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






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′)

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