Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Confirmed Inicial 2012 Round 1 Schedule



AFA has confirmed the schedule for the 1st round of Inicial.
The tournament will start with the last champion Arsenal hosting Union, while the highlights of the weekend should be the renewed Independiente visiting Clausura's revelation Newell's and the rematch between River and Belgrano one year after the Cordoba team sent "Los Millonarios" to 2nd division.

As usual, all kick off times in GMT-3:

Friday August 3
19.00-- Arsenal F.C. – Unión
21.10-- Vélez Sarsfield – Argentinos Juniors

Saturday August 4
14.10-- Quilmes – Boca Juniors
16.10-- Colón – Lanús
18.15-- Newell’s Old Boys – Independiente
20.20-- Racing Club – Atlético de Rafaela

Sunday August 5
15.10-- Godoy Cruz – All Boys
17.10-- San Lorenzo – San Martín de San Juan
19.15-- River Plate – Belgrano

Monday August 6
20.10-- Tigre – Estudiantes de La Plata


Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Transfer Market News: Lots of moves, millions of rumors





Weird offseason in Argentina's football with the usual millions rumors but also many teams rebuilding their squads and making many transfers.

* Curiously it's the biggest teams, River and Boca, who have lost more than what they've added so far. Besides the shocking Riquelme's decision, Boca also lost Cvitanich (returned to Ajax), while strikers Viatri and Mouche could be close to jump the Atlantic ocean and sign with Villarreal and Rubin Kazan respectively.
No new players for them yet besides a few returning from loans like defender Cristian Cellay.
They are now in need of a new goalkeeper because Agustin Orion has a knee injury that will keep him out for 2-3 months, and Uruguayan Sebastian Sosa decided to sign for Velez.

River saw Alejandro "Chori" Dominguez and Fernando Cavenaghi leave after some arguments with club's president Daniel Passarella, and their only new faces so far are Velez's goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero and Estudiantes right defender Gabriel Mercado.
Also offensive midfielder Manuel Lanzini returned from loan to Fluminense.

* Both Avellaneda teams, Independiente and Racing, are going through the rebuilding process they were expected to.
Independiente signed Union's playmaker Paulo Rosales, ex River and Velez midfielder Victor Zapata plus Paraguay's National Team midfielder Jonathan Santana.

* Their neighbors Racing are doing an even deeper squad change, signing 7 new players so far including veteran attackers Jose Sand (ex River, Lanus among others) and Javier Campora who played the last couple of seasons with Huracan to replace Colombian midfielder Giovani Moreno who is already playing for his new club, China's Shanghai Shenhua.
Also Olimpo's Martin Perez Guedes while Godoy Cruz's bearded midfielder Diego Villar is about to sign and they are trying to add 2006 World Cup champion Mauro Camoranesi but Lanus is asking for more money than expected to let him go.

* The other member of the Big 5 group, San Lorenzo, is in a huge institutional chaos that no one knows how it will end. The whole club board will resign in the next days after really poor management that led to a financial crisis.
The club has a few new faces, mostly almost unknown players, but will have to find a way to replace some of the gone players like strikers Carlos Bueno, Emanuel Gigliotti and midfielder Nestor Ortigoza who is close to be transferred to an Arabian team.
Ex Arsenal de Sarandi and Benfica striker Franco Jara, and ex Everton Denis Stracqualursi could join the team soon.

* Velez is also a team that might not be as strong this season. They've replaced goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero with ex Boca and Peñarol Sebastian Sosa, but they will have to find a way to replace midfielder Victor Zapata and also striker Juan Manuel "Burrito" Martinez who joined the Copa Libertadores champion Corinthians.

* Clausura's 2nd placed Tigre suffered two important loses: midfielder Roman Martinez signed for Estudiantes where he will try to replace recently retired Juan Sebastian Veron, and top scorer Carlos Luna ended his loan and returned to Ecuador's Liga de Quito.

* One of the most important signings of the last few weeks is Maxi Rodriguez leaving Liverpool to go back to Newell's, his hometown club and the place where he started his professional career.
Racing's defender Marcos Caceres and ex Gimnasia Milton Casco are the other new players in the Rosario team.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Full Inicial 2012 fixture has been released !!



