Football News Posted by Roy (Roy Nemer) Friday, February 28, 2014 Go To Comments Maxi RODRIGUEZ, BANEGA called for Argentina Agustin ORION, Fernando GAGO, Ever BANEGA and Maxi RODRIGUEZ have been called for Argentina. 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 riquelme.10 (Canada) Posted on 3/5/2014 at 12:12 PM 1 @ kid,----------------------------------------------------Fernandez >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> GonzaloGaray >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>GonzaloFernandez>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>MusacchioGaray>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Musacchio.Ansaldi is not good enough for National team, just get over this Ansaldi guy..Sabella call him up a few times, didn't impress that's why he's on the sidelines..Willy Cabellero is an excellent keeper but him not being in the team doesn't give us a less chance of winning the world cup..Sorry we can win the world cup with or without Cabellero..----------------------------------------------------Do you know whats your problem? just like how travis mentioned earlier, you only consider players picked by sabella... Maradona didn't pick riquelme in 2010 for personal issues, does that make riquelme a bad player??teves, willy, fazio, gonzalo, musacchio, gaitan, cambiasso, and ansaldi are better players then some of the current squad members and deserve to be on the team. If sabella doesn't pick them doesn't mean they're bad players or the ones selected are better!!! Chalz (Oman) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 1:05 PM 0 @Leandro, lol...... 'In case anyone forgot.....We are winning this world cup.//////%%%%&&&&&$$$$####@@@!!!!!!!+++++++ el principe (United States) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 12:13 PM 0 Yes strategic and the requirement of the domestic based for the squad. They both were the factors. KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 12:10 PM 1 el principe Sabella used Guinazu, Clemente, Brana and Mercier etc for strategic reason during qualifying..Whenever time Argentina would play in difficult away games like in Colombia, high altitude at Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador etc, Sabella selected a mixture of European players and South American base players for a good reason, coming from Europe and heading to a place like La Paz without a lot of preparation, would have been suicide..Sabella learn from the 2010 campaign and was not going to make the same mistake in the 2014 qualifiers, hence that's why Clemente, Brana, Guinazu etc played in these couple of away games..Sabella is all about getting good results and he will do what is necessary to get a good result for the team, and if that mean calling up local players for a certain fixture, then I have no problem whatsoever..E.g lets say Yacob who is in England playing all this time, what a good idea to call him up to play in a game like say in La Paz at high altitude and in the blazing heat, that would not have made any sense, that's why Sabella play local payers in most of the difficult away games..If you notice, majority of Argentina WCQ home games were played by the regular European players (That mostly resemble this current XI, that will most likely start tomorrow), except for Montillo during the Colombia game..Sabella is a Mourinho type of coach, who will do whatever to win, no matter what people say about his tactics. el principe (United States) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 11:35 AM 0 You guys have to understand this. We can not call all European based players, although they are undoubtedly more talented and better than the domestic based players.That's to answer why Sabella called the mediocre team player like Guinazu or Brana or Clemente or Mercier in the past and always ignored the likes of Yacob. If those players (Guinazu or Brana or Clemente) had played in Europe, they would have had close to 0 chance to make the team.When a group of more talented players like Banega and Gago moved from foreign based to domestic based, it made Sabella's job easier. That means he can get rid of the likes of Guinazu or Brana. I know Yacob is a talented player, but even if he makes the team, he would be our 21st or 22nd player or 20th player at best (in rotation order). Sabella would rather call the domestic based players for such player.You know had Gago, Banega, Maxi stayed in Europe by now, I am pretty sure Sabella would have called at least 2 other domestic based players by the World Cup. Why? Because it is always like that. There are many factors. We can not afford not to call any domestic based players at all. And no, we can not just call the 23rd player (the least important player, which is the third goalie) as the only domestic based player. It has to be combinations of foreign based and domestic based. Nowadays, the combination gets broader. Maybe like 19 foreign + 4 domestic or something like that. Back 20 years ago, it was almost equal. But of course soccer has changed. The economy has changed... dammage7 (United Kingdom) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 9:40 AM 0 we dont want fab4 to get injured and sabella knows they will start vs bosniahis best way to decide who else goes is by watching them play a full game not 30mins travis (Japan) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 8:22 AM 0 NOooo!!! @dammage7...what is that?? I don't want to see that...where's the Fab4???!! dammage7 (United Kingdom) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 8:17 AM 0 sorry, i meant sabella dammage7 (United Kingdom) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 8:17 AM 0 banega knows his main team and they will start,. for this mtch he must play players who are 50/50Peruzzi, Campagnaro, Lopez, Rojo-------Biglia-Gago------augusto---Sosa-------lavazzi---palacioslet everyone else and not risk injury Leandro (United States) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 8:09 AM 1 In case anyone forgot.. we are winning this WC! C: Leandro (United States) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 8:08 AM 1 Right on @FreemanE. Banega is one of our worst players. hi2suresh (India) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 8:00 AM 0 @fotobirajesh:You are welcome pal.I also don't like seeing the matches in net. Freeman E (Namibia) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 7:55 AM 1 I like Maxi and Gago, but Banega fucks up a lot. Yes he scored in La Paz but he treats possession cheaply and awful at defending n tracking back to recover or salvage his own mess. El Payaso (United States) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 6:51 AM 0 Masherano, yacob, zabaletta are the 3 monster tacklers in Europe. With Mash and Yacob that would give more freedom and better coverage to our fullbacks to go forward. Bt no need to bring Yacob up on here bcuz he wont make it. Kenneth (United States) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 5:07 AM 0 Meh i personally like Yacob, i think the only reason why he is not picked for Sabella is that he really isn't tactical versatile. If we were to play a standard 4-3-3 and not a lopsided 4-2-3-1 or whatever people want to call it i really feel like he could shine. IMO he is a lot like Mikel but a much much better tackler/defender. He plays short passes and safe passes. I mean imagine him paired with Masch, we would have two destroyers who thrive at winning the ball and giving it to an outlet..and those outlets being Di Maria and Messi Oh boy. Like i said i think Sabella prefers the creativity of Banega and Gago and the dimension that those two give us. fotobirajesh (India) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 4:29 AM 0 @hi2Suresh - Thank you friend. I looked their schedule 2 days back and there was nothing, so was kind of disappointed. very glad now, as I hate watching football on the net. do you realise how bad Star sports is doing with liga live telecast. Most of the games are shown in the hd channels and even in star sports 2. How many people n India can watch hd channels, and star sports 2 is available only if there is set top box, which is still owned only by people in big metros and some cities. cleanball (Indonesia) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 4:26 AM 0 Forget about Yacob, he will not be called anyway by Sabella, Sabella have Biglia,Banega, Augusto,Lamela,Ricky and no space for Yacob, no debating on that. Move On. The team is 98% confirm and only injured player will be not going, even Willy chance is slim. Sabella is focusing on tactics and playing scheme rather than players selection at this moment. Hope for the best msi2 (France) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 4:14 AM 1 baker> Well you should have said that Mascherano and Biglia are doing a good job at NT and not better, because we have yet to see how Yacob performs here. We dont have any way of comparison. travis (Japan) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 4:06 AM 2 @Kid I'm going to be Roho biggest fan very soon? and then what's next? Romero new fanboy? I've seen both of these players, I see "nothing special" about them. They are the weakest link in the current Argentina team. I liked most of our top 11 except for this two chaps. I've read many of your prediction about this and that and those, and many of it have gone wrong so far. You're so full of crap, many here can't stand your prediction and positivity. I didn't say many people like me, I bet i have more haters than yours. You say when Ansaldi didn't get Sabella interest because he didn't like what he saw, is that really the answer from Sabella? That is he didn't like what he saw in Ansaldi? is there no other reason? How do you know Sabella don't like what he saw? Did you get a personal contact with Sabella, he say all that to you, on the phone, on his twit? May I know what Sabella say to you when he didn't even call Yacob? Did Sabella say he didn't see anything special about Yacob? To me, Yacob is more better than Brana or Guinazu, but why do you think Sabella call them earlier? Did you and Sabella see something special in Brana and Guinazu? You just assuming Sabella didn't like Yacob or Ansaldi, but I don't think you know the real reason behind all that. I think Ansaldi get a call before because Sabella see something special about him, maybe he drop him after that because it's just he didn't physically fit in the qualifiers round which takes too long, and he pick youngster such as Roho because he is more strong psychically for long tournament, no injury and stuff. I think it's more fair to say something like this rather than, "Sabella see nothing special about them", or "Sabella don't like what he saw". How in the hell you know what Sabella have in his mind? How in the hell you know Argentina will be World Champion in 2014? Did you Ouija board-ing??? baker (India) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 3:55 AM 0 yacob is certainly not overrated , in fact he is underrated IMO.but right now there is no spot available for him , mascherano and biglia is doing better job in NT msi2 (France) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 3:47 AM 0 According to Whoscored Claudio Yacob versusManutd 7.25Liverpool 7.65Chelsea 6.67Tottenham 7.48Everton 7.47Arsenal 7.98Mancity 7.48Well looking at these rates, he didnt look too bad. Arglover (South Africa) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 2:12 AM 1 Gaitan latest two masterpiece goals show that why he is priced at 45m € by Benfica, Manutd would have done really well if they wanted to spend the money on Gaitan instead of Juan Mata. Arglover (South Africa) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 2:06 AM 0 According to Whoscored Claudio Yacob versusManutd 7.25Liverpool 7.65Chelsea 6.67Tottenham 7.48Everton 7.47Arsenal 7.98Mancity 7.48, to be fair Yacob really played great in all those matches except the 4-1 loss to Liverpool in which Albion defence and Gk were really crap, if I am not wrong he is among the top 3 tacklers in the top 5 ligues in Europe, thats speak volume of Yacobs class. Dinucci (Argentina) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 1:20 AM 0 @baker agreed. He has been playing really well i always saw him as a sub for Di Maria baker (India) Posted on 3/4/2014 at 1:04 AM 0 am really wishing gaitan should be in place of lamela/ricky pablo.d (New Zealand) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 11:18 PM 0 dfox:"CALL IN SICK, that's what I'll probably do too"i feel better already knowing im not the only one who will be doing this :) KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 11:05 PM 0 Garay and Kun played this past weekend, the only reason they will not play is because Sabella have shown respect to his players clubs, letting them rest or miss a game if necessary.. KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 11:00 PM 0 @Travis:Pastore, Caballero, Gaitan, Musacchio, Iturbe, Icardi, are all better than Yacob..Gonzalo, Yacob and Ansaldi I don't want in the NT, not now..Nothing special about Yacob and Ansaldi..Sabella call Ansaldi up a few times and he didn't like what he saw, so that's why we don't have Ansaldi in the team, because he's not good enough..Not a fan of Yacob, I don't even watch West Brom games..Whenever I see West Brom ratings, Yacob always get poor ratings against the big teams in the BPL, we have way better than him at the moment that's why he's not in the team..I would rather see Cambiasso, Guinazu or Brana than Yacob to tell you the truth, although I'm not a big fan of either Brana or Guinazu.I never said their was anything special about Romero and Rojo but they have been good for the NT..I can assure you Travis, you will be ''Roho'' biggest fan soon enough, he's going to silent a lot of GLORY HINTERS..Argentina will be too much for Romania.Romania style is similar to Sweden, and we already beat Sweden already.Sabella record against European teams:Switzerland 1 vs Argentina 3Germany 1 vs Argentina 3Sweden 2 vs Argentina 3Italy 1 vs Argentina 2Bosnia 0 vs Argentina 2Romania ? vs Argentina ? Greets baker (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 10:53 PM 0 sabella about reomero :"About Romero also said : "The keeper did not play is not the best , sometimes not playing not for poor performance but because there are other very good I still believe in difficult and decisive moments that you have to give trust is not . technical player but the player coach . they are three very good goalkeepers , one has to decide , do not know who is going to tackle against Romania , but I think in the first instance Romero "he said." baker (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 10:51 PM 0 mostly kun and garay will be out , so can we see lisanro in action or ottamendi will take garays place..? Dinucci (Argentina) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 10:44 PM 0 Yacob is a great player. Itll be no surprise if a big club shows interest in him next transfer window KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 10:43 PM 1 Video of Argentina training session in Romania..http://www.footytube.com/video/argentina-try-to-beat-romania-for-first-time-260241?ref=wv_relbox travis (Japan) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 10:40 PM 3 @Kid I don't understand you, you don't see anything special about Yacob?? Is that because he doesn't get pick by Sabella or is that you really saying that? And whenever there's a player pick by Sabella even if he is a worst choice (eg Roho, ROMERO) you see something special about them, whilst most of us here in Mundo don't. When a player doesn't get pick by Sabella, it doesn't mean they have nothing special eg; Pastore, Caballero, Gaitan, Ansaldi, Iturbe, Icardi, Gonzalo, and many more out there. It just mean, it was all too late for Sabella to drastically change his entire squad he built for 2 years. That's what I see all this while. @Kid, I thought you are the most REAL ARGENTINA FAN in Mundo??? But you always say something bad about Argentina player who doesn't get pick by dearest Sabella (sayin' they did nothing to their clubs, nothing special about them buabuabuabluuerghh), but what will you say if tomorrow Yacob suddenly get a call, that you are his fan now, and you see something special about that kid???PS next Fab4 victims; ROMANIA. hi2suresh (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 10:10 PM 0 For Indian Argie fans: Hurray we can watch the live match.Sony six HD & SD is broadcasting Rom vs Arg match Its on Thursday morning @12:30 am (India time) Dfox (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 9:59 PM 1 Pablo, there is a +12 hour difference between U.S. eastern time and New Zealand.CALL IN SICK, that's what I'll probably do too KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 9:52 PM 0 Yacob is overrated!!! No way Yacob is getting into the squad, I see nothing special about him.. pablo.d (New Zealand) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 9:47 PM 0 Dfox: whatttt do you mean 2am as this time is not convenient for me.these are not good options for me but A: i can do an all nigher and go to work drunk or B: get up at 1.59 and go to work sleepy and happy or unhappy depending on the game/result.what to do as i was really looking forward to that ale and chips with dip hmmmmmm cleanball (Indonesia) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 9:46 PM 0 Best alternatives : GK Willy; AM Gaitan; DM Yacob: cleanball (Indonesia) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 9:42 PM 0 Sabella has arrived in Romania. He spoke about the friendly and the team that will play:"It's always good to play friendlies again. We played friendlies in November and its been four months since we did. And only three months is left till the World Cup. This friendly will help us gain our momentum again.""In principle we will play with the core team. Later we will see how things goes and we might give a few minutes to other players.""It is unlikely we'll bring changes to the team at this stage, but there's always injuries, so we also have to look for alternatives.""Gino (Peruzzi) raised his level and Lisandro (Lopez) will be a good addition to the group. Sometimes you need young inspiring players with the stars to have a good vibe in the locker room." Poto (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 9:24 PM 0 Sabella said he has 80 percent of his player for the world cup. Poto (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 9:03 PM 0 Messi y maradona son mas grande k pele.they are above pele. Dfox (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 8:45 PM 0 http://sports.yahoo.com/news/hector-enrique-messi-never-surpass-160300130--sow.html3 WCs in a row, I would take 2 and who cares as long as both are Argentines Tony Montana (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 7:01 PM 0 El Kun and garay may not play due to injuries/knocks that they attained this weekend with their Clubs.... Dfox (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 6:52 PM 0 I cant wait to see La Pulga wearing the ARGENTINA colors and in actions.Feels as if its been forever since we've seen him play. KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 6:43 PM 0 Messi having fun at training today in Romania https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bh1hye_CUAATw1S.jpg:large KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 6:41 PM 0 Di Maria, Banega, Higuain, Gago and Messi in the first training for selection in Romaniahttps://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bh1TZOcCMAAjxlm.jpg:large Dfox (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 5:55 PM 0 at least according to my Galaxy phone Dfox (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 5:55 PM 1 2AM playa ;-) pablo.d (New Zealand) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 5:53 PM 1 dfox: what time is kick off for new zealand time as ive got to decide if im able to be at home in luxury sipping a nice cold beer(s)and eating chips or if i have to fake work at work and watch the game with no sound... :)im sure you all can guess what is the least of my favored options. Poto (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 5:18 PM 0 @dfox thanks bro. Poto (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 5:17 PM 0 Neymar has skills but never really like the guy.what a tool he was when he was at santos. Dfox (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 5:15 PM 1 2 Poto (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 5:11 PM 0 What time does the game start Easter time. Ayr18 (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 4:35 PM 0 Guess Sabella will Play the fantastic four ;)... I hope we see some Peruzzi Lisandro action :) Messi genius (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 4:31 PM 0 We have the same issues as Germany when it comes not selecting the right players Dfox (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 4:26 PM 0 They've been waiting, what about us, nm that last WC they won could have easily been ours.In fact, that C.sucker Klinsmann diving all over the place and then the BS penalty.They say Argentina underachieved, what about the mighty German machine.Any chance we'll see Super Kun play Wednesday? Messi genius (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 3:48 PM 1 There is reason why Romero can't be starter at his club it means he is not good enough Messi genius (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 3:46 PM 1 My biggest worry is Romero selection people are mentioning rojo as our biggest worry but I believe Romero is our biggest problem having a bad keeper is recipe for disaster, I just can't understand sabella insistence on him even if he doesn't like willy why not pick some other decent keeper like river keeper KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 3:44 PM 1 These German fans make Mundo fans seems so patriotic..I have to laugh after reading some of the comments..These are some of the comment about the German team and coach Low..''This moron is the only problem with the German national team. Germany would have either a world cup or a Euro if it wasn't for his borderline retarded coaching skills.''''as long as he is manager, Germany's chances of winning the World Cup are very Low indeed....''''C'mon, Low.... I don't give a crap whether they're ready or not... I've been waiting for 12 years.... GET ME THAT TROPHY!!! Or sack this guy and get Heynckes to do it''''yes of course we are not ready, because you are the coach and you dont stop nominating guys like Jansen for national games.''''and who the hell is Shkodran Mustafi? Why not Volland or Knoche? You nominated Lasogga, Hahn and Ginter who all deserved their call ups, yes, but why did you exclude these obvious two?''''I think that Low is saying this to ease the pressure of his players, because everyone is expecting so much from this German team, and rightly so! This is the best German team that there have been for years and they should be there in the mix to win the WC in Brazil. If Low actually will choose the right 23 players to go to Brazil, they can win it! Spain aren't as strong as they were 4 years ago, Brazil aren't the same as they were in the past - their 30 man roaster that Scolari chose for this week's friendly is so inferior to Germany's, but you can never cut them out because they're going to be playing on their home turf. I actually think that Argentina is the real challenge for Germany, apart from Italy, because we all know what will happen if Germany will meet Italy at some stage of the WC.''''Team in which Ozil is the best player can't go far.''''problem with germany is that every young players that is coming out these days, these fans are making them world class/ overhyped immidiately befoe even they achieve anything....literally every youngstar in germany is considered as some superstar....yes they are good players but they are so so overhyped...i mean Germany has good players like muller, schweni, lahm..but they earned their name....they are experienced and won many..however if you look now , gotze, reus, all version of kroos, schurle, bender, gundogan, draxler, hummels, badstuber, ozil ,ter