Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Provincia de Córdoba, Argentina All-Time Team

This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams.  This blog was one of them.  It was my Russia All-Time Team here.  His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.   His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017.  His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.  He also copied many many of my blog entries.

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Osvaldo Ardiles and Mario Kempes

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Argentina All-Time Team
Argentina All-Time Team before 1978
Argentina All-Time Team After Maradona
Argentina World Cup 1946
Angels with Dirty Faces with Di Stefano in the WC 1958
All Diegos Team
Provincia de Santa Fe
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 Cordoba province (Provincia de Córdoba) in Argentina.   This team is based on birth places.

Córdoba (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkoɾðoβa]) is a province of Argentina, located in the center of the country. Almost 41% of its inhabitants reside in the capital city, Córdoba, and its surroundings, making it the second most populous metro area in Argentina. Together with Santa Fe and Entre Ríos, the province is part of the economic and political association known as the Center Region.

Córdoba is the second most populous Argentine province, with 3,308,876 inhabitants.  The two biggest clubs are Club Atlético Talleres and Club Atlético Belgrano.  Both clubs do not have a successful history in Argentine football. In 1978, four members of Argentina's World Cup winning team were born in Cordoba.  Mario Kempes won the Golden Boot award.
Nicolas Burdisso and Martin Demichlles
GK: Agustín Irusta (Villa María, Cordoba)
Irusta made his professional debut for San Lorenzo in 1963. He went on to make 257 league appearances for the club, which is the club record for a goalkeeper, and the fifth highest tally of appearances in any position. Irusta also played for the Argentina national team.  Irusta was one of five players to win four league titles with San Lorenzo between 1968 and 1974. In 1977 Irusta joined Unión de Santa Fe before his retirement in 1978.

GK: José Miguel Marín (Río Tercero, Córdoba) 
Marín began his career with Vélez Sarsfield, where his club won its first ever Championship in 1968. Marín played for Cruz Azul of Mexico form 1971 until he retired in 1980, appearing in 309 Primera División de México matches. Marín represented Argentina  for the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but did not appear in any matches. He also made two appearances for the senior side.

GK: Enrique Vidallé (Cordoba) 
Vidallé started with the Boca Junior in 1972. He moved to Chilean team Club Deportivo Palestino in 1975.  He played for Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata, Estudiantes de La Plata  and Club Atlético Huracán before joining Argentinos Juniors in 1984.   Atletico Juniors won the Copa Libertadores 1985, with Vidallé facing a penalty shootout in the final.  He went to Copa America in 1979 with Argentina.

CB/RB: José Luis Cuciuffo (Cordoba)
José Luis Cuciuffo "El Cuchu" started his professional career at Chaco For Ever in 1980, but also played in Argentine Talleres de Córdoba, Vélez Sársfield, Boca Juniors and Belgrano de Córdoba. He also played in the French league with Nîmes Olympique between 1990 and 1993.  He earned 21 caps for Argentina and best remembered for being a starter of Argentina's World Cup winning team in 1986.  
José Luis Cuciuffo
CB/RB: Nicolás Burdisso (Altos de Chipión, Córdoba)
Burdisso began his career with Boca Juniors in 1999. Here, he won Argentine Championships, three Copa Libertadores and two Intercontinental Cups. In 2004, he was sold to Inter Milan, winning four Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana. In 2009, he moved to Roma, and later Genoa and Torino.  With 49 caps, he went to the 2006 ansd 2010 World Cup Finals as well as 2007 and 2011 Copa America.

CB: Walter Samuel (Laborde, Cordoba)
Samuel began his career with Newell's Old Boys in 1996, moving to Boca Juniors year later.  In Europe, he played with Roma, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. With Inter Milan, he won five consecutive Serie A titles; he played a key role in the club's treble success in the 2009–10 season, partnering with Lúcio in defence under José Mourinho. At international level, he has over 50 caps for Argentina, representing his country at two World Cups.

