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Posted by Roy Nemer (Roy Nemer) Monday, August 11, 2014 Go To Comments

Gerardo MARTINO to take over Argentina teams

Gerardo MARTINO is set to be confirmed as Argentina within the next hours. Apparently, not only will MARTINO be coaching the senior team but he will also be responsible in coaching the youth teams.

For Argentina, that means he will oversee the U20 team. Selecting the players and also deciding when they would make the transition onto the senior team. This can be great news for us.




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ame
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 8/14/2014 at 1:57 PM
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Bilardo has left his AFA post to!! think it's needs a major shake up :-)


HollywoodHayat
(United States)
Posted on 8/14/2014 at 6:56 AM
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I think @msi2 is right the majority of the players will be from the WC squad with maybe 4-5 changes max


Gilly
(India)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 5:03 PM
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Baker : Thankyou sir !


baker
(India)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 1:56 PM
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@Gilly : join here
http://forums.bigsoccer.com/forums/argentina.784/

one of the best fottball forum , am there since 2009


Gilly
(India)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 1:27 PM
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Poto : a bit off topic , I see from ur dp that u r a River fan ... My question is do u know any Facebook page / Blog / Discussion Forum for English speaking River fans ? If you know any , do let me know...


Alam
(India)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 11:58 AM
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Tata is not going to build argentina around Messi. I am sure argentina will get a system in which our AM and STRIKERS WITH WINGER IS GOING TO PLAY VERY BEAUTIFULLY.vertical passes is also the trademark of tata playing philosophy.


sandy
(India)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 11:38 AM
2
i am irritated already with some of my fellow argentine fans' comments. what they have discovered about the last world cup is that if tevez was there (especially in the final), we would have won the world cup (as if he has been a prolific goal scorer)! i am one who do not support sabella in his team selections. but i support sabella 100% for not selecting tevez. this is the best thing he did for the NT!
may i ask one thing to those who want tevez back in the team? if you don't want aguero and hig, why can't you opt for some young players like iturbe or icardi? many others are coming up also.


ddr1123
(United States)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 11:13 AM
1
I cant believe we are talking about Tevez again. As Mafioso said 13 goals in 64 games and lots of red cards in crucial games. He has done enough damage. If you think he is not a prima dona, watch last world cup game against Mexico for instance. In every move Tevez is at least 10 yards ahead of Messi in the attack. He wanted to be up and his godfather Maradona obliged.

For the kind of goals we missed in world cup final, especially Higuain and Palacio, its not about skill, its about nerve. They both have the skill to put it in, they not not have the nerve. I will never bet on Higuain on 1:1 with goal keeper, he will miss 8 out of 10 times. I do not see Tevez killing those too. He misses a lot when it comes to nerve and when you have time.


mikeone718
(United States)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 11:01 AM
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POTO, any links?


guled
(United States)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 10:49 AM
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haititoarg: argentina reached the final in part because of messi and the team will continoue to be messi team until 2018, tevez at best is decent player nothing special and he is older player(30)he never brought any thing to the team before, he only brought trouble, the team moved forward no need to go backwards, new blood is needed not tevez and locker room issue


HaititoArg
(United States)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 10:34 AM
1
I never hear that tevez was a problem in the dressing room nobody came out and confirm that it just people assuming he did I just can't forgive the attackers for missing those chances in the final so if tevez can't be in the team they can't either.


El Payaso
(United States)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 10:32 AM
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I would only give tevez a 2nd chance in the beginning of the next WC qualifier or (if) we go to the Conf Cup.. As far as the 2 copa americas go, NO WAY.


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 10:21 AM
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Tevez gives 13 goals in 64 matches and abundance of locker room problem.For the first tournament we dropped Tevez,team looked very united and determined.That's some sign for sensible person.


