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Posted by Roy Nemer (Roy Nemer) Sunday, April 27, 2014 Go To Comments

Geronimo RULLI, future Argentina goalkeeper

While writing about Argentina's list of 30 players which will be announced by Alejandro SABELLA (who's currently in Manchester, England) on May 13, one thing which stood out was that there have been strong rumors about SABELLA potentially having four goalkeepers on his list and not three.

One name that is being circulated around is that of 21 year old Geronimo RULLI of Estudiantes. Yes, I'm well aware of the SABELLA and Estudiantes connection. However, RULLI could benefit from being there in Brazil. Jose PEKERMAN did it when he called Oscar USTARI in 2006 and while SABELLA will likely not be taking RULLI to Brazil, the goalkeeper could very well be Argentina's future.




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el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/29/2014 at 4:57 PM
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What's wrong with Tevez omission? We're doing well without him. Are you Argentine fan or Tevez fan?


stocky
(Grenada)
Posted on 4/29/2014 at 2:37 PM
0
I wouldnt be surprise if Sabella goes to Brazil with Four (4) goal keepers just to give this guy a chance because he is from that wonder club.Sabella is a punk

After the world cup he should be placed infront the firing squad for willy, tevez and ETC ommission


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 4/29/2014 at 1:41 AM
0
Ok, looks like it is pointless to argue and we should put an end to this Zaba and Alves comparison. Alves is not an Argentine player and I give a shit whether he is better or not (which he is though :)). Zabaleta is an Argentine player and is in the first squad and I wish all the best to him.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/29/2014 at 12:33 AM
0
K...


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 11:24 PM
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Pradi I think City played Man United after the away win at the Alianz arena?


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 11:23 PM
0
@Pradi yes you're correct, but during the first leg at the Etihad, Pelegrini was thinking that Richards pace would neutralize Ribery effectiveness on the wing but it back fired.


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 11:18 PM
0
Lamela and Mascherano at Napoli would make Napoli a top club. Tottenham are a joke unless they finally get some stability then they will always get Europa League. Also want to see PAstore at Napoli idk why but I feel he could be a big hero so far Hamsik hasnt been the same since Injury.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 10:43 PM
0
@kid Its not i think... At allianz arena he opted a 2nd string team bcoz of a tricky weekend pl fixture i believe... He rested some players... Aguero was not even in de squad... I think its dat 6-3 game against arsenal, not sure...


Johnny
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 9:45 PM
0
Agreed, BIG KUDOS to Alves for handling that situation perfectly. As he says, handling those racist jerks with humor is the best way. The guy who threw the banana has received a lifetime ban from Villarreal. Perfect ending. Much better than handing the club a stadium closure, which punishes the wrong people and many innocents.


hi2suresh
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 8:56 PM
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@Dfox: I concur. It was nice slap on the racists.. Kudos to Dani Alves..


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 8:29 PM
1
Dani Alves is not the same player he used to be few years ago, offensively or defensively.

and by the way, what he did in Barcelona's game yesterday was the coolest thing I have ever seen anybody do on the pitch.

I'll take Zabaleta over him any day.


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 8:18 PM
2
For me it isn't about who is better between Alves and Zabaleta it's about who is better FOR ARGENTINA and I for one would take Zabaleta over Alves any day of the week.
Like Johnny said Zaba has far more defensive discipline than Alvez, which doesn't mean that Zaba is a better defender because Alves has previously shown his defensive prowess by shutting down players like Ronaldo on multiple occasions but he seems to be more concerned with going forward than keeping a clean sheet and that has to do with the fact that Barca has a system where players are constantly on the move and are constantly covering for each other hence why Alves is so successful at Barca but considerably less so with Brazil (this is according to many Brazil fans that I've spoken to).


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 7:16 PM
0
@Pradi Pelegrini opted to start with Richards in both leg because of his pace but he was ineffective in both legs leading up to his injury at the Allianz arena that led to Zaba being sub on..


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 6:23 PM
0
Napoli want Lamela. Imagine if Napoli get Lamela and Mascherano next season?


Batigol9
(Estonia)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 6:17 PM
1
@Amlan
"I am Argentine supporter but that does not mean I have to live in a world of fantasy that every Argentine player is better. I know what Argentina's strongest side and what needs improvement."

Great said!


