Monday, August 1, 2011

Transfer Market News - August 2011

New season is only few days away and while everybody was distracted with Copa America, most clubs have renewed their squads for the new tournament.

A few news worth mentioning :

*The last champion Velez kept the base of the great team that won Clausura 2011, but they lost two very important players : playmaker Maximiliano Moralez (to Atalanta) and young star Ricky Alvarez (to Inter). Their challenge will be to feed their excellent strikers, Silva and Martinez, without them.

* Estudiantes is trying to get back from their very poor semester and rebuild the team that was one of the strongest a few months ago. They struggled in attack in Clausura, so it's great news for them that Copa Libertadores 2009 top scorer Mauro Boselli is back after not playing much for Wigan in the last season.
They've also added Copa America's best goalkeeper, Paraguay's Justo Villar, and offensive midfielder Facundo Coria (ex Argentinos Juniors, Pachuca),
New coach is Miguel Angel Russo, of a poor season with Racing in 2010/2011.

* As usual it was Boca who spent the most : goalkeeper Agustin Orion (ex Estudiantes, San Lorenzo), striker Dario Cvitanich (ex Banfield, Ajax), defender Franco Sosa (ex Racing, Lorient) and 38 years old veteran defender Rolando Schiavi (comes from Newell's, had some glorious years with Boca before) are the new faces.
Cvitanich will have the difficult task of replacing all time Boca top scorer Martin Palermo who has retired, while Schiavi will be in charge of making this awful defense better.
Anyway, Boca's European tour was far from spectacular : 1-3 defeat vs Espanyol, 2-2 lucky draw vs Arsenal and 0-3 defeat vs PSG.

* Racing is candidate on paper as usual. New coach is Diego Simeone who comes from a good season with Catania. They kept last season's base and added an experienced goalkeeper in Sebastian Saja (ex San Lorenzo and AEK) and a good defensive midfielder with Agustin Pelletieri (ex Lanus). Still their main hopes for this semester will be on Colombian playmaker Giovanni Moreno recovery from the torn ACL injury that made him miss the last Clausura. With him plus his countrymen, striker Teofilo Gutierrez, they could be a top team.

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