CB: Martín Demichelis (Cordoba) 
Demichelis spent most of his professional career with Bayern Munich in Germany (seven and a half years), winning 11 major titles with the team. He also competed in his home country with River Plate, in Spain with Espanyol and Málaga and in England with Manchester City. Demichelis earned 51 caps for Argentina, representing the country in two World Cups – finishing second in 2014 – and the 2015 Copa América.

CB: Ramón Heredia (Cordoba)
Ramón Heredia started in 1969 with San Lorenzo. He was part of the squad that won both league titles in 1972. He joined Atlético Madrid in 1973 and played in the 1974 European Cup Final. He then moved to Paris Saint-Germain, where again he would be used rarely. After two seasons with the latter, he chose to retire. He played 30 times for Argentina, including appearances at the 1974 FIFA World Cup.
Ramón Heredia 
CB: Fabricio Coloccini (Cordoba) 
Coloccini began his career at Boca Juniors before joining AC Milan and Deportivo La Coruña.  He played for Newcastle United between 2008 and, 2011, where he finally lived up to expectation. He was named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2012. He represented Argentina on 39 times between 2003 and 2014. He went to 2004 Copa América and the 2006 World Cup.

CB/LB: Eduardo Saporiti  (Alcira Gigena, Cordoba)
Eduardo Saporiti "El Sapo" joined River Plate from Racing Club de Cordoba in 1976.  He was known for his speed, where he could play both centerback and leftback position.   He played with River Plate until 1986.  He then played for Racing Club de Avellaneda.  He had 4 international caps for Argentina between 1979 and 1984.

DM/CM: Roberto Telch (San Vicente, Córdoba)
Tech has the second most appearances for San Lorenzo behind Sergio Villar. Telch is one of only five players to have won four league championships with San Lorenzo. He also played Unión de Santa Fe and Colón de Santa Fe.  He retired at the end of the 1980 season with a total of 630 appearances in the Argentine Primera, a record only surpassed by Hugo Gatti and Ricardo Bochini.  In 1974 Telch went to the 1974 World Cup.
Roberto Telch 
DM: Américo Gallego (Cordoba) 
Gallego debuted in 1974 as a midfielder for Newell's Old Boys, where he played until 1980.  From 1980 to 1988, he played for River Plate.  He was the captain during the team's obtaining of their first Copa Libertadores, Intercontinental Cup and Copa Interamericana's in their rich history.  Gallego was capped 73 times, winning the 1978 World Cup.

DM: Miguel Oviedo (Cordoba)
Oviedo started with Instituto de Córdoba in 1973. In 1974, he was signed by Instituto's fierce local rivals Talleres de Córdoba. Over the next eight years Talleres were one of the strongest teams in Argentina. In 1983 Oviedo joined Independiente, helping the team to win the Metropolitano 1983 championship in his first season with the club and the Copa Libertadores in his second season.  He only played once for Argentina, but he was on their 1978 World Cup winning team.

CM:  Osvaldo Ardiles (Cordoba)
Osvaldo Ardiles was the central midfielder when Argentina won the World Cup in 1978.  From 1975 to 1982, he earned 52 caps. He also went to the World Cup Finals in 1982. At the club level, he also played for Club Atlético Belgrano and Huracán.  He was also one of the first foreigners to play in England.  He was a top player with Tottenham Hotspurs. He won the FA Cup in 1981.  He left Tottenham briefly because of the Falklands War. He later won the UEFA Cup in 1984 for them.
Osvaldo Ardiles
CM: Miguel Dellavalle (Cordoba) 
From 1916 to 1922, Dellavalle played with Belgrano in Córdoba. He made his debut with Argentina on August 8, 1920 in a match against Chile.  In the same year he took part in the Copa América 1920 tournament, where Argentina became the runner-up in South America. A year later, he helped Argentina to win the 1921 Copa América tournament, where he played in all three matches. He also played in the 1922 edition.

RW/CM: Pablo Ledesma (La Falda, Cordoba)
In 2003,  Pablo Ledesma made his debut with Boca Juniors, helping the club to win the Recopa Sudamericana in 2006 and the Copa Libertadores in 2007.  Then, he played with Calcio Catania in Italy between 2008 and 2011.  He returned to Boca Juniors in 2012.  He later played with Colon and Patronato.  For Argentina, he picked up 4 caps in 2007.

