U-20 World Cup Preview: Argentina


After dismal performances at the 2010 World Cup and this years Copa America, fans of the Argentine National team will be looking for some consolation. So there will be massive expectations on the young Argentine side that will take part in this month’s U-20 FIFA World Cup. Historically we have the best record in this tournament with a total of 6 Titles (979, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2007). The team managed by Walter Perrazo will be looking to take the glory for the 7th time. All eyes will be on  the team which will put unprecedented pressure on the young crop of talented individuals.

There are a lot of talented youngsters in the squad. But the two players who will be watched closely by everyone are Erik Lamela and Juan Iturbe. The duo have just stepped into European Football, the former having signed for AS Roma and the latter for Porto. They will  be trying to announce their arrival to the world using this competition. Ironically 5 players from the River Plate, who got relegated this season also feature in the squad. Definitely the team will have plenty to offer. Atleast they have a good and proper coach unlike the Senior team!

We share the group with Mexico, England and North Korea (oops sorry DPR Korea). The games against our traditional foes (Mexico and England) should be rather interesting. My bets are that Argentina will easily qualify out of the Group stages. The real test comes only after that!

Our Full Squad:

Goalkeepers:
Esteban ANDRADA
Damián MARTÍNEZ

Rodrigo REY
Defenders:
Germán PEZZELLA
Leandro GONZALEZ PIRES
Leonel GALEANO
Hugo NERVO
Adrián MARTÍNEZ
Nicolás TAGLIAFICO
Lucas KRUPZKY
Midfielders:
Ezequiel CIRIGLIANO
Rodrigo BATTAGLIA
Matías LABA
Rodrigo PEREYRA
Lucas VILLAFÁÑEZ
Erik LAMELA
Alan RUIZ
Forwards:
Juan ITURBE
Carlos LUQUE
Agustín VULETICH
Facundo FERREYRA

Im totally looking forward to the tournament. After the heartbreak due to this month’s Copa Failure, it would be really nice to see our team win something. Let see if some one can repeat what Saviola did in 2001 (scoring 11 goals!).

ULTIMA PARADA LA GLORIA!!

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