabriel Heinze, Fabricio Coloccini, Emiliano Insúa, Pablo Zabaleta.

Midfielders: Angel Di María, Maximiliano Rodríguez, Javier Mascherano, Jonás Gutiérrez, Mario Bolatti, Javier Pastore, Jesús Dátolo, Fernando Gago, Ever Banega.

Strikers: Sergio Agüero, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuaín, Lionel Messi, Diego Milito, Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Games Previews


With the season 2 weeks away, it's time to focus on what I'm planning to offer on the blog for paying customers.

As i published back in May, the main focus will be on previews for every and each game of the upcoming Apertura 2010 that, as you can see by the schedule i posted 3 days ago, will run from August 6 to December 12.

You can find here some samples of the kind of previews i'm planning to offer for the 190 games of Apertura 2010 :

Round 17 / Banfield - Huracan

Round 17 / River - Velez

Round 19 / Arsenal - Godoy Cruz

If you're interested, contact me on mncarg@gmail.com

Monday, July 26, 2010

Maradona Out


Unexpectedly, when everywhere it was mentioned as a fact that Diego Maradona was going to stay as the Argentina National Team coach at least until the 2011 Copa America (to be played in Argentina), today all rumours say that his contract won't be renewed.

After some vacations he met today with the Argentinean Football Asociation (AFA) president (Julio Grondona, also FIFA vicepresident and one of the most influential people in football in the world) and he was asked to change some of his assistants, something that Maradona had already said that he wasn't going to accept.

Knowing Julio Grondona methods, after 30 years as AFA president with his dictatorial ways (some say, and I agree, that he manages it like a mafia boss), it's more than obvious that he made this kind of proposal so Maradona would refuse immediately.

Tomorrow evening this will be made official, and unless something strange happens, this is the end for now for Maradona as Argentina's coach.

Candidates ?
Miguel Angel Russo (currently with Racing, won 2007 Copa Libertadores with Boca and managed many clubs in the last 15 years)
Diego Simeone (currently with no club)
Ramon Diaz (currently in San Lorenzo, won many championships with River in the 90's and most recently with San Lorenzo in 2007).

The people's choice (and mine too even though I'm not a Boca fan at all :) ) is Carlos Bianchi, who won 3 Copa Libertadores with Boca and 1 with Velez among other championships, and is probably the best Argentinean coach of the last two decades, but unfortunately it's almost impossible because he wouldn't work for someone like Julio Grondona.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Friendlies



Unlike Europe where many teams are playing or will play friendlies or are touring around the world, Argentinean teams are having a quiet off-season with few official games.

Most friendlies have been played with no fans and without tv coverage, like the 3-2 win of San Lorenzo vs All Boys and a 2-1 win of Velez against Newell's.

Some teams that played "official" friendlies were :

* Colon's coach, Antonio Mohammed, played for 10 years at Mexico (Toros Neza and Monterrey among other teams) so his teams usually make the preseason trainings in this country. They've played 4 games, ending the tour undefeated after 1 win, 2-1 vs Queretaro, and 3 draws, 2-2 vs Veracruz, 0-0 vs Tijuana and 1-1 vs Atlante.
With some important new players like midfielders Damian Diaz, Cristian Ledesma and Federico Higuain, Colon is expected to be one of the best teams of Apertura.
We'll see if they finally live up to this expectations, or if like always so far, they fail in the last rounds.

* Gimnasia also did a tour in Mexico but unlike Colon their results were not that good : 0-3 vs Santos Laguna, 0-2 vs Atlante and 1-2 vs Toluca.
It probably be another difficult season for Gimnasia, who will start once again deep into the averages table.

* River is playing a friendly tournament in the North of Argentina vs 3 teams of that region : Gimnasia de Jujuy (Nacional B, 2nd division), Juventud Antoniana de Salta and Central Norte (both from Torneo Argentino A, a regional 3rd division).
In the first game they were able to get a 1-1 draw in the last minute vs Gimnasia and last night they beat Central Norte 3-0, all goals scored in the 2nd half by newly acquired Leandro Caruso, a skilled striker who looks completely out of shape after playing few games for Velez last season where he struggled all year with injuries.
All goals came from big defensive mistakes, and although a win is always positive, River still has a lot to improve if they want to avoid being among the 2011 relegated teams.

* Boca will play tomorrow (Friday 4:30 AM GMT-3) @ New Zeland vs Wellington Phoenix.
So far they've won 2 of 2 on this tour that took them to play @ Brazil vs Palmeiras (2-0) and @ Australia vs Melbourne Victory (1-0).
All time top scorer Martin Palermo signed yesterday a 1 year contract, and after this he said he will retire from football.
The club is still negotiating with Juan Roman Riquelme and an arrangement is expected to be reached soon.

