SB Football # 14: Argentina Friendly, Lionel Messi in India!

Sunday, 28 August 2011 14:13 Written by 

The Sportsbench & Hand of Pod producers, Sam Kelly and Daniel Colasimone, got together ahead of the Argentina vs Venezuela international friendly to give you an idea of what can be expected from Argentines in the upcoming game on Sept 2 as well as over the medium term. Arunava Chaudhuri is conspicuous by his absence on this episode, as he is travelling with the Indian national team in the Caribbean.

We talk about Carlos Tevez & Fernando Gago - both of whom have failed to find a place on new coach Alejandro Sabella’s squad. While it will be difficult to take eyes off Lionel Messi, Sam & Dan tell Indian football fans that Javier Pastore, Ricardo Alvarez & Eduardo Salvio are others that should be watched.

South American teams - especially Argentina & Brazil - have a massive massive fan base in India (& especially in Kolkata) having made inroads into the hearts of football fans long before the marketing blitzkrieg of certain European leagues. While Pele, Maradona, Diego Forlan have played/made an appearance in this City of Joy, a FIFA-ratified international friendly is a biggie.

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Argentina squad

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Estaban Andrada (Lanús), Mariano Andújar (Catania)

Defenders: Martín Demichelis (Málaga), Federico Fernández (Napoli), Nicolás Burdisso (Roma), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Nicolás Otamendi (Porto), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Cristian Ansaldi (Rubin Kazan), Nicolás Pareja (Spartak Moscow), Marcos Rojo (Spartak Moscow)

Midfielders: Ángel Di María (Real Madrid), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Ever Banega (Valencia), Ricardo Álvarez (Internazionale), Fabián Rinaudo (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United), Javier Pastore (Paris Saint-Germain), Luis González (Olympique Marseille), José Sosa (Metalist Kharkiv)

Forwards: Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Eduardo Salvio (Atlético de Madrid), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Lisandro López (Olympique Lyonnais)

Coach: Alejandro Sabella


Venezuela squad (check official listings)

Goalkeepers: Rafael Romo (Udinese), Renny Vega (Caracas), Daniel Hernandez (Real Vallodolid)

Defenders: Andres Tunez (Celta de Vigo), Oswaldo Vizcarrondo (Olimpo), Cesar Gonzalez (River Plate), Roberto Rosales (Twente), Rolf Feltscher (Parma), Fernando Amorebieta (Athletic Bilbao), Rohel Briceno (Caracas), Josef Martinez (Caracas)

Midfielders: Franco Signorelli (Empoli), Josmar Zambrano (Tenerife), Tomas Rincon (Hamburger), Yohandry Orozco (Wolfsburg), Raul Gonzalez (Anagennisi Dherynia), Gabriel Cichero (Lens), Juan Arango (Monchengladbach), Frank Feltscher (Grasshopper), Julio Alvarez (Numancia), Luis Manuel Seijas (Santa Fe),  

Forwards: Nicolas Fedor (Getafe), Salomon Rondon (Malaga), Mario Rondon (Nacional),

 Coach: Cesar Farias