According to reports making the rounds, Moroccan football governing body the Royal Moroccan Football Federation ( FRMF ) has allegedly proposed to pay the Argentine Football Association £850,000 for an Argentina-Morocco friendly, if and only if Lionel Messi plays. The Atlas lions of Morocco n will face off with Argentina in a friendly match on March 26 at Tangier’s grand stadium.
According to Moroccan daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribia, if Messi doesn’t play in the match Morocco will allegedly pay the Argentine Football Association only £465,000.going by current happenings Messi has not played international football since Argentina were knocked out of the World Cup by France last June, is unlikely to feature in the tie. Argentina head coach has not yet confirmed his squad but the hope in Buenos Aires is that Messi will play against the Venezuela in Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
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Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola believes Gonzalo Higuain can become an instant hint with the Blues despite arriving at the midway stage of the season. The Argentine completed his much-awaited loan move from Juventus on Wednesday but he could not feature in the League Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham Hotspur after he was registered following the cut-off time.
However, Higuain remains in line to make his debut during the FA Cup fourth round tie against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend and Zola believes the Argentine should hit the ground running from the off, he said: “There are players who need to be rested and it could be an opportunity. We’re talking about a player who has scored not only in Italy but everywhere, also in the Champions League.
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Gabriel Heinze talked about the trainer Vélez Sarsfield saying that there is a possibility of his continuing in the club of Liniers for some more time. The Gringo having a contract with the entity till the month of June in 2019 have obtained an offer from the leadership for renewing it for another year and a half.
He has revealed that he has expressed his idea to extend the contract until the end of the mandate. He had been appreciated and once he is done with his contract, they are going to sit down and talk. He says that it is not that he doesn’t want to stay in. He takes a keen interest in staying back. Vélez is always going to have the first place to talk to the leader. He hopes that he can meet and then talk about staying back for some more time. Continue reading Heinze Talks About The Possibility Of Renewing Contract
Argentine defender Gabriel Mercado has said that the national team would embrace Lionel Messi with open arms, should he decide to end his self-imposed exile. The Barcelona star was among the main players criticised after Argentina’s failure at the summer World Cup and he has thereafter opted to exclude himself from national team duty for the past three rounds of international fixtures.
Despite this, Argentina general manager Jorge Burruchaga recently cited that he is confident of luring Messi to the national fold next year and Mercado believes the team and the supporters are waiting for the moment when that happens, he said: “We have to respect his decision, he has his reasons for wanting to take time out and if he wants to consider a return at some point, that will be really important. All Argentineans are waiting for him with open arms, so we have to wait and see what will happen.” Continue reading Argentina would embrace Lionel Messi return
Former Argentina defender Gabriel Heinze said that Argentina can win the World Cup in the future but there need to be some changes around the team. He said that there are some good young players in the team and also in the youth squad and that it is up to the coaches to improve them.
He said that Argentina should learn from their European counterparts on how they develop young players and have a similar plan for their young players. He said that there are so many talents in Argentina and that it is important that they are developed properly. Continue reading Heinze believes in Argentina
Former Argentina and Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze believes that his former team will recover after their poor start to the season. Indeed the Red Devils have been beaten by both Brighton and Tottenham Hotspurs since the start of the season.
Gabriel Heinze believes that the team should be given some time and that they will definitely recover from this bad period. He said that Jose Mourinho is an experienced manager and that he will find a solution to this problem.
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Former Argentina international Gabriel Heinze believes that the national team can do well in Russia for the World Cup. He said that they have inherited a relatively easy group stage and that it will become more interesting at the knock-out stage.
He said that this will be the last chance of a generation of players such as Lionel Messi to win the tournament and that he is sure that they will be giving their best to lift the trophy.
However, he admitted that this will not be easy as there are so many teams that have some good squad. He said that Germany, Brazil, and Spain are among the favorites to lift the tournament and that Argentina will have to be at their best if they want to win this trophy.
Gabriel Heinze said that he has so many friends in the national team and he knows that they are preparing themselves well for this tournament. He said that the qualifying campaign has been hard for them but he feels that the team has improved a lot since then.
He believes that the tough qualifying campaign has been a blessing in disguise and that the players have since then raised the level of their game.
He said that Argentina has some good players and that they can have a good tournament in Russia if they believe in themselves. He said that it all depends on how the players arrived at the tournament as they will be coming out of a strenuous season.
Gabriel Heinze said that very often it is not the best side that wins the World Cup but the one that brings in the fitter players. Personally, he believes that Germany will win the tournament as they have not only the best players but also the experience.
Lionel Messi has asked that Gonzalo Higuain be recalled to the Argentina national team, according to reports. The Argentina national team skipper made a case for the striker to rejoin the team as they need the best legs ahead of the World Cup 2018.
The boss of the Argentine Football Association Claudio Tapia had asked that Coach Jorge Sampaoli reach out to Higuain after the team’s embarrassing loss to African giants Nigeria. The Super Eagles replied Argentina with four goals after the South Americans had gone ahead twice. Sergio Aguero was pulled out and the attack collapsed in the absence of Messi.
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Hackers Fancy Bears have released claims that Argentine soccer stars Carlos Tevez and Gabriel Heinze, and former Netherlands international Dirk Kuyt were permitted by FIFA to get clearance for banned substances ahead of the World Cup in south Africa in 2010.
The hackers are notorious for publishing the medical records of celebrities and sports stars. They claim the allegations prove that doping is prevalent in football as well. The group which has been linked to a group in Russia, claim the list is 150 long, showing stars that failed drug tests in 2015. Fancy Bears say up to 25 players that summer in 2010 were using banned substances whilst claiming medical grounds.
Former Man United striker, Tevez was with Premier League side Manchester City then. He was named among five players from Argentina that used Betamethasone – a steroid used in creams to treat skin issues. Heinze is alleged to have used banned substances as well, along with another former United man Juan Veron.
Kuyt, who was with Liverpool then, registered that he used Dexamethasone – another steroid used to treat skin issues. Another Premier League man Ryan Nelson was reported to have used banned substance as well.
The declarations are in strict accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency regulations as they disclosed their use to FIFA ahead of the tournament. The agency has been very vocal against fighting the use of banned substance. If there were foul play, moves would have been made but Fancy Bears think otherwise.
When Mourinho told the press that Romero will start the Europa league final against Ajax, eyebrows wereraised and inquiries made into the relationship between the Portuguese and first choice goalie David De Gea after all the 54-year old choleric is never far from picking up issues with star players wherever he goes.
That kind of reaction though can only be excused for folks who don’t know what’s been going on in Manchester this season particularly in Europe. The reason for that is not farfetched. The stats that poured forth after the curtains went down on Wednesday’s night shows the Argentine goalie played 18 matches, kept 12 clean sheets and lost none.
As far as back up goal keepers go, the former AZ man is pretty amazing, maybe even a little bit too amazing to belong to the backup club whose identity is primarily warming the hell out of stadium benches from season to season.
And not just that, they are also known for their incompetence to stand in firmly when called upon. Romero represents something far from such back bench role, in fact, he is simply too good to be a backup goalie when he could be the no 1 in pretty decent clubs and Manchester United are lucky to have him.
Anyone keen observer will know that the only actual surprise here is the Argentine’s coming to being a back up goal keeper and not necessarily the pretty stats. He is a top national team’s chief goalie for Christ’s sake and not justthat, he’s also played in U-20 World Cup final, Copa America and the FIFA World Cup final.
With reports of De Gea’s move to Real Madrid, this summer, flying around leading soccer tabloids, the Red Citizens of Manchester will do well to take solace in the fact that no matter what happens they will be in safe hands.