The confirmed Inicial fixture has been released !! (to understand the new format check here:
http://www.argentinapreviews.com.ar/2012/07/argentina-primera-division-20122013.html)


Fixture Torneo Inicial 2012-2013 de Primera División

Round 1 – Sunday August 5

Vélez Sarsfield – Argentinos Juniors
Racing Club – Atlético de Rafaela
Arsenal F.C. – Unión
Godoy Cruz – All Boys
Tigre – Estudiantes de La Plata
Quilmes – Boca Juniors
River Plate – Belgrano
San Lorenzo – San Martín de San Juan
Colón – Lanús
Newell’s Old Boys – Independiente

Round 2 – Sunday August 12

Argentinos Juniors – Racing Club
Independiente – Vélez Sarsfield
Lanús – Newell’s Old Boys
San Martín de San Juan – Colón
Belgrano – San Lorenzo
Estudiantes de La Plata – River Plate
Boca Juniors – Tigre
All Boys – Quilmes
Unión – Godoy Cruz
Atlético de Rafaela – Arsenal F.C.

Round 3 – Sunday August 19

Vélez Sarsfield – Lanús
Racing Club – Independiente
Arsenal F.C. – Argentinos Juniors
Godoy Cruz – Atlético de Rafaela
Tigre – River Plate
Quilmes – Unión
Boca Juniors – All Boys
San Lorenzo – Estudiantes de La Plata
Colón – Belgrano
Newell’s Old Boys – San Martín de San Juan

Round 4 – Sunday August 26

Argentinos Juniors – Godoy Cruz
Independiente – Arsenal F.C.
Lanús – Racing Club
San Martín de San Juan – Vélez Sarsfield
Belgrano – Newell’s Old Boys
Estudiantes de La Plata – Colón
River Plate – San Lorenzo
All Boys – Tigre
Unión – Boca Juniors
Atlético de Rafaela – Quilmes

Round 5 – Sunday September 2

Vélez Sarsfield – Belgrano
Racing Club – San Martín de San Juan
Arsenal F.C. – Lanús
Godoy Cruz – Independiente
Tigre - San Lorenzo
Quilmes – Argentinos Juniors
Boca Juniors – Atlético de Rafaela
All Boys – Unión
Colón - River Plate
Newell’s Old Boys – Estudiantes de La Plata


Round 6 – Wednesday September 5

Argentinos Junios – Boca Juniors
Independiente – Quilmes
Lanús - Godoy Cruz
San Martín de San Juan – Arsenal F.C.
Belgrano –Racing Club
Estudiantes de La Plata - Vélez Sarsfield
River Plate – Newell’s Old Boys
San Lorenzo – Colón
Unión – Tigre
Atlético de Rafaela – All Boys

Round 7 – Sunday September 16

Vélez Sarsfield – River Plate
Racing Club – Estudiantes de La Plata
Arsenal F.C. – Belgrano
Godoy Cruz – San Martín de San Juan
Tigre – Colón
Quilmes – Lanús
Boca Juniors – Independiente
All Boys – Argentinos Juniors
Unión – Atlético de Rafaela
Newell’s Old Boys – San Lorenzo


Round 8 – Sunday September 23

Argentinos Juniors – Unión
Independiente – All Boys
Lanús – Boca Juniors
San Martín de San Juan – Quilmes
Belgrano – Godoy Cruz
Estudiantes de La Plata – Arsenal F.C.
River Plate – Racing Club
San Lorenzo – Vélez Sarsfield
Colón – Newell’s Old Boys
Atlético de Rafaela – Tigre


Round 9 – Sunday September 30

Vélez Sarsfield – Colón
Racing Club– San Lorenzo
Arsenal F.C. – River Plate
Godoy Cruz – Estudiantes de La Plata
Tigre – Newell’s Old Boys
Quilmes – Belgrano
Boca Juniors – San Martín de San Juan
All Boys – Lanús
Unión – Independiente
Atlético de Rafaela – Argentinos Juniors


Round 10 – Sunday October 7

Argentinos Juniors – Tigre
Independiente – Atlético de Rafaela
Lanús – Unión
San Martín de San Juan – All Boys
Belgrano – Boca Juniors
Estudiantes de La Plata – Quilmes
River Plate – Godoy Cruz
San Lorenzo – Arsenal F.C.
Colón – Racing Club
Newell’s Old Boys – Vélez Sarsfield


