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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Argentina World Cup Squad

An impressive looking Argentina squad for the 2006 World Cup Finals :

Goalkeepers: Roberto Abbondanzieri (Boca Juniors), Leonardo Franco (Atletico Madrid), Oscar Ustari (Independiente)

Defenders: Fabricio Coloccini (Deportivo Coruna), Roberto Ayala (Valencia), Gabriel Heinze (Manchester United), Juan Pablo Sorin (Villarreal), Gabriel Milito (Real Zaragoza), Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan), Leandro Cufre (AS Roma)

Midfielders: Lionel Scaloni (West Ham United), Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan), Javier Mascherano (Corinthians), Luis Gonzalez (Porto), Pablo Aimar (Valencia), Juan Roman Riquelme (Villarreal), Maximiliano Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid)

Forwards: Carlos Tevez (Corinthians), Hernan Crespo (Chelsea), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Rodrigo Palacio (Boca Juniors), Javier Saviola (Sevilla), Julio Cruz (Inter Milan)

Not sure about Lionel Scaloni (he plays right back for West Ham) - he's a bit dodgy, but other than that this is a competitive group of footballers. I don't think Argentina will be knocked out in the first round as they were at the 2002 Finals.

posted by mark_s at 9:54 AM


Blogger Anti-English said...

Argentina will be champion, and you english hooligans will cry a lot. According to Lineker and all other English Maradona is a cheat. If it is so, what about Lineker against Cameroon in 1990 World Cup or Owen-the-diver against Argentina in 1998 and 2002 World Cups. You English are the biggest hypocrites. You just munipulate everything. The truth is that you are a bunch of hooligans, and liars.) will cry a lot.

6:09 PM  
Blogger mark_s said...

That's what I like...reasoned, well thought out comments.

I also enjoy being called a hooligan and a liar very much, so thank you for that.

You may well be right and Argentina may well win the World Cup. Strangely, though, it won't make you any less of a waste of space.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Skanderberg said...

Oyez oyez mark...
But underneath all these things lies the threat of violence thats what makes sport so addictive.
All I will say is may the best German team win, :D

10:18 AM  
Blogger mark_s said...

Well, I've got a nagging feeling that England and Germany will end up meeting in the second round. If that happens, one of us is going to be disappointed.

So - should that happen - I give you my commiserations in advance.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Anti-English said...

To Mark the redneck, we are a group of football fans who travels all over the world to watch "football matches". We love football a lot, that cannot stand those hooligans causing destruction on football, like yourself. You and your national team, who motivate theirself with the hate of other nations are dispicable. Apart rom you, everybody knows that you english fans are nothing to do with football.

3:38 PM  
Blogger mark_s said...

OK, let's be very clear.

I am English. I am a football fan. I am not a hooligan. I know lots of other football fans. They are also English. None of them are hooligans.

I'm not in denial - I know there are English people who do conform to the racist hooligan stereotype you're talking about.

If you wish to tar all English footie fans with the same brush, then you can do that. You can, of course, be as ignorant as you like.

You are saying that those "who motivate theirself with the hate of other nations.. " are despicable. Yet your username is 'anti-English' and you yourself are motivated by an irrational hatred of English people. Not all English football fans are hooligans.

If you can express yourself without the race hate, then feel free to comment. If you can't, then you know what to do.

4:19 PM  
Blogger che pibe said...

The only reason in the World that the English think that Maradona was a cheat is because of the infamous "hand of god" goal back in 1986, but there's no mention of Maradona's second goal during that same game, against Jolly old England, just about 7 minutes later after the first goal, when Maradona took a very nice pass from one of the best Midlfielders in the world at that time, Burruchaga, and dribbled past the entire "mighty English defense" (It wasn't even funny folks !!!) in what many "futbol" fans throughout the world consider to be the best goal scored in any world cup. It was so good it was almost worth 2 goals !!!
Forget about the possible first "hand goal", it didn't make any difference, Argentina would've won anyway, with or withought the first goal becuase they had a superb team on the field. Bottom line, England was lucky that they only lost 2-1 because it could've been 4-1. Nobody cared about the hand thing other than the sinking brits because they hated losing to the much stronger Gaucho side on that hot sunny day in Mexico.
One last thing, the two undisputed "all time" best players in the World come from South American Countries (Pele and Maradona), not Europe and Especially not England !!!.
The English will never produce a player the likes of Maradona or Pele because it's not Genetically possible. So sorry old chaps !!!

Viva Las Islas Malvinas !!!

7:32 AM  
Blogger che pibe said...

I concur with Anti-English except
I hope Argentina and Brasil meet in the 2006 FIFA WC final match and Argentina wins 2-1 and it's third title.

Vamos muchachos !!!

7:42 AM  
Blogger mark_s said...


I pretty much agree with what you said in your first post, except that even in England Maradona's second goal is widely considered to be one of the greatest goals ever in a World Cup.

I also find the whole 'Maradona is a cheat' thing totally embarrassing and wish people in England would shut up about it.

Senor Maradona played in a charity match in England a few days back and he was booed every time he touched the ball because of this whole 'hand of God' thing. These people should have considered themselves lucky to have seen such a great player and given him the respect he deserves.

9:30 AM  
Blogger I love to tango said...

che ani-english, podrias haber dicho "Maradona tiene sus defectos pero es un gran jugador". Para que provocas a los ingleses? les tenes tanta rabia? no te gustaria ser amigo del mundo? sacate esa cultura "del vivo" criolla que te esta matando la mente. En vez de decir estas cosas deberias hacerle elogios a George Best, a Charlton, a Moore, al Beckham y al pibe Owen, y de esa forma te harias muchos amigos. Olvidate de las Malvinas y de Ratin y de toda esa porqueria de odio y escenas tan vergonzosas.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Anti-English said...

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4:01 PM  
Blogger Anti-English said...

i do not hate english, i do not hate anyone actually apart from english fans. i am married to an english lady, and my children are half english, and we mostly live in england. But definately hate english fans, they are not human. they are racist, hypocrites, murderers. many of them very happy to be called "a hooligan and a liar very much". i know them very well, beleive me they are nothing to do with football. they should not be allowed in any international tournemets, especially from World Cups. for football's sake say no to all english hooligans.

4:05 PM  
Blogger mark_s said...

Firstly, Anti-English, my comment about 'enjoying being called a hooligan and a liar' was sarcasm. Maybe I should have made that a little more clear.

You're still having trouble differentiating English hooligans from England fans, though. I am an England fan in the same way as you are an Argentina fan. I'm not a hooligan, I detest violence and find the actions of English hooligans embarrassing and appalling.

That having been said, there are plenty of Polish hooligans, Dutch and German hooligans - hooligans should be removed from football tournaments, I agree. To remove someone just because of his or her nationality is simply wrong though.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Anti-English said...

To Mark,
I think I owe you an apology. I am sorry. sorry to call you hooligan, sorry to call you hypocrite or racist etc.

But please understant me that I love football so much that I cannot stand the nations like England use football to achive their political, economical or commercial goals.

My children cheer for England, I do not mind (actually I wish they did not).

But again I will never support England, just what they stand for, imperialism, slavery, massacre etc


3:31 PM  
Blogger mark_s said...

No problem. Apology accepted.

8:42 AM  

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