Argentina squad vs Brazil

Sergio Batista named his first squad as Argentina manager yesterday, as well as being officially unveiled by Julio Grondona as the new permanent manager of the national side. Lucas Biglia was the only new name on the teamsheet, whilst in Zanetti, Mascherano and Pastore, there are no fewer than three Javiers in the list. That’s the sort of incisive analysis you just don’t get on other websites. For those who weren’t able to read it when it was originally published on paper in the UK, my article for the October 2010 issue of When Saturday Comes looking into Batista’s hopes of becoming the permanent boss (finished the evening after Argentina’s 4-1 friendly win over Spain), has now been made available online. The squad for the team’s friendly against Brazil, Biglia and all, is right here.

Argentina squad vs Brazil in Doha, Qatar, 17th November 2010 (manager: Sergio Batista)

Goalkeepers
Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands)
Mariano Andújar (Catania, Italy)

Defenders
Gabriel Milito (Barcelona, Spain)
Walter Samuel (Internazionale, Italy)
Javier Zanetti (Internazionale)
Nicolás Burdisso (Roma, Italy)
Martín Demichelis (Bayern München, Germany)
Gabriel Heinze (Olympique Marseille, France)
Nicolás Pareja (Spartak Moscow, Russia)
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City, England)

Midfielders
Mario Bolatti (Fiorentina, Italy)
Lucas Biglia (Anderlecht, Belgium)
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona)
Javier Pastore (Palermo, Italy)
José Sosa (Napoli, Italy)
Ángel Di María (Real Madrid, Spain)
Nicolás Gaitán (Benfica, Portugal)
Ever Banega (Valencia, Spain)
Andrés D’Alessandro (Internacional, Brazil)

Forwards
Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Sergio Agüero (Atlético de Madrid, Spain)
Diego Milito (Internazionale)
Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)
Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)

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3 thoughts on “Argentina squad vs Brazil

  1. As ever, Argentina have more quality options in attack and mifield than any team could ever possibly need, but those defenders are not up to the standard of other top international sides. To make matters worse, Water Samuel sustained a serious knee injury against Brescia on the weekend, and will be out of commission for the rest of the season. Ouch.

    It sometimes feels like the Argentinean football factory turns out another diminutive attacking wizard every other week or so, but why they can’t produce good defenders anymore remains something of a mystery.

    BTW, readers of this site might be interested at taking a look at my new football blog, El Juego. Currently has an article on the 50 Best Football Players on the Planet, with no less than 8 Argentinean players ranked.

  2. Hi robertod, thanks for the comment! I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve replaced the URL of your other blog (linked to in your username) with the one for El Juego that you’d originally put at the bottom of your post. Solely because I prefer comments to keep it simple with regards to linking elsewhere (I’ve been overloaded with spam in the past so now it’s one rule for everyone).

    If you post in the future, using the same username, email and URL that you used this time (well, using the El Juego URL), your comment will appear right away and won’t be held for moderation. Please, stick around!

  3. would have had Emiliano Insua in the squad. He’s having a great season in Turkey desite the fact that Hagi just doesn’t seem to like him!

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