Argentina U23 team named for friendly matches in Japan


Argentina U23 national team coach Javier Mascherano has named his players for their friendly matches in Japan.

Javier Mascherano has named his 20 players for the matches on November 18 and November 22 against Japan. Mascherano has named nine players that are playing in foreign leagues.

Nico Paz of Real Madrid, Lucas Esquivel and Bruno Zapelli of Paranaense, Facundo Buonanotte of Brighton, Carlos Alcaraz of Southampton, Gastón Ávila of Ajax, Luis Vázquez of Anderlecht, Facundo Farías of Inter Miami, Thiago Almada of Atlanta United and Bruno Amione of Hellas Verona are the nine players.

Here are the players called up by Mascherano:

Leandro Brey (Boca Juniors)
Fabricio Iacovich (Estudiantes)
Marco Di Cesare (Argentinos Jrs)
Luciano Gondou (Argentinos Jrs)
Federico Redondo (Argentinos Jrs)
Lucas Esquievel (Paranaense)
Bruno Zapelli (Paranaense)
Facundo Buonanotte (Brighton)
Pablo Solari (River Plate)
Nicolas Paz (Real Madrid)
Rodrigo Villagra (Talleres de Cordoba)
Carlos Alcaraz (Southampton)
Gaston Ávila (Ajax)
Gonzalo Lujan (San Lorenzo)
Luis Vázquez (Anderlecht)
Facundo Farías (Inter Miami)
Thiago Almada (Atlanta United0
Diego Calcaterra (Sarmiento de Junin)
Santiago Simon (River Plate)
Bruno Amione (Hellas Verona)


  1. Wondering why he didnt take Blazquez. Looks relatively more experienced as a GK. The only other misses look Varela & the Boca boys ( Medina, Fernandez, Barco). Garnacho & i guess Soule anyway make the senior NT

  2. Very impressive list considering it is a U23 friendly. Masche seems to have got the club release negos perfect this time. Heavily loaded offensively. GK & CBs remain a challenge. If Argentina manage to qualify for Olympics , we definitely need overage players coming for GK, Right CB.

    • My 11 is 4-2-3-1
      Gondou ( CF )
      Farias (LW) – Alcaraz (AM) – Almada (RW)
      Redondo – Villagra ( 2DM pivot & bring in Paz as sub if we are chasing a goal)
      Esqueil (LB)- Avila – Di Cesare – Santi Simon (RB)
      Brey (GK)

      Buonanotte comes as a sub for Alcaraz/Almada

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