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Posted by Roy Nemer (Roy Nemer) Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Go To Comments

Alejandro SABELLA: Objective is final four

Alejandro SABELLA spoke about Lucas BIGLIA, Sergio ROMERO and more.

Alejandro SABELLA spoke on the radio and commented about players. Here's what he had to say:

Lucas BIGLIA and Fernando GAGO:
"He's coming here for his medical check-ups, he looks okay to me, he won't have problems (getting to Brazil). It's probable he'll be short of football because of a period out of action and due to a lack of full movement of his knee. BIGLIA could play in place of MASCHERANO just like he can play in place of GAGO".

The team:
"Against Romania, there were 26 who were called and from there, 4 more will be added to the 30."

"The objective we need to aim for is to be in the last four where Argentina have not been for some time. We must go step by step, getting there is not easy and in the last 16 or quarter-finals you can get more complicated opponents, you can have a bad day and those teams can send you home."

"Generally, Argentina have gone to the World Cup with an aura (of favourites), there's the passion, the desire and forecast that they could be world champions, I think it's always been like that. This time a bit more so because MESSI's has been in his splendour in the national team and because we're playing in our neighbour's backyard and can almost feel like we're at home."

SABELLA also stated that Sergio ROMERO will be the starting goalkeeper at the World Cup.




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Abs
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 7:24 PM
1
@Deb:

We are still conceding the same amount of goals !!


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 12:13 PM
0
@deb, difference. .


Deb
(India)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 8:18 AM
0
2010 qualifiers:

Goals scored: 21
Goals conceded: 20
Goal difference: 1

2014 qualifiers:

Goals scored: 35
Goals conceded: 15
Goal difference: 20

A huge difference this is, 20:1.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 5:19 PM
0
mmh007 Higuain is fine, he just suffered a bruised on his foot..


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 5:15 PM
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Ohhh man. I knew something happen one of our main man. Hate this f***ing season,not even finish yet. Ì hope he can go WC :(((

Thanks you guys for update


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 5:10 PM
0
Higuains injury is not quite as worse as it first appeared, Report:SB nation.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 5:07 PM
0
Lets just pray and hope he is fine, only him and the doctors will know whats going on with his ankle..


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 5:05 PM
1
@Shafat Redondo, Mascherano is a world class player, Banega is twice a player that Nasri can ever be, Alvarez is far far better than Cabaye, Lamela, Maxi and Biglia are also world class, our midfield is right up there with the best in the world and its far better than France at least.







xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 5:02 PM
0
http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2014/4/26/5656530/gonzalo-higuain-injured-ankle-napoli-internazionale


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 5:00 PM
0
Hey guys
Do you know how serious is Higuain injury!!


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 4:44 PM
0
With Palacio and Icardi will nothing bad but Higuain...


dmjo
(Kenya)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 4:41 PM
0
Massive injuries for argentinians players,icardi,palacio limping and higuain out completely.


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 4:34 PM
0
really bad injury of Higuain (?)


outlaw
(Poland)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 3:21 PM
0
Very good game Argentinians of Inter.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 2:53 PM
0
Semi finalists:

I can tell you now and even before the start of the tournament that Brazil will reach the semi final, not just because they have a strong side, but usually a football nation hosting the world cup is always a semi finalist.

Germany is the second one that might play Brazil in the semi final. Germany is very consistent with reaching this stage, and with a coach and same players played last world cup except now they are mature, I don't see Germany miss out the semi. I don't listen to all that talk about Germany can't make it out of the group stage, bringing WC qualifying and friendlies statistics.....this is not the case for Germany. They played in super hot hot climate in Mexico and reached the final in 1986. You think a milder Brazilian temperature could stop them?

The last 2 spots for grabs are one for another European side and one for S.American side or a surprise like African side.

Brazil, Germany are shoe in to the semis.....last 2 spots are for grab, but Europe will take another one leaving only one spot for other nations.


wavingflag13
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 2:15 PM
0
I agree with kidulthood about the spain and portugal part though. Portugal is more of a threat to us than Spain. Spain's gameplay would suit us.


wavingflag13
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 2:12 PM
0
kidult you are simply being ignorant and condescending .

Pogba is already a world class player. age is irrelevant.Pele won the wc at 17 years old. Nasri is a world class mid too. He previously didnt shine much for france but that doesn't mean same thing would happen again and again. Matiuidi is a beast of a cdm.

Cabaye is on form for psg. France lacks creativity ? what are you talking about? France-Spain-Germany they all have better midfield than Argentina. Pogba is a 3 times better player than gago is and also consistent with no injury problem. I am an argentina fan but that doesn't mean i can not rate players objectively .


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 1:59 PM
0
Pep I did not say Argentina shouldn't take these teams seriously, not because I said Argentina was better than both France and Portugal doesn't mean I don't take them seriously..If you read one of my earlier post I said Spain would be an easier team for Argentina to play against than Portugal,with Spain they will play an open game like Barcelona which will suit us better..Portugal will park the bus and look to hit us on any opportunity they get..But Portugal problem is depth..We have Lavezzi, Palacio, Maxi, Banega coming off the bench late in games or mid way in games, who does Portugal have that are serious threat in attack coming off the bench?I agree that Portugal has a decent starting XI with a few world class player but at the end of the day, team depth win tournaments like the world cup that's all I am saying. Depth goes along way in tournaments like the world cup and Portugal seems to be over reliant on Ronaldo..Messi alone wont win us the world cup but with players like Higuain, Aguero, Di Maria,Lavezzi, Palacio and Maxi boosting our attack it will be hard for teams to stop Argentina..

