|Abel Balbo and Gabriel Batistuta|
Argentina All-Time Team
Argentina All-Time Team before 1978
Argentina All-Time Team After Maradona
Angels with Dirty Faces with Di Stefano in the WC 1958
All Diegos Team
Provincia de Córdoba, Argentina All-Time Team
The City of Buenos Aires
Provincia de Buenos Aires
Argentina All-Time Team without players from Santa Fe, Cordoba and Buenos Aires
This is my selection of all-time 23 member team for Santa Fe province (Provincia de Santa Fe) in Argentina. This team is based on birth places. The number 23 is chosen because this is the same number of players selected in a World Cup Finals.
The Province of Santa Fe (Spanish: Provincia de Santa Fe, Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsanta ˈfe]) is a province of Argentina, located in the center-east of the country. Neighboring provinces are from the north clockwise Chaco (divided by the 28th parallel south), Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, and Santiago del Estero. Together with Córdoba and Entre Ríos, the province is part of the economico-political association known as the Center Region.
|Ángel Di María and Lionel Messi|
GK: Amadeo Carrizo (Rufino, Santa Fe)
Amadeo Carrizo was the young goalkeeper for River Plate's "La Máquina" in 1940's. He won five Championship trophies in 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957. He was considered one of the greatest goalkeeper from South America. He also played for Millonarios F.C.. Despite his greatness, Argentina constantly refused to select him. He only earned 20 caps. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1958.
Nery Pumpido earned 36 caps for Argentina. He went to 3 World Cup Finals, winning the 1986 edition as the starting keeper. For domestic football, he played for Unión de Santa Fe, Vélez Sársfield and Real Betis. He was remembered for playing with River Plate between 1983 and 1988, where he won the 1986 Copa Libertadores, the first ever one for the club.
GK: Roberto Abbondanzieri (Bouquet, Santa Fe)
He started with Rosario Central. In 1997, he moved to Boca Juniors, where he stayed until 2006. He held the Boca Juniors record of 14 titles, surpassed later by Guillermo Barros Schelotto. He was named South American Goalkeeper of the Year in 2003. In 2006, he moved to Getafe in Spain. Capped 49 times. He went to the WC Finals in 2006. He started all matched until he was subbed out because of an injury during the quarterfinal against Germany.
RB: Hernan Diaz (Barrancas, Santa Fe)
Herman Díaz joined River Plate in 1989. He went on to win 8 league titles with the club as well as the Copa Libertadores in 1996. His 10 titles as a player make him the second most decorated player in the history of Club Atlético River Plate after his former teammate Leonardo Astrada. He also played for Rosario Central, Los Andes and Colón de Santa Fe. He was capped 28 times for Argentina. He went to 1994 World Cup Finals in USA.
RB: David Acevedo (Santa Fe)
David Acevedo played for Independiente, where he won two Copa Libertadores in 1964 and 1965. He was a member of Argentina's 1958 World Cup, but did not play in any of the matches. He also participated in the Copa America of 1967, where he played all five matches. He played briefly for Banfield before his retirement.
CB: Oscar Ruggeri (Rosario, Santa Fe)
Oscar Ruggeri played in 3 World Cup Finals, winning the one in 1986 and finishing second in 1990. He had 97 caps for Argentina between 1983 and 1994. He was La Liga Foreign Player of the Year in 1989 and South American Player of the Year in 1991. He played for both River Plate and Boca Juniors in Argentina as well as Real Madrid in Spain. He also had career with Vélez Sarsfield, San Lorenzo, America, etc.
Sacchi started his career with Tiro Federal. In 1958 he was signed by Newell's Old Boys. Sacchi joined Racing Club de Avellaneda in 1961 and was part of the team that won the Argentine Primera in his first season with the club. He joined Boca Juniors in 1965 and won another league title in his debut season with the club. In 1967, he joined Sporting Cristal of Peru. Sacchi played 15 times for the Argentina national team, scoring one goal. He was a member of the Argentina squad for the 1962 World Cup.
