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Martino Announced 22-man Squad for March Friendlies

The Argentine national team coach Gerardo Martino announced 22-man squad (European based players) for the friendlies against El Salvador and Ecuador which will be played in United States at the end of the month. Players based in Argentina will be added to this squad by next week.

Martino announced 22-men squad for March Frindlies


Many news channel claims that Martino might call young strikers Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan), Luciano Vietto (Villarreal) and Paulo Dybala (Palermo) but there were no surprises in the team selection and Tata retained Juventus forward Carlos Tevez in the squad

Geronimo Rulli of Real Sociedad called in place of Willy Caballero as 3rd Goalkeeper. In Defense Garay recalled and Musacchio returned from injury and in attack Ezequiel Lavezzi recalled for the first time under Tata.

Argentina will be looking to polish their Copa América preparations with these two friendly matches and it looks Tata didn’t want any new face in the squad as the championship is not far away. Hope they will be getting a chance when Argentina prepare for the Summer Olimpic 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

At the end of this month, Martino’s men will first take on El Salvador at FedEx Field in Washington on Saturday March 28th. It will be their second ever meeting following La Albiceleste’s 2-0 win at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

Three days later on Tuesday March 31st they will face South American rivals Ecuador at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The result was a goalless draw, when the two teams played a friendly at the same venue back in November 2013.



Nahuel Guzmán (Tigres)
Sergio Romero (Sampdoria)
Gerónimo Rulli (Real Sociedad)


Ezequiel Garay (Zenit)
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)
Marcos Rojo (Manchester United)
Facundo Roncaglia (Genoa)
Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal)
Lucas Orban (Valencia)
Nicolás Otamendi (Valencia)


Javier Pastore (PSG)
Angel Di María (Manchester United)
Lucas Biglia (Lazio)
Roberto Pereyra (Juventus)
Ever Banega (Sevilla)
Enzo Pérez (Valencia)
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona)


Ezequiel Lavezzi (PSG)
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)
Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli)
Carlos Tevez (Juventus)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)


  1. Except Tevez inclusion I am totally happy with Tata’s selection. Di Santo or Icardi should have been included instead of Tevez and Tata should have added Dybala thereby making it a 23 man squad.

    Goalkeepers: As usual Romero will be our no 1. Very happy to see Rulli getting a call up and tbh I never thought he will get a call up prior to copa. Haven’t seen much of Guzman still I believe Guzman ahead of Willy is a good selection.

    Defenders: Great to see Musacchio and Orban back in the squad. I personally wanted Basanta in the squad but since tata have picked Orban there was no room for Basanta and I am ok with it. As usual Zaba, Garay, Otamendi, Rojo all have been called up. Roncaglia is good in attack but not that good defensively but still he is a hardworking player and not a big deal because he will only be Zaba’s back up and I think we only have Roncaglia as Zaba’s back up. Peruzzi haven’t started a single match for Boca and not sure whether he is injured. Demi has been in fine form but he isn’t suitable for Tata’s highline defense and same applies for Fede as well. May be he will add another cb from domestic league and according to Clarin Funes Mori will be included.

    Midfielders: As usual Mascherano, Biglia, Enzo, Pastore, Pereyra, Di Maria, Banega all have been included. Banega has been doing a good job recently and he will be a good addition as a squad player. According to Clarin Gago and Maxi might be called up. Heard that Maxi has been in good form recently the duo can be good squad players.

    Forwards: As usual Messi, Pipita, Aguero, Tevez have been called up. I thought Lavezzi’s Argentina career was over after he wasn’t picked by Tata during the previous friendly matches. I don’t think Lavezzi has been included in the squad as a forward, he might have been picked as Di Maria’s back up. People might agree or disagree however Lavezzi is a quality hardworking player who is offensively and defensively good and he gives that necessary extra pace to our attack. He can come on as a second half sub and run any defense in the world even at the age of 29.

    Sabella used to pick players like Guinazu, Brana, Clemente, Desbato, Seba Dominzguez, Di Santo, Palacio, Sosa, Lavezzi etc during those difficult matches against tough South American opponents and they use to do well. I think we need couple of players like these from domestic league who are comfortable in tough conditions because as we all know teams like brazil will be playing more physical game as they did in 2007 Copa.

    After Martino taking over from Sabella the posts which I saw the most is “Until Copa, Martino shouldn’t make huge changes to the squad which has been already built by Sabella and he did the right thing by excluding World Cup players like Andujar, Orion, Hugo, Demi, Ricky, Augusto, Palacio and I only disagree with him for excluding Basanta still managers will have their personal favorites and he have added Rojo and Orban so I am ok with it. But now most of them are worried seeing the old faces again. During early Sabella era I was never happy with Sabella’s team selection but still supported and trusted him and I was and is never a big fan of Tata but I will be supporting Tata just like I supported Sabella. Anyway this is just my personal opinion and opinions will differ.

    Unlike Sabella, Tata have pleased many fans by his team selection and it’s now time for Tata to lead our team like Sabella did.

    Vamos Martino Vamos Argentina <3

    • Good analysis, Midhun! Concerning Nahuel Guzmán, he played awesome for Newell’s Old Boys in Copa Libertadores ’13. He just made semi-finals again, this time with Tigres.
      Not many changes from the last eight years. Brazil is coming heavy upon us with a physical game, like you said. Colombia still allows voids into their defense. Except that the Cafeteros improved a little bit, smarters in the midfield; and Chile has a very good team, except for Mena(who got a new opportunity in Cruzeiro, yet is still living a bad phase).
      Aguante la AC!

  2. paulo dybala is the greet

  3. Positives:

    1. Young and promising Geronimo Rulli instead of Willy.
    2. Garay and Musacchio back. Also Orban.
    3. No Demi or FF.
    4. Best possible Midfield.


    1. A new face in attack. Icardi and Dybala should have been included.

    tbh I was not expecting Vietto as his playing style is almost similar to KUN and Tevez (although I even didn’t like his inclusion). All of them play as a left-wide forward to middle.
    But considering Higuain’s inconsistency, a typical No # 9 like Icardi or (Di Santo/Ulloha) was must in the team.
    Also as Messi will start as Right-wide forward but if our center Forwards fails (which is very much possible) then Dybala could have played as Right-wide forward to make place Messi in the middle.

    2. Dybala’s decision should have been rewarded and that would have been worth taking risk.

    3. Tevez will not add anything extra in attack.

    Mixed Feelings:

    1. Demi – who is in good form and his experience will be
    2. Lamela – Hope he will come back stronger but good decision to keep him out.
    3. Gaitan – Inclusion of Gaitan could have added another dimension in attack but Lavezzi’s experience will count.
    4. Willy – Sabella ignored him when he was the best but now tata ignored him for a reason.

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