Diego Maradona Names Argentina Squad For Brazil & Paraguay Qualifiers

Maradona22 Diego Maradona, the head coach of the Argentine national team, has named the 19 European-based footballers who will make his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with arch-rivals Brazil and Paraguay in September.

The local-based players will be added to the roster on August 30, it was announced by the Argentine Football Association (AFA).

The surprise inclusions are relative newcomers Jesus Datolo of Napoli and Nicolas Pareja of Espanyol. Maradona also decided to select both Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez, even though they play their club football for Newcastle United, presently in the English second-tier.

Once again, Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain was overlooked, but the French-born youngster has declared that he is still determined to represent Los Albicelestes in the future.

Argentina are in much need of victories in their next two qualifiers, as they currently find themselves in fourth position of the ten-team South American group and are in danger of missing the finals.

Their clash with arch-rivals Brazil is particularly important, not only because of the rivalry between the two teams, but because if Dunga’s men win the game and the results from other matches fall in their favour, they could secure passage to South Africa 2010 on Argentine territory.

Argentina Squad:

Goalkeepers:

Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Juan Pablo Carrizo (Real Zaragoza) and Mariano Andujar (Catania)

Defenders:

Nicolas Burdisso (Roma), Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan), Gabriel Heinze (Olympique Marseille), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) and Nicolas Pareja (Espanyol)

Midfielders:

Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Maximiliano Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle United) and Jesus Datolo (Napoli)

Forwards:

Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli), Diego Milito (Inter Milan) and Lisandro Lopez (Olympique Lyon).

Goal

~ by footballdirecta on August 27, 2009.

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