Thursday, October 28, 2010

Round 13 Postponed


As some of you might already know by the news, yesterday Nestor Kirchner former president of Argentina (2003-2007) and husband of current Argentina president Cristina Fernandez, died of a heart attack.
Loved by some and hated by others, but there's no doubt that he was the big political leader in Argentina of this last decade through the big economic crisis that hit the country in 2001 and he was expected to be candidate in next year's presidential elections.

The official mourning is for 3 days, until Friday, but the football association decided to suspend the whole round and move it to the next weekend, meaning that Apertura will end on December 19 instead of December 12 because there are no midweek rounds planned.

There will probably be some schedule changes, and there are also rumors that the SuperDerby River-Boca of the 14th round will be played on Monday 15 or Tuesday 16 because the stadium was committed for some music shows the previous days.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Apertura 2010 12th Round : Derbies, derbies and more derbies


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Three derbies (plus the Argentinos Jrs-All Boys and Quilmes-Banfield rivalries) and the only team that can consider themselves really happy is Huracan, who beat a San Lorenzo with an alarming lack of attitude. As a fan of "El Ciclon" you can imagine my mood today. It doesn't really matter that it was a derby (it was the first time Huracan won at home vs San Lorenzo since 2000, and the historic H2H still favors San Lorenzo by 31 games) but the problem is that the future looks bleak if some players don't realize that they are at one of the biggest teams of Argentina.

The other two derbies gave some boring draws as River-Racing and Independiente-Boca showed nothing different from what they've shown the whole season.
River and Boca are already thinking on the Super-Derby to be played in 2 weeks, Independiente is 100% focused on Copa Sudamericana and Racing is trying to find their best team to see if next year they can finally fight for a championship, something that doesn't happen since 2001.

The game to watch this round was Velez-Estudiantes, but as most of the times happens it was a really disappointing game. Both missed their best player, Moralez for Velez and Veron for Estudiantes, and the visitors decided since the 1st minute that a draw was good enough for them, so they approached the game with a extremely defensive tactic and took home the result they needed to keep the 3 points difference over Velez.

Surprise of Apertura, Arsenal, hosted the surprise of 2010, Godoy Cruz, and they missed a great chance to get closer to Estudiantes. Arsenal was the best team of both, but the visitors scored 2 goals in 2 minutes early in the 2nd half that changed the game, and closed it with a penalty kick in the last minute. Godoy Cruz is every day closer to achieve their main goal of this semester and qualify to Copa Libertadores for the first time in club history.

Lanus also missed a chance to get closer to the leader, after losing 1-2 at home vs Colon. This was a meeting between two very irregular teams...and of course the result could have gone either way.

Good wins for Tigre and Banfield against Olimpo and Quilmes, two teams that can't find a way out of the relegation zone, and a very tight one for Argentinos over All Boys in a very closed game where neither of them deserved to lose.
The round was closed with Newell's beating Gimnasia 1-0. The team from Rosario is now only 6 points behind Estudiantes and with 11 league games undefeated they want all their goals open : Copa Sudamericana, qualifying to Copa Libertadores 2011 and maybe fight for the championship.

Next round shows an interesting meeting between Banfield and Velez, Lanus visiting Estudiantes, a derby between San Lorenzo and Independiente and two very important games for the Averages table : Olimpo - Huracan and All Boys - River.

This is the schedule of the 13th round :

Friday October 29
19.10-- Olimpo de Bahía Blanca-Huracán
21.20-- Estudiantes de La Plata-Lanús

Saturday October 30
14.10-- Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata-Quilmes
16.20-- San Lorenzo-Independiente
18.30-- Godoy Cruz Antonio Tomba-Newell's Old Boys
20.30-- Banfield-Vélez Sársfield


Sunday October 31
14.00-- Colón-Tigre
16.00-- All Boys-River Plate
18.10-- Boca Juniors-Argentinos Juniors
20.20-- Racing Club-Arsenal

Standings :



Averages Table (http://www.argentinapreviews.com/2010/05/how-are-relegations-decided.html) :




Copa Libertadores 2011 table ( http://www.argentinapreviews.com/2010/05/how-do-teams-qualify-to-copa.html) :


* Tables taken from "La Redó" (www.la-redo.com.ar)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Apertura 2010 11th Round : 3 !


