The year started off with the uncertainty situation that surrounded both Carlos TEVEZ and Javier MASCHERANO’s time at West Ham Utd. It seems at one moment of time both of them are likely to be forgotten for this season.
But in true Albiceleste fashion that was not the case. Javier found his one-way ticket out of hell when Liverpool came knocking on his door for a loan move to Anfield. A move that subsequently became possible after FIFA needed bend some rule about players transfer policy within one season.
As a result Javier went on to become Liverpool’s starting midfield and played an important role in the clubs run towards the Champions League Final. Despite the defeat in that final to AC Milan, whenever he was on the pitch he gave no chance for the likes KAKA, Andres PIRLO and Gennaro GATTUSO to move around. For his contribution, the Kop faithful voted him as their man of the match for the final.
As for CARLITOS, the moment he started scoring, every single Hammers faithful knew that their messiah has arrived. So do I need to ask where would West Ham United be today if it wasn’t for him. He did not leave Upton Park empty handed as a result for his contribution; he was named as the club’s Player Of The Year.
His winning goal against Manchester United on the last day of the season not only saved West Ham Utd from relegation but also pave the way for his move to Old Trafford where he is now deadlier than ever.
Pato ABBONDANZIERI won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy as the best goalkeeper in Spain for his effort helping Getafe in La Liga. Javier ZANETTI has finally won a Serie A medal with Inter (on the field at least) after all these years. Not to forget Fernando GAGO and Gonzalo HIGUAIN winning La Liga with Real Madrid.
Then came the most heartbreaking story, the Copa America. Hard to believe as I’m sure some of you out there who would rather not talk about it but still despite of that painful defeat in the final, I chose to remember all the great times that we had in this blog during that one-month. All the discussion, debates and the hundreds of comments that we received, I cherished them all.
And he did not just stop there. As the new season progressed, he made everyone in Atletico Madrid realized that there is life after Fernando TORRES at the Vicente Calderón.
Apart from this it has been a disappointing year on the international front. The women’s national team, which had plenty of promises, failed miserably in the Women’s World Cup in Japan. While the Under-17 did not managed to capture the one title that is still elusive in the AFA cabinet.
Despite the many things that we can talk about, when it comes to Argentina’s football there are only two things that matter the most. One its Lionel MESSI and the other is Juan Roman RIQUELME.
Despite being frozen out in Villareal, ROMAN was so crucial in COCO’s plan that he help us win our first three matches in the World Cup qualifiers, having scored four goal in the process. But then again sometimes ROMAN can also be his, own worst enemy. Don’t get me wrong here, as I’m not trying to start a new debate but only just a gentle reminder to everyone about the ROMAN that we love so much.
2008 - What To Look Forward
Definitely the World Cup qualifier, which will resume in the month of June and supposedly some friendly matches that are likely to take place before that.
Then of course we look forward to the Olympic games in Beijing. Though still too early to predict who might be in the team but of course there is no denying that MESSI, KUN, GAGO and perhaps TEVEZ should all make the trip to defend our precious gold medal that we won gracefully in Athens 2004.
But before that, please marked your calendar on the date 18th of June. It is the first part of the South American World Cup qualifying blockbuster. After plenty of disappointment, all I can do is pray that 2008 will bring us good fortune.