HaititoArg
(United States)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 10:13 AM
1
Tevez need to be back in the team iguain and aquero didn't nothing in the world cup so they ain't better than tevez and I don't even know why would someone wanna build team around Messi again because all he do now is rlwalking around tevez give everything when he playing so so he need to b call up.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 8:35 AM
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http://www.foxsports.com/soccer/story/sporting-set-to-discipline-marcos-rojo-as-he-pushes-for-united-move-081314


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 4:53 AM
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It won't be everyone from the WC I'm sure. Tata will call up some of his own players.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 4:22 AM
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I for one hopes he makes some changes as, just a few small ones other wise he already loses a bit of control.
its got to be his team, his choices and 100% his control.


msi2
(France)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 4:10 AM
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Against Germany, it appears Tata will call back most of the players that were in the WC final. SO I doubt we're going to see changes soon.


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 3:17 AM
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If everything is on schedule then we can look forward for Martino first touch :

Argentina vs Germany (3 September), Argentina vs Brazil (11 October), Argentina vs Hong Kong (14 October)



pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 3:05 AM
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travis: I agree his 1st squad will tell us a lot and like you I blame some of sabellas selections


guled
(United States)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 3:05 AM
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Travis: that is correct, calling tevez means not wanting success, tevez had his chance before and he never brought any thing to the team, and when for the first time he wasn't included the team almost won the cup only bad luck stood in the way, this team moved from that unwanted distraction, there is unity and the team is good enough to win the copa 2015, there are tevez supporters here in mundo, for me tevez is decent player nothing special , I can't understand the support he has, we will see who martino calls that will tell us wether he will be failure or success


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 2:59 AM
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http://www.ole.com.ar/seleccion/Debut-victoria_0_1192081078.html

brief highlights of the U-20 Argentina team. Seems we have yet another promising number 10 coming up.


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 2:54 AM
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I can see Martino Playing a 4231 with Messi behind Higuain/Icardi. I don't think he will play with 2 strikers unless in need of a goal. Di maria On Left with enzo(also CM)/Lamela/Iturbe fighting on the right. I'm sure he will use Mascherano for copa 15 but will have some young player to learn from him.




travis
(Japan)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 2:09 AM
2
if tata will be the coach, then what i want to see most is what is he going to do with the players selection whether is he is more better than sabella or even more a disaster than sabella. to me, sabella will always be blame for his player selection. if tata bring back tevez, then it just shows a clear sign that he is more worst than pekerman, maradona and sabella. can't wait to see tata martino first 11.


msi2
(France)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 1:49 AM
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I agree with Kenneth. In the end whether the player is 20 or 29, if he can brign anything substantial to the NT, he should be brought in.


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 1:20 AM
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It's not Martino's job to call up or develop players like Tagliafico or Pezella, anyone who thinks that is a fool. His job is to pick the best available players and get results.


msi2
(France)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 1:01 AM
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Well Tagliafico is only 22, so he can still fulfill his potential. Pezzella is 23 but the issue with him he's playing very little in River, he doesnt have much time to blossom.


Argentina Kerala
(India)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 12:56 AM
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Always loved to see nico tagliafico and pezzella wear the Albiceleste senior jersey's but they never lived upto expectations. Good luck and hoping for the best. Vamos


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 12:46 AM
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If we think Martino deserved a second chance after Barcelona failure, now here he gets it...


guled
(United States)
Posted on 8/13/2014 at 12:07 AM
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Calling tevez is going backwards, martino needs to move forward, the team that reached the final need only few changes for copa 2015, then he can build for 2018 by incorporating the young players to the team


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 11:49 PM
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Hopefully Tata Martino will call the best and young players from all around , remembering Sabella with his Estudientes gangs during his earlier coaching time.

Optimize the vast talented players, be more innovative and creative than Bielsa. Martino is well known for his passion and detail on football.


msi2
(France)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 11:30 PM
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Ese "Martino sabe que no hay ningún jugador prohibido, ni Tevez ni nadie", de Julio Grondona Jr...

"Martino knows there's no prohibited players, neither Tevez, neither anyone else" from Julito Grondona...


