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Nigeria it's somewhat disorganized this tiem around, nothing new there but they are facing Argentina, good luck.
 

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Argentina focused on World Cup opener against Nigeria

May 27, 2002

Naraha, Japan, May 27 (EFE).-

The Argentine national team has been focusing on its World Cup opener against Nigeria, since the blue-and-white squad will need a victory against the perennial African power if it wants to win Group F, which is regarded as the competition's toughest group.

England, one of Argentina's most bitter soccer rivals, and Sweden round out Group F.

Midfielder Diego Simeone and teammates Jose Chamot and Juan Sebastian Veron told the press Monday that "the game against Nigeria is paramount" and "we will deal with the other games in the future." "We are focusing all our attention on the debut game, without allowing ourselves a single distraction, because we know that a mistake can result in elimination from the World Cup," Chamot said.

"We are in the home stretch. We are going to spend the next week preparing for the first game against Nigeria," Veron said.

All three players agreed that Nigeria was Argentina's most dangerous rival because the Africans were their squad's first opponent in the World Cup.

Simeone, for his part, refused to answer any questions about his alleged personal rivalry with English forward David Beckham.

IMO ... Argentina wins this tango !!!! :)
 

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I actually think Nigeria will make a upset here :)
They've been very in the build up games lately, and what is considered as disorganized is taking a more consistant shape.
Remember Argentinas first game in WC90, against Cameroon? ;)

Fly Eagles, FLY! :cool:
 

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I voted for a draw. I'm wise enough to say that Nigeria is not as good as Argentina. If we can draw this one, we can beat England and Sweden to continue to the next round.

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Cracker said:
I actually think Nigeria will make a upset here :)
;)

Fly Eagles, FLY! :cool:
Quit doing Drugs, man:eek:
 

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I think Argentina will win this one. After a very entertaining match with a lot of goals!
 

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Argentina should win...

But thank God football is not Mathematics...

You actually have to EARN it.

Up Super Dupa Eagles!!!

We ain't afraid of Argentina... on June 2nd the hype will be dead!

Cameroon did it in '90 with 9 men, Nigeria will do it in '02.
 

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Cracker said:

Remember Argentinas first game in WC90, against Cameroon? ;)

and do you remember argentinas second match in WC 94??

dont worry ill refresh your memory. argentina 2 (caniggia scored both goals) nigeria 1.

But thank God football is not Mathematics
i agree 100%. anything can happen. anyway, i predict arg 3 nig 1.
 

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Argentina still facing striking dilemma for Nigeria

NARAHA, Japan (Reuters) -

Argentina's major dilemma before their opening World Cup match against Nigeria is who is going to score their goals. :lala:

It might appear a ridiculous question for a squad with two strikers of the calibre of Gabriel Batistuta and Hernan Crespo.

But coach Marcelo Bielsa is making room for only one of them in his line-up for Sunday's group F encounter at the Kashima stadium in Ibaraki.

Midfield general Juan Sebastian Veron does not mind which of the two he plays behind.

"They're two great attackers and it's easy to play like that. You just put the ball in front of them and that's it," Veron said. "With Hernan and Bati we know it's always half a goal."

Argentina have a wide range of options from a variety of attacking movements and their goals in three friendlies this year have come from less accustomed if equally valid sources.

Left wing-back Juan Pablo Sorin headed the winner against Germany in April, while Pablo Aimar, who will be on the bench, scored a beauty against Cameroon in March.

Sorin, a mobile player who is really a roaming left-sided midfielder, has often ghosted into scoring positions and has a tally of six in 35 internationals.

Kily Gonzalez, who plays directly in front of Sorin on the left, can also be very dangerous with his diagonal runs towards the near post.

Veterans of the 1998 World Cup Javier Zanetti, as right wing-back, and Ariel Ortega in front of him will be looking to break down the left flank of the opposition defence with a mixture of runs to the goalline or mazy incursions into the box.

Ortega, who has netted 17 goals in 81 internationals, is a scoring option on the right provided he does not get cornered into merry-go-round dribbles that lead nowhere.

Zanetti and Sorin play either side of anchorman Diego Simeone in the second tier of a 3-3-1-3 formation copied by Bielsa from the Dutch Ajax school he admires.

AERIAL WEAKNESS

Behind them, captain Roberto Ayala at sweeper is flanked by the solid World Cup newcomer Walter Samuel on the left and Mauricio Pochettino on the right.

Pochettino, who owes his place largely to the injury that put Nelson Vivas out of the tournament, is a weak link but will have support from Zanetti.

The defence have been working hard to counter a weakness of the 1998 side against real pace.

They are competent in the air, especially Ayala whose jumping is good and timing excellent for a small man, when not too close to goal.

But Argentina have been addressing a traditional weakness at dead ball situations around the box from which they gave away two soft headed goals to Cameroon in March.

That weakness in the air may be what has cost German Burgos, a big man with superb reflexes who is hard to beat if the ball comes in low, his place in goal.

Pablo Cavallero has better, less jittery positioning at corners and free kicks and can be relied upon to talk constantly to his defence.

