Argentina list of 23 for 2018 FIFA World Cup squad announced

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Argentina's 2018 FIFA World Cup team
Argentina's 2018 FIFA World Cup team

The AFA have released Argentina’s 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

As predicted and reported, no room for Inter man Mauro ICARDI but Paulo DYBALA of Juventus makes the team. Here’s the entire 23 who made Jorge SAMPAOLI’s team.

Argentina's 2018 FIFA World Cup team
Argentina’s 2018 FIFA World Cup team
Sergio Romero Argentina
Sergio Romero

 Sergio ROMERO, goalkeeper

Previous FIFA World Cups: 2010, 2014
World Cup Matches: 12
World Cup Clean Sheets: 6
Argentina Caps: 93
Argentina Goals: 0

 

Willy Caballero Argentina
Wilfredo Caballero

Wilfredo CABALLERO, goalkeeper

Previous FIFA World Cups: None
World Cup Matches: 0
World Cup Clean Sheets: 0
Argentina Caps: 2
Argentina Goals: 0

 

Franco Armani River Plate
Franco Armani

Franco ARMANI, goalkeeper

Previous FIFA World Cups: None
World Cup Matches: 0
World Cup Clean Sheets: 0
Argentina Caps: 0
Argentina Goals: 0

 

 

Gabriel Mercado Argentina
Gabriel Mercado

Gabriel MERCADO, defender

Previous FIFA World Cups: None
World Cup Matches: 0
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 23
Argentina Goals: 3

 

Federico Fazio Argentina
Federico Fazio

Federico FAZIO, defender

Previous FIFA World Cups: None
World Cup Matches: 0
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 7
Argentina Goals: 1

 

Nicolas Otamendi Argentina
Nicolás Otamendi

Nicolás OTAMENDI, defender

Previous World Cups: 2010
World Cup Matches: 3
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 53
Argentina Goals: 4

 

Cristian Ansaldi

Cristian ANSALDI, defender

Previous World Cups: None
World Cup Matches: 0
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 5
Argentina Goals: 1

 

Nicolas Tagliafico Argentina
Nicolás Tagliafico

Nicolás TAGLIAFICO, defender

Previous World Cups: None
World Cup Matches: 0
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 3
Argentina Goals: 0

 

Marcos Rojo Argentina
Marcos Rojo

Marcos ROJO, defender

Previous World Cups: 2014
World Cup Matches: 6
World Cup Goals: 1
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 55
Argentina Goals: 2

 

Marcos Acuna Argentina
Marcos Acuña

Marcos ACUÑA, defender

Previous World Cups: None
World Cup Matches: 0
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 9
Argentina Goals: 0

 

Javier Mascherano Argentina
Javier Mascherano

Javier MASCHERANO, midfielder

Previous World Cups: 2006, 2010, 2014
World Cup Matches: 16
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 142
Argentina Goals: 3

 

Ever Banega Argentina
Éver Banega

Éver BANEGA, midfielder

Previous World Cups: None
World Cup Matches: 0
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 57
Argentina Goals: 7

 

Eduardo Salvio Argentina
Eduardo Salvio

Eduardo SALVIO, midfielder

Previous World Cups: None
World Cup Matches: 0
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 8
Argentina Goals: 0

 

Lucas Biglia Argentina
Lucas Biglia

Lucas BIGLIA, midfielder

Previous World Cups: 2014
World Cup Matches: 7
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 57
Argentina Goals: 1

 

Ángel Di María Argentina
Ángel Di María

Ángel DI MARÍA, midfielder

Previous World Cups: 2010, 2014
World Cup Matches: 10
World Cup Goals: 1
World Cup Assists: 2
Argentina Caps: 93
Argentina Goals: 19

 

Giovani Lo Celso Argentina
Giovani Lo Celso

Giovani LO CELSO, midfielder

Previous World Cups: None
World Cup Matches: 0
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 4
Argentina Goals: 0

 

