Palermo Returns To National Team

17 04 2009

It was well over a decade the last time the Martín Palermo donned the Albiceleste. His infamous Copa América performance against Colombia in 1999.

Since that fateful day in Asunción, Palermo’s career underwent a rollercoaster ride of unprecedented measures.  From the highs of his great game against Real Madrid to the day that he had a stand fall on top of his leg when he played for Villarreal.  His return to Boca has seen him win titles left and right.  Three domestic titles, two Copa Sudamericanas, two Recopas, and a  Copa Libertadores are part of his resume ever since he returned to Argentina back in 2005.  His story is one written for the movies- sequels and all.   He was a day away from being called up to the national team once again last year, but suffered an ACL tear.

Martín Palermo

Martín Palermo

He was also left at the doorstep of Boca immortality when he was tied with Francisco Varallo as the club’s all-time leading scorer.  But he did what he had done before- come back and score.   So it was just a matter of time that he would come back to the national team.  Diego Maradona did that on Thursday when he announced his next call up for international duty, even though it is just for a friendly against Paraguay in the city of Colón in Argentina at the end of the month.

Palermo was one of four Boca Juniors players called up by Maradona (Forlín, Muñoz, and Battaglia are the others).   Surprisingly there were no players from River Plate called up.  This would be the billboard material that Los Millonarios might need in order to get that little extra incentive come time  they step onto the pitch at La Bombonera this weekend.

Argentina Callup (by team)

Boca Juniors:  Martín Parlermo, Juan Forlín, Sebastián Battaglia, Ezequiel Muñóz

Lanús: Sebastián Blanco, José Sand, Eduardo Salvio

Estudiantes:  Mariano Andújar, Marcos Angeleri, Juan Sebastián Verón

Vélez Sarsfield Nicolás Otamendi, Emiliano Papa, Maximiliano Moralez

Independiente: Rolfi Montenegro

Rosario Central: Milton Caraglio

Colón: Alexis Ferrero, Diego Pozo

Arsenal: Cristian Campestrini

Racing: Franco Zuculini

Argentinos Juniors: Ignacio Canuto, Matías Caruzzo

San Lorenzo: Gonzalo Bergessio

Newell’s Old Boys: Hernán Bernardello. Mauro Formica

Huracán: Matías De Federico


Superclásico Probables

16 04 2009
Boca Juniors

Boca Juniors

River Plate

River Plate

The two big headlines coming out of both camps as of Thursday was the injury suffered by Sebastián Battaglia during practice.  He twisted his ankle and had to leave practice early.  Reports coming out is that he is going to play alongside Fabián Vargas in the middle as part of the 4-3-1-2 that Boca will have step onto the pitch at La Bombonera.   In River’s camp they are looking to find a way to earn only their 19th win at La Bombonera since its opening in 1940 in all competitions.  Radamel Falcao García was not present in practice due to injury will have Cristian Fabbiani up front as their only forward. Regardless of whether Falcao is healthy or not, Nestor Gorosito plans on a 4-3-2-1.

Boca:  Abbondanzieri; Ibarra, Cáceres, Forlín, Morel Rodríguez; Chávez, Vargas, Battaglia, Riquelme; Palacio, Palermo

River:  Vega; Ferrari, Cabral, Sánchez, Villagra; Barrado, Ahumada, Domingo, Gallardo Buonanotte; Fabbiani

Argentine Clausura- Week 9 Wrap

12 04 2009

The Argentine league continues to be an uncertainty because no one seems to assert their dominance.  League leaders Lanús fell on Friday night against an inspired Argentinos Juniors side.  That left the door wide open for Ricardo Gareca’s Vélez Sarsfield side to take the top spot in the Clausura tournament as it reaches the halfway point. El Fortín came to the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Boedo to face a San Lorenzo side that was eliminated from Copa LIbertadores play at midweek and saw coach Miguel Ángel Russo step down.   It was a home game by default as the San Lorenzo fans jeered and insulted their team all throughout the match.  They also were resentful at club brass starting with president Rafael Savino as well as the investment group that has been in place for the past year which was led by Argentine media mogul Marcelo Tinelli.

Defending champ Boca Juniors seems to have lost their bid to repeat as domestic champs after losing to Estudiantes in La Plata.  The loss puts Boca at an eight-point deficit, which leaves them in a position to play spoiler at home in The Superclásico against arch-rivals River Plate. Los Millonarios had the opportunity to go be two points from the top with a win against Gimnasia La Plata, but it would be a tough challenge as well as a game they could easily overlook. They also were being threatened by their fans with chants stating that if they did not win in La Bombonera, to not bother coming back. The news was somewhat put on the backburner as Angel Cabrera had become the Latin American golfer to win the Masters. No fear for River fans as Mauro Díaz equalized early in the second half and took the lead. Gimnasia would equalize close to the end and almost took the three points away from the Monumental; further incensing the the River Plate faithful

Independiente in the meantime were able to bounce back from the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the Granate last weekend.  Tigre let three points slip away in injury time when Matías Giménez missed a penalty kick.