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 9:23 PM
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Argentina to play Colombia and honduras on October location US.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 7:39 PM
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sadly this is a problem for all of our top players, the clubs own them and pay them massive salaries meaning they should bust a guy for their clubs.
the problem is fifa failing to allow the best players to rest in w/c year, any thing from eanding lge season early, scrapping the chasmps lgs every w/c year or reducing the champs lgs to lge winners only for w/c year or making all rounds h and w knock out not the mini lgs they currently have-just ideas but it will never happen as fifa don't care about players welfare or the w/c as no matter what it will always make fifa billions and the bottom line for fifa is the $$.


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 6:48 PM
1
Di Maria needs to get the hell out of Real I hate that he used up all his energy trying to win the champions for them and when argentina needed him he was gassed out :(. He should go to Monaco,Liverpool, Or Man U.


mikeone718
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 5:50 PM
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Goal says thursday however,

http://www.goal.com/en-au/news/4016/main/2014/08/13/5030484/martino-named-argentina-boss


mikeone718
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 5:49 PM
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Seems like it'll be official tomorrow,

http://www.marca.com/2014/08/12/en/football/international_football/1407864538.html


DD
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 5:29 PM
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this guy is a Zanetti like defender! Hope he will do well for us in the Future.


Messay
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 5:25 PM
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here is the goal by tagliafico! wonderful shot...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm-2LYRpO7A



DD
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 5:20 PM
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@Poto: Any video of the goal?


Messay
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 5:14 PM
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the collision with the goalie wasnt Otamendis fault... the goalie came out wayyyy too far.

aside from that, i thought otamandi was a Boss in the back. He is actually very dominating... reminds me of walter samuel a little (in his demeanor)!


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 5:11 PM
0
Nicolas tagliafico made a nice goal against quilmes.


DD
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 5:02 PM
1
Looks like Otamendi should be out of contention for NT selection. Not sure about Fazio. From the commentary, I found that he had a decent match.

I would say keep Rojo at left back where he did so well & partner up Musacchio with Garay. Also, try to keep an eye on Mammana to see how he is maturing!


guled
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 4:34 PM
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Rojo would be perfect partner for garay if martino uses him as center back


Gilly
(India)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 4:33 PM
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Otamendi does it again. Got messed up with the keeper. Manchester United score in the last minute. Unnecessary defeat to Valencia who played great most part


guled
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 4:27 PM
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Fazio won't complement garay he is slow and error prone


Gilly
(India)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 2:57 PM
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Off topic : Fazio & Otamendi are having brilliant games thus far .... :)


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 2:17 PM
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BPL is a good league for defenders, it's only good news that Rojo is going to Man utd. Now I hope di maria would get out of RM asap.


DD
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 2:12 PM
1
Here is the news on Van Gaal's interest on Rojo: http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/aug/12/manchester-united-target-marcos-rojo-argentina

BPL is not a bad place to play for a defender! Rojo will only get better if this happens.


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 2:10 PM
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I'm fairly certain Marcos Rojo is goign to Man U he started liking Man U pages on Instagram and as soon as they made a bid he wants to go.


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 2:00 PM
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@ddr1123, you can't compared a well established coach in Europe who has won CL before and succeeded in multipled clubs to someone like Martino, a new comer from south America with little to no experience in Europe club football. There's NO WAY in hell that Martino would get the trust and respect like Ancelotti gotten in his managing career, at least for now. That's why I said it was a bad decision to coach the world class team like Barcelona before he made a name for himself in a smaller club first.


Gilly
(India)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 1:59 PM
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Sudhirfadi: Good bit of guess work sir ! Your hypothesis sound a little too far fetched ! But I'd like to believe he's been appointed (going to be appointed) purely on the basis of merit. But yes, I agree to your point that he shouldn't be building the team around Messi. I feel Messi will still be the most important player in the NT for next few years but we have great talents coming through, so he must give chance to all these future stars in his team.


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 1:52 PM
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The worst decision of Martino in his career is to join Barca before he made a name for himself in Europe. If he achieved what Simeone achieved in Europe before moving to Barca, it would be a totally different story because the board and fans, and most importantly the players would trust him a lot more and willing to change and accommodate to his plans. He would have gotten players he wanted to make the squad stronger, he literally inherited the same squad that got trashed by Bayern with no changes, and it was even worse since even the best player Messi got injured for 1/3 of the season and have world cup coming up, that's gotta hurt his chances to win with Barca.