stegen.....i mean yeah they are quality players but fans threat them as they are already legends...all of these guys have merely arrived and have like a half or 1 season of good performances..''Note: Just a few comments from a Germany world cup article.. KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 3:24 PM 0 el principe yea, your list will most likely be the line up for the first half because these guys haven't start together for a while.. el principe (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 2:42 PM 0 News update:Argentina probable starting line up. Still an early prediction though: Romero; Zaba, Garay, Fede, Rojo; Masche, Gago, Di Maria; Aguero, Pipita, MessiMark this date. Argentina must give the list of 30 (THIRTY) players on May 13th. Chalz (Oman) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 2:11 PM 0 Looks like Lavezzi is só close to Messi..... Todays ptactice session. Always Both r cracking jokes .... Dimaria & Gago join in the fun.... Chalz (Oman) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 2:01 PM 0 Sabella seems to have been a Good player during his playing days...... Sheffield KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 1:59 PM 1 So proud of my team!!my boys in Romania..https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bh0vExUCQAA6Dhx.jpg:large Chalz (Oman) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 1:52 PM 0 A win or a lose in this friendly will help our world cup preps? outlaw (Poland) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 1:05 PM 0 IMO: Neymar could be (after Messi times) the best in the World because he is proven already as great player and leader on diverse level. In Brazilian league (Champion), Copa Libertadores (Champion), in national team on international tournaments (Champion in Conferderations Cup). He is able to lead his team (like in Confederations) in critical moment and turn the tide of game. For the time being he is really good in european league. There is a possibility he'll be another Robinho but I don't think so. KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 12:42 PM 0 From Europe, Marcos Rojo complained about theft at the home of his parents, in La Plata. And pass it objected to being summoned to testify a few days ago for a cause.Ugly moment passed relatives of Marcos Rojo in the early morning. Two thieves got into the House of the player, on the outskirts of La Plata, gave the father a recoil and pointed to the MOM, sister, and the Godson of the defender of the Sporting of Lisbon, that today will be added to the roster of Sabella. His lawyer Gustavo Galasso blew the whistle on the Union detachment and intervening Attorney requested a custody for the Red House.' They beat him my dad, they pointed guns to my mom, my sister and my godson of 1 year. I want to see what shit they do now, because I'm tired '. Marcos Rojo, man Sporting and side holder in the selection that will be in Romania for the friendly on Wednesday, hit by Twitter from Europe for a bad moment that became his family.' I want to see q makes the great Argentine police now both are concerned by the q I do or I did. Last night came into my mother's House ', he added, outraged. Angered by the situation as they passed and to challenge a subpoena to be accused in a cause of serious injury and threats (denounces him, the player would have been assaulted with a bottle).According to police sources, the robbery was in the popes of Red House, located in the 139 Street between 519 and 520. First they reduced to the father, then to the rest of the family and went with money and some objects. zulfiker (Bangladesh) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 11:58 AM 0 Only time will tell if neymar can achieve greatness.I dont want to argue about what he has achieved?? that would only carry on and on this useless discussion . but sure he has achieved something notable both with his clubs and national teams.with santos he achieved copa libertadoreswhich they didn't achieve since pele (if i am not wrong ) and most recently confederation cup... now my point is not to praise Brazilian greatly . we have our own issues to discuss . it's totally useless bashing opponents players ....and praise our own weak link (rojo,romero) on regarding fabulous 4... yes we are lucky to have them ... but with right player , right use of space and right tactics any player can be nullified in the field. KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 10:57 AM 0 Messi in Bucharest, Romania today..https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bhz_1FWCUAEynrH.jpg:large KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 10:49 AM 0 Deb The problem coaches and their teams will have against Argentina, is they can go into a game with the conventional wisdom saying if we mark Messi out the game with two players we will then win the game..There problem will also be Kun, Di, and Hig pulling two to three players with them for majority of a game.Even Lavezzi, Palacio and Maxi coming off the bench will be headache for teams, their will be no letting up from Argentina because our bench is not weak either.. KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 10:40 AM 0 Neymar is the next Robinho,as simple as that...Neymar is as talented as most Brazilian players who come through there system..I agree with Deb, Neymar style wont last in the modern game, just look at Ronaldino now, he was done in Europe at the age of 27/28 and Ronaldinho was 3X the player Neymar is today...Neymar way too often make unnecessary step overs and can never stay on his feet. No doubt Neymar is talented but he's way too over hype at this point..Robinho was suppose to be the next big thing back in his day's, for some the ""next Pele,'' and how did that turn out? And if you look at it Robinho still won trophies in Europe, winning two La Liga titles with Real Madrid and Confed cup with Brazil. After his Real Madrid days, Robinho went on the decline..To make Deb point short, Neymar is more of a SHOWBOAT, that game wont last for long,especially in Europe...Its funny