Maradona ponders on Argentina World Cup Squad selection

3rd May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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South Americans Argentina will be looking to put a disruptive and unconvincing qualification campaign behind them, as they go into the 2010 FIFA World Cup as one of the top four favourite teams according to most of the best World Cup Bookmakers. One of the outstanding figures and facts of the reign of Diego Maradona, which started in late 2008, is the fact that he has used over 100 players in that short time. As the World Cup legend stated, he has had something of a hard time thinking about finalising his squad for the World Cup, and it’s not surprising given the amount of personnel which he has used so far in managing his country.

In Group B, Argentina have landed in a group which they are expected to win, if World Cup Betting Odds are to go by. as they go up against South Korea, Nigeria and European opposition in Greece. This all takes place in Group B, as Argentina go in search of their third World Cup victory. But just how much his own confusion will be the downfall of Argentina’s World Cup hopes remains to be seen, as he will be one of the more inexperienced international coaches at the tournament. The South Americans definitely have a wealth of talent at their disposal, but whether they can gel together and perform is a different matter. Heavy critcisim has been levelled at Maradona’s lack of tactical awareness, and using the personnel he does choose to the best effect.

His preliminary thirty man squad is due in early May, so there is not a lot of time to make his emind up. Before that deadline, Argentina will take on Haiti in a friendly, an one very surprising name from the past has been called up. Three time World Cup player Ariel Ortega has earned himself in the squad for the friendly, but the veteran is not likely to be knocking on the door of a World Cup place. Ortega, aged 36, is being used for the fundraising friendly, as Argentina will not use their stars who are based in Europe, as the domestic seasons there will take importance. For betting on Argentina at the World Cup, they will remain in the close pack of chasing teams behind the favourites Spain and Brazil, simply because of the threat Lionel Messi and company possess. They are considered a strong team, which could be made stronger with the right coach in place. Is that Maradona?

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