CB/DM: Javier Mascherano (San Lorenzo, Santa Fe)
Nicknamed "El Jefecito" ("The Little Chief"), he played for River Plate. In 2005, he joined Corinthians along with Argentine compatriot, Carlos Tevez. A year later, he moved to West Ham again with Tevez. He later played for Liverpool and Barcelona. He has made over 140 appearances for the Argentina national team, making him the second-most capped player in the country's history. He has represented the nation at five Copa América tournaments, and three World Cups.
CB: Roberto Sensini (Arroyo Seco, Santa Fe)
Sensini started in 1986 for Newell's Old Boys before moving to Udinese. With Parma, he won two UEFA Cups, two Italian Cups, and the UEFA Super Cup. He had a brief stint with Lazio, winning the scudetto, the Italian Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, and the Supercoppa Italiana in his first season. He played in the World Cup 1990, 1994 and 1998. In the 1990 World Cup Final, he conceded the disputed penalty kick from which West Germany scored their winning goal.
Federico Vairo started his career at Rosario Central in 1947, he played for the club for 8 seasons before moving to River Plate. With them, he won three consecutive league titles between 1955 and 1957. Vairo played for the Argentine National team at the World Cup held in Sweden in 1958. At onetime he was the player with the most games played for the national team. His record was not broken until the 1990s.
CM/DM: Claudio Marangoni (Rosario, Santa Fe)
Claudio Marangoni played in Argentina and England before joining Club Atlético Independiente in 1982. He won three major titles with the club: 1983 Metropolitano, Copa Libertadores and Copa Intercontinental in 1984. In 1988 he left Independiente to join Boca Juniors where he won the Supercopa Sudamericana 1989 and the Recopa Sudamericana 1990. He was capped 8 times.
CM/DM: Ricardo Giusti (Arroyo Seco, Santa Fe)
During his career Giusti also played for Unión de Santa Fe, Argentinos Juniors and Newell's Old Boys, but he had most of his success with Independiente where he captained the team. He was named as the club's best midfielder during Independiente's 90th anniversary. He won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and was also a runner-up in the 1990 World Cup. With 53 caps, he played a part in 5 major tournaments.
CM: Miguel Ángel Raimondo (Rosario, Santa Fe)
Raimondo played for Rosario Central and Atlanta before joining Independiente in 1969. He won two league championships, three (of their four in a row) Copa Libertadores titles, two Copa Interamericanas and an Intercontinental Cup. He was selected as the Player of the Year of Argentina in 1974. In 1975, Raimondo joined River Plate where he helped the club to win both of the Argentine league titles that year.
After beginning his career with Rosario Central, Di María moved to Europe in 2007 to play for Benfica, earning a €25 million move to Real Madrid three years later. He played a major role in the club's 2011–12 La Liga triumph. After winning the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, he signed for Manchester United in 2014 for a British record £59.7 million, but joined PSG a year later for around £44 million. At the time of writing, he earned over 90 caps. He went to both 2010 and 2014 World Cup Finals.
|Ángel Di María|
"Chueco" García started playing for local club Las Rosas and was sold to Gimnasia y Esgrima de Santa Fe. In 1933, he joined Rosario Central where he played until he joined Racing Club de Avellaneda for an Argentine record transfer fee of $38,931. He made a total of 233 appearances for "La Academia" between 1936 and 1944, scoring 78 goals. García played 35 times for Argentina between 1935 and 1943. He was part of the Copa América winning squads of 1937 and 1941.
LW: Maxi Rodríguez (Rosario, Santa Fe)
Maxi Rodríguez started Newell's Old Boys before moving to Spain. He played with Espanyol and Atletico Madrid. Between 2010 and 2012, he played with Liverpool. He returned to Newell's Old Boys in 2012. He also played for Penarol. Between 2003 and 2014, he played 57 times for Argentina. He went to three World Cup Finals: 2006, 2010 and 2014.