how the defenders in the Brazilian league were patient with Neymar and gave him way too much time to do some of his silly moves, those Harlem Globetrotters stuff wont work in Europe..This doesn't mean Neymar wont have a few goals and a few good games for Barcelona along the way, the problem with Neymar will be consistency and sustainability at the highest level..zulfiker What have Neymar done so far that make him have the ability to get as close to Messi? I mean, you should be comparing Neymar to Gotze, Bale, Di Maria, Hazard, Reus etc..''Don't you think even Messi is not playing that great comparing with his usual incredible standard this season'' But even with Messi standard so far he's still breaking records and scoring goals..Messi might have not get back to his ultimate best at the moment but he's still been better than 95% of the current footballers playing this season.. baker (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 10:06 AM 0 it is insane to compare neymar to messi and for sure neymar is not going to reach messis individual records...But............is there a chance for brazil to win the WC.....YesIf that happens the kind of worship gonna get for neymar will be way beyond than whatever messi got Deb (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 8:50 AM 0 That's why I keep saying our main concern is our FAB4 fitness in Brazil. If they arrive in good condition, anything is possible. Deb (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 8:48 AM 1 I mean you name a defense who can pocket Messi, Aguero, Di Maria and Higuain together!! Unthinkable. Deb (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 8:45 AM 2 Our fantastic four is so fantastic that if in form, they can even score 5 or 6 goals in a world cup final match!! ;) el principe (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 6:53 AM 1 The best thing of the week is we will finally i mean FINALLY see the fantastic four inaction again as none of them gets injured. Actually we're almost full team this time. The only injured one is Lamela. Kenneth (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 4:23 AM 0 @ Pablo D well hopefully they will not become complacent as they are playing for the N/T shirt :) Deb (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 4:17 AM 1 @zulfiker: "definitely neymar is not half as good as messi." I agree. "he has the potential to be close to messi." I disagree. I think his game is not STRONG enough to survive in modern football, and this will be proved very soon. zulfiker (Bangladesh) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 4:08 AM 0 @deb definitely neymar is not half as good as messi.But he has the potential to be close to messi. and you can not simply consider his performance with barcelona this season. Because barcelona is in complete mess right now.Don't you think even messi is not playing that great comparing with his usual incredible standard this season....?? pablo.d (New Zealand) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 4:02 AM 0 "It gives enormous confidence to the players he is relying on" this is true but this can also have the reverse effect where plays become complacent knowing no matter what they are going to play.I know the club game is different at club level but alex ferg at man utd the players always knew they had to fight for their shirt and the result's speak for them selves.for me I want players to be hungry and want the shirt and not think they have the shirt-work for it. Amlan (Bangladesh) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 3:40 AM 0 @Kidulthood: Yeah, I know. We don't have much games left to test other talented players. But I wish we had. Gaitan in this form really deserves to get once chance at least. Let us see if he can keep his form high and Sabella takes him into consideration.This is one thing that I like about Sabella that he does not like to make a change. It gives enormous confidence to the players he is relying on. They can keep playing without much pressure on their shoulder. This is just my regret that we have so much attacking talents and we have to choose only 5/6 among them. Batias (Solomon Islands) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 3:26 AM 0 So sad to read this article, The Argentine-born Paletta, 28, just obtained Italian citizenship.Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/02/3969320/balotelli-de-rossi-missing-for.html#storylink=cpy, is the old succes story of Cammeronessi succes at 2006 wc repeat itself,, Deb (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 3:23 AM 0 I didn't say Messi is JUST better than Neymar. I said Neymar isn't HALF as good as Messi. And it's not just me saying it, the whole football world knows this as daylight truth. Only a Brazilian fan will extract sarcasm out of this. travis (Japan) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 3:21 AM 0 @Deb yeah yeah sure sure, you are right about Messi is better than Neymar the Great :) Deb (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 3:14 AM 0 @Travis: You are again making the same mistake bro. It's not about whether Neymar can win a world cup or not. Why are you comparing him with Messi? He isn't half as good as Messi, and never will be. No matter how many world cups either of them wins. Sudhirfadi (Japan) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 2:33 AM 0 Tevez was damn good last night . No matter he doesnt fit for NT or didnt play qualifier but as his standared he deserved to be in NT. like tevez nico gaitan also deserves a call. Argentina didnt win a wc for 36 years only because of manager insanity,partiality and unprofessional behaviours. Com'on argentina have to change whole management after world cup even though they wins world cup 2014. samad (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 2:32 AM 0 super golazo from LEO.................. travis (Japan) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 2:31 AM 0 Ronaldinho was surrounded by many great players when he won WC with Brazil that year. Neymar The Great has nobody