Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Argentine players capped by other national team

Argentina produced many football talents.   Some of them ended up playing for other national teams. This is my all-time 23 member team for Argentine capped by other national teams.  Some players were born in Argentina and went aboard to play asa foreign player, but others were born in a foreign country of Argentinian background.

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

German-Born players capped by other national teams
French-born players capped by other national Teams
Brazilian-Born players capped by other national team 

GK: Ramón Quiroga (Peru)
Born in Argentina, he went to the WC in 1978 and 1982.  He is remembered for conceding 6 goals against his birth country Argentina and Argentina advanced to the WC Final.

Ramón Quiroga 

GK: Carlos Trucco (Bolivia)

Truce played for a number of clubs in Argentina before moving to play for Destroyers, Oriente Petrolero and Boliva in Bolivia.  He also played in Colombia and Mexico.  He started playing for Bolivia in 1989 and was their starting goalkeeper at USA 1994.

GK: Oscar Ibanez (Peru)

Ibanez earned 50 caps for Peru.  He played for various clubs in Peru from 1993 to 2008.  He was one 

RB: Juan Carlos Tourino (Spain)

He started his career with Quilmes.  He moved to Real Madrid in 1971.  He won three La Liga titles between 1971 and 1976.

CB/DM/RB: Luis Cristaldo (Bolivia)

Born in Argentina, he moved to Bolivia at the age of 15.  He played for Oriente Petrolero and Boliva in Bolivia before moving to play in Spain for Sporting de Gijon.  He also played in Argentina and Paraguay. For the national team, he was capped 93 times.  He went to USA 1994.

CB: Fernando Ochoazpur (Bolivia)
He was born in Argentina.  He had played for various clubs in Bolivia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and Ecuador.  From 1996 to 1999, he earned 6 caps for Bolivia.

CB: Gabriel Paletta (Italy)

Palette helped Argentina to win the U-20 World Cup in 2005 before switching to play for Italy in the senior level.  At the time of writing, he earned 4 caps and went to Brazil 2014. He started his career with Banfield.  He went to Europe to p;ay for Liverpool, Parma and AC Milan.  He had a stint with Boca Juniors.

CB: Gustavo Quinteros (Bolivia)

He spent his career playing for different clubs in Argentina and Bolivia.  He was capped 26 times for Bolivia and went to USA 1994.

CB: Marcelo Bilboa (USA)

Known for his bicycle kicks.  He was the first player to break the 100 cap barrier for the United States.  He went on to earn 128 caps.  He played in 3 WC Finals. He is best remembered for his career with Colorado Rapids and a season with Leon in Mexico.

Marcelo Bilboa
LB: Mariano Pernia (Spain)
Pernia played for San Lorenzo and Indpendiente in Argentina before moving to Spain in 2003.  He first played for Recreative de Huelva, but it was in Getafe that he made his name.  In 2006, he moved to Atletico Madrid.  He first called up for Spain right before the WC Finals in 2006.  He would start three game in Germany.  He earned 11 caps for Spain in total. 

LB/RB: Ricardo Ismael Rojas (Paraguay)

Rojas started his club career in Paraguay before moving back to Argentina to play for Estudiantes de La Plata, River Plate and Belgrano.  He also played two seasons with Benfica.  At River Plate, he scored a famous goal against Boca Junior.  He was capped 7 times by Paraguay and went to France 1998.

DM: Luis Monti (Italy)

The ruthless central midfielder led Argentina to the WC Final in 1930 where they lost to Uruguay.  Four years later, he became an Oriundo and won the World Cup with Italy.  He was also remembered for getting injured at the Battle of Highbury in 1934 when England played Italy.

CM/DM: Claudio Reyna  (USA)
Claudio Reyna was a star in the late 1990's.  He was on 4 World Cup teams.  In 2002,  he was named in the World Cup all-tournament team.  While playing with Wolfsburg, he became the first American-born player to captain an European club team. He also played for Rangers and Manchester City. He played college soccer with Virginia.

RM/RW: Mauro Camoranesi (Italy)

Camoranesi started his career with a tiny club named Aldosivi before moving to Mexico.  From 1996 to 2000, he played for 4 clubs in three different countries.  At Cruz Azul, he scored 20 goals and earned a move to Verona in Italy.  He stayed there for 2 seasons and moved to Juventus, where he reached stardom.  He earned his first cap for Italy in 2003.  He was a regular member of Italy from 2003 and 2010.  He played a major part as Italy won the World Cup in 2006.

