Thursday, September 3, 2009

Argentina vs Brazil World Cup Qualifier 2010: Argentina Squad

For live score and updates of the world cup qualifying match between Argentina and Brazil, visit the following link:

Argentina and Brazil Match Live Updates: 5 September 2009

Another breath-taking clash between two arch-rivals of football Argentina and Brazil is coming up. Argentina is going to host Brazil in a very important world cup qualifying match of South American region on 5 September. Argentine coach Diego Maradona has announced 25-men squad for the upcoming two qualifying games against Brazil and Paraguay.

There are some surprise inclusions in the squad. First of all, 35-year-old striker Martin Palermo was called up after 9 years. He last represented Argentina in a world cup qualifying game against Chile in 2000. Getting a recall to the national side after so many years is really some unexpected and surprising. So, no doubt, Palermo is now eagerly waiting to get a place in the final eleven, at least in either of the upcoming qualifiers. The interesting thing is that Palermo received a call up, while Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain failed to manage a place in the 25-man squad.

Maradona had first announced the 19 members of the squad who are currently playing in European leagues, and then added 6 local players including Rolando Schiavi and Rodrigo Brana to make it 25. Argentina has some injury concerns too. The home side will most probably miss the services of Diego Milito, Nicolas Burdisso and Sebastian Battaglia who are currently struggling with their respective injuries.

Here, I am giving the 25-man Argentina squad for the world cup qualifiers against Brazil and Paraguay from ESPN:

Argentina squad: Juan Pablo Carrizo (Zaragoza), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar); Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan), Nicolas Pareja (Espanyol), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Gabriel Heinze (Marseille), Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan), Sebastian Dominguez, Emiliano Papa, Nicolas Otamendi (all Velez Sarsfield), Rolando Schiavi (Newell's Old Boys); Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Maxi Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Jesus Datolo (Napoli), Juan Sebastian Veron and Rodrigo Brana (Estudiantes), Mario Bolatti (Huracan), Sebastian Battaglia (Boca Juniors); Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Diego Milito (Inter Milan), Lisandro Lopez (Lyon), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli), Eduardo Salvio (Lanus), Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors).

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