Monday, June 18, 2007

Building For The Future: Incorporations & Youngsters

About a year ago, rumors were going around of a new star in River's divisions. The press hailed him the new Lionel Messi, the new Pablo Aimar, and like always.... the new Diego Maradona. As time passed, not much was heard from him. Despite the long time range, he only played eight minutes in Primera (vs. Instituto; Clausura 2006). In fact, he hardly ever concentrated with the first team and spent most of his time intending to build body mass, due to his small size.

Who is this kid? His name is Diego Buonanotte. He is a playmaker and is currently only 18 years old. Other than the few Adidas commercials he appeared in, as well as the constant praising from previous coaches and the press, "el enano" slowly started disappearing off the surface of stardom. Not much was heard of him until now, when several coaches from other clubs have requested him as a reinforcement for next semester. Colon, Newell's Old Boys, and Olimpo are all interested in him, and they all share one thing in common: faith in the youngster. All three have some sort of connection that indicates that he will be a great player. Colon and Olimpo have ex-River coaches (Leonardo Astrada and Guillermo Rivarola -reserves coach-), who both worked closely with the lower divisions. Newell's' coach, meanwhile, has several close friends/co-workers who have convinced the manager of Diego's capabilities. If a player is able to attract so much attention, yet with so little experience in Primera, it must be for a reason.

What may have really attracted the teams, though, is Buonanotte's depression of not gaining minutes with the first team. He is said to have been willing to switch clubs for minutes, something his talent could get him in many other places. With Passarella's 4-4-2 formation, it was almost impossible for him to find himself a spot in the starting eleven. Recently, "el Kaiser" declared that he is interested in returning to the classical formation that includes a playmaker. With River doing everything possible to retain him, and Passarella looking to use a #10, will Diego Buonanotte finally start regularly for the team?

The youngster isn't the only one mentioned in transfer news lately: Juan Pablo Carrizo is still wanted by Manchester United, Milan, Lazio, West Ham, Benfica, among other clubs. No team has offered the $10,000,000 euros his price tag requests, so for now he is still a River player. As for possible incorporations, Domingo Salcedo of Cerro PorteƱo (Paraguay) has been offered. The Paraguayan (picture) is also wanted by Racing, but may end up playing for "los millonarios" if he convinces, due to being a left-winger.

In other news, Gonzalo "Pipita" Higuain won his first official championship yesterday with Real Madrid of Spain. Read more here. Also, the pre-season schedule has been confirmed: the players will be on vacation till July 2nd, and will then train and participate in the Peace Cup till July 21-23rd. The first match of the Torneo Apertura 2007 has high chances of being postponed, due to the late arrival of the club to Argentina.


loes said...

Hi Locoxriver, i will send you the email again, it's just for fun, if you don't like to see it, throw it away!

Locoxriver said...

I checked my e-mail and I have now received it. Thanks for re-sending it! I will look at it later, when I find a bit more time.


Christian said...

Is there any chance of the Peace Cup being shown on television or streamed? Not that I'm that excited but it would be nice to check out the new look River that will no doubt take the field.

Locoxriver said...

I am not really aware of what channels will show the games (if any actually do). There is still a month till the tournament commences, so it really is hard to find out that information now. I will get back to you as soon as I find out.

Anyway, it's going to be a pain in the *** to watch the games. Just remember the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup! Depending on the level of play, will it really be worth it to stay up till 3-4 AM to watch a River friendly?

Locoxriver said...

I just checked the times and the matches are scheduled to be played at 20:00 (Korean time). This would be around 4 AM Pacific / 7 AM Eastern Time.

Also, so you know (and you are able to update it on your blog), Udinese will be replaced by Racing Santander. ;)

- Locoxriver

Christian said...

Thanks, completely missed that change.

I'm not big on watching friendlies, but it would be nice to at least get highlights.

What are your thoughts on the squad they'll take? I think I read in Clarin that they had to bring el Burrito...

Locoxriver said...

Yes, el burrito had to be taken, but he is excused due to his alcohol problems. He is currently receiving treatment, which will take around 2 months, so he will be forced to miss the tournament. The Koreans understood that, but there is still a list of other players that MUST play. That list includes Fernando Belluschi, Marco Ruben, Eduardo Tuzzio, Paulo Ferrari, and Augusto Fernandez.

Besides those players, the rest are expected to be youngsters (one being Cardozo, a young left-winger). It will be interesting to see how they play. But one position I will be interested in seeing is the Goalkeeper position. Juan Pablo Carrizo will be playing with Argentine NT for the Copa America 2007 at that time, so he won't be able to make it to any of the games. I guess this will be a glimpse of what our team will look like once Carrizo leaves.

- Locoxriver