Manuel Lanzini Argentina
Manuel Lanzini

Manuel LANZINI, midfielder

Previous World Cups: None
World Cup Matches: 0
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 3
Argentina Goals: 1

 

Maxi Meza Argentina
Maxi Meza

Maximiliano MEZA, midfielder

Previous World Cups: None
World Cup Matches: 0
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 1
Argentina Goals: 0

 

Cristian Pavon Argentina
Cristian Pavón

Cristian PAVÓN, midfielder

Previous World Cups: None
World Cup Matches: 0
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 4
Argentina Goals: 0

 

Lionel Messi Argentina
Lionel Messi

Lionel MESSI, forward

Previous World Cups: 2006, 2010, 2014
World Cup Matches: 15
World Cup Goals: 5
World Cup Assists: 7
Argentina Caps: 123
Argentina Goals: 61

 

Sergio Aguero Argentina
Sergio Agüero

Sergio AGÜERO, forward

Previous World Cups: 2010, 2014
World Cup Matches: 8
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 1
Argentina Caps: 83
Argentina Goals: 36

 

Gonzalo Higuain Argentina
Gonzalo Higuaín

Gonzalo HIGUAÍN, forward

Previous World Cups: 2010, 2014
World Cup Matches: 11
World Cup Goals: 5
World Cup Assists: 1
Argentina Caps: 71
Argentina Goals: 32

 

Paulo Dybala Argentina
Paulo Dybala

Paulo DYBALA, forward

Previous World Cups: None
World Cup Matches: 0
World Cup Goals: 0
World Cup Assists: 0
Argentina Caps: 12
Argentina Goals: 0

 

Two players who were part of Alejandro SABELLA’s preliminary list of 30 for the 2014 World Cup but were cut out of the final 23 made the 2018 World Cup squad. Those two being Gabriel MERCADO and Nicolas OTAMENDI. Here were the cuts in 2014 and in 2010.

2014:
Lisandro LOPEZ
Gabriel MERCADO
Fabian RINAUDO
Franco DI SANTO
Nicolas OTAMENDI
Jose SOSA
Ever BANEGA

2010:
Fabricio COLOCCINI (made the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad)
Juan Manuel INSAURRALDE
Sebastian BLANCO
Jesus DATOLO
Juan MERCIER
Jose SOSA
Ezequiel LAVEZZI (made the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad)

Congratulations to everyone that made it and best of luck in bringing home the trophy!

61 COMMENTS

  1. With Biglia and Mascheranho Argentina is going to concede more many goal than expected. No doubt about that.
    Rodrigo Battaglia and Leandra Parades should play in WC instead if old and slow defensive midfielder. No one can challenge about the ability of both young players.
    Team like Portugal and Germany simply will ruin the defence of Argentina if Mascheranho and Biglia play in the WC matches.
    Don’t live in a dream.
    Be realistic.
    Remember of recent past.

  2. [WC 2018: Squad Review]

    Looking at the team I can say it’s a good mixture of old and young players, 10 out of 23 players played less than 10 matches for us. Still somehow, I can see our attack is too heavy and few defensive players are sacrificed to increase the strength in the attacking line. Also looks like Sampoli going to take attacking approach in the World Cup and gave preference to versatility of the players, who are capable of playing in different positions. Whether this is correct decision, that time will tell.

    Goal Keeper: No Complain. Happy to see Armani in the team and won’t mind if he starts ahead of that forever-benchwarmer, Romero. Maybe Sampoli could have kept one young goal-keeper in pace of Willy.

    Forwards: Only Icardi ahead of Higuain would have made this forward line better else all our best 3 strikers are in the team. Happy to see Dybala in the team and hopefully Sampoli will work in Messi-Dybala combination in 3 weeks of time and most importantly hope KUN will be 100% fit before World Cup.

    Defense: Average and I am worried as Sampoli selected only kept 2 Center-backs. So if one of Otamendi or Fazio is injured or suspended, means Rojo going to take his place, which is really worrying. But there are not much options around, still Pezulla should have made this defense slightly better.

