Monday, December 27, 2010

Transfer Market News 27/12


No many news yet as all teams are having their summer vacations and will start the pre-season training camps in early January, but the teams that had no coach have already signed a new one.

While River confirmed Juan Jose Lopez, interim coach in the last 7 rounds of Apertura, as their Clausura coach, Boca finally reached an agreement with Julio Cesar Falcioni, who comes from coaching Banfield to their first ever championship in 2009. Falcioni is an experienced coach and this will be his 2nd chance in front of a big team, as he coached Independiente a few years ago with poor results.

With Falcioni departure Banfield had to find a new coach, and they signed young Sebastian Mendez, who was a defender of the 2009 champion and retire after that tournament. His only experience as a coach was in May/June of 2010 working as an interim coach in San Lorenzo.

Also Gimnasia presented new coach, Angel Cappa, who will sure have a very hard job to take the team out of the promotion/relegation zone. Cappa coached many teams around the world in the last 2 decades, but his most famous job in Argentina was with Huracan in 2009 in a team that played great football (they had Palermo's Javier Pastore as their best player) but ended 2nd behind Velez. In Apertura 2010 Cappa coached River until he was fired after the 13th round.

The 4th team with a new coach is Godoy Cruz. Omar Asad, who led the succesful 2010 team that qualified to Copa Libertadores 2011, asked for a raise in his contract that was denied so he left the team and will sign with Ecuador's Emelec in the next few days.
His replacement will be Uruguayan Jorge Da Silva, ex Defensor Sporting coach, who will have his first experience coaching in Argentina.

Players transfers so far are more rumors than real transactions.
Lanus has been active so far adding ex Huracan right defender Carlos Araujo (coming from Greece's AEK) and Godoy Cruz's striker Cesar Carranza is close to sign for them too, while offensive midfielder Marcos Aguirre was sent in loan to Arsenal.
San Lorenzo added Peruvian right defender Giancarlo Maldonado and Independiente added Colombian Ivan Velez in that same position.

I'm going on vacations next week until January 16, so don't expect any updates until then. My internet access will be very limited starting next week, but please don't hesitate to email me at mncarg@gmail.com if you have any questions about prices and fees of the Clausura 2011 previews !!

I wish you all a very happy new year 2011 !!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Summer Football



The schedule for the main summer friendlies has been confirmed.
There will be 3 mini tournaments with 3 teams each, plus 2 "Super Clasicos".

Most teams take this game seriously as there are big rivalries involved, but of course, no one will take risks of injuries in the pre-season.

It has also been confirmed that Clausura 2011 will start on February 11 and will end on June 19.

Remember that you can get the best previews for every game of Clausura, with detailed information about missing players, expected lineups, and analisys. You can get samples on older posts of Apertura 2010, or contact me at mncarg@gmail.com for the fee and more details.

This is the schedule and city of each summer friendly tournament :

Copa de Oro de Mar del Plata :
11/1 Independiente vs. San Lorenzo -- Mar del Plata
15/1 Independiente vs. Boca -- Mar del Plata
29/1 Boca vs. San Lorenzo -- Mar del Plata

Copa Ciudad de Mar del Plata :
13/1 Racing vs. Estudiantes -- Mar del Plata
18/1 River vs. Racing -- Mar del Plata
26/1 River vs. Estudiantes -- Mar del Plata

Copa Ciudad de Mendoza :
20/1 Godoy Cruz vs. San Lorenzo -- Mendoza
23/1 San Lorenzo vs. Racing -- Mendoza
27/1 Godoy Cruz vs. Racing -- Mendoza

Super Clasicos :
22/1 River vs. Boca -- Mar del Plata
2/2 River vs. Boca --Mendoza

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Apertura 2010 - The End


Apertura 2010 is history after the 5 games played on Monday and all teams are already enjoying their summer vacations until the first days of January, when the training camps will start and summer friendlies will be played as usual (I will write more about this when the schedule is confirmed).

