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this kid played better than veron...although his outside shots weren't on target...but he was very active and passed the ball well...he was trying to do and get his teammates involved...but veron is just a big disappointment...in the nigeria game, he did only one thing good which was creating the score for batigol...other than that, i really don't remember anything that he did well in that game...in the england game, i think i don't have to say anything about him...he was even pull out b4 the half time started...i don't know what is happening to veron...but he didn't have a good season at man utd...he hasn't been that good in the WC...so why not try something different like playing aimar instead of him??? i know veron is one of the important players for the team...but when something is not working and going well, u should try different thing...

the sweden game is do or die game...good luck, argentina..
 

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I can't see any good reason why Bielsa is not using the same team that played the qualifications and against spain, Italy and Holland....!! when Aimar and veron played together ..

The team was great and really UNBEATABLE....

it was like that :
---------------------Burgos--------------------

--------Samuel------------Ayala-------------Sorin---------

Zanetti-----------------Veron-------Semione-----------

-------------------Aimar---------

-----------Ortega-----------Batistuta/Crespo--------------killy

This team was fecking great....why the change now!!!!
 

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I completely agree Aimar should start. I wouldn't take out Veron though. There is no reason why he couldn't play as our central midfielder behind Aimar but I would like to see Pablito as our playmaker.
 

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I agree....3-4-3 formation is the best for Argentina.....
Aimar and Veron must play together.....they did miracles togethe...still remember italys match in Roma..they made the strongest defence in the world to look laughable
 

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I totally agree that the winning combination shouldnt have been changed. However, there is still time and I hope that Bielsa does something (eg start the game with both Veron and Aimar) so that we go to the next round atleast!!!:(
 

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originally posted by numerodix

Anyway, Aimar should get a haircut and a shave
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yeah, he looks like he's gonna join Bonny M or sth.......

Humbird, what happened with the "chop chop chop" tour in the first place?
 

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chop chop chop indeed! I don't understand why men with that kind of money can't get a decent hairstyle.
 

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aimar's hair looks funny... :howler: he looks like a kid with his hair...
 

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CZAR??????? That hair would only suit a muppet! I think the stress is getting to you.

the only worse one is Burgos
 

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just wondering why so many argentinian players have long hair??? :confused: batigol, sorin, crespo, caniggia, pochettino...
 

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Bati and Cani are too old to have long hair. They look like they are trying to be 25 again. Sorin looks like a wild man, Crespo's style doesn't suit him at all. I have no idea what fashion statement Burgos is trying to make.

Really the only one who should have long hair is Almeyda.
 

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All the player don't have a good hair style, makes me itching with
their hair except Veron who doesn't have hair at all.

Maybe they feel like samson , if they cut their hair ,they power
will be gone.
 

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Monday, June 10, 2002

Aimar the popular choice for Argentina

NARAHA, Japan (Reuters) - Their team is packed with global superstars like Gabriel Batistuta and Juan Sebastian Veron, yet Argentine fans are looking for the emerging talent of Pablo Aimar to see them through their World Cup crisis.

Aimar: Set for start? (Allsport)

The 23-year-old nicknamed the Clown because he has an almost permanent grin on his face is suddenly being regarded as the nation's saviour after Argentina's 1-0 defeat to England on Friday left the favourites' hopes hanging on a victory over Sweden on Wednesday.

Aimar entered the wider football consciousness when he took over Argentina's playmaking role from the disappointing Juan Sebastian Veron in the second half against England and lifted their game.

Argentina still lost but fans have clamoured for more South American ball play from their team and see Aimar as the catalyst.

They have known Aimar for five years - since he helped Argentina's under-20s win the 1997 World Youth Cup in Malaysia.

Aimar was reminded that he and defender Diego Placente had been in a similar situation to the one now facing Argentina's World Cup team, when the under-20s lost a group match in Malaysia.

'We've talked about what happened then, but we won the title anyway. The same happened (to the under-20s) in Qatar (in 1995). Let's hope this isn't the exception,' Aimar said.

'Losing is never nice, (but) this national team, in a do-or-die situation, has always responded well,' he said.

Aimar went on to grab a regular place in an attractive River Plate side that also included wonder kid striker Javier Saviola, whose absence in Japan many fans regret, and Colombian centre forward Juan Pablo Angel.

EUROPEAN MOVE

Valencia took note and stepped in ahead of bigger European clubs to sign Aimar when his compatriot Hector Cuper was coach.

He was soon plunged into a European Champions League campaign that concluded with a final defeat to Bayern Munich a year ago when Cuper was criticised for taking Aimar off too soon.

In his second season with Valencia, Aimar started more often on the bench, but in the Spanish championship run-in this year he won a regular place in the side that clinched the title in May.

Argentina's 1978 World Cup-winning coach Cesar Luis Menotti, an acid critic of the team if he perceives they are straying from the country's classic attacking style, said: 'Argentina lack talent and I think they read the match wrongly against England.

'Despite their efficiency, Argentina have never played well in these (last) years, perhaps a bit in the friendly against Cameroon,' said Menotti.

The World Cup warm-up friendly against the African champions in Geneva in March, an exciting 2-2 draw, was arguably the match that clinched Aimar's place in Argentina's squad for the Korea/Japan finals.

In that match, Veron and Aimar played together. Veron retired deeper into the central midfield role with Aimar the link to the forward trio.

They produced some moments of wonderful attacking football and Aimar went on to confirm his playmaking qualities in the 1-0 win over Germany in Stuttgart in April.

'Playing in the middle is more my natural position,' said Aimar, who made his Argentina debut in a friendly against Mexico in Chicago in June 1999.

Having played in 12 of Argentina's 18 qualifying games and all three warm-up friendlies this year, he is looking forward to the possibility of a 21st cap in the most critical match of coach Marcelo Bielsa's reign.

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