Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Injured TEVEZ and VERON miss trip to Moscow

Mark HUGHES can take a deep breath and relax now. Carlos TEVEZ will not be joining the Argentina squad that will travel to Moscow for a friendly match against Russia next week.

One of Manchester City's recent signings is still injured and has called Diego MARADONA to tell him that he suffered a set back from a recurrent injury and informed the manager that he is in no conditions to play.

MARADONA agreed for El Apache to stay in Manchester and continue with his recovery.

Another key player in MARADONA's plans, Juan Sebastián VERÓN, also called MARADONA and told him that he is still not 100% and he thinks it'd be better if he stays and recover to avoid risking a bigger injury in a friendly match.

He is still with a sore abductor muscle in his right leg and therefore he won't be on the plane next week.

With this, the question remains as to which player will join Lionel MESSI on the attack. Will it be Sergio AGÜERO? Will this friendly against Russia finally mean a start for Diego MILITO? Or will it be Lisandro LOPEZ?

In midfield, VERON's absence opens the door for first-timer Mario BOLATTI, who will face competition from Sebastián BATTAGLIA and Fernando GAGO -who seems favourite to resume his central midfield partnership with Javier MASCHERANO-.


sirus said...
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sirus said...


finally real madrid get alonso... Gago will be benchwarmer... Diego's starting central midfielder's future uncertain...


Maybe next time Diego will call Cambiasso not Gago...

Mike (Canada) said...

I wish he would call up Cambiasso, and swallow his pride and call Riquelme back. It doesn't make any sence to me

Anonymous said...

Again... Riquelme QUITTED; not once, but twice! NEVER FORGET

msi2 said...

sirus> you are dreaming...

Anonymous said...

Even more bad news...

The kickoff to the Argentine domestic football season was put on hold indefinitely on Wednesday, while the game's national governing body sought a solution to clubs' massive debts.

Bussed-in protesters also attacked the Argentina Football Association (AFA) headquarters, smashing windows and demanding the resignation of AFA president Julio Grondona.

"The executive committee of the AFA resolved unanimously tonight (Tuesday) that the championships in all categories should not start on the scheduled dates," a statement from the AFA said.

The first division Apertura championship, which is played between August and December in the first half of the season, had been scheduled to kick off on Friday, August 14.

Argentine teams' participation in the Copa Sudamericana, the continent's equivalent of the Europa League which starts this week, would not be affected, nor would Diego Maradona's national team who have a friendly against Russia in Moscow next week.

The statement said the AFA needed to search for a proper and well-founded solution to the problem of clubs' debts.

Grondona, also world body FIFA's senior vice-president, held talks with the government's chief tax officer, Ricardo Echegaray, and Sergio Marchi, secretary general of the players' union, Futbolistas Argentinos Agremiados (FAA) to try to resolve the debt issue.

While leaving the talks, Grondona said an increase in fees for television rights to matches would help ease clubs' debts.

"For me the solution is for the AFA to receive more money from the revenue of the television (rights)," he said.

A few hours after the talks, Grondona was the target of a demonstration outside his offices.

The AFA headquarters in central Buenos Aires were attacked by about 100 people who arrived in two buses, threw stones at the building breaking windows, and shouted insults at Grondona.

They painted "Julio Grondona thief" on the wall and handed out leaflets saying "Grondona, liar and traitor ... resign now" before police dispersed the demonstrators, who did not appear to have allegiance with any football club or organisation.

Some of Argentina's biggest and most successful clubs are among the major debtors, including former South American champions River Plate, Racing Club and Independiente.

Sources close to the tax authorities say clubs owe the government 300m Argentine pesos (£46.37m), on top of debts to the AFA and, to a lesser extent, their own players.

On Monday, the AFA asked that the fee TV companies pay for match rights for this season be revised up to 720m pesos from the 268m pesos originally agreed.

Local media reported that the TV companies were considering a counter-proposal that included a contract extension with the AFA from the present 2014 expiry date to 2020 and advance payments to clubs to cover their current debts.

Marchi said some well-run clubs, notably newly-crowned South American champions Estudiantes and Argentine Clausura title winners Velez Sarsfield, were paying for mistakes made by directors of poorly run clubs.

"I hope the AFA follows it's own rules and sanctions those (directors) who don't meet their obligations," Marchi said.

"The (Argentine) game is poorly commercialised, it's obsolete ... There are problems of infrastructure, the bathrooms of some clubs look like Kosovo," he told reporters.


messidona19 said...

Ok I have to side with Seba on this one.

I read Jack’s comment in the previous post and you were wrong to undermine the effect Maradona had on the 1990 and 1994 world cup. You said that in 1990 we were lucky that we had Goycochea in the team thus stating that Maradona had no effect on his team, now it’s true that Goycochea and Caniggia dragged us to the final but in truth Diego was injured in that tournament and you must have seen the brutal tackles the opposition did to try to break his leg and he still got up to captain his side in the world which FIFA made sure that Maradona doesn’t win another World Cup by giving that false penalty. This is one match in my life which I wished the score was not played with.
As in the 1994 world cup the Argentina team had so much talent compared to the 1990 team which was horrible, I’m sure that everyone wanted to see Maradona win that World cup more than Argentina win it without him and I’m sure FIFA did their best to throw him out of that World Cup.

Now I know that I’m with the people that are against Maradona’s choices and his exclusion of Higuain, Zarate, Cambiasso and Samuel but he is going to be our coach for the next 4 Qualifiers whether we like it or not, and we should not be insulting Maradona’s achievements as a player as he is the main reason that we have been rooting for this team in the first place and in fact we need to get behind our team 100%.

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