Argentina News: Maradona breaks more hearts with cuts

20th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

Controversial Argentina coach Diego Maradona, named his 23-man squad for the forthcoming World Cup, although nothing is official as the squad remains provisional. Even so, it would appear Maradona has the 23 players he wants to travel to South Africa firmly in mind, while those given a big Maradona boot up the backside will now be left picking up the pieces to a disappointing end to the season.

Unlike when Maradona named his original 30-man party a week or so ago, there weren’t too many surprises in his second axing procedure. Two of the more notable exclusions were Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle United, and Napoli’s talented and highly rated forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. The remainder were all home-based cuts, although Olympiakos’ Jesus Datola, who scored a corker in a 3-1 qualifying loss to Brazil, was also sent home.

Now we have a general idea of the Argentina team, who will be their biggest players this summer and who might be their weak links. A couple of friendlies before the finals however could lead to an unassured Diego Maradona backtracking on his squad plans, after all Maradona was the only manager in qualifying to use over 100 players, thus proving he’s not only a tinkering manager but also that he doesn’t give second chances. Some might say the ruthlessness of the Argentine great could benefit the team in the long run, while the instability within the camp has more chance of causing disharmony than success in our eyes.

The majority of the big names remained with the Argentina team. The likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Carlos Tevez, Walter Samuel, Javier Mascherano, even Newcastle’s own Jonas Gutierrez. All of which will have a point to prove in South Africa after their lacklustre efforts during qualifying led to a wave of backlash from pundits and critics back home in Argentina.

Argentina Squad

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero, Mariano Andujar, Diego Pozo
Defenders: Nicolas Otamendi, Martin Demichelis, Walter Samuel, Gabriel Heinze, Nicolas Burdisso, Clemente Rodriguez, Ariel Garce
Midfielders: Jonas Gutierrez, Maximiliano Rodriguez, Javier Mascherano, Juan Sebastian Veron, Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore, Mario Bolatti
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Martin Palermo, Sergio Aguero, Diego Milito, Carlos Tevez

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