Thursday, December 18, 2008

BATISTA names team for S. American Tournament

With a few names from Europe, some key players from the domestic league and one or two surprises or unknown guys, Sergio BATISTA has announced the squad that will represent Argentina at the South American U20 Tournament 'Juventudes de América' that will take place in Venezuela, from 19 January till 9 February, 2009.

The squad will start their training sessions on Saturday at the AFA's Ezeiza facilities. They will work with two trainings a day and a couple of breaks (for Christmas and New Year's Day), before flying to Venezuela on 12 January.

Argentina will play in the city of Maturín and the following is the list of fixtures for the group stage:

19 January v. Venezuela
23 January v. Perú
25 January v. Colombia
27 January v. Ecuador

The tournament will award tickets for the semifinalists to the FIFA Youth World Cup that will be held in Egypt between 25 September and 16 October, 2009.

Here's the Argentine squad list:

Goalkeepers:
Luis OJEDA (Unión de Santa Fe - Argentine Second Division)
Diego RODRÍGUEZ (Independiente)

Defenders:
Fernando MEZA (San Lorenzo)
Mateo MUSACCHIO (River Plate)
Fernando TOBIO (Vélez Sársfield)
Julián FERNÁNDEZ (Atlético Rafaela - Argentine Second Division)
Emiliano INSÚA (Liverpool, England)
Maximiliano OLIVA (Tigre)

Midfielders:
Franco ZUCULINI (Racing Club)
Exequiel BENAVIDES (Boca Juniors)
Marcelo BENÍTEZ (Lanús)
Iván BELLA (Vélez Sársfield)
Pablo PIATTI (Almería, Spain)
Cristian GAITÁN (Estudiantes de La Plata)
Leandro VELÁZQUEZ (Vélez Sársfield)

Forwards:
Eduardo SALVIO (Lanús)
Franco DI SANTO (Chelsea, England)
Jonathan CRISTALDO (Vélez Sársfield)
Andrés RÍOS (River Plate)
Andrés ROMERO (Argentinos Juniors)

7 comments:

John said...

Pablo PIATTI is one name that I'm looking forward to see. Could be the best candidate from this team to make it into the Diego's 2010 squad.

Lopez,india said...

Another is Maximiliano OLIVA :)

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Abs said...

INSUA and ZUCULINI as well

Juan y Fer said...

Hello,
good team: insua, piatti, gaitan,di santo...it has many chances to win.
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Anonymous said...

I wonder why Gustavo Bou is not here. I have heard many great things about the kid.

Anonymous said...

Ahh the youth of Argentina I just enjoy watching these tourneys. Some kids I would like to see are Lucas Trecarichi and Patricio Rodríguez. I think Mauro Icardi will be called for the U-17's. I can not wait to see Di Santo show what he really is made of. Chelsea have high hopes for the whizkid. They had a chance to go after Pato but they picked Di Santo. I just wish Scolari would use him more often. But this is where kids become house hold names. Piatti I like but he is so little, he falls in the same boat as Maxi Moralez and Diego Buonanotte. I think Di Santo will have something to prove. Cant wait!

Jack!