Wednesday, March 19, 2008

BATISTA goes extra-large: pre-selects 56 players!

We had to wait a little bit longer than expected and after playing some games here at Mundo Albiceleste, we fell very short in our attempt to predict the list of what, we thought, were going to be 36 players.

We got all of those names right, but Checho shortlisted 21 additional players and his main reason behind his decision was simple: "I want to keep them all motivated!".

It looks amazingly big for a shortlist that will be eventually reduced to a squad of only 18 players.

What really surprises me (apart from the huge number of players) is the presence of Federico INSUA. At 28, he is the 7th over-23 player on this list.

Here's Mundo Albiceleste’s predicted list of 36 players:

1. Martín DEMICHELIS (Bayern Munich, Germany)
2. Javier MASCHERANO (Liverpool, England)
3. Juan Román RIQUELME (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
4. Gabriel MILITO (FC Barcelona, Spain)
5. Esteban CAMBIASSO (Internazionale, Italy)
6. Julio CRUZ (Internazionale, Italy)
7. Oscar USTARI, (GK) (Getafe, Spain)
8. Sergio ROMERO, (GK) (AZ Alkmaar, Holland)
9. Federico FAZIO, (Sevilla, Spain)
10. Jonatan MAIDANA, (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
11. Pablo ZABALETA, (Espanyol, Spain)
12. Cristian ANSALDI, (ex-Newell's Old Boys, now at Rubin Kazan, Russia)
13. Ever BANEGA, (Valencia, Spain)
14. José SOSA, (Bayern Munich, Germany)
15. Damián ESCUDERO, (Vélez Sársfield, Argentina)
16. Augusto FERNANDEZ, (River Plate, Argentina)
17. Angel DI MARIA, (Benfica, Portugal)
18. Ezequiel LAVEZZI, (Napoli, Italia)
19. Gonzalo HIGUAIN, (Real Madrid, Spain)
20. Marco RUBEN, (Recreativo de Huelva, Spain)
21. Nicolás NAVARRO, (GK) (ex-Argentinos Juniors, now at Napoli, Italy)
22. Fabián ASSMANN, (GK) (Independiente, Argentina)
23. Gabriel PALETTA, (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
24. Ezequiel GARAY, (Racing Santander, Spain)
25. Emiliano INSUA, (Liverpool, England)
26. Claudio YACOB, (Racing Club, Argentina)
27. Matías SANCHEZ, (Racing Club, Argentina)
28. Maximiliano MORALEZ, (Racing Club, Argentina)
29. Alejandro GOMEZ, (Arsenal, Argentina)
30. Franco DI SANTO, (Chelsea, England)
31. Gastón DIAZ, (Vélez Sársfield, Spain)
32. Diego VALERI, (Lanús, Argentina)
33. Lautaro ACOSTA, (Lanús, Argentina)
34. Fernando GAGO (Real Madrid, Spain)
35. Lionel MESSI (FC Barcelona, Spain)
36. Sergio AGÜERO (Atletico de Madrid, Spain)

These are the additional 21 names Sergio BATISTA had in store for us:

37. Matías ABELAIRAS (River Plate, Argentina)
38. Rodrigo ARCHUBI (River Plate, Argentina)
39. Lucas BIGLIA (Anderlecht, Belgium)
40. Mauro BOSELLI (Boca Juniors)
41. Diego BUONANOTTE (River Plate, Argentina)
42. Alejandro CABRAL (Vélez Sársfield, Argentina)
43. Gustavo CABRAL (River Plate, Argentina)
44. Matías CAHAIS (FC Groningen, Holland)
45. Neri CARDOZO (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
46. Mauro ZÁRATE (Birmingham City, England)
47. Federico INSÚA (América, México)
48. Sebastián LETO (Liverpool, England)
49. Gabriel MERCADO (Racing Club, Argentina)
50. Gastón MONZÓN (GK) (Huracán, Argentina)
51. Luciano MONZÓN (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
52. Pablo MOUCHE (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
53. Pablo PIATTI (Estudiantes de La Plata, Argentina)
54. Leonardo SIGALI (Lanús, Argentina)
55. Juan Manuel TORRES (San Lorenzo, Argentina)
56. Oscar TREJO (Mallorca, Spain)

I guess we'll have to play more games in the future and see if Mundo Albiceleste can predict the 18 members of the squad that will go to Beijing. It won't be an easy task, but we'll have some fun and keep you informed at the same time.


John said...

Someone must have heard my call for Lucas BIGLIA!!!

Anonymous said...

i just can t believe Batista forgot to call MARURO ZARATE !!!

Kirra said...

Well said.

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