    – Otamendi: Lost his form at the end of the season, which really worries me. Also always tries too much and keep the defense unguarded. Our 1st choice but is he is reliable?
    – Fazio: Good in air. But overall slow, Passing and ball control is not that good and most importantly inconsistent, sometimes looks like a world beater and very next day very poor.
    – Rojo: Why he is the team? I will prefer Mascherano/Mercado as 3rd Center-back not Mr. Rojo. I am curious to know on what basis he is in the team? Based on his performance this season or based on Spain match performance? As Taglifico and Ansaldi in the team, I can’t see him as left-back options as well? Then why Rojo?
    – Mercado: Can play as Center-back also as right-back. Not world class unfortunately one of the automatic choice for us and can give us an option of 3rd CB.
    – Ansaldi: Finally, happy to see him in the team. Good backup for both the full-backs, even can be a starter.
    – Taglifico: Impressed in the 2 friendly matches he played but can he played Alba type of role for Messi? A lot will depend on that.
    – Acuna: Why to consider him as full-back despite playing as winger week after week and we already have 3 LB options? May be left-attacking midfielders in 3-4-3 formation.

    Overall, I am worried with this defense but other than Pezulla, who probably our most inform Center-back now, in place of Rojo, I cannot think about any other defender who actually can improve this defense. But hope that with this defense Sampoli won’t play high-defensive line of football, that might lead to a disasters for us.

    Midfield: Too many wide-attacking midfielders (or winger) in team. Salvio, Acuna, Lanzini, Pavan, Di Maria, Meza even Messi.

    Defensive Midfiders: Bigila and Mascherano. Bigila recovering from injury and Mascherano cannot play for 90 minutes, that makes me worried. Any one of Battaglia, Pizarro or Enzo Perez should have been there in the team. Hope Bigila will recover completely as he is our best probable man to cover the defense.

    Central Midfielder: Lo Celso (Good, promising but very young), Banega (can anyone name any inconsistent player than him? but still he is one of the creative midfielders we have around).

    Attacking midfielders: Lanzini and Meza and wide-attacking midfielders, it’s actually half of the team starting from Messi, Di maria, Pavan, Salvio, Acuna.

    Looking at the team selected by Sampoli, looks like Sampoli going to give importance to wing-play which is understandable as we don’t have many creative players who can play through the middle. 2 potential formations he is going to use 4-2-3-1 or 3-4-3. But again, thinking with so many wingers/wide-attacking players why Icardi is left out of the team?

    In 4-2-3-1 formation he will use wing-backs to start the attack from wing, so formation could be

    Marcado – Otamendi – Fazio – Ansaldi/Taglifico
    ——– Lo Celso ——-Bigila———
    Lanzini ———– Messi ————Di maria
    ——————-Kun ——————-

    else he will go for 3 men defense and will use Acuna and Salvio as wide attacking midfielder.

    —Marcado/Mascherano – Otamendi – Fazio —-
    -Salvio — Lo Celso — Bigila —–Acuna —
    ——Messi —–Kun——-Di maria—–

    Overall, it’s not a World Cup winning team but other than Icardi, Pezulla and Enzo all our best/better players are in the team. I am sure we will try to play attacking-attractive brand of football in the world Cup but beating top opponents like France, Spain or Germany with this team is difficult. Entire team need to be their best and a lot will depend on Messi, Kun, Di Maria, Bigila, Romero, defense and how all will support Messi.

    Positives for us are Messi is in better shape than 2014, many players who actually can support Messi and I feel that Sergio Aguero has some unfinished business for us and he will do well if regain full fitness. Let’s hope for the best.

