Slightly late but the much anticipated Golazo monthly awards are here. April has seen the title race hot up as Lanus have faltered and their slip up has seen Newell’s and River join them in what looks like a three way battle for the championship. At the other end of the table, Independiente took action in a bid to change their fortune and parted company with Americo Gallego. New manager, Miguel Angel Brindisi has been in the hot seat for two games and in their last outing oversaw a 3-1 win, which has brought some hope back to Avellaneda. For the full round up plus the April awards read more….
The business end of The Copa Libertadores has started with Boca leading after their first leg with Corinthians, Newell’s trailing to Velez in the all Argentine clash and Tigre also ahead against Olimpia. Tigre will have to see out the rest of their campaign without star man and Inter Milan bound, Ruben Botta, after he ruptured his cruciate knee ligaments.
The Libertadores also contributed to some further drama when ex-Brazil coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo started a fight and Arsenal’s players fought with police following their exit.
Domestically, the Copa Argentina witnessed two big shocks as River and Racing were knocked out by lower league opposition and following Huracan’s exit the fans attacked and robbed the players.
There were celebrations as Argentina’s youngsters were crowned South American under 17 champions and Sebastian Druissi grabbed the headlines (more on that later) and as always Diego Maradona reared his head as he travelled to Venezuela to help Nicolas Maduro win the election. All of that and now the monthly awards!
MANAGER OF THE MONTH
Newell’s Old Boys have continued to impress and in the process have usurped Lanus at the top but the form team in April has been Colon de Santa Fe. Since the departure of Roberto Sensini, Colon have seen their results improve dramatically. The man responsible for this is Pablo Morant, former player and youth team manager. In April, Colon won three and drew one with victories over Newell’s, Velez and Arsenal which after their start to the season is an impressive run. It’s worth noting that May hasn’t started so well with a 3-0 loss to Godoy Cruz but credit where it is due, April was the month of Morant.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
River Plate’s unbeaten run in April has seen their title hopes reignite and one of the players responsible for this is Colombian youngster, Eder Alvarez Balanta. The 20 year old has been thrown into the River defence and performed admirably seeing River concede only three goals but more importantly popping up with two crucial goals, the winner against Godoy Cruz and the opener in the draw with Quilmes. Yet to sign a professional contract with River, Alvarez looks to have a bright future and River will be keen to get him signed as soon as possible.
GOAL OF THE MONTH
Not in the Primera Division but there can only be one winner for the goal of the month for April judging by the global press and the amount of people visiting Golazo to see this goal. Sebastian Druissi’s overhead kick for Argentina against Colombia in the under 17 South American Championship is a remarkable goal and a worthy winner of April’s goal of the month. Ruben Botta’s wonderful strike in the Copa Libertadores against Libertad is a good runner up but there is no topping Druissi.