Friday, July 29, 2011
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Yesterday the AFA committee approved a huge change of the 1st Division for the 2012/2013 season : First and second division will be melt into one league of 38 teams !!
Everything will change : how will the championship be decided, qualification to Copa Libertadores/Sudamericana and relegations.
I still have to find one football fan, or even an unbiased journalist, that agrees with this.
The new format should be approved in October when the mafia...sorry, AFA boss Julio Grondona (the one in the right of the picture...the one on the left doesn't need to be introduced) will be reelected once again.
Hopefully before this date they will realize this is completely madness and will think of a more logical way to organize tournaments (why not a long 38 rounds tournament each season like normal countries do ?!).
The new format (would start in 2012/2013) is still is not 100% decided, but FIFA.com did a little explanation of the idea :
The Argentinian Football Association are to implement a radical change to the country's domestic competition with the top two divisions combining to make a 38-team tournament from 2012/13. The motion, put forward by AFA president Julio Humberto Grondona, has been passed by 15 of the 20 top-flight teams.
The new competition will see the teams split into two zones of 19. Traditional rivals like River Plate and Boca Juniors will be kept apart but would then face each other in 'inter-zone' matches. The top five teams in each zone will advance to the Championship Stage, to define the league winners, while the other 28 will play to avoid relegation.
It means River, who suffered relegation for the first time in their illustrious history in the recently-completed Clausura season, will spend just one season in the second tier before the new format comes into play.
Monday, July 25, 2011
15th Copa America for Uruguay, CONGRATULATIONS !!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
After some games something weird happened in Copa America : the team that deserved it won ! :)
Uruguay is without a doubt a deserved finalist because they have something different from the rest : they are a TEAM.
Five years with the same coach and the same group of players is finally playing out for them and even though they might don't show good football most of the times, they are very solid in every line and difficult to every rival.
Among the teams that have played in Copa America probably only Paraguay is close to this, but they lack the quality offense that Uruguay has with Forlan and Suarez (and remember Cavani has been injured since the 1st game) so this puts them one step behind. Same for Venezuela but the quality and experience difference in this case is much bigger, while Chile probably showed the best football but they still need to find more solidness in defense.
Peru (they will play the 3rd placed on Saturday) overachieved and they will be for sure a tough team in the upcoming qualifiers once they recover their injured players.
*A few hours ago rumors started appearing about Argentina's coach Sergio Batista getting fired next week, and this would be excellent news indeed.
Enjoy the final next Sunday...Apertura 2011 is only 2 weeks away !!!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Oh well...when things go wrong, they rarely end well and this is what happened today.
Argentina played 45 minutes with one more player on the field (Uruguay's Diego Garcia red card was 100% deserved, and it should have happened earlier actually) but could barely take advantage of it, and when they did Uruguay's goalkeeper Muslera saved everything.
On the other hand Argentina played another AWFUL AWFUL defensive game.
Every long ball and every cross into Argentina's box was headed by a Uruguayan player, and every time Forlan and Suarez attacked it ended in a foul by Milito or Burdisso.
It's painful to see how we are wasting a great generation of players due to bad coaching.
Since Pekerman left after the 2006 World Cup, Basile proved that he's an outdated coach that didn't know how to work with young players, and Maradona and Batista showed they didn't know what they were doing and never had a correct answer from the bench when a rival was playing better than their teams.
Unfortunately it looks like Batista is staying and I guess only a bad start of the WC qualifiers would remove him before WC 2014.
In the first game Colombia had everything to advance, including a penalty that Falcao missed with 25 minutes left.
It's difficult to say that Peru didn't deserve to win it, but they really didn't. Colombia didn't have a very good performance but a penalty missed and two balls in the post in the 2nd half were enough to make them the best team on the field, but it is Peru who will play the semifinal.
Uruguay and Peru show exactly how balanced is this tournament : they both won only 1 game in the 90 minutes, 1-0 against Mexico, arguably the worst team of the tournament.
Meanwhile Argentina was eliminated undefeated (Colombia too), but also with only 1 win, and the 4 teams that will play tomorrow are so far undefeated as well !!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The class difference between the two teams was even bigger than expected. Actually, it was exactly what could have been expected 10 days ago before the tournament started, but Argentina's poor performances had opened a little door for a Costa Rica surprise that didn't happen and was never close either.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
It's just sad to see this players failing once again, looking completely disoriented on the field and not being able to make 2 or 3 passes in a row.
The draw was good enough for them but I'm sure they regret not getting the 3 points because they deserved the win.
Monday, July 4, 2011
This is just starting and probably in the end we'll see the usual teams fighting for the championship.
Bolivia and Venezuela might have been tough for Argentina and Brazil, but if the big teams had scored first it would have been impossible for the smaller teams to come back from it and this is what will probably happen in later stages if they meet.
Today other two candidates debut : Uruguay and Chile, and hopefully we'll see better football and some goals !
Saturday, July 2, 2011
There's no other word to describe Argentina's debut in Copa America but "disappointment".
Bolivia played a very intelligent game.
I could say this is a new low for our NT, who has been struggling the last 3 or 4 years (Copa America 2007 was the last good performance in a tournament), and except for a few highlights during the last World Cup it's very difficult to find a good game by this players that are without a doubt stars on their own team.
Bolivia had the perfect game : they didn't play as expected with lot of people on defense, but instead they put pressure all over the field on Argentina who could never make 2 or 3 clear passes in a row.
5 points are more than enough, and even 4 could make them advance as one of the top two 3rd placed teams, but this awful performance raised a big alarm and showed that nothing will be easy in this tournament.
There will have to be changes for next Wednesday when they meet Colombia : Lavezzi, Banega, Cambiasso, maybe Tevez too are candidates to be replaced, and Messi needs to play more forward because he went too far back on the field to get the ball and he was useless in offense.
Let's hope we'll see something different in the next game.