Sunday, July 15, 2007

River Plate - Shimizu S-Pulse: The Preview

River will be facing Shimizu S-Pulse of Japan tomorrow, in what will be our second game in the 2007 Peace Cup. In their first match, the Japanese side lost 2-0 to Olympique Lyon of France, while we defeated Reading FC of England by 1-0.

Shimizu S-Pulse is a club with history and is currently one of the most powerful teams in Asia. In their 16 year history, they have won the Asian Cup Winners Cup once, as well as each of the three Japanese Cups.

One of their key players is Cho Jae-Jin, who has scored 34 goals in his 79 games at the club. The striker also played 29 matches for the South Korean National Team, and even participated at the 2006 World Cup. Besides him, there is Jungo Fujimoto, a midfielder who was chosen the Best Young Midfielder of the J-League in 2006. Despite being only 23 years old, he has already played a few matches for the Japanese National Team.

River will most likely repeat the squad that defeated Reading FC on Friday. This means that the team should look as follows:

Juan Marcelo Ojeda;
Paulo Ferrari-Eduardo Tuzzio-Danilo Gerlo-Cristian Villagra;
Fernando Belluschi-A. Fernandez-Leonardo Ponzio-Matias Abelairas;
Marco Ruben-Mauro Rosales;

The match will not be shown in the USA. In other news, Danilo Gerlo impressed Reading FC's President, who will be following "Paco" closely tomorrow. Since both Cristian Nasuti and Gerlo might leave (Nasuti is wanted by Genoa), River are looking to bring in Ronald Raldes of Rosario Central. Other than the Bolivian, Pablo Cesar Aguilar might join the squad. Aguilar is a Paraguayan central defender who currently plays for Sportivo Luqueno, a team from his home country. The youngster participated in Paraguay's U-20 squad and will be on trial for the team.


keith said...

I really like your blog. I'm going to travel from the US to Argentina during September and October, and want to see some great soccer. I've tried to find schedules on the Internet for the River Plate and Boca teams, but have not had any success. Do you know where can I find this info? THANKS !! -Keith

Locoxriver said...

Well, River Plate's schedule is listed on the right side of my blog. Unless there is a future change (could be likely), the games will be played on those days. In case you don't see it, it is listed on the right side below the links list. You will be able to see some great matches during September and October, including some important games for the Apertura 2007 (such as vs. Boca Juniors) and the Copa Sudamericana 2007.

As for Boca Juniors matches, you might want to check out the AFA link: Click Here.

keith said...

Gracias. No hablo el Espanol, pero...I could manage to understand the AFA site. I assume the team listed first is the host, unless you say otherwise.

Locoxriver said...

Correct. Team listed first hosts the matches.

Oh, another thing to add: when Boca is playing away, River will be playing at home, and vice versa.

- Locoxriver