New call for Javier Mascherano for the Under 23 National Team: who are those mentioned and the two friendlies on the agenda

Mascherano summoned the players to continue preparing for the Under 23 pre-Olympic tournament
Mascherano summoned the players to continue preparing for the Under 23 pre-Olympic tournament

Preparation continues Argentina Sub 23 team on the way to what will be the pre-Olympic tournament that will qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Pending confirmation of the venue and date, the team leading Javier Mascherano He continues with his set-up at the AFA premises and that is why the coach issued a new summons.

This time El Jefecito called 18 players to train in Ezeiza. They will also be joined by the under 23 footballers who play abroad and who Lionel Scaloni mentioned on the senior team’s list as Marco Pellegrino (Milan), Lucas Esquivel and Bruno Zapelli (Atlético Paranaense), Carlos Alcaraz (Southampton), and Facundo Farías (Inter Miami). Thiago Almada, part of the roster that celebrated the title at the World Cup in Qatar, is one of the footballers that the coach has in orbit to take to the pre-Olympic.

It must be remembered that in the last call during the September FIFA window, Mascherano also worked with Esquivel and Zapelli. In this opportunity, The National Team will face each other in two friendlies against the Venezuelan team on October 13 and 14 in Ezeiza, in what will be an opportunity to continue developing the idea that the coach wants to establish for the competition to be played at the beginning of 2024.

In the last event, Argentina faced its counterpart from Bolivia at the Lionel Andrés Messi venue and, with the presence of the Rosario star, Ángel Di María and other world champions, the Albiceleste 2-1 victory with goals from Luciano Gondou (Argentinos Juniors) and Alan Velasco (former Independiente, today at FC Dallas). In a second friendly, the local team took the 3-0 victory thanks to the achievements of Pedro de la Vega and Abiel Osorio (2).

Within the context of the tournament, it is important to highlight that European clubs are not obliged to release their players for both the pre-Olympic and the Olympic Games themselves. Neither of the two competitions appears in the calendar of official FIFA events, so the regulations have no influence on said competition. Faced with this, the former midfielder for River Plate, Barcelona and the Argentine national team will bet on forming a team with players from the local environment or from leagues such as the Brazilian and the MLS that are more flexible than the European ones at the time of the summoning of the football players.

The Olympic Games in the capital of France will be held a few days after what will be the end of the Copa América 2024 that will be played in the United States. The final of the contest organized by Conmebol will be held on July 14 in a stadium to be designated and only 12 days later, on the 26th, is the date of the opening ceremony of the most important multidisciplinary sporting event in the world.

Mascherano’s list of those called up for the work of the Under 23 National Team

The list of the Argentine under 23 team
The list of the Argentine under 23 team

Archers: Leonardo Brey (Boca Juniors), Facundo Sanguinetti (Banfield) and Fabricio Iacovich (Students).

Defenders: Santiago Simón (River), Nicolás Paz (Unión), Gonzalo Luján (San Lorenzo), Diego Calcaterra (Sarmiento) and Marco Di Césare (Argentinos Juniors).

Midfielders: Kevin Zenón (Unión), Juan Nardoni (Racing), Federico Redondo (Argentinos Juniors) and Juan Sforza (Newell’s).

Forward: Gastón Verón (Argentinos Juniors), Pablo Solari (River Plate), Luciando Gondou (Argentinos Juniors), Juan Bisanz (Banfield) and Pedro De La Vega (Lanús).

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