Copa Libertadores will start on the last week of January (Argentinos Juniors, Estudiantes, Velez, Godoy Cruz and Independiente will represent Argentina) and Clausura 2011 is scheduled to begin on February 10, but it might start earlier on February 3 due to Copa America being played at Argentina in July.

I would like to thank everyone that has been reading this blog since i started writing on it back in late May. It's been a pleasure to be contacted by so many people from so many different countries, something i never imagined that could happen, and everybody had positive feedback or was interested in the previews for every game of Apertura 2010 that I wrote since round 1. Of course i will continue writing them for Clausura 2011, so if you know you will be interested on them, contact me at mncarg@gmail.com

Expect less updates in the following weeks due to league inactivity and some deserved summer vacations I'll be taking in the first two weeks of January, but I'll be back with more energy in the 2nd part of January. :)

This were the final positions of Apertura 2010 (actually there's one game pending between Independiente and Tigre from the 18th round that will be played some day in February) and the current Averages table.

Final Standings of Apertura 2010 :




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


Monday, December 13, 2010

Estudiantes Apertura 2010 Champion


Congratulations to Estudiantes de La Plata, who won the 5th championship in club history today after beating Arsenal 2-0 and making Velez's effort in the 2-0 win at Racing worthless.

A fair champion that made an almost record 45 points (the record in this 2 tournaments season belongs to the San Lorenzo that won Clausura 2001 with 47 points) followed closely by another great team, Velez who ends the tournament with 43 points.

The tournament ends today with 5 games.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Apertura 2010 18th Round : Estudiantes cha..ion ?


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Once again the two best teams in the league won, and with only 1 round left Estudiantes is still the only leader of Apertura and definitely main candidate to win their 5th championship on Sunday.

Estudiantes, playing without two key players like team captain Juan Sebastian Veron, and offensive midfielder Enzo Perez, got an impressive and unexpected 4-0 win @ River, completely destroying the rival with a lot of personality.
Velez 2-0 win vs Huracan wasn't as impressive as Estudiantes's, but it was good enough to keep their chances of fighting for the championship alive. Now they will need to win @ Racing and hope that Arsenal can take something from Estudiantes.

Independiente won Copa Sudamericana last Wednesday making Racing, Newell's and Lanus efforts worthless, and the 5 teams that will represent Argentina in Copa Libertadores 2011 are set : Argentinos Juniors, Estudiantes, Velez, Godoy Cruz and Independiente.

Also things are heating up in the Averages table, because Huracan just can't keep losing while Quilmes and Olimpo improved their average with good wins. Relegations will be one of the stories to follow in next Clausura.

This were the results of the 18th round :

Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata 3 - All Boys 1
Arsenal F.C. 2 - Colón de Santa Fe
1
River Plate 0 - Estudiantes de La Plata 4
Vélez Sársfield 2 -Huracán 0
Godoy Cruz 1 - Racing Club
1
Banfield 0 - Boca Juniors 0
Argentinos Juniors 1 - Lanús 2
Quilmes A.C. 1 -San Lorenzo 0
Newell´s Old Boys 0 -Olimpo de Bahía Blanca 1

Besides the two games that will decide the championship, there's a very important game this round between Olimpo and Quilmes, the two bottom teams of the Averages table, who will play for 3 points that will be very important in the long run for their hopes of staying in 1st division next season.

This will be the schedule of the last round :

Saturday December 11
17.10--All Boys-Godoy Cruz

Sunday December 12

18.00--Racing Club-Vélez Sársfield
18.00--Estudiantes de La Plata-Arsenal F.C.
20.30--San Lorenzo-Banfield
20.30--Colón de Santa Fe-Newell´s Old Boys


Monday December 13

17.00--Huracán-Independiente
17.00--Lanús-River Plate
19.10--Boca Juniors-Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata
21.15--Olimpo de Bahía Blanca-Quilmes A.C.
21.15--Tigre-Argentinos Juniors

Standings :



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




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

Monday, December 6, 2010

Apertura 2010 17th Round : No room for the weak


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5 correct scores predicted !!!


