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lunes, 9 de agosto de 2010

An Argentinean championship with too much riddles (Yahoo)

With the contradiction to be placed among the best four contests of the World in accordance with the International Federation of History and Survey of the Football (IFHHS), but with only eleven players contrated in a definitive manner from the hundred fifty six players registered, and one handred and thirty contracted in loan, this weekend started the Argentinean Aperture Contest, the first of the two that compose the season 2010/11.

In full crisis due to the recent defeat in the South African World Championship and with the most majority of the cracks in Europe, the Argentinean league stresses the composition of its players among those coming from the rest of South America (specially Paraguayan, Uruguayan, Chileans and Colombians) or many of those who were not successful in Europe and come back after a year of having emigrated, or directly players very young who come from the quarry or very veterans with their careers almost finished.

The Argentinean football has finally determined itself within the last times as purely exporter, reason of which the majority of players coming from other South American countries come to this market with the aim to show themselves thus their agents place them afterwards to more powerful clubs, and if possible to cross the Atlantic Ocean looking for European leagues.

This also reflects in the quality of the game, with teams that in its majority renew their players with many changes from one semester to other, though specially when a season ends and a new one starts and the period of registrations is greater and so generally, the validity of the contracts ends.

Therefore, it is not casual that the present Copa Libertadores de América, in which Argentina is the country that possesses more trophies since the its start in 1960, had no representatives from this country since the semi finals, once that their only survivors in the contest, Estudiantes y Vélez, have been eliminated in the quarters of final. The Inter of Porto Alegre (Brazil) –already classified for the World Championship in the Arabian Emirates- and Chivas of Mexico, will be the finalists.

It is very difficult to establish, a priori, a candidate to win the Aperture Contest. Boca Juniors, that contracted as coach Claudio Borghi (last Champion with Argentinos Juniors), obtained finally to retain the maximum star, Juan Román Riquelme, though he will be able to appear recently in the third or fourth round due to an injury and for the first time in many, they will change their traditional defensive scheme to place a line of three with all new players: Juan Insaurralde, Matías Caruzzo and Christian Cellay, very successful in their former clubs.

Borghi as well as his colleague of River Plate, Angel Cappa, defend an aesthetic line of game and possession of the ball, though in the case of the second, the great dilemma will be whether he would be able to support the pressure that for the first time will have the club to avoid the descend to the National B (Second Division) due to the fact that they start with the worst average, except the three ascended, All Boys, Quilmes and Olimpo.

River generated a great expectative in its fans for this season. Its president and ex player and coach, Daniel Passarella (World Champion in 1978), registered eight new players thanks to his contacts in Europe and with the agents of players, outstanding the forwarders Leandro Caruso and Mariano Pavone, and seems to be recovered Diego Buonanotte (who had a car accident last year that could cost him his life) and Ariel Ortega (with a known alcoholic addiction).

Another team that generates expectative is Racing Club, conducted by the coach Miguel Russo who has also the intention to conduce the Argentinean team. The best registration of this club that begins to leave the zone of crisis to be put in the group of those who go up is that of the Colombian Giovanni Moreno, a fine creation midfielder.

Independiente and San Lorenzo also renewed coaches. On one side of the red of Avellaneda, Daniel Garnero, an ex midfielder of a very good play in the nineties will be the coach of the team that brought many players though also lost many important players as Ignacio Piatti, meanwhile the blue/red count with the expectative of the return of Ramón Díaz, with whom they already obtained the championship in 2007.

Estudiantes, Vélez and Lanús, that maintain their coaches (Alejandro Sabella, another candidate to conduce the Argentinean team, Ricardo Gareca and Luis Zubeldía, respectively) conserve the base of their former groups and continue being the teams more regular of the country and therefore continue being candidates, and it will be necessary to see what happens with other two teams that were recent champions, though they sold many of their components, Bánfield and Argentinos Juniors meanwhile that another that slowly generates stability is Colón of Santa Fe, that continues with the coach Antonio Mohamed, somewhat similar to the work performed by Roberto Sensini in Newells Old Boys.

This championship will not have Rosario Central after twenty five years, because they lost vs All Boys its chance to maintain in the first division in which it was consecutively a quarter of century.

Which team will be the champion? Everything is uncertain bearing in mind that in the last eight contests no team could repeat the success (Estudiantes, San Lorenzo, Lanús, River, Boca, Vélez, Bánfield and Argentinos Juniors).

Maybe that in this and not in the technique or in the game systems resides the most attraction in the Argentinean football: its parity.

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