An eventful month which has seen an Argentinian (and San Lorenzo fan) Pope elected, numerous incidents of football violence, the attempted kidnapping of River Plate player Jonathan Bottinelli and culminating in the arrest of San Lorenzo goalkeeper, Pablo Migliore and his connection with the Boca Barra Bravas and a homicide. On the pitch, Argentina took another stride towards the World Cup in Brazil with a fine win over Venezuela and a draw in Bolivia and domestically Lanus continued their unbeaten start to the season to remain on top but have seen their lead cut. As always Golazo has decided on GOAL OF THE MONTH, PLAYER OF THE MONTH AND MANAGER OF THE MONTH….
MANAGER OF THE MONTH
There are notable mentions to Omar De Felippe and Facundo Sava from Quilmes and Union as both sides, despite their relegation threatened status, have enjoyed very good months. However, the award goes to Gerardo Martino, manager at Newell’s Old Boys. Newell’s won all 4 games in March and have closed the gap at the top of the table to just 1 point. A thrilling, hard fought win in La Plata and the 1 – 0 win over River stand out, mostly due to Martino’s comical sending off in the latter game. The former Paraguayan Manager and Newell’s legend has got off to a great start and look the team most likely to challenge Lanus.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Lanus continued their unbeaten start and so a close second is their key man in midfield Guido Pizarro but just pipping him to March’s player of the month is Newell’s main man – Ignacio Scocco. Last season’s top scorer has continued his fine run of form and is one of the main reasons for Newell’s fantastic run in March. A goal in each of their games against Belgrano, Estudiantes and River, the last being a wonderfully taken individual effort and then a match winning assist in their game against San Lorenzo. A beautifully weighted pass for Maxi Rodriguez to apply the finish. Since his return to Newell’s he has scored 20 goals in 27 games, a fine return from the league’s top marksman. If Newell’s are to win the championship, Scocco’s goals and industry will be vital.
GOAL OF THE MONTH
Scocco’s aforementioned effort against River was a worthy competitor as was Rodrigo De Paul’s stunning long range strike for Racing but the winner had to come from the remarkable game between Argentinos Juniors and Quilmes. All 3 of Argentinos’s goals were fantastic, the first, a lob from near half way by Sebastian Romero and the third a free kick by Jacobo Mansilla but the winner is this thunderous volley from Wilfredo Olivero.