Round 11 – Sunday October 21

Argentinos Juniors – Independiente
Racing Club – Newell’s Old Boys
Arsenal F.C. – Colón
Godoy Cruz – San Lorenzo
Tigre – Vélez Sarsfield
Quilmes – River Plate
Boca Juniors – Estudiantes de La Plata
All Boys – Belgrano
Unión – San Martín de San Juan
Atlético de Rafaela – Lanús


Round 12 – Sunday October 28

Vélez Sarsfield – Racing Club
Independiente – Tigre
Lanús – Argentinos Juniors
San Martín de San Juan – Atlético de Rafaela
Belgrano – Unión
Estudiantes de La Plata – All Boys
River Plate – Boca Juniors
San Lorenzo – Quilmes
Colón – Godoy Cruz
Newell’s Old Boys – Arsenal F.C.


Round 13 – Sunday November 4

Argentinos Juniors – San Martín de San Juan
Independiente – Lanús
Arsenal F.C. – Vélez Sarsfield
Godoy Cruz – Newell’s Old Boys
Tigre – Racing Club
Quilmes – Colón
Boca Juniors – San Lorenzo
All Boys – River Plate
Unión – Estudiantes de La Plata
Atlético de Rafaela – Belgrano


Round 14 – Sunday November 11

Vélez Sarsfield – Godoy Cruz
Racing Club – Arsenal F.C.
Lanús – Tigre
San Martín de San Juan – Independiente
Belgrano – Argentinos Juniors
Estudiantes de La Plata – Atlético de Rafaela
River Plate – Unión
San Lorenzo – All Boys
Colón – Boca Juniors
Newell’s Old Boys – Quilmes

Round 15 – Wednesday November 14

Argentinos Juniors – Estudiantes de La Plata
Independiente – Belgrano
Lanús – San Martín de San Juan
Godoy Cruz – Racing Club
Tigre – Arsenal F.C.
Quilmes – Vélez Sarsfield
Boca Juniors – Newell’s Old Boys
All Boys – Colón
Unión – San Lorenzo
Atlético de Rafaela – River Plate

Round 16 – Sunday November 18

Vélez Sarsfield – Boca Juniors
Racing Club – Quilmes
Arsenal F.C. – Godoy Cruz
San Martín de San Juan – Tigre
Belgrano – Lanús
Estudiantes de La Plata – Independiente
River Plate – Argentinos Juniors
San Lorenzo – Atlético de Rafaela
Colón – Unión
Newell’s Old Boys – All Boys


Round 17 – Sunday November 25

Argentinos Juniors – San Lorenzo
Independiente – River Plate
Lanús – Estudiantes de La Plata
San Martín de San Juan – Belgrano
Tigre – Godoy Cruz
Quilmes – Arsenal F.C.
Boca Juniors – Racing Club
All Boys – Vélez Sarsfield
Unión – Newell’s Old Boys
Atlético de Rafaela – Colón


Round 18 – Sunday December 2

Vélez Sarsfield – Unión
Racing Club – All Boys
Arsenal F.C. – Boca Juniors
Godoy Cruz – Quilmes
Belgrano – Tigre
Estudiantes de La Plata – San Martín de San Juan
River Plate – Lanús
San Lorenzo – Independiente
Colón – Argentinos Juniors
Newell’s Old Boys – Atlético de Rafaela

Round 19 – Sunday December 9

Argentinos Juniors – Newell’s Old Boys
Independiente – Colón
Lanús – San Lorenzo
San Martín de San Juan – River Plate
Belgrano – Estudiantes de La Plata
Quilmes – Tigre
Boca Juniors . Godoy Cruz
All Boys – Arsenal F.C.
Unión – Racing Club
Atlético de Rafaela – Vélez Sarsfield


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Argentina Primera Division 2012/2013 + Copa Sudamericana Fixture




Three weeks left until the new season kicks off and even though we still don't have a confirmed fixture (it will be released next Tuesday 17/7) we already know the new format that the Primera Division tournament will have:

* We won't have two champions anymore, only one per season.

* Instead of Apertura and Clausura, the two tournaments will be called Inicial and Final, and the two winners will play a final on neutral ground to decide the 2012/2013 champion. Of course, if the same team wins both Inicial and Final they will be automatically the season winner.