I do know that France have good players, as Kenneth said on a earlier post that France midfield lack creativity which they don't get from Cabaye, Matuidi, and Pogba (remember this guy is just 20 years old so no need to over hyped him)...nName me one creative player on the French team apart from Ribery (who is a winger)and as I said before, Nasri as always been rubbish for France..



pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 1:07 PM
0
@ Kidulthood, I think we can win the world cup because we have 4 players extraordinary players: aguero messi dimaria and mascherano, and a great coach/tactician, sabella.

i share your view that we should beat germany, and spain and all teams as a matter of fact including portugal and drance...

as to portugal... i differ from your view that they are a joke... only 2 goals in 400 minutes against spain, brasil and germany in the last world and euro cup is a reason along to take portugal seriously... on top, now they have new talent coming up the line and in Brasil Portugal will be playing like at home... not to say that portugal will feature naturalized african and brasilian players like pepe and fernando used to the heat...

france too, i think should be taken seriously because they have physical strong players, and their new coach Deschamps can do to France what Sabella has done to argentina...




pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 11:20 AM
0
Arglover, left boca as a world class player, and remain such in madrid, till he started suffering injuries... unfortunatly the last five years he has suffered to many and too frequent injuries, and his level has declined, which is why fans here are disappointed, the gago that left to madrid years ago, was a lot better than the one playing now days... but I like gago very much, and he has a top futbo IQ, it is unfortunate has has suffered so many injuries...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 11:11 AM
0
@kid its not saying france or portugal r better dan us... Wat i told is jst dis " will b difficult to score against france, they wont score much n they also wont concede so easily..." Such teams will do a good job in tournnaments like dis even de viewers wont enjoy it a lot... Nd against som teams playing style we struggles even they hav less quality squad tgan us... For ex:- physical teams - nigeria... I worry wen we play against dem... 1 thing i agree wit u dat de best teams to challenge spain in dis world will b ourselves n brazil... If we add one more mid i believe we can outplay dem at brazil, deir style t play is suit most for us n brazil...


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 11:08 AM
1
Gago was not a flop in Europe, he was the heart of two la liga winning Real Madrid team at 2006-07 and 07-08.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 10:58 AM
0
The World Cup’s return to South America should not only mean an unforgettable experience in Brazil, but also a tough road to the title for teams from Europe.

No European team in World Cup history has ever won the tournament when it has been held on South American soil, and while it has not been held on the continent since 1978, there is still reason to believe that the streak will continue.

Not because there aren’t strong European contenders this time around, but because the contingent of South American powers lining up to enjoy some home cooking is formidable.

First you have host country Brazil which served notice at the 2013 Confederations Cup by demolishing Spain in the final that a sixth World Cup title is well within the ‘Selecao’s’ grasp. Led by Neymar and an impressive midfield featuring Oscar, Brazil has the firepower to win the tournament and enters the 2014 World Cup as the favorite.

The dream final for fans of the beautiful game would be Brazil vs. Argentina, a final that has never taken place, and a match-up that would feature Lionel Messi against his Barcelona teammate Neymar. Argentina has to be considered one of the favorites as well, with an attack led by Messi and Sergio Aguero.

There are other South American contenders to consider, with Colombia looking like a good candidate to pull off an upset or two. With Radamel Falcao looking more and more like he will be back from his knee injury to contribute, the ‘Cafeteros’ could make a deep run. Another team to watch out for is Chile, which isn’t quite as star-studded as some other teams in the tournament, but has the quality to knock out either Spain or Netherlands from its stacked group.

Europe does have some teams capable of breaking the South American World Cup jinx, chief among them being Germany. The Germans may be placed in the Group of Death, but their quality should see them advance to the semifinals. Led by Manuel Neuer, Phillip Lahm and Miroslave Klose, who could break the all-time World Cup scoring record this tournament, the Germans are more than capable of spoiling the chances for an all-South American World Cup final.

Defending champion Spain should not be forgotten, but age has a way of making things tough at the World Cup and the Spaniards are an aging team. Led by Xavi and Iniesta, Spain has the weapons to make a deep run, but could just as easily wind up being eliminated from a group featuring the Netherlands and Chile.

The Dutch are a very good team, led by Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, but it’s tough to see a return to the final. A team receiving a lot of buzz is Belgium, featuring one of the best collections of young talent in the world.

Look for Brazil and Argentina to make it to a dream final, though Germany could spoil the party.

Written by Ives Galarcep


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 10:54 AM
0
Atleast pekerman made our team play arguably de most attractive football of last decade... nd even german fans agree dat they win us only bcoz of luck factor... He s my fav till nw n i really wish sab to go over him by giving us dis WC...


