“People come to the dance…”said that passage of one of the most iconic songs of José Luis “Puma” Rodriguez. The fragment fits perfectly to describe this Sunday morning in the Argentina national teamwho received his first players called up for the party of world champions: the midfielder Enzo Fernández and the defender Nicholas Tagliafico I’m already in Buenos Aires to play friendlies against Panama (in the Monument) e Curacao (in Santiago del Estero).
The Chelsea footballer, who played in Saturday’s draw against Everton in the Premier League, and the Olympique de Lyon player, who featured in the draw against Nantes on Friday in Ligue 1, were the first to land this Sunday at the Ezeiza International Airport, where they received recognition from those present.
The players walked through the central hall of the air station, signed autographs and boarded a transport sent by the AFA, waiting to start the rally at the Julio Humberto Grondona de Ezeiza property.
The squad will only be complete this Monday with the arrival of the bulk of players who still have to fulfill their commitments at their clubs before being released.
Among those arriving this Monday will be captain, winner of the Ballon d’Or in Qatar 2022 and winner of the latest FIFA The Best award, Lionel Messi, after playing for Paris Saint-Germain against Rennes in Ligue 1.
The first formal training session will take place on Tuesday, two days before the first friendly against Panama at the Monumental, which will kick off the World Cup celebrations.
The match will be played from 20:30 with sold out seats, after the fervor registered last Thursday in the virtual sales system to which over 1.5 million users have signed up in search of some of the 63,000 tickets made available. Another 20,000, it is estimated, have been reserved for protocol revenue and commercial engagements.
The second match of the “Scaloneta” will be on Tuesday 28 against Curacao at the Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades in Santiago del Estero, which has expanded its capacity from 30,000 to 42,000 seats with the elimination of seats in various sectors. Tickets for that presentation have not yet gone on sale..
Argentina will face the two friendlies with a team of 34 playersafter the injury victims of Alejandro Gomez (Seville) and young people Alexander Garnacho (Manchester United).
The “Papu” will be the only one of the world champions not to be present at the celebrations for not having received the authorization from his club in the middle of the recovery phase of an operation on the ankle of his left foot which took place last February 10.
Those summoned by Lionel Scaloni
archers: Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa), Gerónimo Rulli (Villarreal) and Franco Armani (River).
defenders: Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid), Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla), Cristian Romero (Tottenham), Germán Pezzella (Betis), Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica), Lisandro Martínez (Manchester United), Marcos Acuña (Sevilla), Juan Foyth (Villarreal) ), Lautaro Blanco (Elche), Nehuén Pérez (Udinese) and Tagliafico.
midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid), Leandro Paredes (Juventus), Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton), Guido Rodríguez (Betis), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Thiago Almada (Atlanta United), Maximo Perrone (Manchester City), Facundo Buonanotte (Brighton), Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal), Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa), Valentín Carboni (Inter) and Enzo Fernández.
strikers: Ángel Di María (Juventus), Lautaro Martínez (Inter), Julián Álvarez (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Roma), Ángel Correa (Atletico de Madrid), Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), Nicolás González (Fiorentina) and Giovanni Simeone (Naples).
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