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Here's the list of players:

Goalkeepers:
Oscar USTARI (Getafe, Spain), Sergio ROMERO (AZ Alkmaar, Holland)

Defenders:
Fabricio COLOCCINI (Deportivo La Coruña, Spain), Federico FAZIO (Sevilla, Spain), Cristian ANSALDI (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Pablo ZABALETA (Espanyol, Spain),

Midfielders:
Fernando GAGO (Real Madrid, Spain), Ever BANEGA (Valencia, Spain), Lucas BIGLIA (Anderletch, Belgium), José SOSA (Bayern Munich, Germany),

Forwards:
Angel DI MARIA (Benfica, Portugal), Sergio AGÜERO (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Lionel MESSI (FC Barcelona, Spain), Ezequiel LAVEZZI (Napoli, Italy), Marco RUBEN (Recreativo Huelva, Spain), Mauro ZARATE (Birmingham City, England) and Gonzalo HIGUAIN (Real Madrid, Spain)


No suprises for me unless Sosa makes the list, he's just not good. Coloccini played superb in the last games, but let's face it, he will never deliver for Argentina. A little fact about Coloccini: he's the only player in the league (except keepers) who played every single minute!
 

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No suprises for me unless Sosa makes the list, he's just not good. Coloccini played superb in the last games, but let's face it, he will never deliver for Argentina. A little fact about Coloccini: he's the only player in the league (except keepers) who played every single minute!
Not sure about Sosa, he was good with Estudiantes, maybe Batista still thinks about him on that way, on the other hand, Coloccini had great games recently as one of my friends kept telling me, maybe he is kind of a player who shines after 25 years of old :D

I think the main reason to see Colo is after Gaby is being injured and Micho having problems to appear in the Olympics as Bayern will not let him go to China.
 

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i would have liked to see gonzalo now. He's twice the player Milito, Samuel or coloccini is.
 

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This is the Catalan list by coach Pere Gratacós:

GK
Víctor VALDÉS – FC Barcelona (Esp, I)
José Miguel MORALES – FC Terrassa (Esp, III)

DF
BRUNO Saltor – UD Almería (Esp, I)
Javi CHICA – RCD Espanyol (Esp, I)
Albert LOPO - RC Deportivo (Esp, I)
CARLOS GARCÍA – UD Almería (Esp, I)
Gerard PIQUÉ – Manchester United FC (Eng, I)
David BELENGUER – Getafe CF (Esp, I)
DAVID GARCÍA – RCD Espanyol (Esp, I)

MF
ÁNGEL Martínez – RCD Espanyol (Esp, I)
SERGIO González – RC Deportivo (Esp, I)
GERARD López – RC Recreativo (Esp, I)
Joan VERDÚ - RC Deportivo (Esp, I)
Ferran COROMINAS – RCD Espanyol (Esp, I)
Òscar SERRANO – RC Racing (Esp, I)

FW
CRISTIAN Hidalgo - RC Deportivo (Esp, I)
LUIS GARCÍA – Club Atlético (Esp, I)
JONATHAN Soriano – RCD Espanyol (Esp, I)
Santi TRIGUERO – CF Vilanova i la Geltrú (Esp, IV)


-----------------------------VALDÉS
-----------------------------MORALES

BRUNO--------------LOPO--------------BELENGUER-------D GARCÍA
CHICA--------------PIQUÉ-------------C GARCÍA

SERGIO-------------ÁNGEL---------------VERDÚ----------SERRANO
------------------GERARD------------------------------COROMINAS

-----------------L GARCÍA------------JONATHAN
-----------------TRIGUERO------------CRISTIAN



Players who can`t play because thery are preparing Euro’08 with Spain:

Pepe REINA – Liverpool FC (Eng, I)
Carles PUYOL – FC Barcelona (Esp, I)
Fernando NAVARRO – RCD Mallorca (Esp, I)
Joan CAPDEVILA – Vila-real CF (Esp, I)
XAVI Hernández – FC Barcelona (Esp, I)
Andrés INIESTA - FC Barcelona (Esp, I)
Cesc FÀBREGAS – Arsenal FC (Eng, I)
SERGIO GARCÍA – Real Zaragoza (Esp, I to II in 08-09)
 

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La llamada llega desde Buenos Aires y adelanta que un nuevo convocado figura en los planes del seleccionador: Es el defensor, ex Argentinos Juniors, Nicolás Pareja, quien milita en el Anderlecht de Bélgica.


