Training with D10S

Tuesday saw the start of training for Argentina B, who now include Esteban Fuertes after his late call-up on Monday. At the age of 36, Fuertes becomes the oldest player ever to be called up to the Argentine national squad (note for first-time readers who are confused: ‘Argentina B’ is what I’m calling them because the squad consists solely of players based in the country; the friendly will enter the record books as a full international). The whole squad, needless to say, were over the moon to meet their idol (that’s Maradona, not Fuertes).

‘I’m going to talk with all my friends from Argentinos right now and tell them what this day’s been like,’ said defender Matías Caruzzo on leaving the practice. ‘They asked me to call them… he represents so much for all of us. He keeps you listening. Moments like this have to be enjoyed because we might not get the chance again. Getting called up by the selección – especially by Diego – is the ultimate for any player.’ This was one of the plus points even Maradona’s detractors (of whom I was one) suspected would result from his leadership: a highly motivated squad.

Caruzzo was only one voice, but the delight right across the squad was obvious, and Maradona was more than happy to return the sentiments. The side played a practice match against Tristán Suarez (the club not the person) which was won by a single goal from José Sand of Lanús, and afterwards Maradona told the press, ‘I liked the attitude they displayed… I was able to talk with all of them, I got to know them a little more… there are good footballers playing in Argentina right now.’ His one wish for the friendly on the 20th against Panama? ‘That the shirt doesn’t weigh us down too much.’

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2 thoughts on “Training with D10S

  1. Off topic here.

    Refs Laverni (River-Lanús) and Brazenas (Velez-Racing) have been temporarily suspended after their bad performances during the last weekend.

    SHOCKING! It’s the hundredth time they temporarily suspend a ref that killed Racing with horrible calls during a match.

    Beligoy last season (v. Estudiantes) and Matt could help me remember a few more.

    Cubero’s hand-ball was almost as visible as Pique’s v. Chelsea in the Champions League. It would have been 3-0 for Racing.

    Then, Cubero punched Yacob in the stomach inside the box (while they were waiting for a free-kick) and there was no call whatsoever. I don’t blame Brazenas in both of Sosa’s (stupid thick player) fouls that resulted in both Velez’s goals, but as they showed on Fútbol de Primera on Sunday night, the wall was placed at a staggering 10,4 metres (when it should have been at 9,15m). No problem for Zapata to curl it over it and seal the 2-2 result.

    It was a great performance by Racing and a very very very unfair result given the circumstances.

    Something to learn from and an opportunity for our new President to start stepping up and enhance his “presence” in front of the AFA’s big wigs.

    PS: Zuculini will be a HUGE star.

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