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Friday, 7 June 2002
World Cup 2002 Finals First Phase Group F

Argentina 0 England 1 [0-1]

Match Summary
Argentina Squad
England Squad
Team Records
 
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The Argentina Squad for the 2002 World Cup Finals Pre-England  June 2002
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G
16. Aimar, Pablo Cesar 3 November 1979 22 M Valencia CF SAD, Spain 19 2
5. Almeyda, Matias Jesus 21 December 1973 28 M SSD Parma Calcio 1913 Srl, Italy 33 1
2. Ayala, Roberto Fabian 14 April 1973 29 D Valencia CF SAD, Spain 74 3

Roberto Ayala was unavailable for the game against England because of a thigh injury.

9. Batistuta, Gabriel Omar 1 February 1969 33 F AS Roma SpA, Italy 76 56
23. Bonano, Roberto Oscar 24 January 1970 32 G FC Barcelona, Spain 13 0
1. Burgos, German Adrian Ramon 16 April 1969 33 G Club Atletico de Madrid SAD, Spain 35 0
21. Caniggia, Claudio Paul 9 January 1967 35 F Rangers FC, Scotland 50 16
12. Cavallero, Pablo Oscar 13 April 1974 28 G RC Celta de Vigo SAD, Spain 9 0
22. Chamot, Jose Antonio 17 May 1969 33 D AC Milan SpA, Italy 42 2
19. Crespo, Hernan Jorge 5 July 1975 26 F SS Lazio SpA, Italy 34 17
20. Gallardo, Marcelo Daniel 18 January 1976 26 M AS de Monaco FC, France 42 14
18. González, Cristian Alberto 4 August 1974 27 F Valencia CF SAD, Spain 31 5
15. Husain, Claudio Daniel 20 October 1974 27 M CA River Plate 14 1
7. López, Claudio Javier 17 July 1974 27 F SS Lazio SpA, Italy 50 10
17. López, Gustavo Adrian 13 April 1973 29 F RC Celta de Vigo SAD, Spain 31 4
10. Ortega, Ariel Arnaldo 4 March 1974 28 M CA River Plate 82 17
13. Placente, Diego Rodolfo 24 April 1977 25 D Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 7 0
4. Pochettino, Mauricio Roberto 2 March 1972 30 D Paris Saint Germain FC, France 39 0
6. Samuel, Walter Adrian 23 March 1978 24 D AS Roma SpA, Italy 31 3
14. Simeone, Diego Pablo 28 April 1970 32 M SS Lazio SpA, Italy 105 11
3. Sorín, Juan Pablo 5 May 1976 26 M Cruzeiro EC, Brazil 36 6
11. Verón, Juan Sebastian 9 March 1975 27 M Manchester United FC, England 48 8
8. Zanetti, Javier Adelmar 10 August 1973 28 M FC Internazionale Milano SpA, Italy 67 3

Squad details correct up to and including Argentina's match against Nigeria on 2 June 2002.

Diary

Monday, 6 May 2002 - Coach Marcelo Bielsa has named a preliminary twelve man squad for the World Cup Finals. Bielsa decided to name his squad in two stages, beginning with players whose club commitments are over. Going to Argentina's training camp in Rome are Gabriel Batistuta, Claudio Caniggia, Jose Chamot, Hernan Crespo, Marcelo Gallardo, Claudio Husain, Claudio Lopez, Ariel Ortega, Mauricio Pochettino, Walter Samuel, Diego Simeone and Javier Zanetti.

During the week - Juan Sebastian Veron has been added to the squad.

Monday, 13 May 2002 - Marcelo Bielsa has called up another eight players to his Rome-based training camp. They are Pablo Aimar, Matias Almeyda, Roberto Ayala, Roberto Bonano, German Burgos, Pablo Cavallero, Kily Gonzalez and Gustavo Lopez.

During the week - Juan Pablo Sorin and Diego Placente are the final two players added to the squad.

Monday, 20 May 2002
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Tunisia have cancelled their game against Argentina scheduled for Wednesday. The warm-up match was only arranged a month ago, but Tunisia's coach Ammar Souayah has called it off saying he does not want to over exert his players. Marco Biesla's men now plan to play J-League side Kashima Antlers instead.

Thursday, 23 May 2002 - Gabriel Batistuta scores four goals in Argentina's 5-1 win over Kashima Antlers.

Sunday, 2 June 2002 - Argentina moved ominously towards the top of Group F with a well-disciplined win over Nigeria. The prolific Gabriel Batistuta rose majestically to head a second half winner for the tournament favourites. Argentina were forced into a late reshuffle after Roberto Ayala was forced to withdraw with a thigh injury.

Argentina Form: last six games
W D D D W W  f 8:a 4 success: 75%
757 8 November 2001 - Argentina 2 Peru 0 [0-0]
Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires
Samuel, Lopez WCP HW
Pizarro
758 14 November 2001 - Uruguay 1 Argentina 1 [1-1]
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Silva
Lopez
AD
759 13 February 2002 - Wales 1 Argentina 1 [1-0]
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Bellamy
Cruz
Fr AD
760 27 March 2002 - Argentina 2 Cameroon 2 [1-1]
Stade des Charmilles, Geneve
Veron (pen), Aimar
Eto'o, Suffo
ND
761 17 April 2002 - Germany 0 Argentina 1 [0-0]
Gottlieb Daimler Stadion, Stuttgart
Sorin AW
762 2 June 2002 - Argentina 1 Nigeria 0 [0-0]
Kashima Sakkā Sutajiamu, Ibaraki
Batistusta WCF NW

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