  3. – Icardi ahead of Higuain would have made this forward line better else all our best 3 strikers are in the team.
    – Defense is average but other than Pezulla, who probably our most inform Center-back at the moment, ahead of Rojo, I cannot think about any other defender.
    – Bigila recovering from injury and Mascherano cannot play for 90 minutes, that makes me really worried. Any one of Battaglia, Pizarro and Pardes should have been there in the team.
    – Too many wide-attacking midfilders, infact looks like half of the team starting from Messi, Di maria, Pavan, Salvio, Acuna, Lanzini etc etc
    – Looking at the team selected by Sampoli, looks like Sampoli going to give importance in wing-play and 2 potential formations he is going to use 4-2-3-1 or 3-4-3.

    Overall it’s not a World Cup winning team but other than Icardi and Pezulla all our best/better players are in the team. I am sure we will try to play attacking-attractive brand of football in the world Cup but beating top opponents like France, Spain or Germany with this team is really difficult. Only positive is Messi is in better shape than 2014. Let’s hope for the best..

    • those 3 teams have best clubs in the world bayern barcelona real madrid psg.obviously they have far stronger team than anybody else except only brazil.argentina will always struggle to beat those 3 teams.actually those 3 also will struggle against each other.now this team has issues in defence but if they rectify that this team can beat any side.looks like this team more direct team and with right blend of young blood and experience.we have some slow players but we also have some fast player aswell.nobody expecting argentina to cross quarter final stage.so less pressure mayb.we still dont know how this team will eventually perform but this team has potential and certain unknown and unpredictability .because of biglia mascherano and that defence i still feel winning the wc is quite unlikely.

  4. I think Sampaolis default lineup will have 3 central defenders,with the ability to switch to a back four if necessary,these and their backups will be Sweeper-Otamendi,Fazio
    Left centeback- Rojo, Tagliafico
    Right centreback-Mercado,Ansaldi

    In his last season at Independiente Tagliafico played centre back and I’ve seen Ansaldi play in a back three at times in his last season at Genoa.

    This is the only explanation I can think of for having so few centrebacks in the squad.

    I can’t wait……Vamos!!!

      • Sampaoli wants to play a back three I’m certain of it that’s why he has picked guys who can play as full backs and in a back three.

        Similar to how Bielsa used Placente in a back three in 2002.

  5. If Fazio injured and Otamendi suspended (possible), we are left with Rojo, Mascherano, and Mercado to chose from for 2 CB pair…!!
    Disaster…!

  6. Good list. My only concern is the lack of a backup for Biglia/Mascherano’s position. It’s understandable as Pizzaro has been in bad form and Battaglia/Ascacibar has never been tested. Probably, in the very very worst case, Sampaoli will play 3 central midfielders instead of a traditional No 5.
    And FFS, please give the so called “friends club” a rest. Players deserve respect and support. Period!

  7. With the perspective of attacking brilliance mixed with a risky style and potentially porous defence, they should be one of the most fascinating teams to follow in the World Cup

  8. I don’t mind the team.. but please no biglia and mache in the middle.. I am pretty sure sampioli learned from Nigeria game, but I’m still praying it’s not them two…

    • He was. After heavy drinking overnight he drove his own car over his own feet. He got his fitness back but his inconsistency cost him the wc spot!!

  9. That’s quite good list but I’m afraid there are big mistakes in crucial positions – central positions.

    Lack of No.5 like Battaglia, Ascacibar or Pizarro (I have serious doubt we can handle defensively without such man). Here at least one of Biglia/Masche/Banega should have been out. They were so poor in last matches .

    So we have 3 potential losers in central midfield. But we have also another two in central attack. There’s too much probability Higuain/Aguero will fail for several reasons. One of them should have been left at the expense of Icardi/Martinez.

    3. Pezzella over Rojo.

    Good to see Caballero, Armani, Tagliafico, Acuna, Ansaldi, Lo Celso, Salvio, Meza, Pavon, Lanzini, Dybala. There’s few players that, according to defenders of perennial status quo, should have never been there. But they are.