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Three points is now the difference with 8 rounds left between the leader Estudiantes, who drew 1-1 @ Colon, and Velez and Arsenal, who won their weekend games.

And to make the championship interesting, Velez will host Estudiantes next Friday !
It will be without a doubt a match to watch.

The still leader was playing without their best players, Juan S. Veron and Braña, but still were able to play a fair game @ Santa Fe vs Colon. The 1st half ended already ended 1-1 and Estudiantes seemed happy with it because they made a couple of defensive changes in the 2nd half to close the game, and they did it.

Easy win for Velez against the win-less Quilmes, whose coach finally resigned after 11 rounds without getting 3 points in one game. Quilmes, promoted from 2nd division, has no wins in the last 17 games (including last season last 6 games). They don't win since April !

Third consecutive win for Arsenal, and the third one in the last minutes of the game !
They played better than Gimnasia, who keeps sinking in the averages table, and took a 3-2 win that puts them 3 points behind Estudiantes. Without a doubt, they are the surprise of Apertura.

San Lorenzo finally won again after 3 consecutive defeats, an easy 2-0 vs Tigre, that puts them in good mood before the BIG derby vs Huracan next week.
Not the same can be said of Huracan, who played another awful game, has no wins in the last 6, and are getting in deep trouble in the Averages table. For Boca it was the second consecutive win, but neither in the 2-1 vs Tigre or the 2-0 vs Huracan they played well and only got the wins because their rivals were awful.

The boring games of the round were the 0-0 draw between Banfield and Newells, and the extremely lucky 1-0 win by Olimpo against Lanus with one of the funniest own goals of the season.

Mood was great for Independiente a week ago after winning the derby vs Racing, but they are now back to reality. They used a mixed lineup (because of the Copa Sudamericana game on tuesday) and lost 3-1 @ All Boys. The recently promoted team shows that they want to stay in first division next year and are having a dreamy season so far.

The other Avellaneda team, Racing, won 2-1 at vs Argentinos, but they had a really bad performance and fans showed their anger because they lost the derby last week. The visitors were winning at halftime and Racing looked completely hopeless, but their best player, Colombian playmaker Giovanni Moreno scored a great goal from a free kick and later put the 2-1 thanks to a defensive mistake.


Once again, the more fun game of the week was the last one : Godoy Cruz 2 - River 2.
The draw was definitely fair but the last minutes were crazy, with the home team missing an unbelievable chance and one minute later River scored the 2-3, but it was dissallowed because of a hand ball that was bad called (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOUyuKInRrg).

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Great round coming next week : the already mentioned Velez - Estudiantes, and 3 big derbies !!
Independiente - Boca, River - Racing and Huracan - San Lorenzo, plus a smaller one, Quilmes - Banfield.

This is the schedule :

Friday October 22
19.10-- Arsenal-Godoy Cruz
21.20-- Vélez Sarsfield-Estudiantes de La Plata


Saturday October 23
14.10-- Argentinos Juniors-All Boys
16.20-- River Plate-Racing Club
18.30-- Quilmes-Banfield
20.30-- Lanús-Colón

Sunday October 24
14.00--Huracán-San Lorenzo
16.00--Independiente-Boca Juniors
18.10--Tigre-Olimpo
20.20-- Newell´s Old Boys-Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata

Standings :



Averages Table (http://www.argentinapreviews.com/2010/05/how-are-relegations-decided.html) :



Copa Libertadores 2011 table ( http://www.argentinapreviews.com/2010/05/how-do-teams-qualify-to-copa.html) :



* Tables taken from "La Redó" (www.la-redo.com.ar)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Apertura 2010 10th Round : Super Velez


Unfortunately very busy days coming this week so not much time for a long review of the 10th round.

