Javier Mascherano’s Argentina U20 team win COTIF tournament


Javier Mascherano’s Argentina U20 team have won the COTIF tournament.

Mascherano has won his first trophy as a coach. After having finished fifth in the Toulon tournament in June, Mascherano has won the COTIF tournament following a 4-0 win vs. Uruguay in the final.

The Argentine became coach of the U20 national team in January and in his second tournament, has a winning team. Goals by Agustín Giay, Ignacio Maestro Puch, Brian Aguirre and Lautaro Ovando in the final gave Argentina the 4-0 win.

It was the following XI in the final:

Federico Gomes Gerth
Agustin Giay
Lautaro Di Lollo
Francisco Marco
Valentin Barco
Lautaro Lopez
Nicolas Paz
Agustin Rodriguez
Juan Gauto
Ignacio Maestro Puch
Brian Aguirre

With 12 minutes remaining and Argentina leading 2-0, Uruguay were awarded a penalty kick. The 18 year old Argentine goalkeeper of Tigres, Federico Gomes Gerth, made the save as he jumped to his bottom left and kept Argentina 2-0 up. Here were Argentina’s matches in the tournament:

Argentina 0 – 0 Rukh Ukraine, group match
Argentina 2 – 0 Valencia, group match
Argentina 1 – 0 UD Alzira. group match
Argentina 2 – 0 Levante UD, semi final
Argentina 2 – 0 Uruguay, final

The entire match can be watched on the AFA Youtube channel.


  1. Ignacio Puch (Atletico Tucuman) 2 goals, Lautaro Ovando 2 goals and Brian Aguirre 2 goals.
    I watched the full match of the semi and will watch the final later.
    Football was mediocre but let’s keep in mind they play on synthetic smaller pitches.
    Nico Paz (Real Madrid) has something about him, I like his play even though his performances were decent.
    Ignacio Puch looks good too.
    RB Agustin Giay looks good too.
    Goal keeper Gerth also looks decent.
    If u add the likes of Garnacho, Soule, Perrone of Velez and Veliz of Central then you have a good set of players to work with.

  2. After a dismal performance from the defenders of the Toulon, finally they finished the tournament looking good defensively. Cotif level of strength is lower than Toulon who used older players in general, but still a good achievement. It will be a good boost for next year WC u20.

  3. I am following several promising players ,they are

    Castellano (Girona)
    Jose Lopez (palmeiras)
    Brian Aguirre (Newells)
    Facundo Farias (Colon)
    Zeballos (Boca)
    Benjamin Garre(Hurricane)
    Matias Godoy (Talleres)
    Bullaude (Godoy cruz)

    Castellano is the most impressive player recently. I think he may be better than Alvarez (manchester city).

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