Friday, February 4, 2011
Transfer Market News 4/2
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* This Sunday we'll have a preview of what's next as Independiente will host Tigre in a pending game of last year Apertura 18th round, postponed because the hosts were playing the Copa Sudamericana final.
Independiente has advanced this week to the groups stage of Copa Libertadores and will debut in 3 weeks, hosting Peñarol from Uruguay.
* The surprise of the week came on Wednesday when Estudiantes's coach, Alejandro Sabella, decided to leave the team. No reasons were reveleaded, but apparently he wasn't happy with the few new players added as he felt that they were not going to be able to play both Clausura and Copa Libertadores with this short squad.
Sabella lead them to win Copa Libertadores in 2009 and last Apertura less than 2 months ago, and now Estudiantes will have to find a new coach less than 1 week before Clausura starts.
Two of the top transfers of this Summer in Argentina were finally closed this week :
* Boca bought great left attacking Walter Ervitti from Banfield, and all eyes will be on them as one of the main candidates to win the league after some awful performances in 2009 and 2010.
If Juan Roman Riquelme can stay healthy, they could make a very interesting offensive midfield with Ervitti and ex Velez Leandro Somoza, which could definitely be a big improvement from last year's team.
* San Lorenzo has added Argentinos Juniors captain and best player, midfielder Nestor Ortigoza, who also played for Paraguay in last year's World Cup. He was the leader of the team that won Clausura 2010 and should make a difference for San Lorenzo, who showed very little football in the Summer friendlies.
News were not good at all for Argentinos Juniors's fans because in 5 days they debut in Copa Libertadores and their chances of having a good tournament received a big hit.
* One signing that went under the radar but it could turn out to be very interesting, is ex-Juventus Mauro Camoranesi, 34 years old, signing for Lanus. The 2006 World Champion (he played 55 games with Italy's NT) returns to Argentinean football after 12 years. He left Banfield in 1998 and played for Mexican Cruz Azul, Italy's Verona and then 9 years for Italian giant Juventus. Last year he played a few games for Stuttgart.
* Next Wednesday we'll have the first CR vs Messi of the year, when Argentina and Portugal meet in a friendly game at Switzerland. Expect some info about that game in the blog early next week.
Enjoy your weekend !