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 5:37 PM
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He didnt play at etihad...? Sorry i dnt rmbr... Anyhow i rmbr bayern frustrated city players n fans coming der at etihad... Also i m very much rmbr richards startd at allianz arena n den subd aftr 20 or 25 mins aftr a cramp or somthing n zaba came in n took ribery out f de game, which commentators pointed out so many times dat aftr zaba's introduction ribery became inneffective...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 5:27 PM
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Also ricky alvarez in dortmund's top priorities...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 5:26 PM
0
Man utd in serious talks wit benfica for enzo perez... Arsenal n liverpool in final fight for rojo... 2 very interesting news...


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 5:24 PM
1
Thank you Pradi that's all am trying to say...people said Ronaldo had the better season so that's why he won the BDOR..Do I think Ronaldo is better than Messi? No. Zabaleta has been way better and more consistent than Alves this season 2013/2014.

@pradi Zabaleta did not play against Ribery at the Ethihad during the UCL game it was Richards..


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 5:09 PM
0
No doubt alves is a better footballer than zabaleta, had a better career than him... Bt dis season both offensively n defensively he didnt hav a btr one whereas zabaleta had a comparitively better season... Against ribery he lose de battle at etihad bt at allianz arena he came in as a sub wen ribery was on full song n man city was 2 down nd kept ribery out f de game for de remaining 60 or 70 mins... The game which man city won 2-3 atlast... N i think he cop up wit hazard decent in all meetings dis season, dat de only game chelsea won agsinst city is by parking bus... Zaba is one f de top 3 right backs in europe dis season for sure, bt alves is not at his usual best dis season...


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 4:55 PM
0
Alves is better than Zabaleta.


Alkan
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 4:48 PM
0
Messi should have scored with a chip in if it hadn't been for Espanyol goalkeeper's touching the ball outside of the box with his hands.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 4:15 PM
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el principe Messi scored against Espanyol this season..It was a penalty goal though not by open play..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 4:05 PM
1
Alman''He (Zabaleta) looks better because a strong center back like Kompany plays alongside him?'' So you're telling me Zabaleta doesn't make Kompany look good too and play better? Your comment is not accurate man..Zabaleta was name City best player last season not Kompany..Talk all you want but Zabaleta is better than Alves in 2013 and 2014 just saying, I am not talking about overall career stats..Me saying this as nothing to do with Argentina...When did Zabaleta got toyed by Ribery and Hazard? Name me a defender that haven't been toyed by the attacking players? Going by your logic Zaba is the only RB in world football that have been toyed with by attacking players because I haven't seen Ronaldo and Di Maria put Alves on his butt time and time again or last year UCL game vs Bayern where Robben & Ribery made a mockery out of Alves..Just quit trying to use Kompany as a reason why Zabaleta play great for City, nobody will take that argument seriously..Kompany was out for like two games back to back this season and City still kept clean sheets in all games even the time when Kompany was sent off because of a red card City still did not concede a goal..Kompany scored an own goal this season and gave away the title to Liverpool two weeks ago but thank goodness Steven Gerrad throw the title race up in the air...All I am saying is that, without Zabaleta City would not have won the title a few season back..


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 4:04 PM
0
I cant understand why barcelona is going for ramires...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 3:58 PM
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City need to overcome 2 very tricky games... Obviously everton nd aston villa... Villa is one f de best counter attacking team in epl... Also there is a chance for them to park bus at etihad n counter attack...


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 3:41 PM
0
Atletico and City I think...


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 3:24 PM
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Who will win the La Liga?
1. Atletico Madrid 88 pts - 3 games remaining
away at Levante (10th)
home vs. Malaga (12th)
away at Barcelona (2nd)

2. Barcelona 84 pts- 3 games remaining
home vs Getafe (17th)
away at Elche (15th)
home vs. Atletico (1st)

3. Real Madrid 82 pts - 4 games remaining
home vs. Valencia (8th)
away at Valladoid (19th)
away at Celta Vigo (13th)
home vs. Espanyol (11th)

My predition: Atletico will get 6 points (lose against Barca), Barca will get 9, and Madrid will get 10 points. If that's the case, Atletico is the winner. Madrid toughest game is their last game against Espanyol, the best park the bust team in La Liga who did not allow either Messi or CR7 to score against them this season if I am not wrong.

