Monday, May 21, 2007

Copa Sudamericana 2007 Draw Made

The draw for the 2007 Copa Sudamericana was made today. River Plate will start off in the Round of Sixteen and will face the winner of the match between Brazilian sides Corinthians and Botafogo. River has had quite a few experiences with Corinthians in the recent past: we eliminated Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano's ex-team from the Round of Sixteen of the Copa Libertadores in 2003 and 2006. But there's also a negative point: in 2005 the two teams faced each other, tieing 0-0 in the first leg in Brazil. In the second match, River was up 1-0 for most of the match, but Corinthians were able to tie with just a few minutes left till the end of the game. This allowed "el Timao" to advance thanks to the Away goal rule.

There has also been some transfer news in the last few days:

Mauro Rosales: He's only been at River for a few months, and has barely played any games. Still, it seems as if his good performances and his goal vs. Boca in the Superclasico have attracted some clubs: Olympiakos of Greece have a firm interest.

Fernando Belluschi: Steaua Bucarest faxed River inquiring how much the club would want for the midfielder. The Romanians have been added to the list of European teams that are looking foward to keeping the midfielder next semester.

Juan Pablo Carrizo: Aston Villa and Milan, among others, are interested in him. Some clubs are even willing to pay $10,000,000 dollars for the young goalkeeper. But the dirigentes will do everything possible to retain him, and will even try to balance the club's economy with the sales of other players.

Marco Ruben: Spartak of Russia offered $6,700,000 dollars for the ex-Rosario Central foward. Despite that, the foward says he has no hurry and would like to stay a while longer in River.

Danilo Gerlo: The defender received an offer from Switzerland.

Paulo Ferrari: A Spanish side wants him, so the directives are planning on negociating him to balance the club's annual finances.

Ernesto Farias: Monterrey of Mexico want to buy the ex-Estudiantes and Palermo player. Everything seems to indicate that he has a Mexican future.

Juan Marcelo Ojeda: A Mexican club is interested in him, and his chances of leaving are high.

Bernardo Leyenda: He doesn't convince too much, and hasn't even played a minute since his arrival a year ago. Despite that, the dirigentes are planning on renewing his loan due to the lack of players in his position.

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