World Cup 2010 qualifiers: Argentina squad vs Brazil and Paraguay

Friday saw the announcement of Diego Maradona’s national team squad to face Brazil in Rosario on the 5th September, which will then take on Paraguay days later in Asunción. Matches between Argentina and Brazil are always intense affairs, but with so much riding on this game for Maradona’s men in particular, el pibe de oro has just named his most important squad to date. He won’t want to be the manager if Argentina lose only the second home World Cup qualifier in their history. Twenty-three players have been named, with two more from the domestic league possibly to be added at a later date. Those twenty-three are:

Goalkeepers:
Mariano Andújar (Catania, Italy)
Juan Pablo Carrizo (Real Zaragoza, Spain)
Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands)

Defenders:
Javier Zanetti (Internazionale, Italy)
Gabriel Heinze (Olympique Marseilles, France)
Nicolás Burdisso (Internazionale)
Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United, England)
Emiliano Papa (Vélez Sársfield)
Nicolás Otamendi (Vélez Sársfield)
Nicolás Pareja (Espanyol, Spain)

Midfielders:
Javier Mascherano (Liverpool, England) – captain
Fernando Gago (Real Madrid, Spain)
Maximiliano Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid, Spain)
Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United)
Jesús Dátolo (Napoli, Italy)
Juan Sebastián Verón (Estudiantes de La Plata)
Sebastián Battaglia (Boca Juniors)

Forwards:
Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain)
Sergio Agüero (Atlético de Madrid)
Carlos Tevez (Manchester City, England)
Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)
Diego Milito (Genoa Cricket & Football Club, Italy)
Lisandro López (Olympique Lyonnais, France)

It’s good to see Maradona continuing to show faith in some of the domestic league’s best performers, of course, and Emiliano Papa in particular at left back will be hopeful of continuing the promising start to his international career. With the vast majority yet to play competitive football this season, and a few – Heinze, Milito, López, Tevez, Carrizo and Dátolo – having just moved clubs, it’s a squad necessarily based more on the devils Diego knows than on current form. All the same, the two Newcastle players stand out at this stage. Will they really travel to the World Cup next year, if they’ve just ended a season playing in England’s second division? And why do they get in the squad – along with Fernando Gago and Gabriel bloody Heinze, again, when Gonzalo Higuaín still doesn’t?

If Maradona does decide to call up two more players from the Argentine league, the leading candidates at present are defenders Sebastián Domínguez of Vélez, and Rolando Schiavi of Newell’s, fresh off the back of being loaned to Estudiantes for their Copa Libertadores final victory. Alternatively he might decide to add to his attacking options with Lanús’s Eduardo Salvio or San Lorenzo striker Gonzalo Bergessio – who would, if nothing else, bring a bit of fighting spirit to the team

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4 thoughts on “World Cup 2010 qualifiers: Argentina squad vs Brazil and Paraguay

  1. It will be a tough match for Argentina. I will be neutral as there are Serie A players called up for both teams: Argentina having 6 and also Brazil.

    Argentina: Napoli forward Ezequiel “El Pocho” Lavezzi,Napoli midfielder Jesus Datolo, Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar, FCInter defender Javier Zanetti, FC Inter defender Nicolas Burdisso, andFC Inter forward Diego Milito.

    Brazil: FC Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar, FC Inter defender Maicon, FC Inter defender Lucio, AS Roma defender Juan, and AS Roma midfielder Julio Baptista.

    Anna Italia
    Italian Soccer Serie A Host

  2. Lots of people said Brazil win against argentina in world cup qualifier on 5th september 09, but i doubt that. Argentina is not in great form but the match will start in argentine soil. Everybody should have to count this and Argentina also have to win this match to strengthen their place in south american zone. For me Aregentina is favourite to win this match. Score might be 2-1 in favour of Argentina.

  3. I am argentina squad supporter since 1978 until now. I always watching the argentina sguad growth. I want suggest that the Maradona sguad is must have attacking midfielder like kaka from Brazil. Mascherano and Gago is the similar part defensive midfielder.

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