EPL
1. Liverpool 80 points - 2 games remaining
away at Crystal Palace (11th)
home vs. Newcastle United (9th)

2. Chelsea 78 points - 2 games remaining
home vs. Norwhich (18th)
away at Cardiff (20th)

3. Manchester City 77 points - 3 games remaining
away at Everton (5th)
home vs. Aston Villa (16th)
home vs. West Ham (14th)

The key game is Manchester City vs. Everton. If they win that game, they will win the EPL. But it will be super hard as Everton always seemed to beat Manchester City in the past.

Both Liverpool and Chelsea should win their remaining 2 games easily.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 3:22 PM
0
Tevez with a missile of a goal


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 3:22 PM
3
I really like Zabaleta and really wish he was better than Alves. But he is not. Say what you want to say. But reality is reality. Zabaleta even in his prime was toyed by Ronaldo, Hazard, Ribery. He looks better because a strong center back like Kompany plays alongside him. Alves this season has played bad due to the same reason. No strong center back (Pique out of form and injured eventually, Puyol injured all the season). But Alves is stronger, more skilled and more versatile than Zabaleta. But like Johnny said Zabaleta is not too far from Alves.

I am Argentine supporter but that does not mean I have to live in a world of fantasy that every Argentine player is better. I know what Argentina's strongest side and what needs improvement.

Alves is a proved player both for his club and NT. Zabaleta is working hard but still not in a position to surpass Alves. May be the world cup will prove me wrong and I really hope it does.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 2:52 PM
2
Well we'll see Kidult. For me it's simple, no trophy means new coach for Barca. As I said, I am OK with him staying next season, but I'll be happier if he gets sacked.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 2:51 PM
0
Enzo Perez was already selected by Sabella..Sabella already stated he wont be calling up any surprise players..Perez call up would not be a surprise call up because he was already selected by Sabella in the past although he didn't play much..Perez played for Estundiates under Sabella when they lift the Copa Lib trophy..


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 2:34 PM
0
Perez has been really great for Benfica this season.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 1:36 PM
0
I agree de case of sosa... We hav enough contenders to partner masch in DM... Gago, Biglia, banega even augusto bt we dnt hav someone like dimaria in going forward, more dynamic... we hav better options dan sosa for sure... Gaitan is de one on top... I think even perez is much better dan sosa in going forward n finishing... Hope sab is watching dem close...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 1:28 PM
0
Who s he watching at europe...? Willy n speroni...? I wish so...


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 12:17 PM
1
@el principe Tata seems like he's looking after Messi since he came back from injury..Like you and me Tata also want Argentina to win the world cup although Barcelona priorities are first for him, he too as an eye on the world cup..I watch Barcelona training sessions all the time and since Messi came back from injury he is constantly talking with Tata on the training ground one on one..You guys wanted too much too soon out of Tata..Tata did not do a bad job, it's just his lack of European experience that have cost him certain games in Spain that Barcelona should have won..Tito and Pep played and coach in Spain for their entire lives, Tata had one season which he defeated Real and Man City twice and all of a sudden the management team should sack him? This is unlike Barcelona to have three different coaches for back to back seasons (Tito, Tata and, ?),who to tell the next coach coming in wont be gone the following season?Tata will serve out his contract then move on..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 11:44 AM
0
@Amlan ''Alves has quality of not only a wing back but also a winger.'' The winger stuff might be true but for me Zabaleta is a more consistent defender than Alves..Alves like Pique played in a possession playing Barcelona team for years which didn't show their poor defensive ability until last season and this season..If you guys think Alves is a better defensive wing back than Zabaleta then you obviously haven't been watching them playing in these past 3 season..Zabaleta is consistently one of the best wing back in England if not the best..While you say Alves is also a better winger, the case is different for Zabaleta, because when he plays for City he also can drop in midfield or as a CB or attack on the wings..Go watch Man City vs Real Madrid and Barcelona vs Real Madrid, if you look at the match-ups between CR vs Zaba and CR vs Alves he (CR) tend to get the best of Alves for majority of games..Zabaleta also went to the Allianz Arena and kept Ribery in his pocket for the entire game..If I am defending a score I want Zabaleta on the pitch not Alves...You guys forget that Alves game is more base on attack than defense, Zabaleta on the other hand balances out defense with attack which is why I rate him higher than Alves at the moment..


