Gutierrez, Coloccini Both Named in Argentina Provisional Squad

News today that both Newcastle United’s Argentine players, Gutierrez and Coloccini are in the provisional 30 man squad, named yesterday by manager Diego Maradona for the World Cup in South Africa.

Coloccini and Gutierrez shown with Jose Enrique

World Player of the Year Lionel Messi is obviously included, but surprisingly there is no room for 36 year-old defender Javier Zanetti in the provisional squad.

Zanetti has played 136 times for Argentina and an amazing 503 games for Internazionale since joining them in 1995,   but misses out this summer.

The 30-man squad has to be reduced to a 23 man roster from this list of players.

The big surprises were the inclusion of defenders Ariel Garce (Colon) and Juan Insaurralde (Newell’s) and midfielder Sebastian Blanco (Lanus).

And since these players are fairly inexperienced International defenders, there has to be a decent chance that Newcastle’s great Fabricio Coloccini, who has just completed a fantastic season at the back for Newcastle United – will make the cut.

The surprises, in addition to Zanetti, captain of Champions League finalists  Internatioanle, was that team-mate Esteban Cambiasso and Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago were also left out by Maradona, but veteran 35 year-old Juan Sebastián Verón, now playing for Estudiantes, made the 30 man squad.

Only nine players, including Newcastle’s Coloccini, on the 30-man list have played in previous World Cups.

Argentina, which I will be covering for the Daily Telegraph this summer, will play its final warm-up game at home on May 24th against Canada.

The World Cup opens on June 11th and Argentina play their first game on Saturday June 12th against Nigeria. Greece and South Korea are also in their Group B.

England start their campaign against the USA on that same day.

Argentina squad:

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Diego Pozo (Colon)

Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield), Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Walter Samuel (Inter Milan), Gabriel Heinze (Marseille), Nicolas Burdisso (AS Roma), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Ariel Garce (Colon), Juan Insaurralde (Newell’s Old Boys), Clemente Rodriguez (Estudiantes)

Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle), Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes), Jose Sosa (Estudiantes), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Javier Pastore (Palermo), Sebastian Blanco (Lanus), Maxi Rodriguez (Liverpool), Juan Mercier (Argentinos), Jesus Datolo (Olimpiakos), Mario Bolatti (Fiorentina)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Diego Milito (Inter Milan), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli).

7 comments so far

  • boater

    May 12, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Argentina, Nigeria, Greece and South Korea,, Dunno about group of death – but that’s the group of ace. Can’t wait for those games.

    Shola not in the nigerian squad no?

    An admission:
    I stopped caring about england during the SG eriksson era. When the camera pans across pri madonnas such as ashley cole, john terry, micah richards, during the anthem, etc. I feel like supporting the other side. I also hate all the Tim Lovejoy en-ger-land drum banging rubbish.

    I love the tournament and will watch every game. Praise be Sky+ but as usual I imagine I will feel a little bit of relief when we crash out, just because of how much I hate the plastic fans and nationalistic (cockney) noise.

  • Toon Sweden77

    May 12, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope Coloccini make it all the way, hes worth it.

  • Toon Sweden77

    May 12, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Argentina should win that group. Also hope Nigeria makes it to the next stage as our former national manager Lasse Lagerback are their headcoach.

  • lesh

    May 12, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Well done to Jonas and Collo – the hard bit’s yet to come of course.

    The Nothern Echo’s reporting that Hughton’s to try to persuade Jack Wilshire to join us for a season.

    Assuming he does, an interesting point arises if he’s to be promised first team football given his age (18yrs).

    Will Vuckic and the other four graduates from the Academy be given a similar guarantee?

    If not, then that raises a question about their ability and thus, the Academy.

  • BT7MAG

    May 12, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #5


    Not even a little bit? The Bobby bit gets me every time!

    I’ll be honest, my support of England has diminished in recent years, probably due to the lack of newcastle players in the squad.

    But, I do love the fever that grips the country, the ridiculous belief, the delusional expectation, the wave of ‘I told you so’s’ when we win and the wave of ‘I told you so’s’ when we lose! It’s stupid, it’s emotional, it’s painful and it’s pointless, but it’s England at the world cup and I love it!

  • Trent Toon

    May 12, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #6

    I think the whole thing of us not spending any on players is very good…

    We have a plan and we need to stick with it..

    A few free transfers will be perfect i think…

    In previous years Newcastle Uniteds team was so shakey no player could seem to settle into a good grove… Thats why we spend so much on class players but got no return, it was becasue our squad was so so shakey and there was no good base to settle and get into some good form…

    However, now times have changed!

    We have a great foundations and a solid team, a perfect platform for players that are ‘believed’ to be over there best and in poor form…

    Like really what is good form!!
    -A stabile team
    -Team spirit
    -Good players surrounding them and supporting them
    -Good morale…
    -A solid manager

    So we can resurrect these players (buy them cheap or even for a free transfer) and make them good, because we now have those prerequisits as stated above!!

    Look at Craig Bellamy, he is suddenly a world class player worth millions only because he is in form… But many would say that he was past his best a few seasons ago.

    See my point, we can remake these player who used to be class and who are in poor form..

  • BT7MAG

    May 12, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Trent, you make a very good point about Bellamy, and thankfully Hughton is well aware of this. He has said over and over again, he needs players to fit into the team, not just be good on paper. It’s been the same with Bowyer and Carr at the Brum, Duff at Fulham etc.

    My only worry is that, should the current basis of the squad; Nolan, Barton and Smith in particular, not perform, where do we go from there? Our strike force and defence have been our star assets this season (scored more/conceded less than anyone else), they’ll be under pressure to perform, but it’s the midfield boys who’ll have to create and defend brilliantly for the front and back to shine!


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