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.
Gabriel Heinze is guiding Argentinos Juniors to the top of the Primera B Nacional which is the 2nd tier Argentine football League and are on course of earning a promotion spot to the Primera Division.
Argentinos Juniors snatched their 4th successive league victory on April 23 after defeating Atletico Parana with a final scoreboard of 1-0. Gabriel Heinze has a squad that is mostly filled with younger players that range from the age of 18- 26.
There are older performers in the team of Heinze but the vast majority are youth players who have their entire career lying ahead and the 39 year old manager Gabriel Heinze has recently talked about the current situation of his club as the former Manchester United player said:
‘’I knew that I was going to find myself with a lot of youngsters when I arrived. I had to work with Borrelli, Sanzotti and Marra and I asked for 8 of the best from the 6th division onwards.
We decided to work hard in order to promote youngsters and this is what is happening but this cannot be entirely credited to myself as I have staff members who helped in this process. The supporters of Argentinos Juniors should be proud of what these youngsters have been accomplishing’’
In Gabriel Heinze’s playing career, he has managed to lift various pieces of silverware including: The Premier League, La Liga and Ligue 1 titles just to name a few as his career was fairly impressive and his managerial path appears to have kick-started on a high note as he is pushing Argentinos Juniors to Free Bet Store the top of 2nd tier Argentine League as his career continues to expand.
South American giants Argentina and Chile clashed on Thursday with Lionel Messi helping his country get victory.
The win ensures that the Copa America finalists remain in the race for Russia 2018.
The 2014 World Cup finalists have had a bad recent history but they seem keen on making it to the forthcoming World Cup next year. They currently place third with 22 points. They are eight points off leaders Brazil but they are just one point away from second place Uruguay. Brazil defeated Uruguay 4-1.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi scored through a penalty kick, beating City keeper Claudio Bravo.
Fuenzalida had pushed PSG forward Angel Di Maria before the referee Sandro Ricci pointed to the spot. The game was a tense one – due to the stakes involved – and the pitch was below par.
Chile badly wanted to draw the game. In all honesty, they deserved it. Arsenal playmaker Alexis Sanchez could have equalized but his attempt was denied by the post. He sent in a brilliant ball from a free kick but it hit the post. The keeper had to respond immediately They had sent the ball to the back of the net early in the game but the referee ruled it offside.
Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza confessed that the team “lost the ball” a lot but he was happy that they got the result they wanted. The Copa America champions are now in sixth place – due to goal difference.
Columbia defeated Bolivia 1-0 so they move to fourth place – one point ahead of Ecuador. Ecuador were defeated 2-1 by Paraguay. The results of this round make the qualification more competitive, meaning the next rounds are going to something else as teams scramble for qualification.
River Plate have earned a shot at the forthcoming Copa Libertadores – the top South American cup tournament.
River won their first title in the knockout competition courtesy of a hat trick from striker Lucas Alario.
Rosario Central were ahead but River Plate stole the victory to end the game 4-3 on Thursday. River Plate would have another shot at the Libertadores – a tournament they won for the third time last year. They are the favourites to lift the title for the fourth time.
Rosario were pained by the loss especially after going up first. They have finished in second place for three years now. They lost the final to Huracan two years ago before losing to Carlos Tevez’s side Boca Juniors last year.
This term they led after 30 minutes courtesy of goals from Damian Musto and Marco Ruben. They were ecstatic with victory staring them in the face. However, two goals from Alario via spot kicks quickly cancelled their lead. Striker Ruben got another goal in the second half to give Central the lead again.
Alario got another for River and substitute Ivan Alonso got the winner. The victory was well received after River’s 4-2 home loss to Boca in the Superclassico over the weekend. The victory over Central could mean $five million for River Plate. Under Coach Marcelo Gallardo, it is the sixth title though it is the first in a domestic competition in two years. Taking $1 to 15.95 Argentine Pesos, the club could rake in 80 million Pesos, according to La Nacion. The seven goal thriller was pure spectacle that provided respite following a gloomy situation in South America at the moment.