The moral of the story is that Barca were just too full of themselves and the fans, board, the players all think that tiki-taka was the only way to succeed since they did it before. So, even if Martino proved what he could do with his way in the first half of the season, he still couldn't do anything to change the team to the way he wanted to get the results like he did with Barca in the first half of the season. What could he do when he's never gotten the trust from the fans, board and the players, even after what he could do with his way??? It was a bad decision of Martino to join a well established Barca team that was named the best team in history when he hasn't yet made a name for himself in Europe to gain the respect from the media, fans, the board and the players. It takes a lot more to change the so called "best team in history" than you guys think. After multiple failure seasons, I believe the fans, board and players will finally realize they need to make a change. Too bad that Martino is no longer in charge.

Let's put it this way, I believe many of you people would think that world class Manager like Pep Or Mourinho would make Argentina into instant world champion, but it's never that easy. Look how Bayern failed under Pep even after he made a name for himself and got all the respect from the board, fans and the players, and yet he still failed to win with Bayern that just won the CL a season ago with literally the same squad. As a matter of fact, they didn't just get knocked out, they got trashed out. So I really do believe if Martino in Barcelona got the respect and buying power and trust within the organization like Pep got in Bayern, Barcelona would be a totally different story.

All in all, I truly believe in Martino's ability to coach a team, and lead them to success as he has proven himself in a few teams.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 1:47 PM
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Di Maria shouldn't stay, despite what he did for them they never respected him, he should go to another team that will be good for him and argentina national team


dollon
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 1:36 PM
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BEST OPTION FOR ME,,HE DESERVED IT...I AM VERY HAPPY TO SEE HIM...HE IS 50% BETER THEN SABELLA..


ddr1123
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 1:09 PM
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http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/498471/Man-Utd-legend-Cristiano-Ronaldo-trying-to-convince-Angel-Di-Maria-to-stay-at-Real-Madrid

Ronaldo is again pushing for Di Maria stay


tamthebam
(Scotland)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 12:56 PM
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I hope this works out but I don't think it will. As long as he got the job at BARCA, MARTINO was willing to put up with anything from the board. To me, that's a sign of WEAKNESS! On the touchline he looked baffled( sure he had two good results against REAL in the league but they meant nothing in the end) and he couldn'T BEAT atletico in 5 tries! one of them a league decider at home! Nah, sorry guys,but MARTINO is just another AFA puppet!


ddr1123
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 12:53 PM
2
Good posts everybody!

There are arguments both in favor and against Tata, when it comes to his Barcelona tenure. Here are my thoughts

In Favor
--------------------------------------
1. Like extrme said, he really did not get to do what he wanted. I think he knew he is going to leave after the Rayo game. He did have a plan, but he could not implement as there was not much support. There were not much support has he inherited a successful team.
2. I work for Spanish company, and why board, even the people did not think hiring an Argentine (or any other country) was waste. The people were too confident about their footballing abilities after winning so much as clubs and nation. They think (or thought :), after this world cup) they cannot learn anything from anyone. The coach has to be Catalan or at least Spanish.
3. Tata did submit a report where he wanted to sign some players. Did not happen for whatever reason.
4. He did win games against Real. He could have won something. The league was too close.
5. Lot happened off field - death of Tito, transfer for Neymar, legal problems of Messi, in short a lot.

Against
--------------------------------------
1. Compare with Carlo Ancelotti. In Spain Fluorintino Perez signs players, Sandro Rossel signs players. The coach plays with them. But Carlo was adament about Di Maria, the balance of the team and at the end he was successful with some luck. When you score on 92nd minute, it is luck. But you could see throughout the season, he was strong, calm and was not a puppet. Tata for whatever reason could not do that. May be he does not have a strong resume in Europe.
2. He played Atletico again and again. And it got worse every game. Even the Atletico supporters at work was super confident by CL and La Liga end that they will win. They only worried about Messi. Tata seemed to have no idea and looked resigned. He got chance after chance in La Liga. He did not even have to win against Atletico, if he played the other games better.
3. Whatever happens in boardroom is one and to be able to motivate your players is another. Did not look like he could do that. Remember, Argentina is not Paraguay (with due respect). It can quickly become a team of super stars and he has to manage that.