Only two rounds left and Estudiantes and Velez just can't stop.
The leader played a ver smart game vs Argentinos Juniors and although they started it losing 0-1, they never gave up, played it 100% focused and took advantages of some defensive mistakes of the visitors to win 3-1 and take 3 very important points.
Velez, 2 points behind Estudiantes, visited Godoy Cruz and also started a little nervous. The home team was playing better, but Velez has Santiago Silva, the league top scorer and red hot striker who opened the game before HT and it didn't take much for them to destroy Godoy Cruz in the 2nd half with a 0-4 that left no doubts.

Good but meaningles 1-0 win for Boca vs Quilmes, Huracan that keeps going down in the Averages table, Racing climbing to the last Copa Libertadores qualifying place and River winning in the 93 minute at Colon their 3rd game of the last 4 were some of the stories that this 17th round left.

The complete results :

All Boys 2 (Segovia own goal, Matos) - Banfield 1 (Mendez)
Racing Club 2 (Hauche, Toranzo) - Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata 0
Estudiantes de La Plata 3 (G. Fernandez, Nuñez, Mercado) -Argentinos Juniors 1 (Rius)
Colón de Santa Fe 1 (Moreno y Fabianesi) - River Plate 2 (Lamela, Pavone)
San Lorenzo 0 -Newell's Old Boys 0
Tigre 3 (Stracqualursi x 2, Altobelli) - Huracán 1 (Zarate pk)
Godoy Cruz 0 -Vélez Sársfield 4 (Silva x 2, Moralez, Cristaldo)
Boca Juniors 1 (Erbes) -Quilmes A. C. 0
Lanús 0 -Independiente 0

The 18th round will be played midweek, starting tomorrow Tuesday, with Estudiantes in a very dangerous visit to River and Velez in a sure win at home vs Huracan :

Tuesday December 7
19.10-- Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata-All Boys
21.15-- Arsenal F.C. -Colón de Santa Fe

Wednesday December 8
17.00-- River Plate-Estudiantes de La Plata
17.00-- Vélez Sársfield-Huracán
20.15-- Godoy Cruz-Racing Club

Thursday December 9
19.10-- Banfield-Boca Juniors
20.15-- Argentinos Juniors-Lanús
21.15-- Quilmes A.C.-San Lorenzo
22.20-- Newell´s Old Boys-Olimpo de Bahía Blanca

Independiente - Tigre POSTPONED (Independiente plays 2nd leg of Copa Sudamericana Final on Wednesday)

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, December 2, 2010

Apertura 2010 16th Round : No time to rest



Tight end of the season schedule, no time to rest, no time to write !
Round 16 ended on Tuesday and round 17 already started on Wednesday with Olimpo and Arsenal drawing 1-1.
There are definitely no doubts that Apertura will be decided between Estudiantes and Velez, who is 2 points behind.
Both have pretty difficult schedules, but probably Estudiantes has a slight advantage because they have two home games while Velez plays away twice, but i don't think anyone can predict what will happen in this last 10 days of Apertura.

The last place in next year's Copa Libertadores has also a tight finish, with Newell's currently in that position and Racing, Lanus and Banfield as close followers.

This will be the schedule of the remaining 9 games of the 17th round :

Friday December 3
17.10-- All Boys-Banfield
21.15-- Racing Club-Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata

Saturday December 4
18.10-- Estudiantes de La Plata-Argentinos Juniors
20.15-- Colón de Santa Fe-River Plate

Sunday December 5
17.00-- San Lorenzo-Newell's Old Boys
17.00-- Tigre-Huracán
19.10-- Godoy Cruz-Vélez Sársfield
21.15-- Boca Juniors-Quilmes A. C.
22.10-- Lanús-Independiente

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)