Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Argentina Preview: 10 Players to Watch
by Paul Kennedy, August 3rd, 2007 6:45AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

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
What They're Saying: Jamie Vardy lookalike Lee Chapman    
"Ranieri spotted me. The rest of the players were banging on the window for me to ...
NASL: Rowdies sign Joe Cole    
The Tampa Bay Rowdies have signed former England international Joe Cole on a contract through the ...
TV Report: Wambach joins ESPN    
ESPN has hired retire women's star Abby Wambach to serve as an analyst and contributor, beginning ...
What They're Saying: Guus Huddink    
"If you have done some judo and wrestling, you can easily fall. Even at my age, ...
Video Pick: Big goalkeeper blooper punished with volley    
In the German Bundesliga 2, first-place Freiburg led last-place Paderborn, 2-0, when goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow shanked ...
Making a List: U.S. Copa Centenario representation    
A total of 59 players representing 27 teams in MLS, the NASL and USL were named ...
Copa Centenario: Complete preliminary rosters    
The preliminary 40-player rosters for the 16 teams competing this summer's Copa Centenario were released. These ...
Copa Centenario: Jamaica has heavy U.S. influence    
Other than the USA with 19 players, all in MLS, no team has more players based ...
What They're Saying: Afghani Mohammad Arif Ahmadi    
"I sold all my belongings and brought my family out of Afghanistan to save my son's ...
Crowd Count: NASL openers down 37 percent    
Only two of the nine returning NASL teams -- its two Canadian teams, Ottawa and FC ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives