Football News Posted by Roy (Roy Nemer) Wednesday, October 09, 2013 Go To Comments Line-up from Argentina training session Here was the line-up from Argentina's training session: ROMERO; ZABALETA, FERNANDEZ, GARAY, ROJO; BANEGA, BIGLIA, DI MARIA; LAVEZZI, PALACIO and AGUERO. Comments You must be logged in to add a comment. Click Here to log in. If you dont have an account and would like to join Mundo's community, Register Here Abs (United States) Posted on 10/11/2013 at 9:04 PM 0 Biglia isn't a starter .. he started due to the number of absence in the team. .. Yes, I agree on Yacob, but with Sabella being that stubborn, it is too late for Yacob I guess ! Johnny (United States) Posted on 10/11/2013 at 12:51 AM 1 Agreed with pablo.d. about Biglia. Bench player for me. But, I understand the Sabella cohesive philosophy. I wish his philosophy had included Yacob a year ago. I would rely on Guinazu before Biglia. Better defensively and certainly meaner. pablo.d (New Zealand) Posted on 10/10/2013 at 10:29 PM 0 abs good sir, i have high hopes for Biglia but from what ive seen of him in the n/t and so far this season in italy he just is not ready, for me he is a project in the making but not n/t material at the moment.in the wider squad perhaps but on the bench or starter-not for me. Abs (United States) Posted on 10/10/2013 at 10:11 PM 0 @pablo.d:Please don't insult out player :pI understand why people might not see him as Big as he should be, but he is that kind of players who is never the star of the game. But with Biglia you'll get the job done, with limited to no mistakes !! UTG_Moon92 (Brazil) Posted on 10/10/2013 at 7:06 PM 0 @argentuban: Not only the yellow/red cards could be a problem for Masch - and for us -, but he's injuring himself a bit more than he used to. So Biglia is a great concern of mine because, as you said, he doesn't need to be spectacular but he did even showed me he can be solid. He is slow at tackling and steals and he has a low pass accuracy which can concede a strong opponent a good ammount of counters, particularly to teams that exert pressure at the offense. IMO Guiñazu would be way better as our sub DM, position in which he wasn't used in the few opportunities he was given. If you remember, Sabella put him in Di Maria's place instead of Masch's and that's not Guiñazu's forte. pablo.d (New Zealand) Posted on 10/10/2013 at 3:37 PM 0 argentuban: you are correct we don't have others who know the system but their are others who could have been given the chance to be a back up but have not sadly.my self im just don't think he ready and as gago has his injury curse and i cant see the great mash not getting a few cards during the w.c meaning someone like bigila could be a starter.n.b left a return message. argentuban (United States) Posted on 10/10/2013 at 2:42 PM 0 We have no other DM/CM that has played long enough in the system, Pablo. I think that is why he called up some of the players he did like Guinazu, just in case Biglia becomes an issue, but he is betting on Biglia improving and being ready for the summer.He is going through a major learning period with Lazio now, but I expect him to tighten it up quite a bit. We don't need him to be spectacular, we just need him to be solid. pablo.d (New Zealand) Posted on 10/10/2013 at 2:21 PM 2 Biglia to me has done little for me to even have him on the bench, just not good enough at the moment Leandro (United States) Posted on 10/10/2013 at 12:56 PM 0 ------- Biglia -----------lamela -- Banega-- DiMaria--- XX -------- XXNot a shaby midfield. Leandro (United States) Posted on 10/10/2013 at 12:55 PM 0 I think a Biglia + Banega core could work well, especially sans Messi. Biglia does the running Banega does not and Banega can be the enganche we will be missing. They do need a 3rd hard working player in the mix though, Banega + Biglia is still less than Mascherano alone when it comes to breaking up counter attacks. Freeman E (Namibia) Posted on 10/10/2013 at 11:06 AM 2 Ever since Sabella got the team to perform at high level again for the first time since Peckerman days, I"m not too concerned about who should or shouldn't play. My only concern are the WC draw, final 23, how advanced is the medical staff's post-match player physical conditioning plans and the quarter-final. If we make it to the semis,my friends, it will be very very hard for ANY team to stop us. I've seen many guys herer concerned about Plan B. Yes it is necessary, At USA 94, we had a stronger team than at Mexico 86. Again in 2002, Bielsa was short-sighted by not experimenting with an alternative Bati-Crespo attack ahead of the