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Posted by Roy Nemer (Roy Nemer) Saturday, August 16, 2014 Go To Comments

Federico FERNANDEZ to join Swansea

Federico FERNANDEZ is close to joining Premier League club Swansea. FERNANDEZ posted a goodbye message on his Instagram, thanking Napoli fans for their support.

FERNANDEZ joined Napoli in 2011, where he spend one season on loan at Getafe. Here was his message:

"Ciao Napoli. Yes ciao, because it is not goodbye forever! It cannot be, because it is difficult to stay away from a city like this. A city where I found love and happiness straight away, that gave me so much, which I tried to give back with the best of myself on the field and off. A thank you from the heart to this magnificent city, to all its warm inhabitants, thank you to SSC Napoli and its magnificent fans. Thank you to everyone.'"




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crazyARG
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 8/19/2014 at 5:15 AM
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kid......... i agreed with u dude......but these to should have their chance......... i think iturbe and icardi will be our future number 9 and 7


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 6:20 PM
1
i have said before i still have the impression sabella some where lost the dressing room, possibly before the start of the w/c.
i do think when players know they are in (it was wide news he knew the team long before the w/c) you lose a certain amount of control straight away and it showed in some friendlies as players walked through them.

players must always be on their toes and no one must ever be above the team.

i look at lav behavior on the team bus, the water at sabella to the constant selfies to players speaking to the media the way they did.
it all seems strange to me and as i said to me sabella was not the sabella we had before the w/c- perhaps that's why he did not want to return? as he knew what he had was gone and its called respect.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 5:26 PM
0
arg2014: Before the 2014 world cup started, many coaches said they would not allow their players on social media during the world cup..Sabella should have done the same thing.After the Holland game, their were plenty of pics going around on social media of our players.From group pics on the bus, to selfies of Aguero and co, like it was a world cup final triumph victory..

''This is how I look at it: Palacio, Aguero, and Higuain should be out. They had their chances in 2010 & 2014 as main strikers.''

Apart from Aguero and Higgy, I agree with you though..No way Higgy and Aguero will be out..Who will replace them? Icardi and Iturbe? lol


Rune
(Norway)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 5:17 PM
0
@Aurelius: Yes, I have two lovely daughters now. Thanks:-)
By the way; Rammstein is impossible to boycott completely....Mein Teil and Ohne Dich are songs that will always be played in my home even if ze germans knock us out of all the next three world cups;-);-)


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 3:52 PM
1
Kid, it wasn't Sabella's fault that those players go on social media with all sorts of pic's....he's not there to baby sit young kids....They are all grown men, and it's their duty to fight for the jersey they wear and remember in every moment that they were selected out of hundreds of players to represent their country in the highest football tournament in the world. If a little boy who's just 9 years old knows how important the world cup is and how players should be on guard, so you think that Lavezzi and Aguero who are professional footballers, don't know the calibre of this event? With the limited time provided for world cup, the coach has no time to go for basics of do's & Do Not's instructions.....You coach this stuff for the youth team under 16 though.

The point was that our strikers were flop, no one's fault....it was theirs, and without Messi & Sabella, Argentina would exit from group stage.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 3:42 PM
2
This is how I look at it: Palacio, Aguero, and Higuain should be out. They had their chances in 2010 & 2014 as main strikers....they blew it against Germany on both occasions. Yes they will score this coming friendly, but they will flop in 2018 against Germany again and again. To win the world cup today, you need to beat Germany. Period.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 3:00 PM
0
Bruce Wayne: Thanks dude, appreciate it..I'm with you..I knew Aguero was going to score today, the same way Higuain scored on his first season appearance last week against PSG...When they score I was like ''meh'' here we go again :/.

You haven't seen anything yet, just watch how they will wipe the floor with Germany next month..I'm telling you, this game will bring back the ''what if'' memories..I really don't want to watch the Germany friendly but it will be hard for me not to watch it.


Bruce Wayne
(India)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 2:36 PM
0
@kidulthood - dude i really cant stop agreeing with you man. All those points regarding FF, fab4 and social media makes sense.

And when i heard kun scored today, i was like WTF dude, where were you during this WC!!? The guy need to trim down his body a bit and maintain his fitness. He's a lethal weapon when he's fit and in form.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 2:03 PM
2
The only criticism I have against Sabella was that he allowed the players to be active on social media during the world cup..He should have banned all these things during the world cup all together..

I have terminated all my social network accounts..I don't need to see people posting pics of themselves inside a bathroom, inside a car, at the gym, and at a party..


Istiaque
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 1:56 PM
0
I know I'll never be able to forgive aguero and higuain for their display for us in the world cup. When he scored today, it was like a bullet to my heart.

