Ángel Di María (Benfica 2-1 AEK Athens):
Honourable mentions: Giuseppe Cozzolino (Lecce 0-1 Como); Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid 6-0 Real Zaragoza); Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid 6-0 Real Zaragoza)
Source: 101 Great Goals
Di Maria is going to be a star. He was terrific in the 2008 Olympics, and it’s been ages since Argentina produced a real winger.
I think that following the World Cup, we could see top clubs vying for two young South American wingers: Di Maria, of course, and Alexis Sanchez of Chile.
Who will be the next Arjen Robben?
Di Maria will definitely leave Benfica, I just hope we use that money wisely. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone snags Aimar off of us too.
Also after looking at your reccomended reading list, can I suggest this one to you. I think you will like it.
Roberticus, do you think Alexis Sanchez is ready for a move to a top-rank club? On the (admittedly few) occasions I’ve watched him, he’s looked prone to over-elaboration.
Steve, thanks for the recommendation. I must admit that most of my reading on European football history has focused on Italy and France. Spain would be the logical next destination on my list.
I think he is improving and learning under his national team coach to be more objective.
On the other hand, at Udinese this season he appears to be more off the leash; the team dropped their 4-3-3/3-4-3 template and started playing him as a striker in a 4-4-2.
I just think that he needs to move on to a bigger side and with a coach who will get the best out of him; then again, wingers traditionally have tended to be inconsistent by nature (Robben, Joaquin, Quaresma, even a young Cristiano Ronaldo)so it will take a perfect storm in order for someone like Sanchez to develop into the next Ryan Giggs.
I have been trying to get “into” French Football lately, but it seems whenever Setanta has a decent game on over here in Toronto there is another killer match to watch, like this weekend Monaco V Lyon was at the same time as Benfica v Porto. The fan support across the league looks very good, something that is desperately lacking in Portuguese futebol. Can you recommend a book similar to Morbo and Calcio about French Football?
The best book on French football that I’ve come across is ‘Football in France: A Cultural History’ by Geoffrey Hare: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Football-France-Cultural-History-Cultures/dp/1859736629
It looks at the game’s role in France from a cultural and socio-economic perspective, so it’s more academic than a pure football history but is still an insightful read. Very good on the French attitude to sport in general and how the 1998 World Cup win allowed France to look at itself as a nation of winners – ‘La France qui gagne’ – for pretty much the first time in its sporting history. Also provides lots of information on France’s world-leading youth coaching system, although it came out in 2003 so it’s a little dated.
Some player, some goal! I love these round ups – always see something I’ve missed.
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