guled
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 9:55 AM
1
Alves used to be great before, but right now he is not better then zeba


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 9:22 AM
0
Alves was considered as de best right back on de basis of his quality in goin forward n finishing capabilities, his dfnsv qualities as a dfndr was always questionable... Bt has to say he is no where near his best in attack dis season... In 10 crosses he send to box only 1 will b useful...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 9:16 AM
0
Tata dont brought out best frm messi...!!! He add new dimension to his play placing him more deeply... The only mistake he did is went there at de worst time... If u look at last year's barca u can undrstnd about 60% for barca sucess is contributed by messi alone, whole other squad is jst managed to make de remaining 40%... Iniesta had one f de worst season in his career... Bt tata undoubtedly brought de best out of all those, dis is de best season of sanchez, pedro... Bt he didnt gt de assist frm de best player of de team, messi... For god's blessing we n messi had tata as barca coach dis year, if it was been anybody else wud hav blasted in media against messi for his aporoach n wud hav exploited him to de most...


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 8:26 AM
0
I think you got it right Baker. Thanks for the correction. Cholito Simeone is Diego Simeone's son, Giovanni, not Cholo Simeone (Diego Simeone). I read it wrong.


baker
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 7:13 AM
0
sorry my translation seems to be broken , isnt that the news indicates simeones son will part of the training team , not that Simeone will be a part of coaching staff..?


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 6:48 AM
0
@baker

http://www.ole.com.ar/seleccion/Gio-sparring_0_1125487735.html


FIL
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 6:43 AM
0
I saw his video. He is awesome. If he devolops attitude and keeps his spirit he will be good in future too..


baker
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 6:06 AM
0
@el principle : you posted simeone will accompany team for training , is it true...?
i cant find any source for that


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 6:05 AM
1
A lot of us here defends Martino because he's an Argentine coach. Though I won't be upset if he stays at Barca next season, but I must admit, I'll be happy if he is sacked.

I love all Argentina players, but if a coach, even if he is an Argentine by blood fails to maximize Messi the way Pep or Tito did, I'd rather support Messi as he is the player and sack the coach!

I am not that proud having Argentina coach or referee being the best coach or referee in the world. Like if I am not mistaken, Argentine referee was the best referee in WC 2010. So what? That's not even a consolation prize for me.

I'd trade one World Cup trophy with 10 Argentine coach/referee winning FIFA coach of the year or best referee for 10 years in a row.

I will be proud if the Argentina national team being the best in the world or its players, not the supporting casts or Argentina WAG (wives) being the prettiest in the world.

Say that Martino fails to win any single trophy this season, BUT at least he can make Messi happy. I'd be fine, but Martino fave players like Alexis or Fabregas are not Messi's fave teammates... but Martino keeps trusting them. I witnessed myself how Messi was frustrated with his own teammates 2 weeks ago. I have not seen that at all in Messi's career at Barca at all.

I say, for the sake of Messi and Argentina national team, NOT Barca, get a la masia unknown coach. I think even Luis Enrique, ex Barca B coach, a disciple of Pep can be a good coach for Barca, although he failed at Roma once, as it was hard to apply tiki taka in Italian catenaccio serie A futbol.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 5:52 AM
0
I am impressed by this Geronimo Rulli guy. I just hope he won't end up like our young goalies who were considered the next big things but never lived up to the expectation. They include: Franco Costanzo, Seba Saja, Oscar Ustari, Juan Pablo Carrizo, and Damian Martinez.

Each one of them looked like the next Goyco, but all of them failed.

In contrast, the low profile goalies like El Pato, Willy succeed.

But this Geronimo Rulli who is already wanted by Man City and Barca look really good. The scouts say that his reflexes is amazing.


Sorin'sCurls
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 5:49 AM
1
Interesting little youtube video, I hope he continues to do well. I would temper my excitement though . I remember a few years back where everyone went apeshit over Estaban Andrada who was supposed to get into the Barca B team or something. Goalkeepers are a tricky lot to predict. Let's hope some really good ones come through for the Albiceleste for the future as well!