He was too busy posting selfies I guess :(


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 1:30 PM
3
Plastic player and argie world cup flop scores for citizen..........


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 1:23 PM
1
The problem was Pelegrini should have never played Aguero against West ham in the final game of the season because City was already in control of the title by that time..All these people talking about Aguero will be drop from the NT are dreaming..Aguero, Higuain, Messi and Di Maria will continue to spear head Argentina front line for many years to come..


baker
(India)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 1:15 PM
0
Well aguero started his business. He was just sick of our NT jeresy , now he is fine.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 1:12 PM
0
he needs to stay healthy, that's the whole point


msi2
(France)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 1:05 PM
0
Everyone knows that Kun is going to be called up... It's useless to try denying it.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 12:57 PM
0
KUN comes in the last 10mins of the ManCity game and scores, whambaamm thank you ma'am, still mad at him though


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 9:45 AM
2
"FF is better than Musacchio, Fazio, Otamendi and Lisandro.."

And that ^ is proof that some football fans are out of their freaking minds!


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 9:08 AM
1
''FF will not be too big a miss. Garay is around for the next cycle, Rojo can move into his natural role and there are several promising candidates as replacements like Mateo, Lisandro. It has been a while but the cycle where we were churning out just top class attackers is coming to an end.''

As I said before FF is not going anywhere..I've seen this movie time and time again where some bloggers here bash players because they are not the perfect program robot then had to take it back. Hint hint, Romero and Rojo..make no mistake, FF will be a regular under Tata without a doubt..Why I keep on hearing this talk about Rojo playing as a CB..Argentina have a quality LB in ROJO that they have been missing for decades now.And you guys keep on talking about ROJO as a CB for Argentina? Noway, we have way too many other defenders in that position.

Again, FF is better than Musacchio, Fazio, Otamendi and Lisandro..

Rojo and Romero are proof that some football fans are glory hunters.


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 6:22 AM
1
Pastore can play in a 4-3-1-2 formation behind Messi-Higuain due upfront. Lamela/Pastore can compete for the AM role. Perez-Mascherano-Biglia play the 3 man midfield. Rojo-Garay-Musacchio-Zabaleta in the back with one of Romero/Caballero as the GK.


Kutz
(India)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 5:47 AM
1
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LQyOjn_6tTc.


Lovely tango!!!!!!


Aurelius
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 5:29 AM
3
The reason msi2 the England NT fails is because of the coaching and upbringing of players. It is all focused on pace and power.

Whereas other national teams like Spain and the cheats have reformed their programmes and coaching and also coaching numbers.

It is something all the canteras in Argentina need to remember. Never to go down the Brazilian-English route but to focus on ball skills and developing footballing intelligence.

Everything else such as physical conditioning and mental preparation can come when they are older in their teens.

As for Pastore. Not a bad effort to start the season. Doing the right things for a midfield general. Not overplaying and picking the right passes.

I love Flaco but he has been far too inconsistent, almost lazy and like many talented players too reliant on his natural ability instead of working on his game.

Perhaps the arrival of Tata offers him that chance of redemption and a crack at the Copa and indeed WC. He could play relatively comfortably infront of a defensively minded pair of midfielders and behind an attacking trio.

With the arrival of Tata he says the door is open for everyone but Tevez should remain excluded. He offers no long term value. Ditto for Gago, Fernandez. If Tevez was not such an egotistical idiot he would have been on the bench biding his chance and a far better option than Palacio who managed to live up to his nickname of Crapacio with tame efforts against Belgium, Holland and worst of all against the cheats.

He has not only hurt himself but the seleccion too many times.

FF will not be too big a miss. Garay is around for the next cycle, Rojo can move into his natural role and there are several promising candidates as replacements like Mateo, Lisandro. It has been a while but the cycle where we were churning out just top class attackers is coming to an end.

Nonetheless I wish FF well like all our players wherever they play and should he perform well he is still relatively young.

In the PL yesterday so called journeyman Leonardo Ulloa scored for Leicester and looked rather impressive in hustling a potential future England centreback pairing. But well off any possibility of a call up.

Lamela ? First of all he is fit which is a huge bonus. However he was trying far too hard to impress yesterday in a game where physical pressing and a derby. He too often gifted the ball away. There were some lovely tricks and more so when an equally decent player like Eriksen was around who can understand him.

However he needs to learn when to keep the ball and keep it simple and when to dribble or pick out that 5% ball. I am sure he will and he is the right character. He will not hide and he will in time show his worth. However Pochettino could do with improving some of the mediocre squad around him who have no idea what Erik is doing. Compare this to some of the squad he had around him in midfield at Roma ie Bradley, Pjanic, de Rossi.

At present Manchester United are desperate to secure Rojo. Still an ongoing wrangle between the parasite company who own 75% of him and Sporting. Mateo may now not be coming to Tottenham once again the issue being the third party. River Plate and a holding company want more money. The holding company are the parasites in this case.