AM: Pablo Aimar (Río Cuarto, Córdoba)
Aimar started his senior career at River Plate in 1996.  From 2001 to 2006, he starred for Valencia, helping the club to reach the 2001 Champions' League.  Then, he played Real Zaragoza for two seasons before joining Benfica. He played for them between 2008 and 2013.  For Argentina, he earned 52 caps. He represented Argentina at the 1999 and 2007 editions of the Copa América, at the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, and at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Pablo Aimar
AM: Javier Pastore (Cordoba)
Javier Pastore began his club career with Talleres and then Huracán in his native Argentina before moving to Palermo in 2009.  Between 2011 and 2018, he played with Paris St Germaine before joining Roma in 2018.  He picked up his first international cap in 2010, where manager Diego Maradona decided to take him to the World Cup Finals that year.  At the time of writing, he played 29 times for Argentina.

AM/FW: Alberto Márcico (Corrientes, Cordoba)
Márcico made his debut in 1980 with Ferro Carril Oeste. In 1982, he was part of the team that won the Nacional championship without losing a single game. In 1984, he helped Ferro to win their second Nacional and was awarded the 1984 Player of the Year title.  He spent 6 seasons with Toulouse FC before returning to Argentina in 1992 to play for Boca Juniors where he won three titles with the club.  He earned 15 caps.

FW/AM: Paulo Dybala (Laguna Larga, Córdoba)
After beginning his career in Argentina with Instituto de Córdoba in 2011, he moved to Italian club Palermo in 2012; his performances in Serie A later earned him a transfer to Juventus in 2015, where he won the league title, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana during his first season with the club. Since 2015, he has played for Argentina and is considered one of their future stars.
Paulo Dybala 
FW: Mario Kempes (Bell Ville, Cordoba) 
Mario Kempes was the hero of Argentina's 1978 World Cup victory.  He was the Golden Boot and Golden Ball winner in that Finals. He was also the South American Footballer of the Year: 1978. He also went to the World Cup Finals in 1974 and 1982. Before his European career began, he played with Rosario Centrel.  In 1976, he moved to Valencia.  With Valencia, he was the league's top scorer twice, winning the Cup Winners' Cup in 1980.

ST: Oscar Dertycia (Cordoba)
Dertycis started with Instituto de Córdoba, moving in 1985 to Argentinos Juniors.   He played with Fiorentina briefly before moving to Cádiz CF where he garnered a firm fanbase. ,However, his heyday would be lived at CD Tenerife, where he played between 1991 and 1994.  He played with Albacete before returning home.  For the national team, he played 19 times between 1984 and 1988.

ST/WF: Claudio Lopez (Río Tercero, Córdoba)
Claudio Lopez started with Racing Club and started his European career with Valencia. He helped the club to reach the Final of the Champions' league in 2000. In 2004, Lazio paid 35 million for him, but injuries limited his career there.  He also played for America in Mexico, Kansas City Wizards and Colorado Rapids in MLS.  He earned 55 caps for Argentina.  He played in both 1998 and 2002 World Cup Finals.
Claudio Lopez
Honorable Mention
Carlos Bossio (Cordoba),  Rolando Irusta (Cordoba), Pablo Piatti (Ucacha, Córdoba) , Mauro Rosales (Villa Maria, Cordoba), Franco Vázquez (Tanti, Cordoba),  Carlos Guerini  Cordoba), Emilio Commisso (Cordoba),  José Reinaldi (Villa Maria, Cordoba),  Miguel Ángel Ludueña (Villa Maria, Cordoba), Dante Lugo (Cordoba), Gustavo Dezotti (Monte Buey, Cordoba),  Carlos Lacasia (Cordoba),  Luis Amuchástegui (Cordoba), Victor Ferreyra (Río Tercero, Córdoba), Mauricio Pellegrino (Leones, Cordoba), Fernando Galetto (Monte Cristo, Cordoba), Luis Ludueña (Cordoba), Roberto Monserrat (Cordoba), José Luis Villarreal (Cordoba), Victorio Ocaño (Cordoba).

