Portuguese league not to release players, Nicolas Otamendi not available for Argentina


The Portuguese league, or Liga NOS, will not be releasing their players for September’s international fixtures.

For the Argentina national team, this would mean that Nicolas Otamendi of Benfica would not be available for September’s World Cup qualifying matches. This, in addition to the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A not releasing their players.

Out of the 30 players that have been called up to the Argentina national team by coach Lionel Scaloni, 22 would not be available. The one’s that would be available are Franco Armani, Lisandro Martinez, Nicolas Tagliafico, Exequiel Palacios, Julian Alvarez, Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria and Lionel Messi.


  1. LOL, copycat BS running rampant.

    Monkey see, monkey does and Christina is the best example, how dare Messi be in the news like he has been for the past month, “I want some of that too” Pathetic but obviously it benefits ARGENTINA more than anything else…….waiting for the golden boy to leave PSG now.

    • MU is stronger for sure but winning the league? Am not sure about that as City, Liverpool, and Chelsea are just as strong. Hotspur is the dark horse. I am looking forward to seeing CR7 vs CR4 of Hotspur.

  2. I read news that the players don’t care about not being allowed to travel. They will still travel anyway. Maybe this is the reason that none of the South American teams name the replacement yet. It could get really messy here.

  3. FIFA should just admit publicly that they follow UEFA’S orders!! CONMEBOL should take a stand and threaten Europe if they don’t release their players now, they will lose all South American players during their league matches like African cup.

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