• Short Summary

    ARGENTINA'S WORLD CUP SQUAD HAS COMMENCED SERIOUS TRAINING AFTER A SERIES OF SETBACKS.

    TWENTY-EIGHT MEN HAVE?

  • Description

    ARGENTINA'S WORLD CUP SQUAD HAS COMMENCED SERIOUS TRAINING AFTER A SERIES OF SETBACKS.

    TWENTY-EIGHT MEN HAVE BEEN NAMED IN THE SQUAD, BUT IT HAS ONLY BEEN IN THE PAST FEW DAYS THAT ALL THE PLAYERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TRAIN TOGETHER. SOME WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND WORLD CUP TRAINING SESSIONS BECAUSE THEY WERE STILL COMMITTED TO PLAY CLUB MATCHES UNTIL THE END OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN SEASON. FROM THE TWENTY-EIGHT PLAYERS NAMED, A FINAL SQUAD OF TWENTY-TWO WORLD CUP PLAYERS WILL BE SELECTED.

    AMONG THE MAIN DIFFICULTIES CONFRONTING ARGENTINE FOOTBALL OFFICIALS HAS BEEN THE APPOINTMENT OF A COACH FOR THE TEAM. CAVALDO ZUBELDIA, THE THIRTEENTH NATIONAL COACH APPOINTED IN SEVEN YEARS, RESIGNED LAST MONTH AFTER A DISPUTE OVER THE STATUS OF HIS ASSISTANT.

    ZUBELDIA HAS BEEN SUCCEEDED BY TWO MEN - JUAN CARLOS LORENZO, COACH OF THE ARGENTINE TEAM IN 1962, AND RODOLFO TORRECILLAS, OF THE RIVER PLATE CLUB IN BUENOS AIRES.

    ANOTHER PROBLEM THE COACHES AND OFFICIALS HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH HAS BEEN THE INJURIES AMONG THOSE PLAYERS FREE TO TRAIN - NINE WERE NOT FIT FOR TRAINING AT ONE TIME RECENTLY.

    THE SQUAD'S MEDICAL OFFICER, DOCTOR FELIX VERNA - RANKED BY MANY ARGENTINIANS AS THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT MAN IN ARGENTINA AFTER THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC - HAS BEEN WORKING VIRTUALLY NON-STOP TO GET THE SQUAD FIT.

    THE ARGENTINE OFFICIALS HAVE ALSO RUN INTO ADMINISTRATIVE DIFFICULTIES. THE PRESIDENT OF THE ARGENTINE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, SENOR FRANCISCO PERETTE, RECOVERING AFTER A HEART ATTACK, HAS BEEN UNABLE TO SUPERVISE THE FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE VISIT TO LONDON OF HIS TEAM.

    ANOTHER PROBLEM ROSE WHEN MEMBERS OF THE SQUAD WERE DISSATISFIED. WITH THE FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THEM, AND ELEVEN THREATENED TO WITHDRAW.

    ONLY FOUR OF THE SQUAD HAVE PREVIOUSLY PLAYED AGAINST ENGLAND - ANTONIO ROMA (GOALKEEPER), ANTONIO RATTIN (CENTRE BACK), ALBERTO GONZALES (INSIDE RIGHT) AND ERMINDO ODEGA (INSIDE LEFT).

    THE ARGENTINE WORLD CUP SQUAD IS DUE TO LEAVE FOR ENGLAND ON JUNE 20. THE TEAM WILL MEET SPAIN IN BIRMINGHAM ON JULY 13 IN THEIR FIRST MATCH.

    (SOCCER WAS INTRODUCED TO ARGENTINA BY AN ENGLISHMAN, THOMAS HOGG, IN 1890. BRITISH PLAYERS FORMED THE NUCLEUS OF THE SOCCER WORLD FOR MOST OF THE EARLY YEARS, AND THE FIRST PRESIDENTS OF THE ARGENTINE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION WERE EITHER BRITISH-BORN, OR SONS OF BRITONS. THE FIRST TEAM FORMED IN THE COUNTRY - LOMAS ATHLETIC - INCLUDED NINE ENGLISHMEN.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1P81L5NTS3ZLW95V3ZYKLOFF9
    Media URN:
    VLVA1P81L5NTS3ZLW95V3ZYKLOFF9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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