Squad Explanation
--  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. While Mario Kempes and Osvaldo Ardiles are Argentina's all-time greats, they did not make that team. 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.  
-- In 1978,  Cordoba produced four players on the World Cup winning team. Américo Gallego, Mario Kempes, Osvaldo Ardiles, and Miguel Oviedo.  Luis Galván played for Talleres, but he was not born there.  Kempes won the Golden Boot that year.
Mario Kempes 
-- Four years earlier, Roberto Tech and Ramon Heredit went to the 1974 World Cup Finals.
-- Juan Carlos Heredia was born in Cordoba, but he moved to Spain and ended up representing Spain.  I decided to exclude him.  I preferred to keep this team with Argentine international players only.
-- I took the three goalkeepers with good club careers.   Agustín Irusta (Villa María, Cordoba) is on my San Lorenzo All-Time team while José Miguel Marín (Río Tercero, Córdoba) was on my Vélez Sarsfield All-Time team. I dropped Rolando Irusta (Cordoba, Cordoba) from Argentina's 1966 World Cup team.  I also considered Carlos Bossio (Cordoba).
-- Walter Samuel, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicolas Burdissco and Martín Demichelis played with each other roughly around the same time.
-- Mauricio Pellegrino was famous because he played for Valencia in their two Champions' League Final appearance.  I put him on honorable mention.
-- Fabricio Coloccini was highly rated as a young defender.  He struggled early in his European career, but reached potential while with Newcastle United.  
-- José Luis Cuciuffo was the starting centerback at the 1986 World Cup Finals.  
-- Victorio Ocaño was a great player for Talleres during the clubs' golden period in the 1970', but I am uncertain about his position.  I think he was a left wingback. He is listed as a defender and a winger on different Spanish source.   So I put him on honorable mention only.  Eduardo Saporiti who had a distinguished career with River Plate is my only option at leftback.
-- Miguel Oviedo, Mario Kempes and Osvaldo Ardiles started with Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba in the early-1970s.  Paulo Dybala also came from them.
-- Pablo Ledesma established himself with Boca Juniors' 2007 Copa Libertadores.  Besides, I need someone who can play on the right.
-- José Luis Villarreal (Cordoba) lost out to Miguel Oviedo and Pablo Ledesma because Oviedo's name is connected to a World Cup winning team while Ledesma won many important trophies with Boca Juniors.  The two players mentioned simply were more famous because of the teams that they played with. 
-- Alberto Márcico was a forgotten player who was highly rated in the 1980's, but injuries kept him from becoming a star player.
-- Javier Pastore and Pablo Aimar had played at the highest level in Europe.  Paulo Dybala also established himself with Juventus, which other Cordoba-born footballers could not match in their entire careers.
-- Gustavo Dezotti was the last player dropped.  He was better remembered for receiving a red car in the 1990 World Cup Final against West Germany.  I almost selected him because of his name recognition.  Instead, I took Oscar Dertycia who had a solid career in La Liga while Dezotti did not do well in Italy. I also selected two midfielders Miguel Dellavalle and Miguel Oviedo over him.  
--Miguel Dellavalle played in the 1920's.  His achievements were a hundred years ago.  So I don't know much about him, but I picked him anyway.
-- Claudio Lopez was a great striker.  He earned 55 caps, but he would easily make at least 80 caps if he did not play at the same time as Gabriel Batistuta, Hernan Crespo, Abel Balbo, etc.
-- Bernardo Cos played with Johan Cruyff at Barcelona FC while Carlos Guerini (Cordoba) was with Real Madrid, but both did not do much elsewhere.

The team has quality in the centerback position.  I do not have a definite preference. Fabricio Coloccini, Ramón Heredia and Martín Demichelis can easily start.  I also do not mind having Cuciuffo or Coloccini at rightback while Burdisso can move to the center. Eduardo Saporiti is my only choice for leftback.

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