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 10:47 AM
1
@Richard so why did Germany flop against an inferior Italy team at the last Euros?Weren't they suppose to be favorites for that tournament? You can talk about Germany all you want, but they haven't won anything in like forever..None of the guys on the Germnan NT has ever won anything internationally while majority of the guys on our squads have won a tournament playing together, that's the reason why Sabella kept the core of the Olympics squad member together, cant say the same about these current crap of German players who only strive in their comfort zone in Europe..Bro just remember the world cup in is South America, its seems like you guys are missing that part, the world cup will not be playing in western or Eastern Europe.


zulfiker So because I said Argentina is better than France and Portugal I have no respect for the other teams? I respect the other teams but wont stand around and let people dis the Argentina squad my friend..Well its my opinion that Argentina will be better than Spain this summer, what's wrong in saying that? My true concern are the South American teams like Brazil, Colombia,Uruguay and Chile..Even playing Ecuador in a second round game will be tricky for us (these games will be like turf battle when South American teams play each others). You guys can come at me all you want, but at the end of the day, NONE of the European teams will have any advantages over Argentina on the South American continent..Sabella knows all this is true but he's just keeping himself grounded, I applaud him for that because he's the coach, can't have him acting like Maradona now..


Pradi I know everyone here are Argentina fans and that's all good..But anyone who come on this forum and say things like the French and Portuguese teams are better than Argentina must be joking..Only on this site I have heard such statements, even some of the most hostile sites I've visit never said such things about Argentina squad (and I am talking about none Argentina fans)..Someone said how Gago was a ''flop'' in Europe? so too was Denelson for Brazil and he was one of the best players during 2002 world cup..




Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 10:41 AM
0
@mmh007 i m forced to say great pekerman bcoz f de men followed by him... The great team u said is made by him... Do u think v didnt hav top class players at each position during de period f other coaches... I nvr agree dat... Identifying de right talents frm pool n devoloping a good squad n most importantly making dem play well all r great qualities of a coach... Unfortunately others failed in it... Even look at som sabella selections - romero! Roncaglia! Lisandro lopez over fazio, mussachio! Yacob over perez! Gaitan?!...


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 9:59 AM
1
@ Kidulthood
Everybody will agree that Sabella is a better coach than Maradona will ever be. I hope you’re right with regards to the Germans. Unfortunately you’re forgetting what most people are neglecting. The Mannschaft has something no other team has and it’s called Team Geist.

During friendlies and qualifying matches it is not present, but during tournaments it suddenly pops up. Germans can achieve a higher level during tournaments. That’s why Lineker once said football is a game, but in the end the Germans win. Thankfully they not always win, but we have seen strange things happen. A player named Buchwald made Maradona anonymous in the 1990 final. Buchwald who? Exactly, never heard of before or after the tournament. In euro 1996 one of the best player of the tournament was Dieter Eilts. Dieter Who? Same story, never heard of before or after. Because of that unique special quality no one should underestimate Germany ever. Next to that Argentina are perennial underperformers at the WC for the past 2 decades.

With regard to the weather conditions. This will sure be a major influence in 2022 (Qatar), but south of the equator in Brazil it’s the last days of autumn and winter in 2014. Still hot and humid , but not like summer.

Despite all the above, I hope just like you and the rest of us that we win this time.





el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 8:45 AM
0
Angel Di Maria vs. David Luiz. Preview of WC final. A funny one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK-fnDDbbUg


zulfiker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 7:44 AM
3
@kidulthood Argentina football team is not yours only... it's for everyone's who are eagerly waiting for the last 24 years . So if Argentina win this time DON'T try to find out glory hunters in this blog . because there isn't any .We all have day to day job but still we visit this blog to find some realistic optimism.... not to find extreme optimism like "France have no chance against Argentina " or "Spain have no chance against Argentina .

The truth is that utter optimism is not the bad thing about you . the bad is your bashing to anyone who express some concerns about team Argentina . I still remember in the 2014 happy new year you wrote your greeting only to some bloggers as if all others are your enemy and trying to harm Argentina .Try to Respect other teams ,try to respect other bloggers.


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 6:41 AM
0
Sorry to leave so many consecutive posts! I know it kinda ruins the fun of seeing +7 comments or whatever when so many of them are from one person but this is Banega's goal pretty nice

http://gfycat.com/VillainousLankyAsiaticlesserfreshwaterclam


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 6:27 AM
0
Also taking from Reddit a comment from a German fan particularly about their midfield.....

I'm all but confident though. I don't trust Löw to step up his managing and I don't trust in the form of our players. Only Hummel, Reus, Schürrle and to a lesser degree, Mertesacker look to be where they need to be right now, form wise.
The central midfield looks really bad. Schweinsteiger does not perform, Kroos looks kind of overplayed, so does Lahm (who should play right back anyway, but can he?). Khedira seems to be on a good way, but there's nothing he can do about his lack of match practice. Sven Bender injured (again), Lars Bender hasn't made progress this season. Also, Özil has proven unreliable and soft but Löw will give him an important role in our game, so much will stand and fall with the answer to the question if he can get his shit together.


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 6:19 AM
0
This is for Pablo D, is this what it means to be a spurs fan?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUWRfRyPYwc

overall funny video!


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 6:13 AM
1
@ El Pipita meh those " under dog tales" happened in Europe and only in Europe...an under dog has never won the world cup with only 8 teams having won the competition, through political corruption England is the Biggest underdog to win it. I understand what your saying and am grateful for such a cool calm, collected coach like Sabella who goes game by game and respects his opponents. But you gotta understand most of the nonsense on this forum needs to be combatted with more nonsense, gotta fight fire with fire :) when someone tells me we lack a creative midfielder in Messi and they try to tell me England or Portugal has a better one then us well...the big guns come out!


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 5:46 AM
0
I am glad that we are only fans or have nothing to do with Argentina team success or way of thinking.

