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Argentina Football Team in the World Cup 2010

Argentina with Real Madrid player Gonzalo Higuain in the starting formation won the final and crucial match against Uruguay away from home with 1-0. The victory released a lot of steam among the Argentinian players and the coaching staff which had all been under immense pressure and scrutiny before the match. There was great relief most of all to be seen from the player’s faces after the match rather than pure joy over the direct qualification for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. However, the polemics surrounding the Argentine national team did not stop there since the head coach Diego Maradona launched out after his critics after the match using words and phrases not usually associated with comments made in public or in the media.

Higuain tries his luck from within the penalty box
Higuain tries his luck from within the penalty box

Among the statements made by Maradona:
I thank the team for giving me the privilege to go to the World Cup as a coach.
I have a good memory and to all of those who did not believe in us and who criticized me and the team along the way: suck it – and keep on sucking it.
I am always black and white never grey. Never in my life.
This victory is dedicated to the people of Argentina but not to the media and the journalists.
I thank the players and the Argentinian people but nobody else. For the rest they can keep on “sucking it”.
I think that Veron as well as Palermo will be among the players selected for the World Cup squad.
So who are the likely Real Madrid candidates for the Argentina 22-23 man squad who will go to South Africa.
EZEQUIEL GARAY: He has played on the sub 20 Argentinian national team and he has also had his debut for the real Argentinian national side. He was on the team that won the Olympic Games in 2008.
GONZALO HIGUAIN: Who has just had his debut for the Argentinian side for the crucial matches against Peru and Uruguay.
FERNANDO GAGO: Has also had his debut with the Argentinian national team and would probably have played the two last match in the qualification round had he not been injuired.
Much will probably depend on how much playing time each of the players get over the course of the season as to whether Maradona will select them for the Argentinian World Cup squad. But all 3 must have a fair chance of making it to South Africa.

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