Javier Saviola named new assistant coach of FC Barcelona U19A

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Javier Saviola has been named as the new assistant coach of FC Barcelona U19A.

Saviola will start the new season as assistant coach in Spain. The club announced on Tuesday that the 40 year old will be the assistant coach to Oscar Lopez.

The Argentine was previously the assistant coach for FC Ordino in Andorra. As a player, he played over 100 matches for Barcelona.

With the Argentina national team, Saviola won the 2001 U20 World Cup where he was top scorer with 11 goals and also named as the player of the tournament. He also won gold at the 2004 Olympics while also competing at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

From the 2006 World Cup team, 13 of the 23 players are in coaching and have become coaches:

Roberto Ayala
Roberto Abbondanzieri
Gabriel Heinze
Javier Saviola
Javier Mascherano
Hernán Crespo
Carlos Tevez
Leo Franco
Leandro Cufré
Lucho González
Lionel Scaloni
Gabriel Milito
Pablo Aimar

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  1. Juventus doing well in the transfer windows but they do need a lot of injections especially in attack and midfield. I understand why Allegri wants Di Maria. He is being used like Maradona now. Every offense goes through him. He plays as 10 and right winger in Juventus. There seems to be over reliance on Di Maria. That is understandable as they have only no one who can holds the ball. Especially now Pogba is injured so everything about Juve is Di Maria now.

    Chiesa the left forward is still injured. They are currently rumored to be interested in Warner (Chelsea) or Firmino (Pool). They need one of them, if not Di Maria will be overused. I know Di Maria is up to the challenge but he can’t play that much before the World Cup.

  2. Erik ten Hag approves Manchester United’s plan to offer Alejandro Garnacho new contract

    Erik ten Hag has approved Manchester United’s plan to offer 18-year-old wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho a new contract, says Fabrizio Romano.

    The Argentina Under-20 international is yet to feature under the former Ajax manager during pre-season

    Despite returning to Carrington early following his international exploits at the Toulon Tournament, the former Atletico Madrid youngster hasn’t played under the club’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

    Ten Hag approves United’s plan to offer Alejandro Garnacho new contract

    While the likes of Zidane Iqbal, Charlie Savage and Hannibal Mejbri have featured during Tour 22, last season’s FA Youth Cup star is patiently waiting for his chance to impress his new manager in a first team match.

    But despite Garnacho not playing a part in Ten Hag’s first four games in charge, the 52-year-old is ‘totally convinced’ of his talents and the Dutchman has ‘approved’ the club’s plans to offer our number 75 a new long-term contract, according to Romano.

    “Ten Hag is really convinced of the skills of this boy (Garnacho).” Romano said on YouTube. “Lets see if Man United will decide to keep him or send him on loan during the window.

    “But the idea of the club is to offer him a new contract. It’s also approved by the manager. Contract discussions will be ongoing with Garnacho.”

    Given that Garnacho hasn’t featured during the pre-season tour, it seems clear that Ten Hag feels that the youngster’s development will be best served by playing under-23s football this season, or possibly being sent out on loan.

    However, if United were to suffer a couple of injuries in the forward areas, Garnacho could find himself part of the first team fold and any potential loan move could well be put on the backburner, due to United not having a wealth of attacking options.

    After firing United to FA Youth Cup success last season and being crowned the tournament’s top scorer, as well as making his first team debut, Garnacho’s emergence was one of the few success stories we could cling onto.

    Although he hasn’t made his first bow under Ten Hag, judging by Romano’s comments, Garnacho is very much part of the two-time Eredivisie winner’s long-term plans at Manchester United.

    —- Unless Ten Hag changes his mind, we will see Garnacho either in the MU u23 again or on loan somewhere this season. It seems like still a bit too early for him. Well he is 17. It is worth to wait.

  3. Di Maria definitely owns 3 lungs lol. How is he even going to turn 34 when he still runs way more than half the 21 year olds..played so well against Barca ydy. Caused so much trouble in their defence.

      • yeah super talented player, play as winger argentina generated plenty of them like thiago, barco etc . but my question is why such talented player don’t comes with some height , which can give them to generate some pace naturally. he may be more talented than other but as winger there is necessity to have some pace.. messi may not long height player but he is unique player despite his short height he was able to generate pace naturally in young age.. this will not be happen to everyone.. but i admit gianluca may fill up the vacancy of messi

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