With the World Cup less than 60 days away, the footballing world will descend on Brazil, let's examine each individual nation, focusing on the nation, likely squad to go, key player, player to watch and the manager. This is focusing on Argentina.
Argentina in the last two World Cups have not performed to everyone's high standards, while this World Cup however could be a great chance for them to win it once.
The players that could determine the squad is certainly interesting, as what will be tougher to determine is the starting eleven for a team such as Argentina, as at the moment who knows what team will be put out for the first group game, but the squad to go will be easier to work out.
The squad of 23 will consist of...
Sergio Romero (Likely No.1) Mariano Andujar Agustin Orion
Hugo Campagnaro, Pablo Zabaleta, Marcos Rojo, Jose Luis Basanta, Ezequiel Garay, Federico Fernandez, Nicolas Otamendi
Javier Mascherano, Fernando Gago, Angel Di Maria. Lucas Biglia, Ever Banega, Erik Lamela, Jose Sosa
Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Maxi Rodriguez, Rodrigo Palacio
While there are possibly, other players to be considered including Carlos Tevez, Willy Caballero and Fabricio Coloccini , the bulk of these 23 will be at the World Cup unless injuries which has been noted only recently with Fernando Gago who is out for 60 days with an injury, so opens a space up for so or poor form creeps in, time will only tell.
The Key Player for the Squad will be Lionel Messi, he is the captain of the team and regarded the best player of this generation, his ability to score a goal especially with his record tallies, his determination and ability will be crucial in potentially winning Argentina the World Cup.
The Player to watch is Lucas Biglia If he does go and given the chance to shine, as he was a stand-out player for Anderlecht, with many teams interested in him before going to Lazio in the summer of 2013, he's been a useful player for the team and if given a run-out in say at least one group game and puts a good showing on, he will gain many more followers
The Manager Alejandro Sabella was appointed in July 2011, while having extensive coaching experience, he only had managed one club this being Estudiantes de La Plata, which he had success winning the Copa Libertadores and Apertura in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
While his record so far has been impressive in his 32 games in charge with 19 wins 9 draws and 4 losses, the biggest question, in the biggest stage and at crucial times, will he be able to bring the best out of his team.
Can Argentina win their first World Cup in 28 years, only time will tell, as they have the right players, but do they have everything necessary to make them World Cup Winners and for someone like Messi this is the only honour he is missing in his Trophy room, this could be his greatest chance.
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