It is never good to underestimate the opponents. I like Sabella and Simeone way in this. They both like to praise their opponents. Why? Because sometimes when a team has "nothing to lose" approach, that can be the deadliest weapon since they play with no burden.

The perfect example would be Denmark in European Championship 1992. Who was Denmark? They were not even supposed to qualify for the tournament as they failed in the group stage, but the war situation in Yugoaslavia stopped Yugoslavia to enter the tournament, so Denmark was the replacement team.

Guess what? Denmark, the worst team on paper in Europe won the tournament by beating the favorite Germany!

The similar case happened to Greece in 2004. Or the unknown coach named Jose Mourinho who brought Porto to win the Champions league.

I mean never really underestimate any teams. Do I want Argentina to win? Yes, but Argentina must respect every opponent, just like how Sabella always says. You know in sports, too much respect for the opponent is bad, but too confident is bad either. So we have to be balanced.

In contrast, who dared to underestimate the mighty Brazil in World Cup 2006. They had the original fantastic four in Ronaldinho, Kaka, Adriano, and Ronaldo. Not only that, they had the world best wing backs in Cafu and Carlos. World best defender in Lucio and a hard nose defender in Juan. A world class goalie in Dida. They also have the best box to box midfielder in the world at the time in Emerson. Plus every one of them were at their peak. But they lost in QF.

Brazil was too cocky thinking that being the defending champion with the squad even better than they had in 2002, they thought they could beat anyone easily. They paid their result in their arrogance.

Brazil of 2014 is a young cocky team. This is their weakness and the only thing that can defeat them.

As for Argentina 2014, I am glad Sabella is not a cocky coach like Maradona or Basile. He respects his opponents and prefers to do his job on the pitch.

I know I and all of you are only fans. So either we're optimist, realist, or pessimist have nothing to do with the success of Argentina. But I really hope Argentina squad and the full staff are just like Sabella this time: respect their opponents and at the same time believe in the squad.


Nithe
(Nepal)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 5:24 AM
0
RIP tito!!!!!!!!he fought until the end and was an example for all. Football will always miss you.


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 4:27 AM
0
banega, the one i was used to seeing in boca, is great talent, i hope this goal begins his return and he leads to victory in the world cup... he is at the right age, and when he left boca was world class, and in valencia, on his day, as good as any.


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 4:13 AM
0
great goal for banega. thats what i like to see...


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 4:04 AM
0
Kidult- hermano, I like your optimism about the squad and your full support to Sabella, don't know about the others, but the you keep responding to every opinion like it's hell wrong and almost forcing your views to every single member bro.

Everyone has the right to post his points of view and by far, criticizing doesn't mean hatred or grudge. In fact it show's the passion and caring and full support of the team, because you want it to look perfect, you want it to be a winner and you can't stand more failures. Where the only acceptable result is lifting the WC.

then we could talk about glory and celebrate for the rest of our lives.

with respect to every single member here!

Sky-blue & White Regards.


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 3:24 AM
0
I meant during the Pekerman era he had one of the complete team with lots of good players everywhere*


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 3:21 AM
0
Pradi...Great Pekerman!!! Bro some of you guys made Pekerman legend before he even done anything. He did good stuff with youth team but he was nothing with NT. Pekerman had of the complete team but he came up with nothing.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 3:06 AM
0
All here are true argentina fans @kid... Thatz y all f dem hav dis much concern n thoughts over our team... If they dnt hav true passion to oue NT der s no need to log in here n waste time, der are lot other things to do in dis world... The thing is de dfrnc in approach f each fans... Some think so positive, fully satisfy on wat we hav, strong belief on coach n players... Som think of making it better n better, use their imaginations to make it 100% perfect... Some worry do we again dis respect oppossition n repeat de past etc... All r true fans bt de approach differ according to personalities, datz all...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 2:51 AM
0
Spain win WC wit jst one striker... Without any doubt we can say our mid hav much prolific goal scorers dan them, arguably de best in world... Sharing 90 mins between kun n pipita will provide us truly dependable strikers at whole playing time other dan playing wit less prolific lavezzi or palacio for 15 or 20 mins... Also dat keep kun n pipita in full cylinders for whole tournament...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 2:41 AM
0
Argentina have de best talents in all positions who can compete to any one in dis world all de time... Still de reason for our set backs in recent years are our decision making n tactics... Great pekerman gave us de biggest hope in recent years n jst a single mistake may be de only mistake he made broken our hearts... If we had overcome germany der 95% dat wc wud hav been our's... Last year, we jst treat oposition as ass holes wit 1 man mid, 1st thing we must keep in mind is they are also proffessional footballers n they r also capable f doing somthing with de ball... Sometimes i feel our talent up front as a curse... Playing all 3 messi, kun, pipita is like playing wit 3 strikers... We can use 4-3-3 wen atleast 2 in de final 3rd come back n dfnd, or de 3 in central midfield hav very good dfnsv capabilities... Bt v r over relying on masch, gago we can rely on holding de ball n pass accuracy bt not has de physic or strength to disposses others, also di maria we can say he improved his dfnv part bt it dnt means he is very good at dfndng, its only about he is tracking back nd is providing an extra man while dfndng, datz all... I m sure if we add one more mid for a striker we can cntrl de game very well n also can earn steady results...