* An interesting friendly tournament will start on Friday @ Racing stadium, including four 1st division teams : Racing, San Lorenzo, Quilmes and Banfield.
Racing and Banfield will meet in the first game, while San Lorenzo and Quilmes will play on Saturday. The two winners will play the final on Saturday July 31st.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Apertura 2010 Schedule


The schedule for Apertura 2010 is out.
The tournament will start on the weekend of August 6 and will end the weekend of December 12.

There is no need to play midweek rounds, so it will be all games in Friday/Saturday/Sunday.

Some derby dates :

River vs Boca, Round 14, November 7
Independiente vs Racing, Round 10, October 10
Huracan vs San Lorenzo, Round 12, October 24
Estudiantes vs Gimnasia, Round 4, August 29

This is the full schedule (first team is home team, the date is for Sunday), and you can also download it in PDF clicking here :


Fecha: 1

08.08.10

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

vs

C.A. BOCA JRS.

RACING CLUB

vs

C.A. ALL BOYS

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

vs

C.A. HURACAN

C.A. RIVER PLATE

vs

C.A. TIGRE

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

vs

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

ARSENAL F.C.

vs

C.A. LANUS

C.A. N.O. BOYS

vs

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

QUILMES A.C.

vs

C.A. COLON

C.A. BANFIELD

vs

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

vs

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

Fecha: 2

15.08.10

C.A. HURACAN

vs

C.A. RIVER PLATE

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

vs

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

C.A. ALL BOYS

vs

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

C.A. BOCA JRS.

vs

RACING CLUB

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

vs

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

vs

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

C.A. COLON

vs

C.A. BANFIELD

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

vs

QUILMES A.C.

C.A. LANUS

vs

C.A. N.O. BOYS

C.A. TIGRE

vs

ARSENAL F.C.

Fecha: 3

22.08.10

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

vs

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

RACING CLUB

vs

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

C.A. ALL BOYS

vs

C.A. BOCA JRS.

C.A. RIVER PLATE

vs

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

vs

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

ARSENAL F.C.

vs

C.A. HURACAN

C.A. N.O. BOYS

vs

C.A. TIGRE

QUILMES A.C.

vs

C.A. LANUS

C.A. BANFIELD

vs

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

vs

C.A. COLON

Fecha: 4

29.08.10

C.A. HURACAN

vs

C.A. N.O. BOYS

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

vs

ARSENAL F.C.

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

vs

C.A. RIVER PLATE

C.A. BOCA JRS.

vs

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

vs

C.A. ALL BOYS

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

vs

RACING CLUB

C.A. COLON

vs

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

vs

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

C.A. LANUS

vs

C.A. BANFIELD

C.A. TIGRE

vs

QUILMES A.C.

Fecha: 5

05.09.10

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

vs

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

RACING CLUB

vs

C.A. COLON

C.A. ALL BOYS

vs

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

C.A. BOCA JRS.

vs

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

vs

C.A. RIVER PLATE

ARSENAL F.C.

vs

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

C.A. N.O. BOYS

vs

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

QUILMES A.C.

vs

C.A. HURACAN

C.A. BANFIELD

vs

C.A. TIGRE

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

vs

C.A. LANUS

Fecha: 6

12.09.10

C.A. HURACAN

vs

C.A. BANFIELD

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

vs

QUILMES A.C.

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

vs

C.A. N.O. BOYS

C.A. RIVER PLATE

vs

ARSENAL F.C.

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

vs

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

vs

C.A. BOCA JRS.

C.A. COLON

vs

C.A. ALL BOYS

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

vs

RACING CLUB

C.A. LANUS

vs

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

C.A. TIGRE

vs

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

Fecha: 7

19.09.10

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

vs

C.A. TIGRE

RACING CLUB

vs

C.A. LANUS

C.A. ALL BOYS

vs

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

C.A. BOCA JRS.

vs

C.A. COLON

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

vs

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

ARSENAL F.C.

vs

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

C.A. N.O. BOYS

vs

C.A. RIVER PLATE

QUILMES A.C.

vs

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

C.A. BANFIELD

vs

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

vs

C.A. HURACAN

Fecha: 8

26.09.10

C.A. HURACAN

vs

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

vs

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

vs

C.A. BANFIELD

C.A. RIVER PLATE

vs

QUILMES A.C.

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

vs

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

ARSENAL F.C.

vs

C.A. N.O. BOYS

C.A. COLON

vs

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

vs

C.A. BOCA JRS.

C.A. LANUS

vs

C.A. ALL BOYS

C.A. TIGRE

vs

RACING CLUB

Fecha: 9

03.10.10

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

vs

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

RACING CLUB

vs

C.A. HURACAN

C.A. ALL BOYS

vs

C.A. TIGRE

C.A. BOCA JRS.

vs

C.A. LANUS

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

vs

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

vs

C.A. COLON

C.A. N.O. BOYS

vs

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

QUILMES A.C.

vs

ARSENAL F.C.