Overall, I like his appointment. He will not drastically change the work Sabell has done. Few tweaks and he may actually win the Copa. With Sabella you get a feeling he is shrewd enough for Dunga's Brazil. After that anything can happen in the field, but Sabella would know. With Tata and what happened with Simone's Atlelico, I am a little worried he may again run into a Simone in Dunga.


baker
(India)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 12:51 PM
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Manchester United have submitted an offer of £15.9m for Marcos Rojo who has handed in a transfer request. [BBC]


El Payaso
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 12:43 PM
0
some people here are looking for the "perfect" coach which doesn't even exist. Simeone made a costly mistake in the Champion's League final starting with Diego Costa when the player himself was far from being fit btw...

Anyways I believe that Tata is more than capable for the job. Good luck to him



Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 12:33 PM
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@xtreme,

Well spoken!


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 11:50 AM
0
Martino was pressurised by AFA not to use messi alot even when he was half fit.that was the main reason why he is selected for argie job. Martino should not build team under messi and hope he will select best outcome of oceans of argie talents. I hope he should not copy sabela selection policy infact sabella was to weak for sellection.... Sabella did awesome job which martino should follow. Unlike barca martino should handle the stars......


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 11:27 AM
4
Martino was really good with Barca first half of the season when they were breaking a few records and stuff until the game against Rayo Vallecano which Barca won by 4-0, but they lost possession for the first time since long long time ago, like 300+ games ago. Then the board and media massively criticized him for the change of tactics and demanded him to return the possession football that fans are accustomed to. And then Barca were never the same as in the first half of the season, and the rest is history.

On top of that, Barca never really allow Martino to sign any players he wants, it's not like he could have gotten what he wants when the board never trusted him thoroughly like they did with pep and now with Luis Enrique. Look how easily Enrique or Pep gotten players they wanted, and look at Martino, there's a huge difference. I don't really get Barca, why hire someone you don't trust???? I suspect the only reason they got him was to make Messi happy, since martino is an Argentine. Tata just never got the respect he deserved, and that's the main reason to his failure in Barca. It's not as simple as you fans are thinking like he wasn't aggressive enough in standing to his own views. There's nothing Martino could do when he didn't have the support from the board, the board probably wouldn't care even if he threatened to quit the job, so there's really nothing he could do.


vish
(India)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 9:20 AM
0
Excellent move. This has to be a long term move. Overall in charge is the best thing that has happened, a thing that Sabella did not have. I am sure he will lead Argentina to glory over the next 4 years. Cannot wait for the next tournament.


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 9:14 AM
1
@baker,

Barca still is a joke.They bought Matheu,30 years old smoker for 20 millions.An injured Vermalen for 19 millions.And also add that both of them are pretty average defender.


Vasu
(India)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 8:40 AM
0
both messi and pastore r born to play together....


niklucky02
(India)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 8:30 AM
0
From what I have seen from pre-season friendlies,one man I will really like to test in our team will be Pastore.