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 2:18 AM
2
@Haman Every single one of them..I am a Argentina fan in and out, I have no shame about it..I am proud to be a fan of the Argentina NT and will support this team in thick and thin..I will never, ever talk down Argentina to any other team on this planet..Its not ''over confidence'' my friend, its just who I am, cant change it, that's just me..But if you guys see my support as overly ''confidence'' then that's fine..But don't worry friend, the world cup is almost here so you guys wont be seeing my ''optimism post'' anymore..


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 1:59 AM
0
Kidult, were you way over confident like how you are in the previous WCs for Argentina?



KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 1:37 AM
0
Zulfiker Nice sarcasm..What's that suppose to mean though? When did I say Spain and Brazil are overrated? How many games as Argentina lost with our LB? The last time our LB played against Portugal and Germany Argentina won, just something for you to know..And another thing, our LB will be a star in Brazil..Hope you don't go GLORY HUNTING when he shines over your overrated friends from Europe in Brazil this summer..

Greets


haman
(Bahrain)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 1:27 AM
0
May his rest in peace "Tito Vilanova". He strived and managed to win the league title.
What an inspiration he was.

Once again, rest in peace legend!


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 1:13 AM
0
In paper, in pitch anywhere we cud hav de best squad in de world, better dan any other team... Bt its all in the hands of sab...


zulfiker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 4/26/2014 at 12:53 AM
1
@kidulthood I agree with you man. Germany, Spain ,Italy France , Brazil all these teams are overrated . They should not have won any of the world cup in previous times . The only real team is Argentina. particularly our left-back is world class and saved us countless times in our world cup qualifying campaign. In previous world-cups we deserved to win more than anyone but fifa conspiracy didn't let them happen

I think Argentina should be given the world cup trophy even before the world cup starts. because shit teams like Germany, Spain ,France , Portugal doesn't deserve to play against us


guled
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 10:05 PM
1
It seems like some of the people here don't understand that the World Cup will be played in brazil a South American country with different weather and time all of those things will have effect , travelling and the heat in the amazon were teams will play wil have effect this is not Europe , this is different world , and our advantage we will travel the least also we will not play in the amazon were the heat will drain the players , alot of people will surprise teams that are not expected will do fine, I think sourh American teams will do fine


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 8:07 PM
1
Banega just scored a beauty from 35 yards..


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 7:39 PM
0
Kidulthood To be honest I respect Franch & Portugal or any WC Team but can't wait to play against them to get some of our fan faith back


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 7:38 PM
0
KidultHood,
i think we are all supporting argentina, you with more confidence and I with more caution...

we have four legendary extraordinary players in messi aguero masche and dimaria; and because of that a better team, we are favorites...

but portugal is not a nobody, they have six world class players in moutinho, coentrao,cr7, pepe, ruipatricio, and williamcarvalho who could start our team...

but there is nothing wrong with pointing out that in WC 2010 and EC 2012 portugal played 400 minutes against germany, spain and brasil and received only 2 goals...that does not sound like a walk in the park...

likewise, i see you hate france, but they have top players and depth in most positions...they lost to ukraine and on the return leg started 7 different players and played better...

i think sabella is a great coacch, because he does not understimate teams...








KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 7:31 PM
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mmh007 I know man cant wait!!!


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 7:21 PM
0
Kidulthood well lets wait 47 days more and let it start once than we will see
Vamos Argentina


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 7:10 PM
0
mmh007 Completely agree man, the fans here has more confidence in other NT than their own Argentina..Sometimes I wonder if Mundo is a Argentina world cup forum or its a forum to put down the Argentina team to other NT teams..I don't mind the criticism about certain players here but don't come with this CRAP that France and Portugal are better teams than Argentina..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 7:05 PM
0
elpipita I have said here before that I will let Sabella and the players do the grounding and discipline stuff but I wont sit back and let people walk & talk all over the Argentina squad members..I was not underestimating France and Portugal, I said we are better than them and that is a fact, nothing to be shame about, just stating the obvious..To be honest this is one of the worse Dutch squad in recent times..Japan also outplayed them in a friendly game last year...Ukraine did beat France away in world cup qualifier playoff first game.


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 7:02 PM
0
elpipita, i think here the biggest concern is romero... then rojo and gago... as gago has been playing poorly, and there are many midfielder here playing better than him, including lucas romero, who is only 20, but i would love to see in the squad ...
people critize rojo a lot, but they dont realize, that with masche being the only real defender in the midfield, argentina's defense suffer, and that is all Im saying, that portugal and france have better defence and goolies...

i personally respect most of sabella's decision, except romero's which i cannot understand ...




mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 6:59 PM
1
Kenneth...completely agree with you bro. I don’t understand guys here call Koscielny a deffender who hard to score but we have atleast two World class and a average deffender but still we have shiit deffence. This is joke. And don't even need to mention that FF, Garay & Rojo scoring like striker in opposition box. But still not appreciate by own fan. Really surprise to see that we are fan doesn't even faith in our players like we do for other NT players. I guess it's bcoz Koscielny and other players are playing some fancy team and that's why our fan calling them world class or hard to beat


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 6:46 PM
1
@kid France have won their last 4 games in a row including a 2-0 win over the Netherlands with Ribery (provided over 60% of the team's goals) and Benzema (scoring 50% of the team's recent goals) firing on all cylinders.
And like you pointed out France's group isn't easy so them not topping their group doesn't detract from their potential.
Look I don't like to play the 'who's better' game especially since I know fully well that being the best on paper doesn't mean much if you're not the best on the day but you shouldn't dismiss teams like Portugal and France either because it's that kind of mentality that has harmed Argentina in the past.