* If two teams are tied in points at the end of Inicial and/or Final, a final game in neutral field will be played to decide who advances to the big final. If 3 or more teams are tied then the games played between them will be used (points, goals difference, etc).

* Inicial will start on August 3 (Nacional B starts one week later) and will end on December 9. It will have two midweek rounds on 5/9 and 14/11 due to the international breaks on 9/9 and 14/11.

* Final will be played from February 10 to June 23, and the "Big Final" will be played on June 30, 2013 with extra time and penalties shootout if needed to decide the champion.

* The 3 bottom teams of the Averages table will be automatically relegated. No more relegation playoffs will be played because according to AFA there was too much stress and drama involved.

* And remember that this season will feature again the SuperClasico Boca-River/River-Boca !!

Argentine teams in Copa Sudamericana have their fixtures confirmed (2 legs, away goals count):

Argentinos Jrs - Tigre 16/8 and 30/8
Colon - Racing 23/8 and 30/8
Boca/Estudiantes - Independiente 22/8 and 29/8

Independiente still doesn't have a confirmed rival. If Boca wins the Copa Argentina final vs Racing on 8/8 then they will qualify, but if Racing wins it then Estudiantes will be the last qualified team of the competition.

Now it's the time to join Argentina Previews paid service and get deep and very detailed information and tips for every game of the season, plus Copa Sudamericana/Libertadores !

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

JUAN ROMAN RIQUELME LEAVES BOCA ... ah yes, and Corinthians Campeão da Taça Libertadores 2012



There were rumors all day, but still nobody was expecting it to be true.
Only a few minutes after the Copa Libertadores final ended, Juan Roman Riquelme came out of the locker room to anounce that HE WON'T CONTINUE PLAYING FOR BOCA.

Shocking news.
"I gave everything to Boca, I love this club with all my life but I feel empty. I've reached the maximum. I love and live for football but I don't have anything more to give".
"I want to go home to my kids, I will speak with them and ask if they want to see me playing more time, but it won't be for Boca."

That's it. No more news about his near future.
He left a door open for retirement but I can't see that happening. Maybe he will move to China like it was rumored not long ago ?

Whatever happens with him, it's definitely the end of an era in Argentine football.
Juan Sebastian Veron, Gabriel Milito, Esteban Fuertes...and now Riquelme. Next season is going to be a different one.

What one month ago looked like a possible triple crown for Boca could just end in a consolation price if they win the Copa Argentina final against Racing on August 8, but many more things could change before that game and before the new season starts.


And we have a new Copa Libertadores champion...




They are not a brilliant team or one that you will enjoy watching, but Corinthians is definitely a fair winner of this year's Copa Libertadores.
The Sao Paulo team only conceded 4 goals and won the tournament undefeated, the first one that does it since 1978 when Boca did but playing only 6 games (the competition was smaller back then) while Corinthians did it in 14.
First title ever for one of the Brazilian football giants, led by Emerson Sheik who scored both goals in this 2nd leg of the finals, and they are now also qualified to the clubs world cup to be played in December at Japan where they will be looking forward to face Chelsea.


Corinthians 2 - Boca 0, the goals:

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Argentina Football Season 2011/2012 - The End



Although it's not technically finished because we still have the Copa Argentina final pending to be played on August 8, we could say that the Argentine football season ended today with San Martin and San Lorenzo saying in 1st division while Instituto and Rosario Central will play again in Nacional B.

According to the latest AFA news the new season would start on Friday August 3 (San Lorenzo and San Martin could be allowed to start one week later) with a new format: we will still have Apertura/Clausura but now called Inicial and Final, and we will have only one season champion that will come out of a final between the winners of each tournament.

Also the relegation system changes: we will still have the awful Averages, but now the bottom 3 of that table will be relegated and that's it.

Keep an eye on www.ArgentinaPreviews.com because I will try to update as often as possible with the transfer market news.

It promises to be and interesting winter as we already have some confirmed transfers (Racing's defender Caceres to Newell's, All Boys' midfielder Zapata to Belgrano, Estudiantes has a new coach which is Diego Cagna) and some rumors (Estudiantes' Mercado and Enzo Perez to River for example).