Regarding the ongoing Alves vs Zabaleta debate, the one thing I like a lot about Zabaleta (especially when he focuses on defending) is his strength. He has a very good ability to shield the ball very well against wingers. This bodes extremely well when he faces those stronger wingers (eg. guys built like Valencia, Ronaldo etc). In Man city , he tends to support in attack, going high up the pitch, but a big advantage there is that he has a natural wide player like a Milner staying back to cover for him when Zabby ventures forward. With the NT, this becomes a little tougher because outside of Di maria (who himself often loves to cut in), the remaining players are not naturally the types who provide width and tend to stay wide. Di Maria also plays more often on the left side, helping Rojo's side more often than not. This is where Zabby tends to get little help , and hence needs to be more disciplined when playing with the NT, and not push too far up the pitch , and potentially leave us vulnerable to those crosses.
The likes of Gago, Biglia, Mascherano operate best when not dragged too wide .


Diego-maniac
(Lebanon)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 5:48 AM
0
Defensively there is no doubt that zabaletta is better; however, wat makes alves superior offensively is his speed nd shot conversion... Alves is much faster nd takes more chances to shoot on goal ..


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 5:30 AM
1
Alves has quality of not only a wing back but also a winger. His crosses are half good half worthless. But though he has been reluctant in his defensive duties this season (which has been the case for almost all players of Barcelona except Mascherano), he is still far better in offensive ability. Look at his understanding with the winger (Sanchez), centre forward (Messi) and the midfielders (Busquests, Xavi). Most of the passes are directed towards Alves in a match.

Zabaleta is more energetic in defence, he also helps in offence. But he is not good at keeping ball and dribbling ability of a winger. I am not saying that he has to be as good as a winger. But Alves is better than him in this quality


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 5:11 AM
0
Sabella's attachment to Estudiente is a thumb-up, however as a N/T manager he have to look at the whole and clear picture, Anyway, time is running out to look and try new players - Sabella traveling to Europe for confirmation on his selected players freshness and make sure everyone is injured-free.

Evaluate and study the opponents players ability and style, this is urgently needed


baker
(India)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 3:49 AM
0
i think alves is loosing his prime , many Brazilians are calling his blood and they are not even interested in having in 23 men squad.



Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 3:48 AM
0
The next Messi!


Johnny
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 3:29 AM
0
I wouldn't say that Alves is that much better than Zabaleta at this point. Zabba has much more defensive discipline than Alves for one. Alves is still much better with crosses, though Zabba is far from bad.


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 3:16 AM
0
Most of us will agree that Barcelona needs to change their squad at various positions. However, Barcelona's books show a huge deficit (hundreds of millions of euro's, just like Real Madrid BTW). UEFA director Platini wants financial fair play. Clubs should not be allowed to spend more money than what comes in. Barca is no exception, most major clubs are debt ridden. I don't think Barca has lots of money to spend this summer unless they sell several players.

Peculiar enough, Bayern Munich is cash rich and has a big surplus. They are the exception to the rule.

Unless a rich owner (PSG, Man City, Monaco etc) steps in, Barca can't afford expensive new players.




Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 3:10 AM
0
BTW, Musacchio's header own goal was ridiculous. How can a team's captain make such a school boy blunder? There goes your chance in NT away.


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 3:03 AM
0
@Kidulthood: I am a constant viewer of Manchester city and Barcelona games. Zabaleta is still no where near Alves's quality. Alves is still far better than Zabaleta in both defensive and offensive qualities. But Zabaleta is improving fast.


Trini Pupi
(Trinidad And Tobago)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 1:39 AM
1
I know this is just my humble opinion but i don't see Tata as a flop.
Thats just me..he took a Barca side in Major need of an overhaul and made them a bit more flexible.
I think its very crazy that he is being blamed and going to get fired.

That is just my opinion


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 1:17 AM
0
I'm hoping Catania get relegated and someone snaps up Peruzzi...Also Want westbrom to get relegated for Yacob to go another club...Rojo Iturbe and other youngster will have interesting transfers this summer.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 1:03 AM
0
from the short video he looks like a very good shot stopper and very quick off his line.
good to see him get angry at the defense, a sign of some one who wants to win.
my only small criticism in the early part of the video was he palmed to many of the shots back into the center of the goal mouth and a hungry striker could gobble some of these up.
over all he looks very promising and we will be watching his progress as for some reason we are not producing g/ks like we once did.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 12:30 AM
0
Is higuain ok?


guled
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 12:17 AM
0
@sudhirfadi , Romero is like sabella playing as goalie