    • “So we have 3 potential losers in central midfield.” Yes Ascacibar the star from Stuttgart is the winner, didnt you watch our U20 and Olympics matches with Ascacibar, we were total lost, Ascacibar is so average with the ball, and in his passing, not Argentina NT level atm. Samp want to play possession football, in that neither Ascacibar neither Battaglia fit in. or Battaglia is the a big winner? Cannot even handle Aves? in the portugal cup final.

  10. The list is not that bad. But really feel sad for the omission of E.Perez! Yes, no Icardi is expected since the friendly list announced. But personally i don’t like the idea of snubbing Enzo & Perotti. This 2 Argentine always give it all for the team.

    Btw, Inclusions of Maxi, Acuna, Salvio, Pavon, Ansaldi & Armani makes me hopeful about WC. As we will have potential good backups this time on bench.

    However unfortunately the most doubtful part of our team is our Attack! Both Dybala & Pavon will be on bench. This left an unfit Aguero & a chocker in the starting Xl based on rotation policy. Only hope is to see a fit Aguero with form. Otherwise the result will be as same as 2014 WC.

    Here is the lineup(not my list) i am expecting from Sampa in WC18.

    __________________Romero_______________

    Mercado__Fazio___Otamendi__Tagliafico

    ____BIGLIA /Mascherano ___Banega _____

    __Messi_______Lo Celso _______Di Maria__

    ____________Aguero /Higuain ____________

    Formation : 4-2-3-1/4-5-1

    Let’s go….Vamos Argentina!!

  11. Jorge Sampaoli’s Kamikaze team! That defence looks scary! Only two reliable CBs in Ota and Fazio. So much gamble on Mascherano. Another genuine CB could’ve been added in place of Mascherano. I hope it better pays off.

  12. everyone have their own player…. but…. honestly… icardi should be there… sampolli take higuain… because his understanding with dybala… and his movements better than icardi… but this time messi need to score finals… he knows.. that… i am damn sure higuain wont score the goals… but his one touch is what messi needed…

    somebody arguing for meza…. somebody in for ansaldi…. many of them said this squad is old… go and check their age… and caps….

    somebody said defence is bad… guardiola…:: the best way to defend is to attack… defending means… need to defend 30 meters before the opposition half not in the 80 meter….

    last word cup…. messi was alone…. but this time…. icardi is important… he may be useful against iceland

    and south american teams.. but european team have their play…. auguro is best for sampolli system… if higuain wont do well sampoalli will prefer dybala…. or even messi with false nine..

    but world cup to argentina…. these four players i believe to help messi… otamendi ,lo celso ,lanzini, aguero

    locelso not going to play as defensive mid… he is going to play central midfield….

    defensive mid in the team: biglia, mascherano,

    central mid in the team;: locelso, lanzini, banega

    right side mid: dimaria,salvio,lanzini,meza

    left side mid: acuna,dimaria ,lanzini,meza

    central attacking mid: banega,lanzini,locelso,messi, dybala,dimaria

    right wing: dimaria,pavon ,messi

    left wing: dimaira,pavon

    strikers : aguero, higuain

    false 9: messi,dybala

    right side center back:mascherano,fazio, marcado,otamendi

    left side center back: fazio , otamendi, rojo, taglifico

    right back:marcado, ansaldi

    left back: taglifico, ansaldi

    right wing back: salvio,pavon

    left wing back: acuna,dimaria

    who the hell think this a bad squad… sampoalli is master mind tactician… if you dont believe this team… dont watch football…. change your sports….

  13. You guys need to relax. None of us are coaches..Let the man do his job. I am pretty sure if i go back 4 years ago, prior to Sabella to the last WC, in the archive folder, there was a similar outcry when our final 23 players were selected. Please don’t give me this Messi and Friends bullshit either…

    Lets not forget, Masch, Banega and Rojo will not be starters which has already been proven by Samp’s recent lineups (exception of the Spain game). I know Masc may not be the same player that he once was 4 years ago but given his experience and fighting spirit, he can’t be a valuable asset in that locker room?? Please don’t tell me his play has diminished to the point where he’s not even serviceable as a back-up? Quite frankly, we have had older and less decorated players than Masc make the final roster in previous WC (Juilo Cruz, Caniggia, Martin Palermo, Veron)…