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Anyway, the weekend didn't leave anything new.
Estudiantes and Velez as usual didn't disappoint, especially the 2nd who played a superb 2nd half and won 6-0 vs Colon with an unbelievable performance by Juan Manuel "Burrito" Martinez, who scored 3 goals (check the 4-0 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNVX8OkilhU).

With half of Apertura gone looks like one of this two will be the champion, unless Arsenal or Lanus who are 5 and 7 points from the top, pull a big surprise.

Independiente won the Avellaneda super-derby again (Racing can't win it since 2005), but they didn't deserve it at all. Same for Boca, who took a 2-1 win @ Tigre but played as poor as usual.
Will Juan Roman Riquelme finally return for the next game, with the super-derby vs River only a few weeks away ?

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This is the schedule for the 11th round of Apertura 2010 :

Friday October 15
19.10-- San Lorenzo-Tigre
21.20-- Quilmes-Vélez Sarsfield

Saturday October 16
14.10-- Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata-Arsenal
16.20-- All Boys-Independiente
18.30-- Banfield-Newell´s Old Boys
20.30-- Colón-Estudiantes de La Plata

Sunday October 17
14.00-- Olimpo de Bahía Blanca-Lanús
16.00-- Boca Juniors-Huracán
18.10-- Racing Club-Argentinos Juniors
20.20-- Godoy Cruz-River Plate

Standings :


Averages Table (http://www.argentinapreviews.com/2010/05/how-are-relegations-decided.html) :


Copa Libertadores 2011 table ( http://www.argentinapreviews.com/2010/05/how-do-teams-qualify-to-copa.html) :


* Tables taken from "La Redó" (www.la-redo.com.ar)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Friendly / Argentina - Japan


One of those friendlies that no one (except for all the Japaneses that will be at the stadium to see Lionel Messi) cares about will be played this Friday @ Tokyo.

Funny enough, Japan will play Copa America @ Argentina next year as a guest of CONMEBOL, so this two teams might meet again next year during this competition.

Japan and Argentina met 6 times, all won by Argentina :

* 1992, Japan 0 - Argentina 1
* 1995, Argentina 5 - Japan 1
* 1998 (World Cup), Argentina 1 - Japan 0
* 2002, Japan 0 - Argentina 2
* 2003, Japan 1 - Argentina 4
* 2005, Japan 1- Argentina 2

Coach Sergio Batista (who is expected to be confirmed soon as the Argentinean NT coach at least until Copa America 2011) didn't confirm the starting lineup yet, but no big surprises are expected and this will be the 4-3-3 for this game :

Sergio Romero - Nicolás Burdisso, Martín Demichelis, Milito, Gabriel Heinze - Andrés D'Alessandro, Javier Mascherano, Esteban Cambiasso - Lionel Messi, Diego Milito, Carlos Tévez.

Andres D'alessandro will be regular for the first time in some years. The ex River and San Lorenzo midfielder, currently in Internacional (Brazil) where he won Copa Libertadores this year, definitely deserved a chance as he's been playing in very high level for his club.

The players waiting their chance from the bench, will be : Mariano Andújar (Catania), Oscar Ustari (Getafe), Nicolas Pareja (Spartak Moscow), Cristian Ansaldi (Rubin Kazan), José Sosa (Napoli), Ángel Di María (Real Madrid), Mario Bolatti (Fiorentina), Javier Pastore (Palermo), Nicolás Gaitán (Benfica), Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid) and Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli).

Sergio "Kun" Aguero (Atl. Madrid), Walter Samuel (Inter), Javier Zanetti (Inter), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Ever Banega (Valencia) and Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) where called for this game but miss it because of injuries.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Apertura 2010 9th Round : Estudiantes by 5


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Great round !
36 goals in 10 games and fun games all over the weekend.

Estudiantes put the high note, playing a very solid game and getting a deserved 1-0 win @ San Lorenzo, who is now slowly saying goodbye to their championship chances. The leader played a great 1st half, that could have ended with a 2 or 3 goals difference and then sit back in defense in the 2nd, watching a harmless San Lorenzo struggle to create scoring positions.
Estudiantes is now has a 5 point difference above Velez and Arsenal, and with 10 rounds left they look like a serious championship candidate.