C.A. BANFIELD

vs

C.A. RIVER PLATE

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

vs

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

Fecha: 10

10.10.10

C.A. HURACAN

vs

C.A. ALL BOYS

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

vs

RACING CLUB

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

vs

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

C.A. RIVER PLATE

vs

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

vs

C.A. COLON

ARSENAL F.C.

vs

C.A. BANFIELD

C.A. N.O. BOYS

vs

QUILMES A.C.

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

vs

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

C.A. LANUS

vs

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

C.A. TIGRE

vs

C.A. BOCA JRS.

Fecha: 11

17.10.10

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

vs

C.A. RIVER PLATE

RACING CLUB

vs

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

C.A. ALL BOYS

vs

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

C.A. BOCA JRS.

vs

C.A. HURACAN

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

vs

C.A. TIGRE

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

vs

C.A. LANUS

C.A. COLON

vs

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

QUILMES A.C.

vs

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

C.A. BANFIELD

vs

C.A. N.O. BOYS

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

vs

ARSENAL F.C.

Fecha: 12

24.10.10

C.A. HURACAN

vs

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

vs

C.A. BOCA JRS.

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

vs

C.A. ALL BOYS

C.A. RIVER PLATE

vs

RACING CLUB

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

vs

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

ARSENAL F.C.

vs

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

C.A. N.O. BOYS

vs

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

QUILMES A.C.

vs

C.A. BANFIELD

C.A. LANUS

vs

C.A. COLON

C.A. TIGRE

vs

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

Fecha: 13

31.10.10

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

vs

C.A. N.O. BOYS

RACING CLUB

vs

ARSENAL F.C.

C.A. ALL BOYS

vs

C.A. RIVER PLATE

C.A. BOCA JRS.

vs

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

vs

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

vs

C.A. HURACAN

C.A. COLON

vs

C.A. TIGRE

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

vs

C.A. LANUS

C.A. BANFIELD

vs

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

vs

QUILMES A.C.

Fecha: 14

07.11.10

C.A. HURACAN

vs

C.A. COLON

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

vs

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

vs

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

C.A. RIVER PLATE

vs

C.A. BOCA JRS.

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

vs

C.A. LANUS

ARSENAL F.C.

vs

C.A. ALL BOYS

C.A. N.O. BOYS

vs

RACING CLUB

QUILMES A.C.

vs

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

C.A. BANFIELD

vs

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

C.A. TIGRE

vs

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

Fecha: 15

14.11.10

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

vs

C.A. BANFIELD

RACING CLUB

vs

QUILMES A.C.

C.A. ALL BOYS

vs

C.A. N.O. BOYS

C.A. BOCA JRS.

vs

ARSENAL F.C.

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

vs

C.A. RIVER PLATE

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

vs

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

C.A. COLON

vs

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

vs

C.A. HURACAN

C.A. LANUS

vs

C.A. TIGRE

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

vs

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

Fecha: 16

21.11.10

C.A. HURACAN

vs

C.A. LANUS

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

vs

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

vs

C.A. COLON

C.A. RIVER PLATE

vs

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

vs

C.A. TIGRE

ARSENAL F.C.

vs

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

C.A. N.O. BOYS

vs

C.A. BOCA JRS.

QUILMES A.C.

vs

C.A. ALL BOYS

C.A. BANFIELD

vs

RACING CLUB

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

vs

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

Fecha: 17

28.11.10

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

vs

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

RACING CLUB

vs

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

C.A. ALL BOYS

vs

C.A. BANFIELD

C.A. BOCA JRS.

vs

QUILMES A.C.

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

vs

C.A. N.O. BOYS

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

vs

ARSENAL F.C.

C.A. COLON

vs

C.A. RIVER PLATE

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

vs

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

C.A. LANUS

vs

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

C.A. TIGRE

vs

C.A. HURACAN

Fecha: 18

05.12.10

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

vs

RACING CLUB

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

vs

C.A. TIGRE

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.

vs

C.A. LANUS

C.A. RIVER PLATE

vs

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

vs

C.A. HURACAN

ARSENAL F.C.

vs

C.A. COLON

C.A. N.O. BOYS

vs

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

QUILMES A.C.

vs

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

C.A. BANFIELD

vs

C.A. BOCA JRS.

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

vs

C.A. ALL BOYS

Fecha: 19

12.12.10

C.A. HURACAN

vs

C.A. INDEPENDIENTE

RACING CLUB

vs

C.A. VELEZ SARSFIELD

C.A. ALL BOYS

vs

C. DEP. GODOY CRUZ A.T.

C.A. BOCA JRS.

vs

C. DE G. Y ESGRIMA L.P.

C.A. SAN LORENZO DE A.

vs

C.A. BANFIELD

C. OLIMPO (B. BLANCA)

vs

QUILMES A.C.

C.A. COLON

vs

C.A. N.O. BOYS

C. ESTUDIANTES DE L.P.

vs

ARSENAL F.C.

C.A. LANUS

vs

C.A. RIVER PLATE

C.A. TIGRE

vs

A.A. ARGENTINOS JRS.