Nominations for the 2009 HEGS award for Best Argentine Abroad (formerly known as Best Argentine In A Foreign League) are now open. This year the award is being run in conjunction with Seba and John at the wonderful Mundo Albiceleste, so hopefully we’ll have more voters than ever before.
The award looks to recognise the Argentine footballer who readers feel has performed most impressively for a foreign (that is, non-Argentine) club over the past season, and the previous winners were Lionel Messi of Barcelona in 2007, and Manchester United’s Carlos Tevez last year. Any Argentine player you want to vote for is fair game in this first round of voting, but please only nominate one player. Once the deadline for nominations has passed, the five players with the most nominations will be posted up here on HEGS and over on MA, and voting will open again to decide the winner.
As with the previous two years it’s run, the only restrictions are that nominated players must have played for their current side for the whole (or near as dammit) of the 2008-2009 season, and that he’s got to be available for selection in Diego Maradona’s national side – Darío Cvitanich, Mauro Camoranesi et al don’t count as Argentine for our purposes! If a player’s at a side whose season doesn’t tie in with the ‘standard’ western European season, but has been there for what you feel should be long enough, nominate him anyway – if he’s not elligible I’ll get back to you and allow you a second option.
So, if you think Gabriel Heinze’s an absolute no-brainer due to his rock-solid performances at the heart of the Real Madrid backline, drop us a line. Perhaps you think Gonzalo Higuaín – who’s outscored club legend Raúl this season – might be a better bet. Still can’t understand why Lucho González isn’t playing in Italy, England or Spain? Feel Lucas Lobos deserves more recognition, or Luciano Galletti’s contribution at Olympiakos is overlooked?
Nominations should be emailed to email@example.com, and to make it easy to remember (and also because the previous two winners’ clubs will be in action that night), will close at midnight Argentine time (4am British Summer Time) on the night of the European Cup final.
Bad Racing. Expected Racing. Heartbreaking Racing. :(
Gutting, that game should have been won easily, especially against ten men.
To be fair though, my ‘favourite’ player ;-) , Sr Castromán, does seem to be going on some sort of Slim Fast Super Fitness regime. I was sorry to see Luguercio go off, but at least on this occasion, Castromán looked something like a professional footballer and not someone dragged off the popu and given a pair of boots to make up the numbers.
Zuculini again played a magnificent game, if Juventus do buy him in the summer, I’ll be cheering them on in the Champions League next season.
On the plus side, this is a good unbeaten run that we’re going on, and we can do our friends at Gimnasia a favour by obliterating los Tucumános next Sunday.
Congratulations to Bichi Fuertes for getting his 98th and 99th goals for Colón last night. I also read from the newspaper report that De Muner picked up his fifth yellow and is suspended from San Martín’s match at Racing, so more good news for us!
By the way, laughed out loud at this…
“So, if you think Gabriel Heinze’s an absolute no-brainer due to his rock-solid performances at the heart of the Real Madrid backline, drop us a line.”
Well, I’ll definitely consider nominating him for comedy value.
I think I’m gonna vote for Diego Milito or Pab Zab.