WC. I just hope the final 23 are picked due to form rather than being long in NT set-up. On players who I don't want to see Guiniazu and Brana. Claudio Yacob is way better than than these 2 combined. If he is performing at the same level for WBA come May, I'm sure Sabella won't ignore him. Same goes for Caballero. Pastore, May be if he moves to Liverpool, might have an outside chance too. That's why I'm happy that there is no Messi and Higuain, for once Sabella's has put into a situation where he has to battle without his strongest weapons. haman (Bahrain) Posted on 10/10/2013 at 7:18 AM 0 Pretty solid lineup and very reasonable! Gaucho4133 (Switzerland) Posted on 10/10/2013 at 5:40 AM 0 I hope palacio is playing from begin! he is strong in inter last time !is Lamela called up ? baker (India) Posted on 10/10/2013 at 3:59 AM 0 they have to finish , otherwise i will say it will be end for placio argentuban (United States) Posted on 10/10/2013 at 2:50 AM 0 Ricky will not play, sprained ankle. Glad to see Biglia is in fact healthy though.Should give some continuity in midfield given that Banega and Biglia have played some already in the system.But will the forwards finish? baker (India) Posted on 10/10/2013 at 2:41 AM 0 line up is good enough for peru , i want to see ricky and icardi coming as sub elpipita (Iraq) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 11:22 PM 0 @argentuban wow sounds like you've got quite a few stories to tell. For me personally I left Iraq in 1995 with family and never looked back unfortunately, I haven't even visited since and doesn't look like I'll be back there for a good while, it's simply isn't safe for anyone.Yes that's masgoof, the best fish I've ever had and I don't even like seafood generally!Lol! yeah I was told that, I was also told that the same thing happened when Iraq won the Asian nations' cup in 2007. the 2004 olympics football tournament was great, I was over the moon when Iraq made the semis and the albicelestes actually won it (without even conceding a single goal!!!) @ Cleanball thanks for the kind words, back in the 80's Iraq was Asia's strongest team along with South korea but the constant wars have taken their tole on the country it's people and their football.Still we made it to the semi finals of the athens olympics, won the asian cup and Iraq's U20 has reached the semi's of the youth WC just a few months back so the potential is still there! argentuban (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 11:13 PM 0 I remember when they made the semifinals of Olympics in 2004...everyone was shooting their guns off in the air for like 5-10 minutes in Baghdad. cleanball (Indonesia) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 11:06 PM 1 Iraq is one of the strongest team in the Asia; powerhouse to be called Lions of Mesopotamia. and take part in WC. They won the AFC Asian Cup in Jakarta - Indonesia few years back; Iraq take part in WC 1986 ?Peace and Light to all the Iraq people :-) argentuban (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 11:06 PM 0 I was working as a contractor. I had just gotten out of school some two years prior, and was burdened with student debt and credit cards, and they offered me a job to go there so I took it.I was very much against the war, but not because I liked Saddam. I just didn't see it resulting in anything tenable in terms of stability for anyone, and certainly didn't buy the pretext for going in the first place. Once the troops were already there, I figured I might as well go, try not to be a jerk to the locals, and make the best of a bad situation. Probably naive on my part, but I really loved Iraqis, though I was very depressed by everything going on.It was an eye opening experience, for sure. I had the fish once...they almost blow up or puff out when they cook them, right? elpipita (Iraq) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 10:42 PM 0 @argentuban thank you kindly for the kind words my friend and I too am sorry about the war but sadly Iraq has be marred by war for almost it's entire history and that is a LOOOOONG time considering the fact that Iraq is the cradle of civilization. Yeah there were many albiceleste fans in Iraq long before messi was even in dipers! It's mostly to do with Diego and his '86 WC exploits, infact Diego is known by EVERYONE in Iraq! Even my mother who has never watched a single football match in her life knows who Diego is!The rice filled peppers are called 'Dolma albaghadadia' or dolma of baghdad, a great festive dish usually served on special occasions.Hopefully you had 'almasgoof', which is Iraq's