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/28/2014 at 12:09 AM
0
Stocky you must be one of Tevez agent, you're always making a case for him on Mundo but that's all good though, nothing wrong with that bro.Anyways you can give it up now because Tevez wont be going to the world cup..

pablo.d Xavi is a great player but I have to call a spade a spade..Xavi is not what he use to be and he tend to slow down Barcelona game dramatically every time he touches the ball these days...Teams with physical midfield tend to run all over the Barcelona midfield..At this point Barcelona does not need Xavi, Iniesta and Busquet on the field together this is not 2008 or 2011..I think its time Barcelona clean house and cut out the Catalonia favoritism...Barcelona ship off quality players in the past like Ronaldinho,Deco,Maxwell,Edmílson,Sylvinho,Zambrotta and, Thuram etc. They should do the same now, time for rebuilding its not 2008 or 2011 anymore..Barcelona should be looking to the future not what they accomplish with certain players in the past several years..The modern game is advancing all the time and Barcelona need to keep up..As I said earlier Barcelona should sell Fabrejoke,Tello, Song, Sergi Roberto, Alves, Xavi (If he wants to stay then play as a backup and don't hold back the team),Pinto and also one of either Pedro or Sanchez..I don't see them selling Neymar this soon when they pay all this money for him, at least they want to make back majority of that money through shirt sales..The other day Barcelona posted on twitter their untouchable players at the club and they are as follow; Messi, Iniesta, Busquet, Neymar and Jordi Alba.


Alkan
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 11:13 PM
0
We don't need more firepower or Tevez. First we need to focus on the goalkeeper, then the midfield, then the defense, and by then the world cup will have started and we won't have time to strengthen the already best offense in the world.


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 10:55 PM
0
Romero too was highly recognized in his early career...... Rulli seems fantastic goalie............for 2014 wc i think sabella himself should play as a goalkeeper and allow sosa and agusto respectively 2nd & 3rd for his backups.


stocky
(Grenada)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 10:53 PM
0
Why don't Sabella just takes all the players from the club he used to coach to the blasted world cup....instead of going to Italy and refusing to go look at Tevez play.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 10:35 PM
0
k.h: i agree on alves and neymar, as alves is past his best and neymar is massively over hyped.
xavi has a lot of offer and i think he is another who is really not busting a gut this season as its world cup time very soon.
he is not alone as it will be his last w.c.

on here a lot are also saying messi is also "resting" for the w.c, their is no reason to think xavi is not doing the same.


Alkan
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 10:27 PM
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I swear 1:06-1:20 looks like a futbol video game.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 10:20 PM
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Ronaldinho played brilliant with Messi..Neymar is too much of a showboat, I don't see him lasting in Europe..Neymar should have done what many young South American players did, he should have moved to Portuguese or French league and gain experience in Europe like for two season then make a move to Barcelona or where ever.

Xavi is not effective anymore, he can keep possession of the ball but other than that, I don't see what Xavi offer Barcelona at the moment other than keeping possession of the ball..If Xavi stay he should play a bench role and not a starter..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 9:53 PM
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el principe Alves might have been the best right back a few years back but he's not better than Lahm and Zabaleta at the moment..


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 7:46 PM
0
barca should have bought kun, a perfect fit for both club and us.


SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 6:25 PM
0
@el principe

barca just bought neymar for allegedly 100 million they are not going to sell him so soon... even if they decide to sell him no club will pay them over 25 million tops..

only way neymar and messi partnership will work if neymar starts serving messi like his predecessors !!!!!


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 6:24 PM
0
http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/apr/01/barcelona-alen-halilovic-next-lionel-messi

Have Barcelona found the next Lionel Messi in Alen Halilovic?

Last week, Barcelona finally won the race the sign the 17-year-old Croat prodigy, but is he the next Lionel Messi? Or the next Luka Modric? Or neither?

Alen Halilovic will turn 18 in June and yet, for many in his country, it seems as if he has been around for ages. Last week, when Barcelona finally confirmed that the young Dinamo Zagreb prodigy will join them in the summer, one of the sentiments back in Croatia was relief.

That was not because people there do not rate the 17-year-old, who had been linked with just about every major European club, and were only too happy to see the back of him. As almost anyone who has seen him play will testify, Halilovic really has that something special about him and could become one of the best players in the world in the coming years.