The whole mechanism depends, however, on the inspiration of Veron in the attacking central midfield position behind the forward trio.

The non-stop Veron will constantly push the ball forward, prompting for openings and at times darting down the flanks, especially the right with Ortega drifting across the front of the attack, looking to get the ball in low against tall defenders.

"We're going to take the game to them, to pressure them," he said.

Whoever opens the scoring for Argentina will be notching up his country's 101st goal in the World Cup finals.

Probable team (3-4-3): 12-Pablo Cavallero; 4-Mauricio Pochettino, 2-Roberto Ayala, 6-Walter Samuel; 8-Javier Zanetti, 14-Diego Simeone, 11-Juan Sebastian Veron, 3-Juan Pablo Sorin; 23-Ariel Ortega, 19-Hernan Crespo, 18-Kily Gonzalez.


ONE lonesome striker ????? :eek:
 

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Actually we play with 3 strikers, and the Bati-Crespo dilema is not finished yet...
 

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Bielsa Leaves More Clues Indicating Crespo And Not Batistuta Will Start Against Nigeria
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05/30/2002. Strong signals indicating Hernan Crespo will get the start over Gabriel Omar Batistuta when Argentina commence their World Cup campaign against Nigeria on Sunday afternoon arrived from the friendly match the South American giants lost 1-0 to Japanese side Vegalta Sendai today.

In fact, all the expected starters were allowed to rest, while the team Bielsa sent onto the pitch was made up solely of second string players.

Batistuta came onto the green carpet with 20 minutes left to be played, but Crespo didn't even take a seat on the bench.

This is devastating news for the AS Roma striker as 'the Lion King' will probably be forced to live out most of his last World Cup from the Albino-Celeste bench.

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and do you remember argentinas second match in WC 94??
All I'm saying is that Nigeria should not be underestimated, Spain woke up the day after their first WC98 match with a pretty nice hangover from the game against Nigeria :rolleyes:

No one goes safe from the Eagles :strong:
 

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Wev are not uderstamationg Nigeria, but we have a shot at this WC, so if we want tyo win it, we Better win THIS match...
 

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Nigeria Play Down Aghahowa Injury Scare
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05/31/2002.
Nigeria boss Festus Onigbinde has assured the media that the Super Eagles' most prolific striker in the buildup to the World Cup Julius Aghahowa will be fit to face Argentina on the weekend, despite the fact that he was forced to undergo medical tests after limping out of training on Friday.

"It is a minor problem and nothing to be scared about," insisted Onigbinde. "Julius will be ready for our match against Argentina."

The former school teacher turned coach was not as certain about key Chelsea defender Celestine Babayaro's availability for their opener, however. "I will have to take a final look at him on Saturday to see whether he is fit for a place in the starting line-up or not," he said.

Should Babayaro lack the necessary fitness to face Argentina, his spot in the side will be taken by Ajax starlet Justice Christopher.

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I enjoy watching Argentina but the Green Eagles will fly high and a second upset in the first week of World Cup competiton is in the works.

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Batistuta to lead Argentina attack

1 June 2002, 14:19 Seoul - Tokyo

NARAHA, Japan (Reuters) -

Gabriel Batistuta will lead Argentina's attack in their opening World Cup group F match against Nigeria on Sunday, coach Marcelo Bielsa has said.


"This was not a last minute decision, nor was it traumatic. It was absolutely normal," Bielsa told a news conference about his selection of Batistuta ahead of Hernan Crespo.


Crespo appeared the more likely choice after practice games in the last 10 days at Argentina's World Cup base, 200 kilometres north of Ibaraki where they play Nigeria.


Bielsa said he had weighed up the form of both players in the days leading up to his decision, but he has always argued that there is little to choose between them.


"What's very clear to me is that our objective is to play a lot of games in this World Cup and for that we are going to need the players (in the squad)," he said.


Batistuta, Argentina's record scorer with 55 goals in 75 internationals and leading World Cup marksman with nine goals in the last two tournaments, has been vying with Crespo for his country's number nine shirt throughout Bielsa's three and a half year reign.


Crespo was Argentina's top scorer in the South American World Cup qualifying tournament with nine goals.


Bielsa also opted for Claudio Lopez instead of Kily Gonzalez on the left flank of the attack.


"(Claudio Lopez) fulfils the objective of crossing the ball in from the left behind the defence," Bielsa said.


The line-up contains eight members of Daniel Passarella's 1998 World Cup squad, seven of whom played in the 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.


Pablo Cavallero, third choice goalkeeper behind Carlos Roa four years ago, makes his World Cup debut.


The Argentines left for Ibaraki after Bielsa's press conference.


Team: (3-4-3): 12-Pablo Cavallero; 4-Mauricio Pochettino, 2-Roberto Ayala, 6-Walter Samuel; 8-Javier Zanetti, 14-Diego Simeone, 11-Juan Sebastian Veron, 3-Juan Pablo Sorin; 10-Ariel Ortega, 9-Gabriel Batistuta, 7-Claudio Lopez.

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