national dish. It's a simple dish of whole cod grilled in an upright position on open bonfire. Good stuff!Now if you don't mind me asking what were you doing in Iraq in 2004? you don't have to answer if you don't want to ;) cleanball (Indonesia) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 10:30 PM 0 Mostly this will be starting XI,- I do hope that Lamela and Icardi got a chance to play argentuban (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 10:09 PM 0 Ardiles....I play for TOTTINGHAM!!!! LOL!!!! He could never say Tottenham...... pablo.d (New Zealand) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 9:30 PM 0 elpipita: good observations from you, fillol is considered one of the great keepers of all time with banks and yashin, kempes was a beast of a striker for both the n/t and also he was fantastic at placed like valencia.ardiles was the mid worker who just kept running and running as well as very skillful.add to it the defense of passarella who is also considered one of the all time great defenders in the world game.n.b all squad numbers were alphabetically surname meaning shirt no 1 was ardiles argentuban (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 9:26 PM 1 Elpipita, I was in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 in Baghdad, Mosul, Tikrit, and Balad.I am very sorry about the war, and wish the very best for your country, but wanted to tell you that it was a very beautiful place. Sitting on the river in Baghdad skipping stones into the water was surreal....The food is awesome! I don't remember the names, but they gave me some peppers filled with rice and other food, and it was always very good.Lots of Argentina fans in Irak.....even then before Messi. elpipita (Iraq) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 9:09 PM 1 Well even though I wasn't born in 78 I still had the pleasure of watching almost the entire world cup thanks to a family friend who was kind enough to get me a HUGE amount of full WC games dating as far back as 1970!From the 78 team 3 players stood out for me, first was Mario Kempes who was far and away the best player in that tournament; the other 2 were Houseman (man his dribbling was borderline the insane!) and Fillol who was a monster in every sense of the word, easily the best GK I've ever seen (along with Schmichael). Good times!! pablo.d (New Zealand) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 8:58 PM 0 argentuban: best wishes for you day tomorrow :)i also have some friends who were lucky enough to be at the final game its self.i have a lot on dvd from 78 onward and the game has changed a lot, some is good and some is bad. yo (Malaysia) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 8:37 PM 0 alvarez/lamela could replace lavezzi. icardi for palacio in the 2nd half. argentuban (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 7:39 PM 0 Pablo, I was born in 1978 in Buenos Aires, 35 years ago to the day tomorrow (Garay and I have the same birthday).So no, I didn't watch the 78 Cup until much, much later in life.My father went to the semifinal match that featured Holland, I believe. argentuban (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 7:31 PM 0 I am not concerned. I would just like to see it.Just as there was never a doubt Messi would be Argentine despite Spain's overtures, it was good when he got capped against Hungary (though the red card sucked). KidultHood (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 7:31 PM 0 Alam I watch all the games online. Alam (India) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 7:08 PM 0 anyone please tell me matchday and time in india????ALSO WHICH CHANNEL IS GOING TO TELECAST THIS MATCH??? pablo.d (New Zealand) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 6:38 PM 0 thank you good sirs for updating the rules, yes im old and have seen many a change over the years for rules but ive been lucky enough to just remember the 78 final and naturally the 86 is a good memory.i dont imagine their are to many of us on here who actually remember watching the 78 final live on black and white tv. Jack! (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 6:35 PM 1 Why is everybody still worried about Icardi getting minutes? He has made it clear that he is playing for Argentina and only Argentina. If he doesn't, Italy won't call him up, it's been clearly made by Icardi. argentuban (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 6:09 PM 0 Correct, arg2014. That is why I am convinced he will play against Peru as a sub. arg2014 (Canada) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 5:45 PM 0 