No, it was just that the matter of his leaving had become a saga. It was always clear that he would leave Dinamo before making his true mark on the pitch for the club. In fact, the rumours about Halilovic started when he was 14 or 15. The club's chief executive, Zdravko Mamic, claims he personally "took him off the truck heading to Madrid", where the player's father Sejad, the former Bosnia and Herzegovina international, "had everything agreed with Atlético and they were moving to their new home there ... but I stopped the family in front of the customs office at the Croatian border and talked them into returning".

Dinamo, of course, used every opportunity they could get to fuel the 'Halilovic Hype', as selling their most promising players for big money is what they do best these days. Last year the midfielder Mateo Kovacic was 18 when he joined Internazionale for €11m; the defender Tin Jedvaj was even younger than Halilovic is now when Roma signed him for €5m.

"I'm fully aware of how pretentious this may sound," Dinamo's director of football, Zoran Mamic, who is now also their head coach (and, incidentally, the brother of the club's controversial executive director Zdravko), told the Spanish Canal+ in 2012. "But he's a Messi-type player if there ever was one."

Part of the problem is that Halilovic has arguably been pushed too hard and too early, already playing for the senior squad at 16 and becoming the second-youngest player ever to appear in the Champions League (after Anderlecht's Celestine Babayaro in 1994). In June last year he even made his full international debut for Croatia in a friendly against Portugal – he was not even a starter for Dinamo back then. He is still not expected to make Croatia's World Cup squad.

And then there were the attempts to lure him to London by Tottenham Hotspur (and, reportedly, Arsenal) last summer, that allegedly collapsed because Halilovic's father wanted his son to gain proper experience before moving to a big club and felt Alen was not yet ready. He then claimed the Dinamo executives had not talked to him for two months because his rejection of the move had cost the club €15m.
Alen Halilovic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic Tall story: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right, towers over Dinamo Zagreb's Alen Halilovic, then aged just 16, after a Champions League group stage game in October 2012. Photograph: Srdjan Vrancic/CROPIX

In the end Dinamo got only €2.2m from Barça, though they could receive much more in instalments for every 10 games Halilovic plays for the Catalans. But by the time the deal came close to fruition it was not Dinamo's call any more.

The club have always had a policy of binding their brightest young talents to long-term contracts so they can get the best deals when they are selling them. However, Halilovic, aware that he was one of the most sought-after young players in Europe, was never going to sign a long-term deal. In the end the player had a valid contract only until the summer; he could have left for free in a few months.

That is, for what it is worth, the path chosen by another young Dinamo prospect, Robert Muric, who has been linked with Manchester United among others. He does not even train with the team any more. The Halilovic family, however, felt they should give something more back to the club that developed the player and that he should not leave the club without proper compensation. But the decision on where to go was fully Halilovic's. He only ever wanted Barça, his father later revealed.

So what can Barcelona and their fans expect from the 17-year-old and what kind of a player is he? Well, he is not the "next Luka Modric" – he may resemble the Real Madrid star with his diminutive stature and blond hair but his style is much more direct and attacking.

Another player Halilovic has been compared to is Bayern's Arjen Robben – and, when Dinamo (mis)use him on the right wing, his efforts often look like a compilation of the Dutch master's early years insomuch as he often looks to dribble past one opponent only to crash into the next and bounce off him, not passing the ball under any circumstances. His defensive play needs a lot of work, too.

References to Manchester City's David Silva and Barça's own Andrés Iniesta have also been made but that is not quite right either. He looks much more natural when fielded more centrally and his characteristics suggest he might be able to assume an even more attacking role in the future. Halilovic has that ability that only the very best players possess: his ability to see everything a few moments before everyone else is breathtaking.

He is also capable of finding just the right moment to enter the penalty box – what the Spanish call llegada. He has an excellent first touch, a killer pass and a superb left-footed shot – be it rockets from the edge of the box or those soft chips that go just over the keeper.

A "Messi-type", then? Well, if there ever was one ... Halilovic will never be that good and probably no one will be. But the Blaugrana just may have found themselves a very decent understudy for the great Argentinian.





el principe
(United States)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 6:11 PM
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Barca will not get rid of Xavi and Alves. They are not done yet. Xavi can still play at his best 2 more years. Alves is still undoubtedly the best RB in the world (Barca + Brazil combined). I think Barca need to get rid of:

1. Alexis Sanchez (just one successful pass to Messi today)
2. Neymar
3. Martin Montoya (not good enough to be back up)
4. Fabregas
5. Pinto
6. Mascherano (he won't win the DM fight against Busquets and he's not good as DC, better move to Napoli)
7. Martino

Barca will get Marc Andre ter Stegen and Alen Halilovic, a 17 year old with Croatian lefty with the exact height as Messi.