    As much as people hate Banega for his inconsistent play, he’s still a decent player and one of the better midfielders we have.. The guy had a decent season for Seilla and now he’s not good enough to be selected as a back-up? Newsflash: MOST BACK UP ARE NOT GREAT so why are we expecting greatness from Banega? The only questionable selection is Rojo since he has been injured and his form has dipped drastically. He’s a very physical CB/LB which can be useful I guess ( assuming he sees the field)…

    Anyway, I am glad the list came out so we can stop suggesting “our favorite” players. I have seen some posters even go as calling Centurion, Meza, Perotti, A Gomez A MUST. A must over who? DiMaria who has been a staple for years and who is still performing at a high level?

    We need to be more realistic.. At the end of the day, there are only 23 spots available. Could Samp may have made a few changes/swaps here and there to improve the overall balance? Yes but as it has been the case historically, with every coach from different nations, familiarity and preference always comes into play so we all need to accept it.

    Unless something drastically chance, we can expect the following lineup (4-2-3-1):

    Mercado – Ota – fazio – Tag/Acuna

    Biglia – Lo Celso

    Lanzi/Pavon – Messi- DiMaria

    Aguero

    Aside from maybe Biglia, we don’t have anyone performing better at their respective positions.

    LEES COMPLAINTS AND MORE SUPPORT… THE PLAYERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED AND NOW LETS HOPE THIS IS OUR YEAR

  14. With this defense i just hope they don’t play a high back line…against speedy opponents sure embarrassment awaits. Not that anyone not in this 23 would have made a big difference. Quarterfinal will be par result and a r16 exit not a big surprise.

  15. Good squad – Probably the best among the recent 3 WC squads. Good to see young players such as Dybala, Meza, Pavon, Lanzini etc. I would have just made two changes – Pezella for Rojo & Battaglia/Pizarro for Ansaldi/Mercado. Although we have three backup ups as CB in Rojo, Mascherano & Mercado, I’m sure it would be terrible to see one of the CBs to leave injured. Atleast we should have had another strong dedicated CB. May be Sampaoli went in for versatility because he is much more expert and experienced than any of us, paper coaches. LOL 😀

    Certain players who deserved a spot missed out such as Paredes, Papu Gomez, A Correa, Icardi, Lautaro, Centurion, Battaglia, Pizarro, Lema, Pezella etc. They simply lost the spot because others were simply better or more suited to our style of play. Some of the blame should goto the players themselves. I believe players such as Lautaro, Lema, Centurion should have moved into Europe a year ago to show their worth.

    It’s a pity that Sampaoli didn’t get enough time to try out talented players such as Ascacibar (who I believe is the best DM for our play style), Centurion, Jara, Lema etc. He definitely arrived a year late.

    I wonder if Sampa is planning to play Salvio as a DM. Curiously, the order in the list suggests so. May be I’m reading too much into it.

    We have enough fire power. I hope everyone stays healthy and reach the world cup in best shape and form. We have Messi & if rest of the players can work hard and complement him, we can bring the cup. Vamos Argentina!

  16. The inclusion of Rojo is just plain dumb. The guy is nowhere near his best days. Should have been Pezzella.

    Enough said. Let’s hope for the best!
    Hopefully the old generation can give us a great string of 9 last games.

  17. The reason icardi is not on the list has to do with some one’s personal desires not team tactics.
    lazy aguero huffs & puffs & then faints halftime, who will replace him? The ultimate choker piguain.
    weak baldie sampaoli is prick.

  18. For me this team is very much acceptable but Icardi instead of Hugain. Obviously the reason for Icradi’s exclusion may be the fierce attack from Maradona and company who never accept Icardi’s inclusion in NT.

