With Alfio BASILE’s arrival after Boca Juniors tour of Mexico, is all set for a key meeting between COCO himself, Julio GRONDONA (president of the AFA) and Mauricio MACRI (Boca’s president).
They will decide in this meeting when will BASILE take over as manager of Argentina and when will he quit Boca Juniors. It is a clear fight of power between a club who doesn’t want to be without a manager one week before the start of the local league and an AFA desperate to start a new process after PEKERMAN’s resignation.
Today is a very important day for Team Argentina as it could be the start of a new era or the beginning of a 6-month chaotic situation.
GRONDONA even said ‘If BASILE is not taking over right now, then I will!’ at the time he suggested that MARADONA should take over as Boca interim manager.
In other news, the endless summer is getting to an end for Javier SAVIOLA and the little rabbitt is still uncertain about his future. The latest news is that he is still training with FC Barcelona but has been offered to Racing de Santander in a deal that will keep him in La Liga. There is nothing official about it. We’re gonna have to stay tunned.
A NEW ‘LITTLE CLOWN’ IN ZARAGOZA
I don’t know if you knew that Pablo AIMAR’s nickname is ‘PAYASITO’. That means ‘Little Clown’. Anyway, the story is that he was unveiled in Real Zaragoza’s Estadio La Romareda as their new star player. The event was held in front of 5000 Zaragoza’s supporters who are ready to live a great season with AIMAR in their team. In the meantime, midfielder Leandro SOMOZA (ex Velez Sarsfield) was officialy presented as a new Villarreal player.
The basketball national team continue their preparation for the World Championships in Japan (as I continue to work in that preview I promised you). Argentina defeated Venezuela for the second time this week in one of the semifinals of the Super 4 friendly tournament. The result was a heavy 94-55 in favour of the Albicelestes and tonight they will face Brazil in the final, after our neighbours defeated New Zealand in the other semifinal.
It was a good test for Sergio HERNANDEZ’s men as Venezuela will be one of our rivals during the World Championships.