Nicolas Pareja is added to the squad
 

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some bad news to beginn with, Coloccini is injured and will miss all upcomming games next month.

Batista has been working with a 4-2-2-2 in training with:

--------------------------Ustari-------------------------
Zabaleta-----Fazio-----Pareja/insua---Insua/Ansaldi
--------------Gago------------------Banega-----------
-----Messi-----------------------------------Higuain----
------------Lavezzi--------------Kuun-----------------

this could work pretty well, i'm only not sure about if this is the right position for Higuain, we'll see.
 

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Do we know what time the match will be?
 

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it will be at 7 pm spanish time.
 

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thanks!
 

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Ansaldi wants a transfer! he is showboating a bit, but good game anyway...

I like Checho even loosing 45 to 0 against San Marino, I like his ideas, his choices, Checho querido!!!

BTW in Argentina should be a training session that oblies our players to not touch and dribble with the ball 45986548 times against 6 defenders in the little or big rival's area...

there is an option that gave the rest of the countries quite a share of triumphs: STRIKE THE ****ING BALL!! shoot from distance...really is some sort of illness we have in the NT since almost ever, is very argie to try to get under the net with the ball in our feet...
 

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Argentina takes the lead after a goal by Lavezzi, finally..
 

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I tell you sthg. I hope you really enjoy the Olympics and next WC and eliminatories if I have to read your need of Cruz, Crespo and cia in the NT or Simeones and Piojos Lopez, I hope you have a very nice life and support Norwegian you will be really happy with all those tall blondes...we are negritos bajitos y habilidosos
 

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What a statement Fangio! :proud:


Festival with win for Argentina (0-1)Roger Bogunyà

source: fcbarcelona.com



Argentina has beaten Catalonia by 0-1 in the Camp Nou. Victor Valdés played the first 45 minutes while his Barça team-mate Leo Messi was on the pitch for 71 minutes and was one of the South Americans’ leading figurers in attack.

It just after he had left the pitch that Argentina scored the winner through Lavezzi. The game was very entertaining and both sides had lots of chances, though Argentina did dominate towards the end of each half. The friendly, played at the Camp Nou, has been a festival of football, especially for the 43,280 who came along to Barça’s ground this Saturday evening.



Argentina takes control

Both teams came out looking for a win. However, Argentina looked more dangerous with a series of swift counterattacks against a Catalan defence that was playing quite a long way up the field, and Agüero had chances to open the scoring in the 6th and 20th minutes. Nonetheless Catalonia was also creating scoring opportunities, especially through the indefatigable Luis Garcia.







The Argentineans were most clearly on top towards the end of the first half. Barça player Messi, playing on the right flank of the Argentine attack, gave David Garcia a torrid time and he also had a great chance playing in the centre forward slot which was well saved by Valdés in the 42nd minute. Team-mates but opponents this evening, today’s individual battle was won by the goalkeeper who was substituted at half-time with a clean sheet to his name.

Lavezzi makes it 0-1

Catalonia came out stronger after the break and Serrano had two good chances to give his side the lead. Argentina, by contrast, waited a bit before stepping on the gas and it was not until the 65th minute that they once again took control of the game with Messi still superb out on the right. However, ironically the Barça player had already left the field when Argentina made the scoreline 0-1 with Lavezzi slotting home in the 73rd minute.

Just two minutes later a fine piece of individual skill by Agüero almost made it 0-2. The last few minutes of the game, like much of the second half, saw a large number of substitutions for both teams.

Support for Milito :thumbsup:

After the two national anthems had been played before the game, the Argentine players had their official pre-match photo taken holding up a sign saying ‘Stay strong Gabi', addressed to Barça player Gabriel Milito who picked up a serious cruciate ligament injury against Manchester United. The central defender will be sidelined for at least six months.
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