fotobirajesh
(India)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 8:22 AM
1
@Maifoso, Baker - friends, there are facts in what you say, like Messi Busquests etc was not in good form etc. And he did indeed try to bring in some vertical balls etc. But where did all this go in the most needy matches. Above all, 13-14 was the seasons in which for the first time since 2008-09, Messi received much and much less balls ever as a Barca player. Was that a good tactical change too? If he was so good with his changes in the first half, why didnt he stick with it. The talk is, around Dec, Xavi talked to him and said this is not Barca way, and Martino accepted it. Is that what a successful coach is supposed to do? (compare that with Sabella, who sticked to his ultra defensive set ups inspite of having players like Messi). And regarding signings too, he should have insisted on signings, instead he played for the board who wanted austerity and announced Puyol is a new signing. Even during the winter transfer window, when it became so clear Barca is in trouble at the back, he didnt insist for a new player.
Barca board didnt stop him at all. From the very beginning, they wanted a puppet and Tata seemd to agree to that idea even before he joined. Rossell wanted his legacy signing Neymar to take centre place and wanted Messi to be less important in the team and he chose the right guy who would listen to the board, but not the team's needs. Messidependencia was not there, but Barcas scoring also suffered and finally no trophies too. And do not forget, this was the first season during which Leo Messi seriously thought about leaving Barca. If not for a Tito Villanova, requesting from death bed, Messi could have been elsewhere this season. And there was serious unhappiness in the whole dressing room during this season as most players were not happy with the board. How can that happen with a good coach, a players coach? The fact is the coach played for the board. Even the training sessons intensity was very poor, it is told now. Isnt the coach responsible at all.

Once again, let me tell you, I do not have anything against Tata, and I like him as a person, for his charm in the press conferences and all. But on field, especially against Atletico, he was poor.


baker
(India)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 7:47 AM
0
Watch the small video which has tactical changes which tata made during first half of the season.

Please dont judge him from the barsas performance , barca was joke that time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxO4sH5fvng


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 7:35 AM
2
Martino was not lacking innovation,he was lacking players.

Messi,Pedro,Cesc,Busquets were toatlly out of form.Xavi,Pique,Alves were garbage and still is.Valdes got injured.Now tell me which super star Martino had in the bench?

Was it Martino's job to magically make Barca champion when he had one matured CB whose name is Pique?

Martino injected new things called vertical passes,counter attacks,long balls to Barca system.He was viciously criticized by media and fan and stopped by Barca board which is joke.


shipul
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 6:24 AM
1
I don't think he is a good choice based on the fact he was lacking of innovation and totally outplayed by the tactics of Diego simione .


fotobirajesh
(India)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 4:50 AM
0
I have only respect for him as a person and to give him the charge of all teams is a good move.

However, based on football, am not happy. He got to play Atletico 5 times in a single season and didnt manage to win any of it. There was not a single good tactical innovation or concept from his side, which would have helped Barca to win, at least one game. I dont forget that the liga was lost by just one wrong offside call, but with that group of players, if he couldnt win anything, there are serious doubts on him.

The second issue is, he behaved like a puppet of the Barca board. His declaration that Puyol is our new signing, was the worst. He ignored the team requirements and played along with the board by not insisting for CB signing in 2 signing seasons. Not impressive at all, especially the football part. Barca didnt even manage the CL semis after a long period of domination, during his tenure.

I dont know. I wish he force me to eat my words, for the sake of Argentina.


Gilly
(India)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 4:38 AM
0
Well, how about playing a complete future team + Messi against Germany in the friendly ? Since winning friendlies against Germany in the past have proved nothing for us , why not give a shot to the youngsters and let them taste blood. It will give us a picture how our future guys are shaping up and at what level they're playing... I am quite sure Germany will play a lot of their young guys in this game... Then why not Argentina ?


Gilly
(India)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 4:28 AM
0
This is great news... It surely means Martino is there for a long term , good that we are learning something out of our past mistakes , mistakes which deprived our golden generations of the WC glory....

Now let's have complete faith in our man and back him up 100% ... At least now he will apply his own style on the team (unlike at Barcelona) and will give chance to the roaring generation of newcomers - Icardi, Iturbe Zuculini, Ocampos, Correa, Musacchio, Peruzzi, Rulli, Cirigliano, Lamela ..... All of them are waiting !!!

Vamos , Vamos Argentina !


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 3:25 AM
1
First up is the friendly with Germany (which IMHO should be cancelled)

If the 23 man squad from the WC is his starting point he will look to replace:
Demichelis with Musacchio or Fazio
Palacio with Icardi
Gago with Lamela, Gaitan or Lucas Romero

I wish him all the best and good luck in the next 48 months.