AM: Ermindo Onega (Las Parejas, Santa Fe)
Onega played for River Plate from 1957 to 1968, scoring 98 goals in 222 matches. In 1972, he played for Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield, scoring 6 goals in 30 matches. He also had spells with Peñarol in Uruguay and La Serena in Chile. Onega died in a road accident in 1979 on his way to the city of Rosario. He was only 39 years old. between 1960 and 1967, he played 30 times for Argentina. He went to the 1966 World Cup Finals.
Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child. At age 13, he relocated to Spain to join Barcelona. At time of writing, he won 4 World Player of the Year and 5 Ballon d'Or. For Argentina, he has played over 130 times. At the time of writing, he has not won an international trophy for the national team, but reached three Finals in his career.
FW: Jorge Valdano (Las Parejas, Santa Fe)
Although Jorge Valdano initially played for Newell's Old Boys, Alavés and Real Zaragoza, his most successful period at club level was at Real Madrid, where he played between 1984 and 1987. For Argentina, he was a key player at the 1986 World Cup Finals. He scored four goals in the 1986 tournament, including Argentina's second goal against West Germany in the final. In total, he earned 23 caps for the Argentine national team between 1975 and 1990, scoring seven goals.
He was one of the first professional players in Argentine football to reach great popularity, to the point that he had a movie biography. He started with Tigre and then a spell with Vélez Sársfield. In 1932, Ferreyra was transferred from Tigre to River Plate for a record transfer fee of 23,000 pounds. He kept this record for a total of 17 years – the longest unbroken time period for this record. For River Plate, his scoring ratio was more than one goal per match. He was only capped 4 times.
ST: Leopoldo Luque (Sante Fe)
In a career spanning (1972–1984), Leopoldo Luque played for Unión de Santa Fe, Rosario Central, River Plate, Racing Club de Avellaneda and Chacarita Juniors. On 22 February 1976, Luque scored all 5 goals in a game in which his club, River Plate, defeated San Lorenzo de Almagro 5–1. With Argentina he was 1978 World Champion, scoring four goals in the tournament, including a spectacular long distance volley against France during the first round.
At club level, Balbo played for Newell's Old Boys and River Plate before moving to Italy in 1989. In Italy, he played Udinese , Roma (two stints), Parma and Fiorentina. He played four games for Boca Juniors before finally retiring. He scored a total of 138 goals in Serie A. For Argentina, Balbo earned 37 caps, and played at the 1990, the 1994, the 1998 World Cups, and the 1989 and 1995 Copa América.
ST: Gabriel Batistuta (Avellaneda, Santa Fe)
Gabriel Batistuta is the current top-scorer for Argentina. He first gained international recognition when Argentina won the Copa America in 1991 where he finished as the top scorer. He earned a move to Fiorentina spending the next 9 seasons there while becoming their all-time leading scorer. In 2000, he moved to AS Roma and won the scudetto in his first season. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1994, 1998 and 2002.
Carlos Roa (Santa Fe, Santa Fe), Héctor Zelada (Maciel, Santa Fe), Daniel Carnevali (Rosario, Santa Fe), Fabián Cancelarich (Santa Fe, Santa Fe), Roberto Bonano (Rosario, Santa Fe), Norberto Scoponi (Rosario, Santa Fe), Franco Armani (Casilda, Santa Fe), Mario Zanabria (Santa Fe, Santa Fe), César Luis Menotti (Rosario, Santa Fe), Ezequiel Garay (Rosario, Santa Fe), Daniel Killer (Rosario, Santa Fe), Vicente de la Mata (Rosario, Santa Fe), Mauro Icardi (Rosario, Santa Fe), Alberto Acosta (Arocena, Santa Fe), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Rosario, Santa Fe), Héctor Scotta (San Justo, Santa Fe), René Pontoni (Santa Fe), Kily González (Rosario, Santa Fe), Sergio Berti (Villa Constitución, Santa Fe), Mario Zanabria (Santa Fe), Lucas Bernardi (Rosario, Santa Fe), Sebastian Battaglia (Santa Fe), Daniel Onega(Las Parejas, Santa Fe).
