7 September 2009

Brasil-Argentina

Y todo el pueblo canto: “Marado, Marado… la #@%^#$ que te pario” Otra derrota humillante. Paraguay nos espera…. It looks bad, frustration at being crushed at home by our Brazilian brothers did not help, but at the end of the game we all love each other….

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Simon Lewis said...

Maradona stares into World Cup abyss

Argentina coach Diego Maradona has been accused of making fatal errors in selection and tactics as the football-mad country contemplates the humiliating prospect of missing out on the World Cup.

Yesterday's 1-0 defeat to Paraguay sent the former double champions slipping out of the four automatic qualifying places for the 2010 finals in South Africa with just two games in the South American zone left to play.

It was the fourth defeat in six qualifiers since Maradona took the reins.

The La Nacion newspaper said: "These are hard times for the coach who had multiple errors".

"Edge of the abyss," headlined Clarin, the country's biggest-seller which added that Maradona can not afford any more slip-ups against Peru, which is already eliminated, and then Uruguay, which trails the former champions by just one point.

Sports daily Ole commented that Maradona, who captained Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, "had made all the mistakes that a coach can commit and which demotivated the players".

After the defeat, Maradona, who took charge in November last year, was in defiant mood.

"Since I was 15 years old, I have feared nobody. I am 48 now and I will continue to fight against them," said Maradona, in reference to the country's demanding media.

Maradona's appointment was widely criticised because of his lack of experience as a coach.

Maradona's coaching CV is wafer-thin.

While he served a doping suspension, he trained low-levels clubs Mandiyu de Corrientes (October to December 1994) and Racing Club de Avellaneda (May-September 1995).

In his 23 matches in charge, his teams drew 12 matches, lost eight and won just three.

When Maradona succeeded Alfio Basile, who quit in October 2008, Argentina was in third spot in the qualifiers.

But Maradona's Argentina has lacked direction, conceding 14 goals in six matches while star players Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez have failed to take their club form onto the international stage.

Argentine media have also criticised the constant changes in personnel.

Three goalkeepers have been used in nine games while 60 players have been called up.

-AFP