Brisco
(Finland)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 2:43 AM
0
Martino will lead us to glory! I have strong feeling that he will be just fine. Let's hope AFA-byrochracy or big star egos wont screw everything up and he will have his say on things. Taking conrol of youth teams is a good sign that he's in it for the long period of time (4 years at least) and will have the time needed to develop our game. But I'm with some of you here who are saying that Aguero, Higuain and all the others who failed us fans in the WC will be called up to NT almost every game during the next 4 years. Lamela and maybe 1-3 more young guns will have their moments here and there, but I think that the team will be 90 percent the same as Sabella's NT was. And guess what, that aint a bad thing. We will see..


msi2
(France)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 1:10 AM
0
Well apparently that won't be for the next game against Germany, as he intends to call back all the players from the WC.

Some here are expecting Martino to make a revolution, or even a substantial change, but i doubt it will happen overnight. It will be little by little.

Also, one thing has to be said, the youngsters haven't been rejected... They dont have what needed in terms of maturity. The only young player that could have made the world cup list is Lamela. The rest is simply ready at all to make it (or should i say wasnt ready). Let's hope a couple of them will grow up and make the list in the future but i have said, it won't happen overnight.


sandy
(India)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 1:00 AM
0
it will be good if he selects a few young players. the youngsters have been getting rejected for the last few years. may this be a good beginning.


baker
(India)
Posted on 8/12/2014 at 12:12 AM
0
Good move. Now Martino need to fill 2018 dreams on playera right from the beginning.

I do have positive feeling about this.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 8/11/2014 at 9:07 PM
0
xtreme: i agree he must have to the w/c unless he really screws up.

on low it was Germanys all round plan that succeeded not lows plan or tactics as they spent 1 billion in those 10 years to win the w/c, their set up started at youth level and its good to see us trying the same with martito now being given all roles starting at youth level.


Trini Pupi
(Trinidad And Tobago)
Posted on 8/11/2014 at 8:59 PM
0
Not surprised by the youth set up...he is a student of Bielsa after all.
Bielsa did the same thing when he managed Chile.
I hope he is given the resources needed.


crazyARG
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 8/11/2014 at 8:25 PM
0
do any one know where is adrian centurion is palying now, is he finalized with Genoa or back to Racing, and after returning from injury will Correa able to play for ATM


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 8/11/2014 at 8:25 PM
1
Off topic rip Robin Williams


crazyARG
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 8/11/2014 at 8:03 PM
0
good decision. becoz now he can make his future game plan considering the youth players, his own youth players. sure he will have full knowledge of them, so a number of youth players will have NT call up for sure.
good luck for TATA. seems a great future ahead.
VAMOS ARGENTINA


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 8/11/2014 at 7:58 PM
0
Martino must continues as the manager even if argentina failed to win the copa next year, we are looking at the big picture, martino must be given full control of the team until the end of world cup 2018. I'm looking forward to big things with martino in charge. Look how germany held onto Lowe wwhen he failed to win for nearly 10 years as then world cup trophy.


Mission
(Hungary)
Posted on 8/11/2014 at 7:14 PM
0
A strange concept. I don't think I've ever heard about such thing. Well, at least he is not afraid of responsibilities. And the fact that he wants to take over the youth teams too means he has long term plans, because I don't think that current U20 guys will have a big role in Copa'15.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 8/11/2014 at 7:09 PM
0
Even though I have my reservations on martino but I am glad the afa is giving him full control, now he won't have the pressure to play a certain way(tiki taka), he will build the and play the way he wants, I hope he continuous the solid defense that sabella built but builds the creative midfield department we need help in that area, also we need lethal finishers, we should all be 100% behind him and hopefully he brings us the copa and 2018 cup


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 8/11/2014 at 6:57 PM
0
I like it


DD
(United States)
Posted on 8/11/2014 at 6:50 PM
0
A 'THUMBS UP' FROM MY SIDE :-)


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 8/11/2014 at 6:48 PM
0
This is good news to have it all sorted out.
congrats to you Gerardo and may you lead us to glory including the 2018 w/c.

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