Argentinos Juniors 2-1 Lanús

ARJ: Ignacio Canuto (10′), Pablo Hauche (48′)

LAN: Diego Lagos (44′)

Tigre 1-1 Newell’s Old Boys

TIG: Carlos Luna (5′)

NEW: Diego Armani (86′)

Godoy Cruz 2-2 Gimnasia (J)

GC: Víctor Figueroa (35′, 78′)

GIJ: Cristian Leiva (7’og), Mauricio Ferradas (57′)

Colón 1-1 Arsenal

COL: Franco Jara (44′)

ARS: Matías Oyola (66′)

Banfield 0-0 San Martín

Independiente 2-1 Huracán

IND: Federico Mancuello (11′), Daniel Montenegro (13′)

HUR:  Matías De Federico (9′)

San Lorenzo 0-1 Vélez Sarsfield

VEL: Hernán López (40′)

Rosario Central 0-1 Racing

RAC: Sosa (72′)

Estudiantes 1-0 Boca Juniors

EST: Fernández (43′)

River Plate 2-2 Gimnasia (LP)
RIV: Mauro Díaz (54′), Diego Barrado (67′)
GLP: Roberto Sosa (35′), Juan Cuevas (69′)



7 04 2009

Yes, how time flies.  We now have posted ten shows in this new cycle.  You know what it could not have been at a better time and with a better guest.  CNN SI’s Greg Sica was with and he taught us about the best hang outs and why everyone in Uruguay loves TITS (not those, you pervs!).  George starts to feel the the effects of strip clubs as well as his new partnership with Dr. Sica as they scrounge the world looking for hot soccer women.

Oh by the way we did talk about  South America, Spain, Champions League, and some CONCACAF in this edition of Mad About Futbol.




maf Show x.4

Maf Show x.5

2009 Clausura Argentina Wrap – Fecha 8

6 04 2009

MUAH! Right back at you, sweetie, we love you here at Mad About Futbol. Don’t you love football, the best looking women are football women. WOOO! Its a beautiful thing. Anyway, let’s wrap up this weekend in Argentine club football.  This weekend was an example of the balance of the league as 9 of the 10 matches were draws or decided by 1 goal. The only match that wasn’t close was Lanús versus  Independiente.

Lanús stayed at the top of the table on the strength of Jose Sand. The striker scored 4 goals to lead El Granate to the 5-1 victory. The 4 goals moved Sand to the top of the goal scoring table and was a good result for Lanús after their 3-0 loss to Huracán the week before.

Colón de Santa Fe kept pressure on Lanús with a 1-0 road win over Huracán.  Alfredo Ramírez scored his 1st goal of the season in the 12th minute to give El Sabalero the victory. Colón have won 3 of their last 4 matches.

Velez Sarsfield continued as the only unbeaten team in Argentina after their 2-1 win over Banfield at Estadio José Amalfitani.  Uruguayan forward Hernán R. López gave El Fortín the lead but it was their #10, Maximiliano Moralez that gave Velez the victory.  His 82nd minute goal kept Ricardo Gareca’s men unbeaten in the Clausura tournament.

The Clásico Platense was another heated affair that had as many red cards as goals.  The game was made interesting in the 71st minute when Gimnasia midfielder Juan Cuevas scored to give El Lobo the lead.  In 2nd half  injury time Gimnasia’s Diego Villar & Estudiantes’ Leandro Benítez were red carded to put both sides at 10 men.  However that wasn’t the end of the drama as Christian Sánchez Prette salvaged a point for La Pincha in 6th minute of 2nd half injury time.  Estudiantes’ nightmare season continues as they sit in 19th place while Gimnasia’s surprise season continues with their 6th place standing.

Here are the results & standings from Week 8:

Friday, April 3rd

Arsenal 1 – 1 San Lorenzo

ARS: Luciano Leguizamón (3′)

SLZ: Néstor A. Silvera (65′)

Huracán 0 – 1 Colón de Santa Fe

COL: Alfredo Ramírez (12′)

Saturday, April 4th

Racing 1 – 0 River Plate

RAC: Pablo Lugüercio (18′)

Gimnasia Jujuy 1 – 1 Tigre

GJY: Ricardo E. Gómez (87′)

TIG: Carlos Luna (46′)

Newell’s Old Boys 1 – 1 Argentinos Juniors

NEW: Diego L. Armani (52′)

ARG: Ignacio Canuto (75′)

Vélez Sarsfield 2 – 1 Banfield

VEL: Hernán R. López (44′) & Maximiliano Moralez (82′)

BAN: Nicolás Bertolo (55′)

Sunday, April 6th

Gimnasia La Plata 1 – 1 Estudiantes La Plata

GLP: Juan E. Cuevas (71′)

EST: Cristian Sanchez Prette (90’+6′)

Boca Juniors 1 – 1 Godoy Cruz

BOC: Nicolás Gaitán (36′)

GCZ: Leandro Caruso (60′)

San Martín Tucuman 0 – 1 Rosario Central

ROS: Jorge L. Anchén (og 67′)

Lanús 5 – 1 Independiente

LAN: Diego H. Valeri (12′) & José Sand (42′, 79′, 89′, 90’+3′)

IND: Federico Mancuello (22′)