Thursday, January 28, 2010

AYALA to return to the Argentine local league?

We still miss him in the heart of our defence with the national team. He is 36 now and he already announced he won't be coming back with Argentina. But Roberto Fabián AYALA is making the news in my country lately as he is reportedly about to sign a contract with (non-other than my favourite team) Racing Club.

Out of contract with Real Zaragoza, AYALA attracted the interested of as many as four of the five big teams from Argentina. Boca Juniors, River Plate, Independiente and Racing Club are all looking forward to have one of Argentina's most capped players in the history of our national team.

It appears Racing Club are the ones with the upper hand and this matter will be resolved in a matter of days (if not hours). He will apparently sign a one-year loan deal and would work together with BIELSA's old assistant coach Claudio VIVAS (now manager of Racing Club).

We'll see how it goes and I'll let you know as soon as there are some news about it. I can't hide how happy I'd be if Racing get to sign a player like AYALA!

In other news...

Fernando CACERES is on his way to a full recovery after being shot in the head on 1 November, 2009.

The former Argentina international has spoken to a Spanish radio for the first time after the incident and he sounded great. He even said he wants to be a manager and start working soon.

"I'm getting better every day. I'm starting all over again" said CACERES "To be honest, I don't understand how I made it through after what happened".

I don't know if you heard about this but Paraguay and América de México striker, Salvador CABAÑAS, suffered an accident of more or less the same nature as he too was shot in the head in Mexico City.

CABAÑAS, who is still in intensive care, received a letter of support from Fernando CACERES.

In that letter, CACERES said: "I know exactly what you're going through right now, as something very similar happened to me. However, 86 days after that horrible episode, I'm writing this from a hospital where, thanks to God, I'm getting better each day".

"Fight. Fight with all your strenght. It's possible and miracles do exist. You are going to make it: fight, fight and don't you ever give up"

"I hope we can have a conversation soon, so we can remember these episodes as difficult tests that were presented in our lives. A big hug and all the strength in the world from me to you".

I can't express how happy I am for Fernando to pull out this miracle and for him to show his support to CABAÑAS. It speaks volumes of the kind of person he is.

Here's hoping CABAÑAS makes it through this horrible moment. All of Mundo Albiceleste is 100% with him.


johnny said...

Good luck Seba in acquiring Ayala ! Better Racing than River ! And, good luck as well to Cabanas. A horrible thing.

And, in other bad news, Andres D' Alessandro out for an extended period with a fracture, I think to his cheekbone. What an incredible cheap shot he suffered. I don't know what happened to the guy who put that cheap shot on Andres, but he should have been red carded and suspended for awhile. If not, more evidence of Brazilian players being pampered in Brazil when Argentine players are involved in a dust up.

Akash said...

Racing club is becoming stronger and stronger. They have already signed Gabriel Hauche, Claudio Bieler , Lucas Licht and now it looks like Ayala will join them..

Get well soon Cabanas

Sebastian said...

Yes Johnny. Forgot about Andrés. He'll be sidelined for about 40 days. I wonder when will FIFA and the local association start protecting the skilful players and start punishing the bullies.

Why can't the punishment be a ban for the offender of exactly the same duration as the injury he caused?

I mean...I've seen nasty, horrible tackles turning out to be career-ending or season-ending injuries for the victim and resulting in 2 or 3-game bans for the offender.

How is that fair?

As for AYALA, the fact that Independiente joined the race to sign him would make it the more sweeter if he signs for Racing! I'll stay tuned to that particular story!

Sebastian said...

Akash! It was about time! We've been signing rubbish players for as long as I can remember!

HAUCHE's signing is the best this club has had in the last 10 or 15 years EASILY!

We did have excellent players but they were all coming through the Youth set up. Lisandro LOPEZ, Mariano GONZALEZ, Maxi MORALEZ, Diego MILITO, Franco ZUCULINI and Sergio ROMERO are excellent proofs. If it wasn't for them and others that followed, we would have been relegated a long time ago.

Now things are looking up (now that the company that ran the club almost the entire decade is out) and we seem to be taking steps in the right direction.

To sign AYALA would mean another huge boost for our players and fans and we should have enough power to at least forget about the relegation battle.

That's my hope!

Sebastian said...

According to Gustavo MASCARDI, who is AYALA's agent, El Ratón has a 90% chance of joining Racing de Avellaneda.

Somebody pinch me!

I know he is 36 but I think he is still a class act and he can thrive in the local league!

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