Pablo, disregard the 21 age cut off...since he plays in a senior level, then he's capped even if his age under 21. it means if Icardi has any appearance in a non friendly match with a senior team, then he can't play for Italy. pablo.d (New Zealand) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 5:42 PM 0 thank you both, yes the rules have changed over the years as once it had to be a full cap. Ayrton18 (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 5:38 PM 0 I think Di-maria will score this time also believe if icardi comes in atleast 15 minutes he will score with a di maria assists like he gives to ronaldo :P and will be all over the headlines! arg2014 (Canada) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 5:37 PM 0 @pablo.dEven if he comes just as a sub in an official competition, he's still capped, but then the rule applies to players of age 21 and over, I think he can still change the country after age of 21 if he choses to. argentuban (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 5:26 PM 0 SMH = shaking my head.Pablo.d, my understanding is that if he makes an appearance in a non-friendly match, regardless for how long, he is locked up.Since this is official competition and not just a friendly, it isn't the same as Diego Costa's situation. pablo.d (New Zealand) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 4:55 PM 0 yes lock him up to Argentina, just a question as the rule use to be a full cap only would lock up a player to a country but coming off the bench does not count as a full cap meaning he would not be locked up.what is the rule today? Deb (India) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 4:54 PM 0 One innocent question - I see so many people writing SMH. What does it mean? :P KidultHood (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 4:52 PM 1 arg2014 all he does is go around and criticize the players and coach..pure negative vibes coming from him. If someone is trying to be optimistic he has to come with something negative..smh @this guy. argentuban (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 4:17 PM 0 I expect to see Icardi used as a sub in the match to lock him up for good. Good to see Biglia is healthy. Dr.Magdy (Egypt) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 4:12 PM 0 @Petro, My subs would be: Sabella, Gugnali and Camino. arg2014 (Canada) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 2:51 PM 0 @Pachorra, not at all....We can't deny the individual skills that Sosa, Brana or Rojo have. Also when you have strikers upfront in the likes of Lavezzi and Palacio, your dream comes true situation.....Goals are scored and win is guaranteed. This team Dr.Magdy posted can make history. Pachorra (Vatican City State) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 2:24 PM 1 arg2014... I smell sarcasm Pachorra (Vatican City State) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 2:23 PM 1 I hope Palacio and Lavezzi shut my mouth in this game... My level of confidence is low for both... petro (India) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 2:22 PM 0 @Dr.Magdy,Who are your substitutes? arg2014 (Canada) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 2:19 PM 0 @Dr.Magdy, that team is awesome, my favorite post so far. it's All Stars team. I like how you placed Rojo and Sosa in charge of the left wing....Lovely. arg2014 (Canada) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 2:16 PM 0 He should have kept this strong starting line up for the game against Uruguay.....now he will be forced to push a weaker team for Uruguay. This game against Peru should include one or two new players and try them out as starters. Sabella is so predictable. petro (India) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 2:14 PM 0 Is this Plan B Team? KidultHood (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 2:01 PM 0 You guys should take a look at this really interesting though. I don't get how they include Palacio & Biglia for the 2014 starting XI yet they exclude sure starters bar any injury in the likes of Mascherano and Higuain.http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1804517-5-world-cup-nations-that-could-be-the-next-spain Dr.Magdy (Egypt) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 1:53 PM 0 ----------------------- Andujar -----------------------Mercado --- Seba Dominguez --- Basanta --- Rojo---------------- Braña ------- Somoza ---------------Lavezzi --------- Maxi Rodriguez --------- Sosa------------------------ Palacio ----------------------- KidultHood (United States) Posted on 10/9/2013 at 1:46 PM 0 Rojo is back!!