Sunday, March 18, 2007

Weekend's roundup

It was another weekend full of action and with influential performance by several argies around the top European leagues.

CARLITOS "El Martillo" (The Hammer)

Everyday he is closer to becoming a legend at Upton Park. West Ham fans adore him and his scoring count appears to be open now. Second goal in the last two games and this time his contribution really helped his team's cause, generating and later scoring a penalty and then being quick to start the celebration when Bobby ZAMORA´s shot hit him on the goal line. The ref had no choice but to give the "ghost goal" and West Ham won a premiership game after three months. Now they are really going to need Carlos TEVEZ at his best to face a really difficult run-in in which they have games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United (at Old Trafford in the last game of the season).


Four goals in the last two La Liga matches he played. Lionel MESSI is really showing that his huge potential is closer and closer everyday to become a reality. Granted he scored the fouth goal in an easy 4-0 win over Recreativo, but the important thing is that he is finding the back of the net and getting more and more minutes of action after a series of annoying injuries. Keep it up PULGA, your Copa America is only three months away!


How many now? Well, exactly 18 now. Only one less than Frederic KANOUTÉ. Who? RONALDINHO? Samuel ETO'O? Ruud VAN NISTELROOY? All of them playing for big teams of course. No, no, you're wrong. I'm talking about Diego Alberto MILITO a humble, low profile players that all is doing since he arrived in Europe is burning nets! Another strike, another three points for Real Zaragoza against Atlético de Madrid to leap-frogged them and arrive to the fifth place in the standings, only one point behind Valencia and two behind third-placed Real Madrid. Will COCO call him? I'm sure I want to!


Shock after losing 2-0 against Brazil on Friday, starting the second round of the U17 South American tournament in the worst possible way. But joy on Sunday, after a scary start losing to Colombia 1-0, the little albiceleste turned it around and won it 2-1 with goals from Alexis MACHUCA and Santiago FERNANDEZ. Now Brazil are leading with 6 points and we are joint second with three points like Perú, Colombia and Venezuela. Ecuador are in the bottom of the table with no points and they will be our next rivals on Tuesday. A win will surely take us really close to the main objective which is the qualification to the U17 World Cup.


He became famous in a Copa America match against Colombia when he failed 3 penalty shots in the same game. Then he went to Spain and a brick wall collapsed over his leg when he was celebrating a goal he scored for Villarreal. And that was his most remembered image in Europe. Now Martin PALERMO seems to be playing in a different league. He is the top scorer of the tournament in Argentina after he scored 4 goals on Sunday against Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. Those four goals came right after a hat-trick he scored last week for Boca against Estudiantes (the team he supported all of his life). And these 7 goals followed a famous strike from behind midfield against Independiente three weeks ago. What I'm trying to say to all of you is...don't be surprised if Martin PALERMO goes to the Venezuela Copa America. Coco BASILE had him at Boca when he won everything before being named national team manager and with his current form, I wonder if he'll choose to leave him out.


Not many other argie goals in the European leagues but there were a few that are worthy of a mention:

Sergio ALMIRON scored Empoli's only goal in a 3-1 defeat at Rome against Lazio.

Guillermo PEREYRA only needed 3 minutes to score a brace for Real Mallorca and give his team the three points with a 2-0 win over Real Betis.

Gustavo REGGI opened the scoring for Levante but Espanyol scored soon after that and the game ended 1-1.

NBA (National Basketball from Argentina!)

Walter HERRMANN seems to be getting used to life in the NBA. He is improving his performances and getting more minutes playing for the Bobcats. But I'll leave the NBA coverage to our friend John from Malaysia who is always updating us! Thanks in advance John!


john said...

Hi There,

It has been another extra–ordinary week for Argentine players, flying the flag proudly wherever or in whatever they may be playing.

And yes!!! Walter HERMANN is indeed improving in each game that he has been playing. Last Saturday, he scored 18 points for the Charlotte BOBCATS but unfortunately they were defeated by the Milwaukee BUCKS 97-91.

Before that he also scored 15 points, but this time the BOBCATS fell to the Los Angeles CLIPPERS 102-93.

Personally for me it goes to show that Walter has what it takes to mixed with best, after all the man who was responsible for his move to the NBA is non other the legendary Michael JORDAN. MJ was not wrong this time as well.

It was great weekend for Carlos DELFINO when the Detroit PISTONS visited Steve NASH’s Phoenix SUNS on Friday. DELFINO scored 13 points and also had 7 rebounds as the PISTONS beat the SUNS by 105-83.

Overall with the fantastic form of both Manu GINOBILI and Fabricio OBERTO of San Antonio SPURS and Chicago BULLS Chapu NOCIONI (before he got injured!!!), we could have all 5 representatives in the play-offs.

Somewhere in Spain right now Luis SCOLA must be wondering, “When it’s going to be my turn to go there???” as even he had great weekend. He scored 17 points as Tau Cermaica trashed Vivemenorca by 96-59 in the ACB.



linda said...

Agreed on all your points, Seba, but especially on the call-ups for Diego Milito and Martin Palermo. They both richly deserve it. The former is doing brilliantly for a team that perhaps isn't playing that great as a team, and the latter is just on fire. Normally I'm all for young players, but no one can ignore that kind of form.

I'm glad the fans at West Ham have responded to Carlitos' personality and his work-rate. Come on, Hammers!

john said...

Hi There,

Linda, it was great performance by CARLITOS and I do hope that West Ham survival in the premiership will be solely down to his performance. It is also great to know that finally Alan CURBIE is having faith in him. This whole situation reminds me how last season when Portsmouth were struggling and D'ALLESANDRO week in and week out performance help them to escape relegation.

However I still believe TEVEZ should get out of there when all of this is over and move elsewhere just like what MASCHERANO. I was happy to see him being given more opportunity at Liverpool

NBA News...

Walter HERRMANN continues his great run of form again. Only this time the BOBCATS prevail against Le Bron JAMES's Cleveland CAVALIERS by 108-100. HERRMANN managed to achieve career high 19 points and 10 rebounds. In the last 30 seconds he hit a 3 pointer and two free throws to put it away for Charlotte. Way to go Walter!!!

As for Carlos DELFINO, his contribution of 9 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists helps the Detroit PISTONS to beat the Philadelphia 76ERS by 96-75