About Lesczuk. Another Argentine player rarely despite the sizeable Polish descended community in Argentina of Polish-Ukrainian origins.

A little pocket rocket with great acceleration, decent turn of speed and tricks. Still has a long way to go as a player in terms of development.

Physically still not there. Also too often an individual failing to pass at the right time, holding onto the ball for too long and trying the impossible too often.

Not that you would want to take that out of him but he needs to play a more controlling role as a 10. However as we have seen with Iturbe the previous season that can come (although Ivan is not on the same level) with time.

Bruno Zuculini may also be leaving Manchester City on loan to join up with Otamendi, Piatti, de Paul and Orban with Cartabia on loan at Cordoba as their 10. So while I hope Simeone does well again this season along with Ansaldi I shall be behind Los Che with four possible candidates for the next seleccion cycle in the side. Bruno will also find having de Paul there a help being ex team mates at Racing.

It is rather nice to have so many of the old WC bloggers here. Juli2014 I am sorry if I forgot you. ToddUtah is a blast from the past. Hope his youth coaching is still going well. And Rune is that your son/daughter ? If so congratulations on becoming a father and all the very best wishes to you, your wife and the little one. :)

As you may know I like listening to rock/metal music and after the disaster a month ago I stopped listening to Rammstein.....A boycott of all things......

There is a substantial German descent population in Argentina people like Heinze are of Volga German origin. I expect most would still have been supporting the seleccion. And a couple of the young prospects like Matias Roskopf (Matthew Redhead) again are of German descent.

Enjoy the rest of weekend folks.


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 4:56 AM
0
Pastore has been playing as a traditional midfielder lately, can't think of any to compare him too but almost as if a " more advanced deep lying playmaker" i know its a silly description but i can't think of much else. He sits in front of Veratti/matuidi and Thiago Motta, but behind Lucas/Lavezzi Cavani and Ibra. He has been defending well ( as far as covering goes tackling is another issue) and has been linking the defense/midfield to the forwards quite well in the pre season. I truly hope this is his " break out season" that he can record 20+ assists and 10 goals. Personally i think he has all the talent in the world to compete with the best, but that damn consistency attribute!


theAbNormalOne
(India)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 4:02 AM
0
@Kid: Nobody want to blame or hate on Federico Infact we want to avoid those things that's why we want to cut him from our beloved team. Its better to cut him from team than blaming him after bad performance.na?
* The only reason I love Messi is he's Argentine and plays for us.If Cristiano was Argentine and Messi was Portuguese I would be in search of words to describe him. No one will dare to call him punk regardless of his character.
*And I'm a big admirer of you since long past.So hope you don't take it as bashing or offense. may god bless our Argentina team to win copas and next worldcup.


theAbNormalOne
(India)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 3:53 AM
0
How can I not love Pastore if I'm a football lover. I know everybody loves Pastore here but be realistic guys,gone are the days of Riquelme,Aimar,Zidane...etc. Where you will place Pastore in our team???in a midfield trio?,as a CAM in 4-2-3-1? Or as a winger? I think the only position Patore could flourish is that of a free role which is currently occupied by Messi.So a big yes to Pastore if he's to be used as a backup to Messi or a plan-B.
*** Pastore would be a huge success in a 3-3-1-3(a Pekerman man esque formation) or under Bielsa, no doubt about that.
***If Tata ready to play Messi as the target man and use Ocampos/Gaitan/Salvio and DiMaria on the wing and use a double pivot of Biglia and Masche then,then only he got a chance.Infact it is the formation I'm looking forward, a blend of defense,pase,creativity and flair with compromise on height.
***I'm looking forward to DePaul because I see him as a perfect solution to our CAM worries. A fast attacking midfielder who plays through the center.


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 3:22 AM
0
Zidan like!


Messay
(United States)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 2:56 AM
1
Whoa! Gothams own is a member of Mundo? Fantastic :)


Here is a short clip of Pastore embarrassing two of Bastias defenders today!

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


Bruce Wayne
(India)
Posted on 8/17/2014 at 2:52 AM
0
A player with a great potential. Hope BPL will help him correct his flaws and improve his game. All the best fede.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 10:58 PM
0
they think they have talented players but their problem is the players never learn technical football, kick and rush is promoted as the ultimate technique,young children see that and try to emulate it unlike latin America were young kids first learn how to dribble


baker
(India)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 10:58 PM
1
I think for defenders and Strikers , EPL is good place to learn . but for a midfield general or AM/DM , epl will destroy their skills.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 9:26 PM
0
correct to many key players are foreigners in the Epl and the ars had the dubious honour of being the 1st epl team to field an entire team of foreigners.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 9:00 PM
0
He can succeed here. Please prove all the doubters wrong


msi2
(France)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 8:57 PM
0
The reason the english nt fails is simply because they dont have enough good talent...


guled
(United States)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 8:31 PM
0
Pablo.d: today serie a is not doing good because of financial issues, there are no good players there any more, but the tactic remains still the same, also the English game never evolved from the early times they play the same kick and rush game and that is the main reason thier national team always fails in the big tournament


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 8:26 PM
0
Guys here is an interesting article.