in 2014, that Incredible Hulk is useless, there's no way he would have done it alone. Lionel Messi has brilliant coach (the real coach) this time around + with Maria, Kun, Hig, Zaba, Gago, chances for him to win it this time is so big. Deb (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 2:28 AM 0 @Travis: Neymar is not 21, he's 22. People do win world cups in 22. We are not debating on IF he is not good enough to win a world cup. We are debating on IF he is good enough, just good enough. Doesn't matter if he wins trophies or not, that is some other thing. Of course he has talent, but just standing at a spot and doing stepovers for hours doesn't make you Ronaldinho. :) Deb (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 2:24 AM 0 Ronaldinho was 22. travis (Japan) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 2:24 AM 0 @Dinucci no sure of that, 19??? :) Dinucci (Argentina) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 2:16 AM 0 How old was ronaldinho when he won? travis (Japan) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 2:14 AM 1 I'm laughing at the talks about Neymar The Great. Thing is, he's only 21, nobody will have great time, much less to win WORLD CUP at this kind of age in modern day football. How old Zidane was when he win it for France? How old Cannavaro was when he win it for Italy? How old Ronaldo was when he win it for Brazil? Nobody win the World Cup for their country at the age of 20 or 21 these days. Messi didn't win it in 2010 when he was only 21/22, and we know how great he was that year, much much more better than Neymar of today.If there's somebody as a great player who can win the World Cup in 2014, that man is Lionel Messi, he is 26/27 now, the age of maturity, the age of champion of World Cup. We will see how he'd do that this June. Deb (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 1:55 AM 1 @zulfiker: My problem about Neymar is mainly his technique and physicality. He just doesn't look to have been built suited to this modern football. His stepovers are equal to nothing most of the time. And even if he pulls up a dribble out of that, the process takes too much out of him and he tends to lose his steam and body balance even before he goes for a second one. His first touch passes are very rare, which again is contrary to today's football. Most of the times he will not even look out for a colleague, just have a decent first touch and keep the ball to himself, and then either start his stepovers or look for a dribble. Which doesn't come good often either.You look at the good wingers in modern day football. I am leaving out the Cristianos and the Riberys. Just look at the next lot. Robben, Ozil, Hazard, Di Maria, Bale, David Silva, Valencia, etc. They all have the strength and the skill to maintain that strength for the best part of a game. Look at Neymar 15 minutes into a game, he's already gasping for breath. Players like Hazard and Bale know when to hold the ball and when to release. They take much lesser time than Neymar to build an attack, almost always. Only when Neymar gets past a lone right back with ease is he fast and effective. At other times, he just plays slow and redundant football.Also the way he reacts to tackles is very juvenile and risky as well. There are people who fake fouls, and then there's Neymar who is actually easy to pull down to ground. His unnecessary stepovers often land him in trouble as well. At times when the best option is to play neat and give out a tidy and decent pass, he tries to do extra and picks injuries like the stupid ankle injury he just returned from. NEYMAR HAS GOT SOME TALENT NO DOUBT. But unlike other quality players who grow from time to time, I see him declining with time. He may still have a few good games with Brazil, but when it comes to playing a good and fast game in Europe, his myth's gonna be busted sometime soon. zulfiker (Bangladesh) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 1:27 AM 1 Neymar has just come from an injury....he would still need couple of matches to become match fit.....I dont understand it guys....... neymar was the best player in confederations cup. He has over 1 goal per game involvement with brazil national team. He has has goals against real mardid and atletico madrid . This is his first season in europe and still he is just 21. what do you..... expect from this guy......what else do you need to be convinced that he has every possibility to become the next big thing for brazil.... baker (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 12:53 AM 0 what douche bag is Diego costa , i will say good riddance for brazil. spain NT going to worry about his inclusion in NT. baker (India) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 12:47 AM 0 i was always rooting for nico gaitan in the squad , but now it is late i believe. i always rated him above augusto fernadez.. KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 12:38 AM 0 Amlan Where and how would Gaitan be tested by Sabella before the world cup? We only have one friendly game (which is the Romania game) before Sabella select his final 23 man squad....Gaitan and other players will just have to wait on there time..Del Bosque omitted Mata and Torres from his squad. KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 12:20 AM 0 arg2014 I agree, I believe the Atletico players will try and hurt Messi, especially Godin from Uruguay, I remember in the super classico game earlier at the start of the season between the two teams where Godin was telling one of his team mate to punch Messi on his hamstring..You can go YouTube it to see for yourself.Tata problem was that, every time he has the momentum in the league he start changing up the team for like every game, which haven't been a good tactic..Tata rotation policy have been his let down, I know he meant to give the players rest but it haven't work out so far..For example; the Man City game, so Barcelona won 2 -0 away in England then Tata decided to make 6 changes for the game against Real Sociedad, a place where Barcelona haven't won