Squad news


16 Nov 2009
The elimination of Tunisia is leaving Depor with only one player with a secure place in South Africa 2010: Guardado. There are other three men aspiring to have a spot, while the Spaniards at the team are losing the hope.

Lassad Nouioui lost the chance to reach the World Cup after the combination of results held on Saturday. Tunisia lost at Mozambique (0-1), while Nigeria was overcoming Kenya in Nairobi with two goals from Obafemi Martins (3-2). These results are giving the ticket to Nigeria while Tunisia is out despite not losing against the ‘Super Eagles’.

This means that, among Depor’s players, only Andrés Guardado has a secure place in the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2010. The Mexican is a fixed piece in the schemes of coach Javier Aguirre and was even picked as a “model” to present the new shirt of the national squad.

But there are other four players that are aspiring to have an opportunity; though currently they don’t seem to count for their national coaches. The following is a resume of their situation:

Filipe Luis & Juca: Brazil will always be a candidate for the title, and this time it isn’t the exception after a solid qualifying campaign in South America. The squad seems to be defined, but there are some doubts, starting at the left-back position. Coach Dunga already tried several options, including Real Madrid’s Marcelo and Fenerbahçe’s Andre Santos, but without finding a convincing solution.

Filipe was also tested as he debuted in the last qualifying game against Venezuela (0-0), but it seems that Dunga isn’t sure about him as he wasn’t picked for Saturday’s friendly against England (1-0 win for Brazil). The media in Spain continues to refer to Depor’s defender as the best left-back in la liga, but the coach isn’t impressed at all with these reviews. For the moment the only thing to do for Filipe is to continue with his solid campaign at Depor, maybe then Dunga will take a decision.

For Juca things are almost impossible, he has left a positive impression with Depor through his free-kicks, but with big names like Giberto Silva, Elano, Ramires and Felipe Melo in the top list of Dunga, an inclusion for the World Cup will depend on a miracle.

Ze Castro: The central defender was a normal participant on the lists of Carlos Queiroz during the past season, but that was before the thigh injury that he suffered some weeks ago. Besides, Lotina replaced him with Colotto after the 2-3 setback against RCD Espanyol, now Queiroz is trusting in Bruno Alves, who even scored the winning goal in the first-leg of the playoffs against Bosnia, while other alternatives are Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho. Therefore, the only way for Ze Castro in order to play in South Africa is to recover his starting place at Depor’s defence.

Diego Colotto: Precisely, to take the spot of Zé Castro has meant to open a window for Argentine Colotto. He has had a solid performance at Lotina’s team and it was rumoured that he was going to be picked for Saturday’s friendly against Spain (1-2), but in the end Maradona has preferred other central defenders like Cristian Ansaldi, Martin Demichelis or the same Fabricio Coloccini. If Colotto continues with the same performance at Depor, maybe, he could have a chance. To remember he already won a U-20 FIFA Championship in 2001.

The Spaniards: National coach Vicente Del Bosque already applauded the season of Albert Lopo and Daniel Aranzubia. He even admitted that both could have a chance in the near future, but it seems very difficult. Spain won its qualifying group with a perfect mark of ten wins in ten matches and it will be a mistake if Del Bosque starts to make changes now.

Casillas and Reina are the first options for the goalkeeping position, and the third choice should be for young Diego Lopez. At the centre of the defence, Puyol Piqué, Arbeloa, Marchena, Albiol and even Sergio Ramos are the preferred choices for the coach, which means that only the accumulation of injury cases would give a chance to Depor’s duo.



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