  19. Certainly enough to win the tournaments. Lots of people here are just looking at Spain friendly and underestimate us. In tough qualification, we came third and we beat countries like Colombia comfortably( which is considered as strong team by media) and we have unrest in coaching position than any country. If we play our heart, we can certainly win the world cup. I dont understand type of pessimism from some mundo members particularly those who are already famous for whining and pointing fingers toward players and coach.

  20. I am little disappointed as Sampaoli went for names instead of form! Well I’ll try to keep my post as positive as possible as there is no point complaining after the official list is announced!!

    GKs–>Only one out of Romero and Caballero could have been picked along with Armani and 3rd keeper could have been a young one but we don’t have many options .

    Defense->2018 will be completely opposite to 2014. We were very defensive in 2014. Even our bench was full of defensive players. Sampaoli has opted to go full offensive in 2018. Only 7 defenders and only are 6 full time defenders. Acuna is not a full time full back. Otamendi and Fazio our starting CBs and Rojo is going to be their direct back up. Rojo better get his 2014 form back or we are all screwed as its very unlikely that both of our main CBs are going to play all 7 games. Mercado also can play CB as can Mascherano but Masch is not going to play full 90 mins for obvious reasons. Ansaldi’s selection make sense!! Ansaldi Salvio Acuna Mercado Tagliafico Rojo all can play as full backs!! Wow!!!

    Midfield->Very attacking unlike Sabella’s team again!! Defense being our Achilles heel Sampaoli could have gone with one more defensive midfielder but he clearly thinks Masch can be direct back up for Biglia. Very surprised Perroti getting the boot. He could have been a very good sub for Di maria. Too many attacking players.

    Attack->
    Well He could have gone for Icardi instead of Higuain but with Mascherano still in the team that would have never happened . Lets all pray Aguero can keep himself fit for 7 matches. Otherwise Higuain will lead our attack . He might score couple goals but when it will matter the most he can’t be trusted . Finger’s crossed. Hopefully Higuain will redeem himself and win us the cup. Dybala inclusion is good. Had Sampaoli picked good and young def-mids Messi and Dybala could have played together but Dybala is going to be a pure sub.

    Sampaoli’s starting xi ??

    ————Romero————–
    Mercado-Otamendi-Fazio-Tagliafico
    —————-Biglia————–
    —–Lochelco———Banega–
    —Messi—————-Dimaria–
    ————-Aguero———–

    But he has also selected Salvio, Acuna,Ansaldi and Pavon that means he is clearly thinking of attacking from the flanks as we don’t have good creative players in the middle!! Icardi would have been the idle striker to score form crosses. Well not a bad team heavy on the attacking side weak on the defensive side could have been more balanced but from now on we can only hope and pray that Sampaoli’s Copa win wasn’t a fluke and he knows what he is doing!!!

  21. Overall, not a bad team. I just feel a little uncomfortable about the front line. Our midfielders or wingers do not score too many goals. To have a successful WC, we need 1-2 goals from players like – Di maria, Los Celso, Banega, Pavon, Fazio, Otamendi. If these people pitches in with a goal here and there we will be fine. I think we will see a safe line up for first match and then see how things go from there.

    Team against Iceland (my prediction, not my choice)

    —————–Romero—————
    Mercado (if fit)—–Fazio—Otamendi—Tagliafico

    ———-Mascherano———Biglia———–

    ——————-Banega—————

    Messi————Aguero————-Dimaria

  22. Lo celso should not be used as Defensive midfielder he is going to make mistakes in that position.He is not good in defending in his own half he should be used as attacking midfielder.He is good at winning the ball in opposition half where he seems relax.Emery made that mistake against Real Madrid so not to be repeated.Banega is more good in that position

  23. Last world cup Mascherano was at his peak and biglia supported him nicely but they had a tremendous support from hard working Enzo Perez. Four years passed. Mascherano won’t be having the energy to play seven intense matches. Biglia coming from injury. Who is our Enzo Perez this time. Sad that Sampaoli learned nothing from Nigeria and Spain games. Sampaoli believe attack win matches but it’s defense that wins the cup. Rojo who did nothing in qualifiers and not played a year got selected. Enzo the second best player after Messi against Ecuador dropped. Always felt Messi never appreciated Enzo. Apart from Mascherano and Biglia no one got the defensive mentality to keep their urge to go forward. Anyhow..all the best to our beloved blues.. but in future we should go for a coach from Europe..