Newell's helped Estudiantes get this bigger difference with their 2-0 win at home vs Velez on Friday. The visitors played a good 1st half but Newell's found the 1-0 on a counter attack, and then finished them with a questionable PK early in the 2nd half.
Newell's now is 6 points behind Estudiantes, but their main goal for this semester is probably Copa Sudamericana, where they will play this wednesday the 1st leg of the round of 16 vs bolivian team San Jose.

The other team behind Estudiantes is the surprising Arsenal, tied with Velez in the 2nd place. The team from the south of Buenos Aires had a lucky win 1-0 @ Quilmes. The only win less team of Apertura played a fairly good game but they have some problems to score, and only 10 minutes before FT the visitors scored from a corner kick and took the 3 points.

Boca continues with their endless struggling in this 2010 and lost at home 2-1 vs Lanus, with a 94 minute PK. They didn't deserve to lose, but once again couldn't perform when they were expected to do it and ended with empty hands.
Championship hopes are gone, Copa Libertadores 2011 is gone...the only things left for them this semester is to wait for playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme return from his long term injury (might be back in 2 weeks) and try to win the super derby vs River on the 14th round.
Coach Claudio Borghi continues to threaten to resign...and he will probably do it very soon.

Talking about River, they provided one of the good games of this round, in the 2-2 draw @ Banfield. The home team was expected to use a mixed lineup, but once again coach Julio Falcioni fooled everyone and ended using all regulars. After the early 1-0 it looked like an easy Banfield win, but they missed a PK in the 1st half. In the 2nd River scored the draw from a PK, and the home team was looking tired (they played a Copa Sudamericana game last Wednesday) but a few minutes later Banfield took the 2-1. When it looked like the game was over, River got the 2-2 with a header, a fair score for a very even game.

All Boys and Tigre played a high scoring game that was really fun, probably one of the best of the weekend. The 3-3 draw was deserved for both, who played a very intense game where Tigre was always leading, 0-1, 1-2 and 2-3, but the home team managed always to score, and almost win it in the end.

Another unexpected high scoring game was the 4-2 win of Argentinos Jrs against Gimnasia, who can't get out of this huge slump they are in. For Argentinos it was the 2nd win in a row and some air for coach Pedro Troglio who looked almost out two weeks ago, and for Gimnasia was the 3rd consecutive defeat, the first one under new coach Pablo Morant.

Two other teams in terminal situation are Olimpo, who lost the 5th game in a row, 2-3 at home vs Colon, and Independiente, with the 1-4 defeat @ Godoy Cruz.
Independiente finally decided for a new coach, Antonio Mohammed, who was working for Colon until 2 weeks ago and is one of the young promising new coaches in the league.
His debut will be next Saturday, in the HUGE derby vs Racing, who won 2 of the last 3 (easy 3-0 at home vs Huracan last Saturday) and seems to arrive in a much better moment than their historic rival.
But...derbies are different games, more intense, so this one has an open forecast without a doubt.

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No internationals break next weekend although Argentina plays a friendly, that no one cares about, @ Japan next Friday (will write a few words about it later this week), so the schedule for round 10 will be this :

Friday October 8
19.10-- Estudiantes de La Plata-Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
21.20-- Arsenal de Sarandí-Banfield

Saturday October 9
14.10-- Huracán-All Boys
16.20-- Independiente-Racing Club
18.30-- Argentinos Juniors-Godoy Cruz
20.30-- Newell´s Old Boys-Quilmes


Sunday October 10
15.00-- Lanús-San Lorenzo
17.00-- Vélez Sarsfield-Colón
19.10-- Tigre-Boca Juniors


Monday October 11
17.10-- River Plate-Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata

Standings :



Averages Table (http://www.argentinapreviews.com/2010/05/how-are-relegations-decided.html) :


Copa Libertadores 2011 table ( http://www.argentinapreviews.com/2010/05/how-do-teams-qualify-to-copa.html) :


* Tables taken from "La Redó" (www.la-redo.com.ar)