Argentina starting eleven announced for Colombia match in Sudamericano

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Argentina U20 training
Argentina U20 team in training.

Argentina’s starting eleven for the match against Colombia in the Sudamericano has been announced.

Fernando BATISTA’s team lost their opening match of the second round against Ecuador and find themselves having to win should they want to have a chance to qualify for the U20 World Cup. Here’s the starting eleven:

Manuel ROFFO
Aaron BARQUETT
Nehuen PEREZ
Facundo MEDINA
Francisco ORTEGA
Anibal MORENO
Santiago SOSA
Gonzalo MARONI
Maxi ROMERO
Julian ALVAREZ
Adolfo GAICH

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  1. Gaich is the best and the worst player of the team at the same time. He is so much usefull and extremely hardworking player, being everywhere but his definition is poor still.

  2. My 23 for the Copa America:
    romero/gazzinga/Rulli

    saravia/mercado/otamendi/pezella/foyth/funes mori/tagliafico/acuna

    banega/palacios/locelso/pardes/ascaibar

    Pity/Messi/dybala/aguero/icardi/di maria/angel correa

    let me know your 23 for Copa America

  3. Hope you all are doing well. Have been here for many many years and before that in worldcupblog. Know a lot of you for over 15 years. Posting after a long time

    It hurts a lot to see how much we have fallen behind. There was a time we won 5/7 youth world cups. These days we talk about qualifying. I find it very strange that some of us here still debate about how great our youth players are. They are not. Period. We struggle to qualify, no team game, no major exciting talent.

    For example, Palacios. Real was really interested. But after the club world cup games, you can see this transfer is not happening. He is not a Real Madrid midfielder.

    This is a sad state. First step of solving a problem is to accept we have a problem. Not sure that has happened.

    • Thank You!!!!
      We ARE falling behind and it’s sad!

      And people think this youth will win THE World Cup?
      I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again.
      If this golden Generation of Messi, Aguero, Higuain, Di Maria, Mascherano, Gago, Tevez, Zannetti, Pastore, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, etc, what makes you THINK this new generation will win it?
      Not going to happen!
      It’s the sad truth but we HAVE to accept it!
      If we accept it, then change will come!

  4. From 1995 – 2005 we excelled at this level. In the past decade our youth teams have degraded. Since 2006 only one south american team (us) made it to the final of the WC. With such poor youth teams, weird tactics and strange selection choices it might be decades before we win the WC again.

    • The previous U-20 team was full of good players they had horribly bad luck. They’ve played eye-catching football.

      Montiel, Cristian Romero, Senesi, Foyth, Lisandro Martinez, Ascacibar, Colombatto, Palacios, Zaracho, Lucas Rodriguez, Lautaro Martinez, Ponce.

      • @Gonzalo I am going to disagree with you, respectfully. None of these players are great. There is no bad luck or eye-catching football. The names you have above are a whole bunch of average or above average players. Some of them may develop and become better. For example, Foyth is in a good setting where he can develop. But remember the runway is short. If you cannot fly within that runway, you are going to crash.

        In your list of players I do not see anyone going to a top club (Real, Barca, Bayern etc.) or playing at top level. I can be proven wrong, but at this point I dont see.

        • Yes, they were playing eye catching football during last WC. If there is any full record of that matches go and check.

          Foyth, Ascacibar, Palacios, Zaracho, Lautaro Martinez are already called up by Scaloni. Others rumored like Montiel. While most of the rest will be there sooner or later: Romero, Lisandro Martinez. Lautaro is in Inter. Senesi on Barcelona radar, Zaracho on Atletico radar, Palacios of Real. They are just 20/21 yo so have not make it immediately but the talent is there to emerge sooner or later. You are too quick in judging.

          To that there’s bunch of interesting names of the category behind like: Vargas, Nico Gonzalez, Nico Dominguez, Robertone, Caceres, MacAllister (which is already contracted by Premier League team)

      • Martinez for sure. Barcos at Atlanta maybe. Foyth, Lo Celso, Mammana, Pavon, and A Correa 21-22. A Correa, Dybala, Lanzini, Icardi, J Correa, and Acosta are 23 – 25. Looks pretty good but younger that, Im not sure… I’ll leave that to the mund experts who follow.

    • The last time we won the U-20 WC, Aguero was captain.
      Coincidence?

      Maybe for the Copa… He should be captain.
      Relieve Messi of the Captaincy, make him second or third behind Romero, and let him focus on JUST playing.

      Just my thought!

  5. Here we go. Now Batista starts with 3 strikers (at least strikers in their clubs). He is groping in the dark.
    Maroni instead of Almada might be better choice though. Maroni is more matured.

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