Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Argentina Preview: 10 Players to Watch
by Paul Kennedy, August 3rd, 2007 6:45AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Argentina's 2007-08 season begins Friday with the opening game of the Torneo Apertura.

San Lorenzo won last spring's Torneo Clausura. Boca Juniors, winner of the 2007 Libertadores Cup, is the favorite, though it begins the season without star Juan Roman Riquelme, who returned to Spanish club Villarreal, which owns his contract.

Promoted Tigre has signed former U.S. U-17 and U-20 goalie D.J. Countess, who is believed to be the first American-born and -raised player to sign with an Argentine First Division team.

10 PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Daniel Bilos (San Lorenzo).

After a year abroad, first with French club St. Etienne and then Mexico's Club America, Bilos returned to Argentina. He turned down a chance to represent Croatia at the 2006 World Cup and got his wish last season to play for Argentina.

Jesus Datolo (Boca Juniors).
Finished strong in last spring's Torneo Clausura and impressed on Boca's long U.S. summer tour.

Maximiliano Moralez (Racing Club).
Tiny ball wizard won the Silver Ball as the runner-up in MVP balloting at the U-20 World Cup with Argentina.

Juan Ojeda (River Plate).
With the sale of Juan Pablo Carrizo to Italian club Lazio, Ojeda takes over in goal for the Millonarios.

Ariel Ortega (River Plate).
Considered Argentina's top young player in the early 1990s, Ortega now hopes to find a place in the River Plate lineup after returning from Chile, where he was being treated for alcoholism.

Rodrigo Palacio (Boca Juniors).
At 25, Palacio is considered the top striker playing at home. Skipped Boca's U.S. tour following his stint with Argentina's national team at the Copa America. Was rumored to be headed to English club Arsenal.

Sixto Peralta (River Plate)
Left Mexican club Tigres to return to Argentina, where he will fill the vacancy left by playmaker Marcelo Gallardo's departure last January.

Bernardo Romeo (San Lorenzo).
Key acquisition for the 2007 Torneo Clausura champions, arriving from Spanish club Osasuna.

Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes).
La Brujita helped Estudiantes win last fall's Torneo Apertura and has been rumored to be headed to MLS. Won't be able to play this weekend with Estudiantes against Banfield because the English FA is holding up his final transfer certificate from the deal that sent him from Chelsea.

Victor Zapata (Velez Sarsfield).
After eight seasons at River Plate with one year in between at Spanish club Real Valladolid, Chapa moved to Velez Sarsfield.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Five MLS players are called up    
[CENTRAL AMERICAN CUP] Thirteen players based in U.S. leagues -- five in MLS, six in the ...
Three big storylines to follow in Czech Republic-USA    
[CZECH REPUBLIC-USA] Jurgen Klinsmann will send out the youngest team of his tenure as U.S. national ...
What They're Saying: Kristi Lefebvre    
"Right now, we play multiple games in a 3-4 day span which makes it essential to ...
Molino hat trick powers Orlando City to 7-0 rout    
[USL PRO: Week 24] Kevin Molino added to his USL PRO scoring record with a hat ...
D.C. United and Galaxy close in on Sounders    
[MLS: Sunday] D.C. United opened up a four-point lead in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 ...
Guzan's Aston Villa climbs into third place    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Brad Guzan's Aston Villa beat Hull City, 2-1, to move into third place in ...
A-Rod and Holiday lead FC Kansas City to title    
[NWSL: Final] U.S. national team stars Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Holiday teamed up for both goals ...
FC Edmonton ends Minnesota's unbeaten streak    
[NASL: Fall Week 8] FC Edmonton ended Minnesota United FC's 11-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 ...
Dempsey hits dozen mark with shin volley    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Clint Dempsey scored his 11th goal of the season, and 12th since he ...
Turmoil in Toronto leads to shakeup    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Less than 24 hours after an embarrassing 3-0 home loss to New England and ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives