6 comments on “Cry Maradona! The Brazilian media celebrates
  1. Argentina are in desperate need of better options at full back than the vastly overrated Zanetti and hacker Heinze. Whether they have the players in those positions is another matter. That however isn’t a problem at centre back despite Maradona’s insane selection of Nicolas Otamendi and Sebastian Domínguez, no I haven’t heard of them either. Three more familiar names are Walter Samuel (Inter), Rodriguez Gonzalo (Villarreal) and Ezequiel Garay (Real Madrid). Garay is just shy of 6ft 3in and can also play at right back. Samuel would give the defence the leadership and high level experience it desperately lacks and Gonzalo is a tremendous prospect, if he can put his injury problems behind him.
    Maradona has burned his bridges with Riquelme which is no great loss because he’s never been a team player. 34 year old Veron still has an eye for a pass and of course is the only giant in a team of umpa lumpas thought why he starts ahead of the quicker, more dynamic Lucho Gonzalez, who was outstanding for Porto domestically and in the Champions League before his big money move to Marseille, is a mystery. The bully Mascherano isn’t as effective when he goes up against DMs who are physically more imposing though does share a remarkable quality with Deschamps and Cannavaro in that he can continually kick players and get away with it but I would argue the more cultured and taller Gago would be a better option. Napoli winger Datalo is the only success of what has otherwise been a disastrous era for the national team under Maradona.
    Messi may well be the best player in the World but an attack needs variety, needs a physical and aerial threat. The comments made by Julio Grondona, President of the Argentina Football Association in January 2006 still ring true :
    “Those who would like to see these four play (Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Javier Saviola and Sergio Aguero) together can rent the film ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ rather than watch the World Cup. Football is a mixture of physiques and different techniques.
    Yesterday Tevez started alongside Messi in attack. Tevez has a shocking record at international level – 8 goals in 51 games is a pathetic return which really should come as no surprise for a player whose main asset is running at the opposition, a poor man’s Dirk Kuyt. Tevez’s movement in and around the penalty area is appalling. Aguero isn’t the answer either, he should be an alternative to Messi, not start alongside him. Real Madrid’s brilliant 21 year old Argentinean striker, Gonzalo Higuain (6ft 1.5 in), has been criminally overlooked by Maradona. Argentina’s loss, and it could be a huge loss, may be France’s gain – Higuain was born in France. Diego Milito, a near six footer who has enjoyed great success in Europe over the past 4 seasons is a fantastic penalty box striker but has been overlooked by a succession of Argentina coaches.
    For years Argentinean football has been obsessed with finding the new Maradona. They don’t need a new Maradona they need a new Batistuta, they need a physical and aerial threat. A front three of Messi, Higuain and Milito is the answer.

  2. I am even hearing that Hernan Crespo should once again be given a chance. Big time poacher, great in the air, and has a goal scoring record equal to Maradona’s.

  3. “Real Madrid’s brilliant 21 year old Argentinean striker, Gonzalo Higuain (6ft 1.5 in), has been criminally overlooked by Maradona.”
    This is the worst part of Maradona’s management so far, in my opinion. Higuain and Messi would probably be an insanely good pair and it is ridiculous to try to go up against as physical a team as Brazil with Tevez and Messi, since both are tiny (even though Tevez is a beast).

  4. I thing brasil have good player than argentina. So It is not that if you have a legendary coach than you will win.
    Coordination of brasilans are just awesome.So if maradona want to win over any good opposition than he must have some quality player in his team.

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