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The 2023 Argentine football season is in full swing. 67 official matches have already been played, 56 of the four dates of the Professional League Tournament, 8 of the Argentina Cup, one of the International Super Cup, one of the Champions Trophy 2020 elimination and one of the Libertadores. The 28 establishments, with some exceptions, will be maintained at least until July.

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As it has done in recent years, clarion presents the Tournament Guide in digital format. All the data of the 907 players who currently make up the 28 squads of the championship.

Of the 907 players featured in this guide, there are 257 additionsOf which 136 played for another team in the last league tournament, 67 were from American leagues, only 6 from Europe and one from China. Also, last year there were 22 players from Belgrano and 26 from the Istituto, both newly promoted.

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Of the 907 players there are 794 born in Argentina, while another 113 are foreigners. Uruguayans continue to be the largest group, with 35, and then there are 31 Paraguayans and 26 Colombians. There are also 6 Chileans, 3 Ecuadorians, 2 Peruvians, a Venezuelan and a Portuguese. Meanwhile, there are 7 players who are children of Argentine parents and almost trained in the country: 2 Spaniards, 2 Mexicans, a Swiss, an American and a Brazilian.

Salomón Rodón, the Venezuelan from River.  Photo: Juan Manuel Foglia.

Salomón Rodón, the Venezuelan from River. Photo: Juan Manuel Foglia.

Of Argentines, 22 provinces are represented. Buenos Aires supplies the majority of players with 317, of which 243 are from the suburbs and 64 from other cities in the province. Subsequently, Santa Fe has 123 representatives, of which 32 are from Rosario; while Córdoba has 93, with 37 from the capital. There are 79 players in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, therefore AMBA is represented by 322 players, i.e. 35% of the total.

Juan Gauto, from Huracán, one of two players born in the province of Santa Cruz.  Photos: .  EFE/ Gaston Britos

Juan Gauto, from Huracán, one of two players born in the province of Santa Cruz. Photos: . EFE/ Gaston Britos

Instead, there are 29 people from Entre Ríos, 26 from Mendoza, 19 from Tucuman, 16 from Corrientes, 13 from Chaco and San Juan, 11 from Santiago, 10 missionaries, 7 from Pampas, 6 from Chubut, from Río Negro and San Juan, 5 from Formosa, 3 from Neuquén, 2 from Catamarqueños, Santa Cruz and Jujeño and only one salteño. This year there are no representatives from La Rioja and Tierra del Fuego.

Of the 908 players, the youngest is the only one born in 2006. It is Gianluca Prestianni, of Vélez, who is just 17 years old and has played seven games, one of which in the current championship. The other 17-year-old who has played in the four games of the tournament is Jerónimo Domina, from Unión, born on 17 October 2005.

The league’s most veteran and current top scorer has yet to play. José Gustavo Sand, aged 42 years and 7 months, has renewed his contract with Lanús, is getting back in shape, but hasn’t even been on the bench for Frank Kudelka’s team, leader of the tournament.

The moment Pepe Sand signed a contract extension at Garnet.

The moment Pepe Sand signed a contract extension at Garnet.

Instituto goalkeeper Jorge Carranza is 41 years and 9 months old and started all four matches of the tournament. The other 41-year-old player is Enrique Bologna, who was once on the bench but hasn’t played yet.

Finally, the current player with the most caps in his career is Uruguayan Diego Godín, who has amassed 775 games (scoring 46 goals), three more than Pepe Sand, who with 308 goals is the active top scorer.

Diego Godín, the active player with the most games played.

Diego Godín, the active player with the most games played.

Some details to take into account in the guide. Goalkeeper José Antonio Devecchi appears at San Lorenzo and Sarmiento, because on the first appointment he went to the substitutes’ bench of the Ciclón and then went to the Junín team. The same goes for Angel Martino, who played first date for Talleres and is now at Newell’s. Furthermore, there are also players who played and were on the bench but then emigrated abroad or into promotion football, such as Banfield’s Agustín Urzi.

Source: Clarin

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