I read also they are interested in Ramires (Chelsea). I think he will fit Barca.

Other than them, they need CB badly. Hope they will get a tall CB this time. Masche, Marquez, Puyol all are undersized.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 5:36 PM
1
Barcelona need to replace Xavi, he's basically death weight now..

These are the players Barcelona need to get rid of:

1.Xavi
2.Fabrejoke
3.Song
4.Sergi Roberto
5.Tello
6.Alves (Shame on those Villarel fans for throwing a banana at Alves during the game, racism is poison in today society)
7.Pinto.

Players in;

1.GK's Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Willy Cabellero

2.two CB's

3. A box to box mid and a creative mid

4. RB (I would get Zabaleta)

5. traditional #9




Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 5:19 PM
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When you have no goalkeeper, defender, your legendary midfielder is long past his prime plus you have no support from your board you can't get better outcomes than Tata did at Barca, Barcelona need a complete overhaul at first place plus they need to realize that Neymar-Messi combo can't work together.No other coach can't do better than Maryino in Barcas current settings.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 5:00 PM
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arg2014 This is Tata first season in Europe while Semeone has been in Europe long before he got this successful, so stop acting as if Semeone was turning lights on the moment he sat foot in Europe..Tata also did not get the support from the board when it comes to buying new players..I see Tata staying another season..Barcelona have won all the big games under Tata this season including beating Real Madrid twice, only losing once to AM..Now Tata have an idea how to play away in some of the most tricky venues in Spain he wont make these poor rotations in places like away to Real Sociedad.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 4:15 PM
0
Barcelona is back in the pre ronaldinho era pathetic


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 4:11 PM
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Good news is that Messi won't play the last game against Atletico Madrid as the league is lost and he probably won't risk his fitness.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 3:50 PM
0
Tata turned out to be a flop in Europe. The difference between Simeone and Tata as a coach is like the difference between Tom Hanks and Adam Sandler as an actor.


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 3:13 PM
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I am impressed, although it's hard to judge a GK from a 5 minute video, but the kid is good at:
- one on one situations
- long range shots
- short range attemps; he's got great reflexes

There is only corner in the video (at the 1.10 mark) and he came out and missed it completely, but his reflexes saved him and his team. I would like to see more corners and crosses. This is Romero's major weakness. I have watched Romero many times from the stands at my home tome in the Netherlands. Just like Rulli Romero had great reflexes and was one of the best line keepers, but in the air the guy was and still is a complete mess. He often misses crosses and corners and flies underneath the ball, giving the opposition a free goal to head the ball in. Most AZ fans were relieved to see him go. He was benched at Sampdoria and now at Monaco because of his lack to come out and catch crosses and corners. I am still puzzled how Sabella has a blind eye for this.




guled
(United States)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 2:36 PM
0
He is already better then romero , courtois is same age and he is belguim starting goalkeeper so he can play for us I would trust him more then the current three doughebags we have


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 2:25 PM
0
The kid look awesome!


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 2:24 PM
0
Off topic: sosa had such a great pass to costa! Its a shame he didnt score


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 2:08 PM
0
Sabella traveled to Europe to talk to some players and watch parties in England, Spain and Italy along with his assistants.


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 2:07 PM
0
Already better than Romero LOL.


Nithe
(Nepal)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 2:02 PM
0
Goalkeeping is the position which we are really struggling after Abbondanzaire. there is been lots of discussion about who should be our no. 1 goalkeeper in last few years. I am also not totally convinced with Romero selection ahead of talented goalkeeper like Cabellero, Speroni and i must include rulli in that list too. I hope he does well in coming matches and may get called for worldcup squad where he can impress Sabella


Argentina Kerala
(India)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 1:50 PM
0
One for the future :)


HIRA
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 1:41 PM
0
surely, he is the future


loquito
(Iran)
Posted on 4/27/2014 at 1:33 PM
0
He is an awesome goalkeeper ...but im a little worry about Romero in Brazil ...

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