Entrenador: Diego Maradona
Arqueros: Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Diego Pozo (Colon);
Defensores: Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan), Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Walter Samuel (Inter Milan), Gabriel Heinze (Olympique Marseille), Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Juan Manuel Insaurralde (Newell’s Old Boys), Clemente Rodriguez (Estudiantes), Ariel Garce (Colon);
Mediocampistas: Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Sebastian Blanco (Lanus), Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes), Jesus Datolo (Olympiacos), Jose Sosa (Estudiantes), Maximiliano Rodriguez (Liverpool), Mario Bolatti (Fiorentina), Juan Mercier (Argentinos Juniors), Angel Di María (Benfica), Jonas Gutiérrez (Newcastle), Javier Pastore (Palermo);
Delanteros: Sergio Agüero (Atletico Madrid), Diego Milito (Inter Milan), Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli).
So the dreaded thirty has been announced. Half of those chosen should not even be in South Africa but we should have expected it having a 'coach' like Maradona in charge.Who should be cut ?
How far can we go this time ? Will it be the heartache of 2002 and watching while Bielsa takes Chile further than us ?
We've had far more talented squads than this and fallen on our faces. The 1978 and 1986 squads were not a collection of stars but a team of hard workers with a scattering of star's and in 1986 one in particular.
Does this new counter attacking system suit our style of traditional posession, pass and move ?
I personally am angered by the omissions of Zanetti, Cambiasso , Banega , Lisandro , Lucho , Garay , Ansaldi.
Cambiasso when played in his correct position by a proper coach unlike Basile fielding him out on the left of midfield is a proper replacement for Mascherano who thanks to his tireless work rate is bound to pick up cards.
Banega should have been in as the link player in midfield and Garay can play right back as at the Olympics ahead of Otamendi while Ansaldi is a natural left back.
Clemente is too peripheral and poor defensively.
But we shall support our boys to the last:
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