@ pep you have to remember that Argentina doesn't play with a conventional midfield where the 3 or 4 or however many players stick to the middle of the field and fight for possession. Argentina's midfield is more of a make-shift midfield that consists of a destroyer (masch), 2 central midfielders one of which is an attacking one (Dimaria) and the other is more defensive (Gago) and lastly we have messi who is an enganche and you being and Argentinian (forgive the assumption if no true) you know fully well that in Argentina a good no.10 is one that pulls in a double duty of creating and implementing attacks.

Personally I am not the biggest fan of the "fantastic 4 system" mainly due the fact that it leaves the midfield and the back-line exposed but by the same token I can't deny the fact that Sabella has come up with a revolutionary system that bring out the best in Messi and allows Argentina to utilize it's most potent weapon i.e. it's world class strikers.

I can understand why some of you are abit shaky about the midfield because for the casual observer it seems quite light and heavily focused on the attack rather than defense and possession but in reality Argentina's midfield is by far the most complex and intricate midfield in international football.
unfortunately the system is also very delicate and hard to replicate with backup players because it requires all the starters to be at their best at all times.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 6:44 PM
0
I will take Mascherano-Gago/Biglia/Di Maria/ Messi dropping back in midfield over any NT team midfield going into the world cup..


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 6:36 PM
2
Pogba, Cabaye,Matuidi...that midfield is so...stale there's no creativity yes Pogba can dribble but not in the way you need a creative midfielder for. They have Giroud who excels with people playing off him...why am i having this conversation? Anyone who thinks France, Portugal has a better team or midfield then Argentina is either a fool or is an Argentina hater.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 6:35 PM
0
So if France can't top a group with Switzerland and Ecuador in it, then why should we worry for a possible second round game?


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 6:32 PM
0
elpipita What leaf has France turn? They lost to Ukraine away during the playoffs and only manage to qualify on a offside goal..Platini might think he gave France an easy group but Switzerland and Ecuador will be tough teams and look likely to progress ahead of the overrated French team..


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 6:29 PM
0

elpipita, great analizis ... i think the key is sabella, i saw all his games with estudiantes and he was a great tactician, always considering the rival and how to play them... i think that was my disappointment with batista, he always wanted to play the same...

i hope our rivals on the way to the finals will be ecuador belgium england and germany!


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 6:27 PM
0
Pep your argument is flawed Chile doesn't have many world class players on their team yet they've out possession and out perform Spain, England (At Wembley), Brazil (In Brazil in front of their own crowds), and Germany (In Germany) all in 2013 and 2014..Have Portugal ever won the world cup? Why are we talking about them as if they're contenders? Portugal is a one man team..Saying Mascherano is the only world class midfield player on our team shows you know nothing about football man..


guled
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 6:24 PM
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of course any team can make difficult for us even Ecuador, I am worried more about them then Portugal or france because they are south American team and they know our team so I hope we face Switzerland rather then ecuador


guled
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 6:21 PM
0
our team is not Barcelona where teams learned how to play against them by sitting back, no one know how our team will play sabella can try different formations with different players so our team is unpredictable also we have hungry players who are obsessed with world cup our players are motivated more thern any team in the world that is the biggest difference


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 6:20 PM
0
As cliched as a it sounds there are no easy games in the world cup and even the seemingly easier games can turn complicated very quickly (remember how S.Korea almost got back in the game against Argentina before Aguero came in and turned the whole game around).

France and Portugal are very strong teams that can make life very complicated for the albicelestes.
Portugal suck when playing in the qualifiers but they seem to raise their game in the actual tournament if the Euro 2012 is any indication.
France seemed to have turned a new leaf and they have a world class squad (on paper atleast) and I for one would not like Argentina to meet them in the second round, which is quite possible.

We shouldn't forget that the likes of Ecuador, Belgium, Russia and even Germany are potential opponents in the round of 16 and the quarters so this isn't going to be a cake walk by any stretch.

On the positive side Argentina does have an eas(ier) group than most and their traveling schedule and venue locations are excellent so baring any injuries things could turn out quite well for the albicelestes but one should always be careful not to count their chickens before they hatch (so to speak).


guled
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 6:13 PM
0
@ pep Portugal is overrated they struggled against small teams like Israel and northern Ireland and you will see usa will beat them and qualify in thatgroup their match will be played in the3 haet of manaus in the amazon don,t be surprised to see them knocked out in the group stages,also our team is counter attacking team no team can sit back and wait us we don,t play possession football any more sabella changed , no team csn sit and wait argentina ,as for france I agree they have good players but they are not a team , belguim has better players but they are al so inexperienced so this world cup is in south America remember that we have good players with good coach and leo messi will be onfire no one will stop him the onlu way to stop him is to get yellow I feel confident in our team, we have weakness like goalie but we are still fine


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 6:08 PM
0
KidultHood,
im not a supporter of portugal or france...i support my country argentina...no one is questioning that we have a dozen elite forwards/attacking midfielder, but the problems is we cannot put them one on top of the other... even to play with 4 is a lot, and leaves the defence vulnarable... and masche is the only world class midfielder we have...





pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 5:58 PM
1
KidultHood,
in world cup 2010 and euro cup 2012, portugal has played spain twice, germany, brazil ... counting overtime, nearly 400 minutos. they received a total of 2 goals. one by germany, and one by spain, in offside. in all games, cr7 missed goal chances ... it does not sound to me like the walk in the park you are describing...

so yes, i rather play teams than play less physical and defensive football, including belgium, germany, spain, and even brasil... than playing a team like france or portugal..









KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 5:51 PM
0
Pep I am done with this conversation..Argentina is better than France and Portugal so spin all you want if it makes you feel good..Nice to know you're a proud supporter of France and Portugal NT team...There you go again with club names as if that will have an impact on the world cup..Matuidi & Cabaye played in an average French league, what did they do in the UCL when the time came? Nothing! If it was not for Lavezzi & Pastore PSG would have been knock out of the UCL in the first game against Chelsea....william carvalho? Where do these guys play again? Moutinho is a good player I admit that, but he too play in an average French league..Argentina bench is deeper and more talented than France and Portugal combine..Can Portugal win a game without Ronaldo? I doubt it..France can't win a game unless they've cheated or get help from the refs..


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 5:37 PM
0
KidultHood,
masche, messi, dimaria and aguero are amazing, legendary players... I have seen them played since they are teenagers and they have gotten better, as have zabaleta, pipita and garay...but in argentina we know we have a serious midfield,defense, goolie problem...which portugal and france do not have...sure, portugal does not have four fantastico, but as they have shown in the euro cup, the have a team capeble of competing with spain, holland, germany...

and france was A BIG MESS, but now they have a new coach, and enough talent that they can even afford to leave players like nasri out... yes, as much as you disvalue pogba, cabaye, matudui, williamcarvalho, moutinho... there is a reason why european teams are willing to pay big bucks for them, while madrid, roma, valencia did not want gago even for free...

im positive we can win the world cup, but with 352 formation...









Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 5:23 PM
0
Hw many games will gago b able to play, datz my question...? We need a back up for evry position... imo if we win 1st two group matches, messi n di maria shud be rested ( i think both kun n hig wont start) for de last one... Nd all masch, biglia, gago, banega, augusto, sosa r not de attacking best... We need little more dynamism in mid field dat di maria n messi gives, some who are more good in creating chances...


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 5:17 PM
0
And No way Portuguese Midfield is better than us. Yeah maybe better in some of yours dream


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 5:15 PM
0
Well In paper French midfield maybe better but I think it won't be that easy to beat Masch, Gago and Di-Maria combination...ohh yeah add Messi sometime come deep to make hell opposition life


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 5:07 PM
0
I think we need more attacking mids... Like dimaria... 5 strikers r enough n more... We wud b de team going wit de max num f strikers...


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 5:05 PM
0
quaresma have not play for Portugal in like forever..Nani?lol

Pep I want the world cup to start now so Argentina can play against your teams France and Portugal and you see who is BOSS..That same Portugal team you put out fail to defeat Israel twice and Northern Ireland at home during the WCQ's..France struggling against teams like Georgia and Finland says a lot..


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 5:04 PM
0
Pradi, i feel comforble that we can beat a team like belgium, italy, spain, brasil...i even feel ok about playing germany...

but france, led by dechamps i find scary... in france futbol is ghetho and without a leader it falls apart, but this deschamps is a true leader, and respected. at the age of 21 he captain marseilla to win the champions league...he captain france in 98, 00; and when he left in 2002 france fell apart...only zidane, in 2006, brought order back to the team...

portugal, i fear too more than the others, since the play atletico type of futbol, and have no presure to win...


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 5:04 PM
0
Tim sherwood is garbage has less of a coaching brain than Maradona and that is saying something...


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 4:58 PM
0
Pep you're something else man..You think Matuidi, Pogba, Cabaye midfield is better than Argentina midfield? You must be joking..Portugal midfield better than Argentina? Another JOKE. Nasri has always been CRAP for France, they're even trying to snub him for the world cup..You're going by players name resume on European clubs..Pogba 20 how in the world should he be a factor in this conversation when he has never prove anything with the French national team..Cabaye? really mate..Mascherano alone is greater than the entire French midfield..


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 4:58 PM
0
Best*


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 4:58 PM
0
Pep...bro it doesn't matter Gago sucks in Club level. He is play his heart out for NT. Look at even Tevez for example. Anyway leave this argument and we wish beat for our team.
Bytheway I don’t like that UEFA fix the date CL and Europa final 14th & 24th May


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 4:57 PM
0
as to portugal, argentina no doubt has a better 23 players, when it comes to the starting 11 it is not clear anymore....as it showed, when they played in portugal, and the game was pretty even...

portugal starting 11 looks solid:
quaresma cr7 nani
williamcarvalho moutinho meireles
coentrao pepe alves pereira
ruipatricio

wiliiamcarvalho, moutinho, ruipatricio, pepe, cr7, and coentrao are world class and would be starters in our starting 11...
yes, we have better forwards, but nani and quaresma are not bad either... and alves and pereira are solid too..

this world cup is not joke, the one thing we do have going for us is sabella as a tactician... not sure about his ability to choose players! but sabella is amazing at reading the other team...





Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 4:54 PM
0
Koscielny, valbuena... They wont score much, but i bet you they will be the toughest team to score against...


pep
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 4:45 PM
0
i think people are understimating portugal and france ... they have better midfield, a better defence and a better golie than us... and now at last they have a top coach, deschamps, a natural leader, who led monaco to the final league, captain two different teams to champions, and captain france 98, 00...

france
ribery benzema grinsel
matuidi pogba cabaye
evra varane magala debuchy
lloris

and they have more players than they can put on, like nasri, grizzeln..
for me, they are still a work in progress, because dechamps just took over the team, but the most dangerous team to argentina, and to brasil...


guled
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 4:31 PM
0
lamela never got the chance to show what he can we will see next seoson but you are right Kenneth kick and rush football won,t suit lamela


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 4:26 PM
0
Here's what tottenham should do, hire Roberto Martinez from Everton, the guy is a great manager and appreciates good futbol but has been handicapped to show that with teams like Wigan, also tactically he is great, Lamela would thrive under him. If they bring in another traditional English or English playing manager who wants Lamela simply to run down the sides and cross, Lamela should leave.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 4:19 PM
0
as a spurs fan I never wanted Tim.s in charge and I cant wait for Tim to be gone, he is a disgrace to managers.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 4:17 PM
1
el p: here is a fan write up you to what you put up on Tim s, it hard to disagree with the fan:
Tim is
Lying to the fans
Lying to Levy in private
Compounding that private lie by repeating it in public
Neglecting Levy's £30m asset when we know how Levy reacts to such neglect from the Ade situation - he does not like it one bit
He's also keeping all this from Franco Baldini, who is his de facto boss and the one with ultimate responsibility for these kinds of issues, and who is the one with the most to lose by Lamela's absence
He's making liars and fools of the medical staff and specialists who say Erik is only just fit this week when in fact he has been, is, or shortly will be ready to play
He's lying when he says that after 13 weeks out with a complex injury - in fact, it's a set of injuries because it was Lamela's thigh problem that caused the back problem - when the truth is that after being passed fit YESTERDAY, Lamela is fit to play TOMORROW
He's sabotaging Spurs' season for his own selfish reasons, despite the fact his own fate and the teams fate are inextricably linked.


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 4:02 PM
0
R.I.p tito


guled
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 3:48 PM
0
we will see who sabella adds in the 30 man list, if he chooses a 4th keeper from argentina leage then he will likely drop but if he chooses some one like speroni there is a chance he may get selected in the 23 list


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 3:48 PM
0
Tim Sherwood came out at the time to say he'd like to play him but he's injured. He has now given the press an up date on the young Argentinian who returned to training on Tuesday confirming there is no chance of him being fit.

“I haven’t seen him, he hasn’t trained with the group yet. It’s going to come too soon for Erik, unfortunately, the end of the season. The last thing you want to do is rush back.

“He’ll want to play, he certainly will, and everyone would love to see him play but it’s going to be too soon for him.

“Recently I spoke to our medical guys and I said in the close season we have five weeks off and then we come back and we have six weeks of pre-season, so someone who’s been out for 12 or 13 weeks surely can’t be fit in two or three days. It’s just not going to be possible, he’s not going to play this season.

“Would I be surprised if he’s picked for the Argentina World Cup squad? It would be a surprise to me because I haven’t seen Erik. He’s not trained yet - but there’s a bit of a time before the World Cup kicks off.

“It all depends how their national manager sees him in the pecking order and what other options they’ve got. That goes for any national team manager. I haven’t seen him around the training ground a lot, he’s backwards and forwards seeing different specialists. Were trying to get him back as quickly as possible.”




el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 2:51 PM
0
Oh and Hugo Campagnaro (Inter). So 7 players will still be playing after the May 13th 30 players list!

Not to mention Angel Di Maria and Sosa in case their Madrid teams make it to the final CL.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 2:48 PM
0
The deadline of the 30 players is May 13th 2014. Mark the date.

This is interesting. May 13th is only 2 days after the last game of Spain La Liga and EPL which is on May 11th and 6 days PRIOR TO the last game of Italian serie A, which is on May 19th.

Once Sabella calls 30 players, as far as I know, he can not substitute any of them if there in any injury. So let's hope that Biglia (Lazio), Ricky Alvarez and Palacio (Inter); Fede and Higuain (Napoli), and Andujar won't get injured in the last day.

Those are 6 players that will surely make the final 23.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 2:16 PM
0
One more thing sabella will not play fab4 against defensive teams either aguero or gonzalo will sit and he will use one more midfielder to make the team more compact


guled
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 2:13 PM
0
We are better than portugal no doubt about that we also little bit better than france , portugal might play like chelsea but they don't have chelsea players and we have fast counter attacking team we are not barcelona that you can sit and hit on the counter our team is the fastest counter team period no team is even close the only team that will trouble us is brazil becouse they are complete and are at home


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 1:42 PM
0
TheVickerman we beat Portugal in 2011 and France in 2009 is that recent enough..Just saying, not that these results mean much now but Argentina is always>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>France and Portugal.


TheVickerman
(India)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 1:20 PM
0
While I understand predicting wins based on strategy, players, and even conditions, don't you think reasoning based on past game results (especially decades back) makes little sense?

For instance, I doubt that the players and managers of Argentina, Portugal or France even care or bother about the results or records- most of which practically are from decades back! Hell, before our friendly against Portugal 3 years back, we played them last in 1972 and , before any of the players were even born! Why would those results or records have any kind of a mental impact on any player?


TheVickerman
(India)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 1:05 PM
0
R.I.P Tito- very sad to hear.



baker
(India)
Posted on 4/25/2014 at 12:56 PM
0
yes it make sense for choosing perez over banega , but as kid said banega is proved already .

But his life style and inconsistency is killing his talent