  24. Pretty good list.We can not have all our favorite players in squad.Do not put Mercado as a starter over Ansaldi.Apart from Messi and Augreo our success depends upon how Lanzini Di maria Meza Lo celso Ansaldi and Biglia performs.We should go 4-4-2
    Ansaldi otamendi Fazio Acuna/Taglafico
    Di maria Biglia Lo celso Meza
    Augreo Messi
    Ansaldi and Meza are good addition.It would be easy to pass the group stage.

  25. LOL

    FRIENDS CLUB Confirmed.

    Enjoy Your Friends you dumb Midget. I so wanted & was praying for you to win but it seems you are happy with every year new contract deals.

    • Please somebody ban this germany’s cocksucker troll. With your world class Özil lololol, what is this name man? Vicente Rodriguez, a utterly shit spanish winger, go and suck you spaniards too moron. Spain always was and always will be a big world cup looser without a very lucky exception. Not even another final, Spain is definitely not a powerhouse.

  26. Who were are worst players vs Spain?

    Rojo, Masch, Biglia (the piece of shit who flopped vs atalanta of all teams. THIS BITCH IS SCARED OF THE BALL.), Higuain, Rojo.

    Guess WHAT????????????????????????

    All 5 go to World cup.

    So its going to be a lo celse – Biglia Mid. Both shit at defending.

    GOOODBYE WORLD CUP

    LOL had lots of hopes but no point now getting it up and then getting noothing.

    Let me guess the starting XI-

    mercado – fazio 0 otamendi – fico

    Lanzini – biglia – masch/lo celso – Meza

    Messi – Aguero (if fit) or Higuain ( BEST EVER)

    What an amzing team a brilliant smashing from spain is coming near a store near u.

  27. Balanced team, experienced and young ! Yes to win each game everyone will have to be at their best and don’t forget just selecting a great team don’t guaranty anything. Brazil 1982 and 1986 are great examples of a phenomenal team not achieving anything.
    Lets hope that whatever combination we play, we play together as a team and provide support to the greatest of all time.
    Mascherano, Higuain, Biglia all have a point to prove, lets hope it happens at the biggest stage. I am happy with the inclusion of Ansaldi and Meza.
    Romero
    Ansaldi Otamendi Fazio Acuna
    Mascherano/Biglia Lo Celco
    Meza/Pavon/Salvio Messi DiMaria/Lanzini
    Augero

  28. A very sad thing, I don’t know if you guys have notcied:

    MASCHERANO as MIDFIELDER

    I think MASCHERANO is BIGLIA’s sub.
    LO CELSO is BANEGA’s sub.

    Only these four CM/CDM

    BULLSHIT!

  29. 4_2_3_1 :
    Mercado__Otamendi___Fazio____Tagliafico

    Lo Celso____Biglia

    Pavon _________Leo______Di Maria
    Kun

    A pretty average team. We need confidence, Determination & Hardwork from our side, & Miracle, Luck & easy road till Semi.

    My heart says, This time for Argentina..

    • Vamos Argentina
      I wld say 4-4-2.
      Kun , Messi
      Di Maria – lo celso- biglia- meza
      Tagliafico- fazio-otamendi-mercado
      Romero

    • Average? Don’t exaggerate. A pretty good team, but nowhere near to Brazil, Spain, Germany, France, England & Belgium who have world class club level team.

      But with Messi, this team is more than enough to bring the cup if the rest of the players work hard and complement Messi on the field. We need everyone to defend together and our attackers not to miss any chances.

  30. icardi???paredes????shame on sampaoli damn you 3 defenders lb :)))))))))
    The fool does not know what he is doing

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