Newell\’s Old Boys
Well, Newell’s drew today away to Estudiantes 1-1 in one final friendly before returning to Rosario with an eye toward Feb 12.
The lineup featured Sebastián Peratta; Cristian Díaz, Santiago Vergini, Hernán Pellerano y Leonel Vangioni: Diego Mateo, Lucas Bernardi, Martín Tonso y Víctor Figueroa; Mauricio Sperduti y Ricardo Noir.
Newell’s started in a 4-4-2 but switched to a 3 man back line in the second half with the debut of newest acquisition Victor López. With the insertion of López, Christian Diaz moved up and subbed in for Tonso.
Since I spent most of the day and part of the night trying to find an alternator for a Ford E-350 diesel motor (not an easy task in Haiti) so I could get our bus moved out of a not so great location to break down, I didn’t see the match so I am only relying on newspaper reports for this post.
By all accounts Newell’s played much better than in their two previous friendlies and López looked very comfortable in defense.
Ok, so it has been a good while since my last post. A real good while. Like close to a year and a half. I’ve been in Haiti a lot so I just haven’t been able to keep up. I’m in Haiti right now even but now my internet actually works so I thought it was time I posted again.
Just to catch up since my last post, Newell’s has pretty much screwed the old proverbial perro. Two coaches have departed and we don’t have any real marquee players. NOB is facing a potential relegation battle heading into the Clausura sitting 14th, and even though their promedio is a good bit better than All Boys at 17th a repeat of the Apertura’s 16 point campaign would be hard to overcome.
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Don’t know how this slipped by me. Saturday’s match marked number 100 for Rolando Schiavi in a Newell’s jersey. Before next weekend’s game with Tigre he will be presented with a plaque commemorating the accomplishment.
He’ll also be face-to-face with one Ricardo Caruso, ex-Newell’s boss and head man at Tigre, who had a very acrimonious parting with Schiavi when Caruso was heading out the door. Should be interesting, maybe.
I suppose I should be happy with a point on the road at Lanús, but the game still left a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth. I know it is early yet, but one goal in two matches worries me. And that was from a set piece and not the run of play. (Video of the goals after the jump)
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Well, despite practicing this morning with La Lepra and being included in the squad list for the Lanus match, a deal was done and he is off to Quilmes. After practice, word came down and he was off to Buenos Aires to rejoin his original club.
The deal is for a one year loan with an option to buy and I don’t think there is any transfer fee although I believe there was a cancellation of a debt between the club and Quilmes (or Torres).
In my mind this could be a costly move for Sensini since I don’t see anyone ready to step up and start scoring or doing a whole lot else. While Torres wasn’t a prolific goal scorer he brought a lot to the field. In a way he reminded me of Damian Steinert, who followed Caruso Lombardi to Racing and is now playing with defending Turkish champs Buraspor.
Except maybe Steinert was flat out speed and Torres isn’t quite that fast. And Steinert won a title with the club and Torres didn’t. But other than that, similar.
If the striker play doesn’t pick up they might as well season the kids and get Dening and Falcone in a few matches.
Well, the teams had agreed to terms and yesterday morning it appeared as if Diego Torres was on his way to rejoin Quilmes, the club that brought him to the Primera. Instead, a last minute deal change by Quilmes left him with his bags packed standing at his front door with no place to go.
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Somehow I wound up looking at the All Boys squad list tonight, looking for ex-Old Boys and guess which name jumped out at me? The Ogre, Cristian Fabbiani.
The way the jerk jumped ship for River he deserves all the bad karma he’s gotten. He actually joined All Boys after washing out in the Mexican second division. Hah!
So I’m scanning the usual Newell’s sites looking for info on Torres (it does appear that maybe Quilmes is in his very near future) and I ran across an ad for Medical Hair. More than 500 micro hair implants done in Rosario and more than 13,000 preventative treatments says the ad.
Why, they even have a before and after picture from a celebrity endorser who just happens to be the one and only Ricardo Caruso Lombardi. Yep, the ex-Newell’s coach is doing transplant ads for a hair company in Rosario. He isn’t in Tigre gear and the tagline under his name only says DT. I’ve tried to figure out how to put the ad up here but no luck. The ad is on this page but I don’t know how long it will be there.
He’s a bit of a loose cannon and a somewhat divisive figure, but he kept Newell’s from the drop a few years ago so he shouldn’t have to pay for a drink anytime soon in Rosario.
And if you read Spanish, check out this story by Domingo Caratozzolo about that day 19 years or so ago that La Lepra beat Boca in La Bombonera to become champions.
One more thing. This friendly tonight needs to be Bob Bradley’s last game in charge. I’m just saying.
Last Saturday, Mario Garcia Eyrea passed away in Rosario. He is best known as the president who took a chance on one Marcelo Bielsa back in the day.
You know the story. Two titles and several years of success followed.
Honestly, he was before my time as fan, so I don’t know much about him. I believe he was the last president before the Rat Bastard took over, but don’t quote me on that.
Anyway, the man who hired el Loco deserves to be remembered as a good guy and his loyalty to the club will always stand out amongst the long list of club presidents.
Adios Don Mario.
To start with, I’m in Haiti. While I am extremely thankful to have a little wifi, it is more like using dial up with a wireless router, so I couldn’t watch the match. I was reduced to following it online on ESPN which is almost like not following it.
It is still weird seeing German Re’s name on the other lineup. He should always be leproso.
Since I didn’t see the match I can’t give you any pointed insight. All I know is a penalty taken by Brujita Verón led to the 0-1 defeat. Scanning the headlines, “Newell’s played bad, committed an error, and paid dearly” seems to sum it up. Sensini said after the match that a draw would have been the fairest result.
It won’t get a whole lot easier with a trip to Lanús up next.