-- I began my projects on Argentina's regional teams around 2015. I dropped the projects after I discovered that eighteen members of my Argentina All-Time Team came from the Greater Buenos Aires. At the time, I thought that it was impossible to create teams from regions outside Buenos Aires. In 2020, I decided to have a second try. I first created Córdoba All-Time Team, which I considered more difficult to research than Santa Fe.
-- San Lorenzo is not based in San Lorenzo, Santa Fe, where Javier Mascherano was born. The club was named after their founder, Father Lorenzo Massa.
-- Four players Amadeo Carrizo, Lionel Messi, Oscar Ruggeri and Gabriel Batistuta are on my Argentina All-time team.
-- César Luis Menotti and Marcelo Bielsa also hails from Rosario.
-- Nery Pumpido, Ricardo Giusti, Jorge Valdano and Oscar Ruggeri were on the 1986 World Cup winning team. Leopoldo Luque was from the 1978 team. He scored 4 goals in the tournament. Defender Daniel Killer made honorable mention.
-- Provincia de Córdoba, Argentina All-Time Team had many players from the 1978 team while this Santa Fe had more players on the 1986 team.
-- I have many choices for goalkeepers, but the three chosen are obvious. Carlos Roa (Santa Fe, Santa Fe) of 1998 World Cup, Daniel Carnevali of the 1974 World Cup and Franco Armani (Casilda, Santa Fe) of River Plate's 2019 Copa Liberatdores winning team made honorable mention.
-- Amadeo Carrizo was the young goalkeeper for River Plate's "La Máquina" in 1940's. He is probably Argentina's greatest goalkeeper.
-- Roberto Abbondanzieri is among the most decorated player from Boca Juniors.
-- Ezequiel Garay lost to four centerbacks who were considered to be among the best from Argentina.
-- Miguel Ángel Raimondo was the Olimpia de Plata winner in 1974.
-- I have a harder time finding central midfielders. The ones I selected were more advanced or defensive than what I was looking for. Sebastian Battaglia, Mario Zanabria and Lucas Bernardi were seriously considered. But since I probably will use Javier Mascherano in the midfield, I do not need so many midfielders.
-- With Independiente, Claudio Marangoni formed a midfield with Ricardo Giusti, Jorge Burruchaga and Ricardo Bochini that was considered one of the greatest ever in Argentine club football. I am reuniting him with Giusti here.
-- Mario Zanabria (Santa Fe) played for Newell's Old Boys, a local club, but I did not have space for him.
-- I took Enrique García (Santa Fe) and Maxi Rodríguez over Kily González. Maxi can also play on both sides of the wing. Ángel Di María contributed to one of Real Madrid's Champions' League as a key player. He also had over 100 caps for Argentina. Enrique García is ranked among the best left wingers in Argentina's history. Kily González is probably the best player not selected.
-- Gabriel Batistuta came through the ranks of Newell's Old Boys before joining River Plate. Lionel Messi also was with them before joining Barcelona's youth team.
-- Valdano is sometimes nicknamed "The Philosopher of Football" because he was very educated person.
-- I have one more spot left in the end. Logically, I would have taken another midfielder. In the end, I took Abel Bablo who is probably the best player left on my research. Abel Balbo's career was overshadowed by playing at the same time as Gabriel Batistuta. They were club mates with Fiorentina and AS Roma. Balbo also played for Newell's Old Boys, a local club.
-- César Luis Menotti actually played for Santos with Pele. He earned 11 caps for Argentina.
-- Daniel Onega is Ermindo's brother. He became the top scorer in the 1966 Copa Libertadores with 17 goals, setting the record for the most goals ever scored in a single season in that tournament, a record that has never been surpassed. He is also the 4th in the all time Copa Libertadores topscorers list with 31 goals in 47 games. He made honorable mention.