Title: What caused Serie A to lose its financial power?

http://www.foxsports.com/soccer/story/what-caused-serie-a-to-lose-its-financial-power-081114


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 8:20 PM
0
League standings as of now..

Spain

BPL

Bundes

Portuguese

Serie A

Lique 1

Due to Italy poor showing during last season UCL and UEFA Cup, they've moved a place below Portugal in the league standings..Juventus needed to win at least the UEFA cup last season for Italy to keep their place above Portugal and they didn't, they lost to Benfica..

As for Italy, it was arguably the best league in the world during the 80's and 90's..Now Serie A is a shadow of what it use to be..Economy woes and other things are some of the reason why Serie A is not a rosy destination anymore for many players..Serie A use to have the best players playing in its league, now nobody wants to play there except playing for a few clubs that have enough $$$$..The stadiums in Italy are horrible, the pitches are horrible, and some of the biggest stadiums have running track between the fans and the touchline which take away the atmosphere for the home team...

As Mafioso said football is a business and Italy needs to make their league attractive again, seems like most of the stadiums are still stuck in the 1980's and 1990's..

As for the BPL, I have never like the league but I don't mind some of our defenders going there..For me its a league that improve defenders..For examples, just look at Valencia from Ecuador and Zabaleta..They became better defensive players due to the BPL..I for one wouldn't mind Rojo and Mussachio playing in England..Its seems like Musacchio deal is off with Spurs..It was said that van Gaal called Rojo personally, telling him he still wanted Rojo at Man United, so look for Rojo at Man United by the end of August..The third party ownership for the players are complicating these transfer from happening.




guled
(United States)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 8:18 PM
0
Msi2: players like maradona and brazilian ronaldo would have longer and more successful career if they stayed in spain not go to serie a , they already achieved a lot but they could had more, it was rare for player to reach 30 goals a season, most top scorer winners finished between 15-25 goals a season and that was a big achievement , the players who are scoring 50 or something in la liga would be lucky if they reach 10 goals a season in old serie a, and players like cristiano ronaldo and bale whose game is based on pace and running wouldnt be success there, Thierry Henry failed in Italy because he plays similar game, also juventus bought David platt who was top scorer in England and he failed misarebly when he came to Italy, players who became old used to go to England and be stars there, but since the new century money and marketing has helped the epl plus the language and it grew but the football remains the same


Alam
(India)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 8:02 PM
0
FF is very slow and he will be flop in epl. i am sure.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 7:27 PM
0
watch the old eng leagues for the 80s as well players and it was just as dirty as the refs at the time saw very little and this was up to about the 86 w/c when players started to get protection from the refs.

so true on maradona and he got the crap kicked out of him in Italy but he did give it back like the kings cup game in spain that became a free for all, it is funny and it was good that Diego always gave as good as he got-legand :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JWToLWvYhQ


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 7:19 PM
0
its only hard because the English lacks kill and to make up for it play that style.
skill wise its not the best leg.

I do agree the seria A of the 80/90s was very hard but these days its a pale 4th at best and one might even put the French lge ahead of it.
in order for me spain, epl, bund, french lge and then Italian lges, apart from juve their is no team to fear any more and even juv are just above average.


msi2
(France)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 7:17 PM
0
To guled post... +100000

The Serie A of the 80s and 90s was very tough. Just take a look at the numerous videos of Maradona during his Napoli time and you will see. Shit pitches, very rough tackles, very permissive refeering...


guled
(United States)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 7:03 PM
0
I disagree that epl is hard league, I think it is myth created by epl promoters, the old seria of 80s and 90s was hard league , players are given too much space in epl, even a decent technical player will look great in epl , I agree it is fast paced but it is far from hard league, as for fernandez he played in Italy home of catenaccio so epl won't teach him what seria couldn't


msi2
(France)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 6:52 PM
3
I always had a weakness for Pastore... He's the one who should be called in the shortest time and not Lamela.


Kenneth
(United States)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 5:14 PM
0
God i want him to do well so badly.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 4:27 PM
0
an interesting move and hopefully it will toughen him up some more as the e.p.l is a physical dirty and hard league.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 8/16/2014 at 4:13 PM
0
All the best FF, the fans will be supporting you 100% unlike a few here...

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