With last night being the first time in some time that there wasn’t a game to write up I’ll take the opportunity to bring a quick review of the stories making the news today. One thing that can be said about Argentine football is even when there is no action on the pitch there is still plenty to discuss. Juan Sebastian Veron could be following in Riquelme’s path and making a shock return to action as Diego Maradona heads to Venezuela to assist one of the presidential candidates in the election. The Pope has welcomed a contingent from San Lorenzo in Rome (not that San Lorenzo mention the Pope much….), David Trezeguet faces months on the sidelines so we look at some of the other injuries, Independiente players are threatened as they arrive for training and there is a mysterious death at Velez’s stadium….Intrigued? READ MORE….
THE RETURN OF VERON?
Following the woeful start to the season by Estudiantes is has emerged that legend, Juan Sebastian Veron is back training with the squad with the possibility that he could make a return to action. His retirement in 2012, due in part, because of a ankle injury meant that this looked unlikely but now Veron is seeking advice on the ankle and has admitted that he would love to play again. Having seen Riquelme return for Boca, Veron may feel that he has something to offer Estudiantes. Frankly, they can’t get any worse this season so even a half fit Veron may be a blessing. For now, he remains in his role as Sports Director but we will wait to see if this changes.
VOTE FOR DIEGO?
Well not quite, but Diego Maradona will be arriving in Venezuela to help Presidential hopeful Nicolas Maduro. Maradona was a close friend of former President Hugo Chavez and so has been persuaded to appear and encourage voters to support Maduro. Not sure affiliation with Diego is the way forward politically but you never know. Perhaps Ed Miliband should take note and enlist the help of Gazza.
POPE FRANCIS MEETS WITH SAN LORENZO BOARD
Sadly this is not with a view to a big money transfer but merely a well publicised meeting where club President, Matias Lammens and other board members have travelled to Rome to meet the Pope. Pope Francis was quoted as saying, “I cordially greet the group from Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro, Buenos Aires, that’s very important, ” There are also rumours that San Lorenzo’s planned new stadium, once they move back to their spiritual home of Boedo, could be named after Francisco.
ARGENTINA THE THIRD BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD
That is according to the latest FIFA rankings. Following last month’s win over Venezuela and a draw with Bolivia, Argentina remained in third, behind Spain and Germany. Even better, for Argentina, Brazil have dropped down to 19th.
TREZEGUET OUT FOR SEASON
River Plate’s World Cup winning forward, David Trezeguet will not play for possibly 5 months as he is need of knee surgury. A bitter blow for a 35 year old who has spoken of his desire to win something with River and play in the Libertadores. Ramon Diaz will also be disappointed as Trezeguet had looked sharper this season and he is already missing key members from the squad. Ramiro Funes Mori, Martin Aguirre, Germán Pezzella and Johnatan Maidana are all out of action at present.
Juan Roman Riquelme has not travelled with Boca to San Juan as it looks like Bianchi is holding him back for the Libertadores clash with Toluca. The league is already out of reach so the focus is on the Libertadores. Despite already qualifying from their group, Boca will be keen to get as many points as possible to get a good seeding and avoid any of the big boys in the next round.
MIGLIORE IN A BAD CONDITION
13 days since Pablo Migliore was sent to prison in Ezeiza and his lawyer has claimed that the San Lorenzo goalkeeper is in a terrible condition. Still furious at this injustice, Migliore and his lawyer believe he should be free.
INDEPENDIENTE FANS START TO TURN
Yesterday, as striker Luciano Leguizamon arrived to training he stopped to sign some autographs he was verbally abused and threatened by some “fans”, unhappy at the side’s current plight. Amongst some other pretty unsavoury things, the message was clear “Go down to the B…and we kill you all” This weekend’s game with Union is huge
BODY FOUND AT VELEZ
After their midweek game in the Libertadores a body was found under the stand. The deceased is a Velez fan and tests appear to show that he died of a heart attack and so any foul play has been dismissed. However, the brother of the 36 year old deceased has stated that he was a member of one of the Barra’s, at a time when internal fighting is increasing. The brother’s version has been denied so it’s all unknown at the moment as they wait to hear the news from some more tests.
Matias Almeyda made his debut as manager of Banfield last night. Sadly it wasn’t a glorious start, instead a dull 0 -0. They remain some way of the pace so any promotion will be on hold until next year.