since 2007..Taking out Dani Alves, Xavi and Mascherano out of that game was a big mistake..Guys like Tello, Bartra, and Montoya should not be starting for Barcelona senior team, send them on loan or to the Barcelona B team. Amlan (Bangladesh) Posted on 3/3/2014 at 12:10 AM 0 Its really great to see that some Argentine players, who have not even been selected, are stepping up just before the world cup. Tevez !!! Gaitan !!! great goals. Shows how rich Argentine attack is as only Argentina can have the luxury to leave players with such attacking caliber.Not sure about Tevez but Gaitan should be tested once or twice by Sabella before the world cup. arg2014 (Canada) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 11:57 PM 0 @KidultHood: I actually agree that Ansaldi is overhyped by the guys on here. I don't see anything special about him. Also, I'm so worried about Messi in the last game of La Liga because it looks like the race will be decided on that game. Mascherano is a beast and can handle tough tackles without getting injured, my fear is only Messi. I don't see Barca playing CL finale which is a good thing, but league and copa del rey games will be massive battles. Stupid Tata, he should have claimed the league by now if he maintained his strategy since the start of the season. Ayr18 (United States) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 11:54 PM 0 tevez reminds me of Maradona on how they act they have to be the star of the team and they are warriors. cleanball (Indonesia) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 10:49 PM 0 Tevez seldom injured only boycott and get rage with others - remember Mancini during City reign, he even start playing golf :-)) anyway it's a wonderful strike last night by Tevez abd Gaitan. SulaV (Canada) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 10:22 PM 0 tevez is always fully fit... he is a beast!! very few players can play with that kind of intensity and keep himself fit ... when was the last time tevez got injured? i cant even remember... SulaV (Canada) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 8:06 PM 0 romero must have reached there first!!! :) KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 7:27 PM 0 Orion, Gago, Maxi, Banega and Romero are already in Romania next to the technical corps, leaders, etc. The other summoned arrive tomorrow. Poto (United States) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 7:20 PM 0 Carlos tevez made a golazo today I just wish he didn't had a temper. Poto (United States) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 6:08 PM 0 Vamos river argentuban (United States) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 5:58 PM 0 Gee I wonder what was so different for Barcelona this time that they won from when they lost.....hmmmm......no Pique and no Song, perhaps? Amazing what changing a couple of players can do..... KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 5:06 PM 0 Arglover Nice photo of Rojo!!! KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 5:05 PM 0 riquelme.10Fernandez >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> GonzaloGaray >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>GonzaloFernandez>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>MusacchioGaray>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Musacchio.Ansaldi is not good enough for National team, just get over this Ansaldi guy..Sabella call him up a few times, didn't impress that's why he's on the sidelines..Willy Cabellero is an excellent keeper but him not being in the team doesn't give us a less chance of winning the world cup..Sorry we can win the world cup with or without Cabellero.. KidultHood (United States) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 4:59 PM 0 Deb Neymar is talented but is way too overrated on my part..Brazil is so desperate for another player of the caliber of Romario,Ronaldo, and Ronaldinho so it seems like everyone in Brazil have anointed Neymar to be the next ''BIG'' thing..Neymar will be just another Robinho..My biggest concern at this point is the final game of the season between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona..Just hope Mascherano and Messi come through the game alright, and Neymar too.. Deb (India) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 4:43 PM 0 And unnecessarily stylish too. Deb (India) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 4:42 PM 0 Neymar is one of the most overrated, boring to watch, physically unfit players I have seen, ever!! waveride (Greece) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 4:26 PM 0 Dinucci after 1990 and 1994 we should be careful. 1990 and 1994 were not the only world cups that a team was suspiciously won though. Dinucci (Argentina) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 4:25 PM 0 What channel for direct tv will argentina play? Dinucci (Argentina) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 4:19 PM 0 Is there anyone else here worried about corrupt actions during the WC? Julker9 (Bangladesh) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 3:38 PM 0 Bull fight between Real & Atletico Madrid !! I was really afraid when Di Maria fall down on the pitch. Luckily he was not injured ! This kind of games are not good for our players, specially before the upcoming Brazil World Cup ! GOD, please protect our players from injuries !! Poto (United States) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 2:43 PM 0 Carlos luque and esteban andrada were are best player's in the tournament. Kenneth (United States) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 2:33 PM 0 @ Dr Magdy ah okay thanks for clearing that up.@outlaw That's great to hear that Luque is developing well! I remember him from the 2011 world cup against England the kid was an absolute terror so active on the ball and always looked like a threat. waveride (Greece) Posted on 3/2/2014 at 2:33 PM 0 Hello to all! Can anyone please tell me how did Higuain, Aguero and Di maria play? I think Higuain was suspennded for the match with Livorno though.