GROUP B: Is the Maradona influence good or bad for Argentina?

Argentina have a superb list of players on paper but that doesn’t exactly win you World Cups, just ask Holland.

There is an abundance of talent in the final 23 but sometimes talent cannot be harnessed if the manager is not solely focused on the job at hand.

Diego Maradona is Argentina’s World Cup-winning golden boy despite all of his flaws and controversies and the destiny of the team relies on this man.

A genius on the pitch, Maradona has the ability to ruin everything for the South Americans who on paper could win the tournament today.

Players like Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Diego Milito, Sergio Aguero, Maxi Rodriguez, Gonzalo Higuain, Javier Mascherano…the list goes on…could produce what is required to win the world’s biggest sporting event but what stands in their way is not an opposition team, but the leader of their own camp.

Argentina

Playing schedule: Nigeria (Johannesburg) June 12; South Korea (Johannesburg) June 17; Greece (Polokwane) June 22

Also known as: La Albiceleste (White & Sky Blue)
Manager: Diego Maradona (ARG)
Captain: Javier Mascherano
Key players: Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Javier Mascherano, Martin Demichelis
Wildcard: Gonzalo Higuain
Player to watch: Sergio Aguero
Most caps: Javier Zanetti (136). Of this squad: Juan Sebastian Veron (70)
Top goalscorer: Gabriel Batistuta (56). Of this squad: Lionel Messi (13)
FIFA ranking: 7
Qualifying: 4th in CONMEBOL group stage.
Appearance: 15th
Best result: Winners – 1978 & 1986

Argentina squad

Goalkeepers

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

Defenders

Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich)
Clemente Rodriguez (Estudiantes)
Nicolas Burdisso (AS Roma)
Gabriel Heinze (Marseille)
Walter Samuel (Inter Milan)
Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield)
Ariel Garce (Colon)

Midfielders

Mario Bolatti (Fiorentina)
Angel Di Maria (Benfica)
Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes)
Javier Mascherano (Liverpool)
Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle United)
Maxi Rodriguez (Liverpool)
Javier Pastore (Palermo)

Forwards

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

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