Mauro Camoransi

FW/LW: Raimundo Orsi (Italy)

Orsi was considered one of the greatest forwards in Argentina's history.  He started his career with Indpendiente in Argentina before lured away to play for Juventus. he won 5 league titles with Juventus.  Later in his career, he would play in Brazil and Chile.  He was capped by Argentina 12 times winning a silver medal at the 1928 Olympics.  He switched to play for Italy in 1929.  He was a star player as Italy won the WC in 1934.

SS/FW:  Omar Sivori (Italy)
After Argentina won the Copa America in 1957, he joined Juventus where he enjoyed 8 successful years.  He was credited with the resurgence of the club.  With John Charles and Giampiero_Boniperti, he formed "the Magical Trio" with the club.  He won the Ballon d'Or in 1961.

AM: Miguel Montuori (Italy)

Widely regarded as one of Fiorentina's greatest players.  He started his career in Chile with Universidad Catolica before moving to Italy in 1956. He helped Fiorentina to win the league in 1956. He eared 12 caps for Italy.

CM/AM/FW: Alfredo Di Stefano (Colombia/Spain)

The best player in the world before the emerge of Pele and Maradona. He won 5 straight European Cups with Real Madrid. He was credited in turning Real Madrid into a legendary club. He was one of the younger member of the great River Plate in the 1940's.

ST: Julio Libonatti (Italy)

Libonatti started with Newell's Old Boys in 1917.  He was listed the first ever trans-Atlantic transfer when he moved to play for Torino in 1926.  He is still the second highest scorer in the club's history.  He played 15 times for Argentina and another 17 times for Italy.

ST: Humberto Maschio (Italy)

With Omar Sivori and Antonio Angelillo, Maschio earned the nickname "Angels with Dirty faces" collectively as a group. In 1957, he moved to Italy to play for Bologna after Argentina won the 1957 Copa America.  However, it was in Atalanta where he became a star and earned a bigger move to Inter Milan.  For Argentina, he scored 12 goals in 12 games.  Later he played twice for Italy.

ST: Enrique Guaita (Italy)

Guaita played for Estudiantes de la Plate before moving to Roma .  In 1936, he returned to  Argengtia to play for Racing Club because he feared that he would be drafted into the army.  He was capped 4 times for Argentina.  While in Italy, he was capped 10 times for Italy and won the WC in 1934 with them.

CF: Antonio Angelillo (Italy)

He was a member of the "Angeles With Dirty Faces" with Sivori and Maschio.  He moved  in 1957 to Italy after Argentina won the Copa America in 1957.  He scored 31 goals in 31 matches for Inter Milan in the 1958-59 season, the second highest record at the time.  He was considered to be one of Inter Milan's greatest players.  He also had a successful career with Roma an another stint with Genoa, Lecce and AC Milan.  He was with AC Milan when they won the European Cup, but he did not play. He earned 2 caps for Italy.

ST: David Trezeguet (France)

Trezeguet started his career in Argentina, but was snapped up by Monaco after a few games.  At Monaco, he was known for his partnership with Thierry Henry.  In 2000, he joined Juventus, where he stayed until 2010.  For the national team, he was selected to play in France 1998.  He was a key player throughout his career with France.  He won the World Cup in 1998 and then, the European Championship in 2000.

David Trezeguet

Honorable Mention
Attillio Demaria (Italy), Rinaldo Martino (Italy), Alejandro Scopelli (Italy), Matias Fernandez (Chile), Roberto Acuna (Paraguay),  Francisco Lojacono (Italy), Emilio Badini (Italy), Eduardo Ricagni (Italy), Bruno Pesaola (Italy), Hector Rial (Spain).

Squad Explanation 
-- Gustavo Matosas(Uruguay) was born in Argentina while his father Roberto was playing there.  Roberto Matosas was a Uruguayan capped by Uruguay.  So I left him out of consideration.

Starting lineup
-- Angelillo, Sivori and Di Stefano could have been the starting attack for Argentina at the WC Finals in 1958.
-- Bilboa was capped over 100 times.
-- Orsi must drop back to midfield to fit all the best players on the team.
--  The defence is quiet weak.  Palette got to start because he had established himself in Europe while the other defenders never played successfully at that level.

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