Argentina U23 team for June friendly matches vs. Denmark, Saudi Arabia


Argentina U23 coach Fernando Batista has selected his 23 players for the two friendly matches vs. Denmark and Saudi Arabia in Marbella.

Fernando Batista has selected several European based players as well as MLS and local based players for the two matches. Goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma of Cadis, Nehuen Perez of Marseille, Facundo Medina of Lens, Leonardo Balerdi of Marseille, Fernando Valenzuela of Famalicao, Alexis Mac Allister of Brighton Albion, Adolfo Gaich of Benevento and Ezequiel Ponce of Spartak Moscow are the European based players.

In addition, Claudio Bravo of Portland and Ezequiel Barco of Atlanta United are the two MLS based players. The rest make up players from the Argentine league along with Santiago Colombatto of Leon in Mexico. The first match will take place on June 8 vs. Denmark with the second on June 11 vs. Saudi Arabia.

Jeremias Ledesma (Cadiz)
Lautaro Morales (Lanus)
Joaquin Blazquez (Talleres)
Hernan De La Fuente (Velez)
Marcelo Herrera (San Lorenzo)
Nehuen Perez (Granada)
Nazareno Colombo (Estudiantes de la Plata)
Facundo Medina (Lens)
Leonardo Balerdi (Olympique Marseille)
Francisco Ortega (Velez)
Claudio Bravo (Portland)
Martin Payero (Banfield)
Fausto Vera (Argentinos Juniors)
Santiago Colombatto (Leon)
Tomas Belmonte (Lanus)
Pedro De La Vega (Lanus)
Fernando Valenzuela (Famalcao)
Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton)
Thiago Almada (Velez)
Agustin Urzi (Banfield)
Ezequiel Barco (Atlanta United)
Adolfo Gaich (Benevento)
Ezequiel Ponce (Spartak Moscow)


  1. I think playing 3313 should be OK in Olympics.



  2. Why didnt they take Alan Varela? I dont know if there are other youngsters who have as consistency as him.
    I would also love a gambeta(dribbler) like alan velasco in the squad

  3. Co)pa squad (23 man)
    Gk : martinez, armani, marchesin

    Df : foyth, montiel, ottamendj, pezella, luca s quarta m, c. Romero, acuna, tagliafico

    Mfd: paredes, lo celso, dipaul, gomez, buendia, guido rodriguez

    Fw: messi, dimaria, lautaro, aguero, nico gonzles, joachin correa.
    Olympiv squad (18 man)
    Df :Mollina, ballerdi, lisandro martinez, facundo medina
    Mdf : enzo perez, palacios, nico dominguez.
    Fw : alexis mcalister, gaich, angel correa.
    Sub : gk ;/blazequez
    Df : nahuen perez, ortega
    Mf : ascacibar, colombatto
    Fw: ponce, valenzuela,

  4. A solid selection, I’m guessing Boca wouldn’t let any of their midfielders out otherwise Almendra, Varela, C.Medina, Maroni and particularly Capaldo would be very beneficial since this team is somewhat light in the CM department (haven’t seen Payero play). Speaking of CMs, wonder why Ascacibar hasn’t been selected, he seems to have regained his form with Hertha in these last few weeks and his grit would be invaluable.
    I predict that Licha Martinez, Molina (depends on Foyth’s recovery), Palomino, Buendia and A.Correa will all miss out on the final copa selection while J.Correa, N.Gonzalez and N.Dominguez are all injured right now and it is unknown if they’ll make to copa.
    I would imagine that Molina (RB), Licha (LB), N.Dominguez (CM) and Buendia (RW/RF) would make the team that much stronger. Add either Dybala or Icardi as the 3rd overage player and you have a team that could make a serious assault on the olympics.

  5. One vital planning that Batista & AFA needs to do is sign off with Copa Liberatores participating clubs & MLS clubs on player release. Both of them will be in thick of action in July/ August. No point focusing on River/ Boca/ Velez / Atlanta United / Portland players if these clubs are not going to release these players then.

  6. Overall decent selection . Scaloni & Batista’s latest selections is largely aligned to form & potential . The Japan friendly team selection was so wasteful ( also contributed by the club pressures )
    Nice to see Lautaro Morales , Payero , De La Vega & Almada in . With local club football suspended – hopefully they will be allowed this time.
    I feel following changes should have happened :
    1) very surprising that Senesi is avoided here also. That beats logic even though Batista has a tuned CB combination of Perez- Medina .
    2) Enzo Fernandez from Defensa . Vera is hardly getting minutes
    3) Alex Vigo as RB
    4) A senior striker like Icardi or Boye . assume Dybala would have decided not to participate or still seeing a chance for Copa selection.
    5) Anglieri as LB overage player. I am never convinced with Bravo
    6) Give Brunetta 1 more chance . He did decently well whenever he got minutes in Parma . Barco has been injured for more than a month & will be rusted.

    Batista has preferred his loyal band of Urzi , Fausto Vera, Colambatto , Herrera , De La Fluente & Claudio Bravo. But clearly there are better options atleast based on current form .
    What is also important is the final Copa squad . From the current 33 list – Scaloni for sure will drop a few. They have to be prioritized for Olympics.

  7. This is a pretty decent squad I think.

    —-Almada—–Mac Allister———–
    De La Vega——Gaich———Barco

    • Seen Batista regularly prefer a 4-2-3-1 . I would think something like this

      Herrera – Perez – Medina – Ortega
      Payero – Vera
      De La Vega – Macllister – Barco

      Almada comes in as a sub in this case . Continuing with Perez-Medina combo & Balerdi bcomes a sub. The CB bench looks strong while I am concerned about fullbacks. All of them look plain average. They should have got someone like Anglieri ( hoping Covid recovery much before )

  8. Was watching some videos of Nazareno Colombo. I liked that guy. He is young and has potential. But he should play in Europe to prove. Can be a good pair with Romero in future.

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