Official Team List for the WC Qualifying Debut

September 28, 2007

Riquelme returning once again to the national team.

Basile announced the list of players for the start of the WC qualifying campaign. The first game will be on October 13 against Chile.

There really aren’t too many surprise callups with the exception of Riquelme which maybe should not be a surprise considering Basile’s endless support and admiration for Riquelme. But, Does it really make any sense? Riquelme is nearing almost 3 months of inactivity and needless to say he will not be prepared to play in a highly competitive WC qualifying game. However, Basile will continue using a playmaker in his setup and apparently to him a less than fit Riquelme is better than anyone else in that position. Another Riquelme debate will no doubt erupt among fans and in the media very shortly.

The rest of the list…….Demichelis is back again and could possibly be on his way to earning a spot in the starting lineup. I’m not really sure why Coloccini and Insua earned a callup. I think it defies all logic and reason.

Upfront there is lots of young, explosive goal scoring talent. Basile could not go wrong there. I think all 4 forwards calledup are the absolute best Argentina has at this moment.

The road to another World Cup is about to begin.

Roberto Abbondanzieri (Getafe)
Oscar Ustari (Getafe)

Daniel Díaz (Getafe)
Gabriel Heinze (Real Madrid)
Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan)
Nicolás Burdisso (Inter Milan)
Martín Demichelis (Bayern Munich)
Gabriel Milito (Barcelona)
Fabricio Coloccini (Deportivo La Coruña)

Fernando Gago (Real Madrid)
Maxi Rodríguez (Atletico de Madrid)
Jonás Gutiérrez (Mallorca)
Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan)
Javier Mascherano (Liverpool)
Federico Insúa (América)
Juan Román Riquelme (Villarreal)

Javier Saviola (Real Madrid)
Sergio Agüero (Atletico de Madrid)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Carlos Tevez (Manchester United)

Messi on fire

September 28, 2007

Messi scored two more goals yesterday against Real Zaragoza.

That’s 4 goals in less than a week. UNSTOPPABLE !!!

Saviola saves Real Madrid from loss

September 24, 2007

A great weekend for Argentina !

Messi, Tevez, Aguero and Saviola scoring goals and playing at a high level.

Just in time now that the WC qualifiers are about to begin.

Saviola’s goal helped Madrid avoid a loss this weekend to Valladolid.

Tevez scores first goal with Manchester United

September 24, 2007

Messi Crack Total

September 23, 2007

Messi in great form again this season leading the way for Barcelona.

Messi scores twice in Barcelona win

September 23, 2007

The first goal was a beauty and then Messi secured the win for Barca with a penalty kick.

Saviola & Higuain score in Real Madrid Win

September 16, 2007

Javier Saviola scored his first goal with the Real Madrid shirt and Gonzalo Higuain came in as a sub in the second half and scored a goal of his own to lead their team to a 3-1 win over Almeria.

Argentina-Australia Goals

September 14, 2007

Martin Demichelis scored in his Argentina debut under Basile.

Argentina 1 – 0 Australia

Argentina-Australia Pictures

September 11, 2007

Starting lineup against Australia

September 11, 2007

The starting eleven for tomorrow’s friendly against Australia:

GK – Roberto Abbondanzieri (Getafe)

D – Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan)
D – Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich)
D – Gabriel Milito (Barcelona)
D – Gabriel Heinze (Real Madrid)

M – Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan)
M – Javier Mascherano (Liverpool)
M – Jonas Gutiérrez (Mallorca)
M – Federico Insúa (America)

F – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
F – Carlos Tevez (Manchester United)

Demichelis will make his debut under Basile and he will be playing in his old position of center back. Jonas Gutierrez will also make his debut with the national team.

This will be the last international game before the start of the WC qualifying campaign next month. A win is always nice of course but hopefully we’ll get to see a good performance from the team with no serious injuries to report afterwards.