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Despite the obvious problems in the 'Albiceleste' team, the national championship itself enjoys 'good health', receiving players from all over the continent
Argentina was ratified as one of the most attractive countries for those players looking to make the jump to European football or give a new look to their career. Along with Mexico and Brazil, the 'gaucho' league is one of the most attractive given the competitive level it has and, above all, the great magnet it generates for entrepreneurs and clubs in the old continent.
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This time, Colombia marked a point of inflection and historical fact when concentrating for this 2019 the impressive amount of 29 players, distributed in big teams like River Plate, Boca Juniors or San Lorenzo, as well as others of smaller tradition; such is the case of Belgrano, San Martin de San Juan or Aldosivi.
River Plate, current champion of the Copa Libertadores, added Jorge Carrascal, who will join Juan Fernando Quintero and Rafael Santos Borré, reports RCN Sports. The portal also makes special mention of San Lorenzo de Almagro, which has four 'coffee growers', all transferred in the most recent period of signings: Gustavo Torres, Andres Renteria, Juan Camilo Salazar, and Raul Loaiza.
RCN also highlights the case of Colón de Santa Fe who signed Andres Cadavid, Guillermo Celis, and Wilson Morelo, and hired Julio Comesaña as a coach, who is Colombian nationalized and recently won the Junior of Barranquilla.
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Of the 29 men in Argentina, the Antena 2 portal puts special emphasis on five of them, who could be figures and emigrate to European football, such as others who, due to their experience and hierarchy, have a lot to contribute.
Regarding this, it highlights the names of Andrés Cadavid and Dayro Moreno. The former 'Millonarios' player arrived in Colón at the express request of Julio Comesaña and he adapts well to Argentine football given his strength and integrity when defending. Meanwhile, Dayro is an innate goal scorer, which in all the teams where he has been made the difference; now he hopes to do the same with the Talleres de Córdoba shirt.
Semana goes further and delves into the reasons that have made Argentina become a very attractive market for Colombian players. Carlos Marthá, president of the subsidiary in Colombia of Club Deportivo Lanús, told the media that "this country (Argentina) has become a mandatory link in which our players have to transit to reach more important markets such as Mexican and European in general".
"In Argentina all the professional teams have representation in the minor divisions. Hence the interest of looking for young players", adds Marthá. Meanwhile, Daniel Perez, director of the sports news of Win Sports, also told Semana that in the Argentine clubs, the Colombian soccer player is very fond of "the race, the biotype and the technique that give him another plus".
However, in the nation of tango not only like the 'coffee growers', Uruguayans, Paraguayans, Venezuelans, and Chileans have also made their way.
The 'charrúas' are up, even above the Colombians, and have 33 players in Argentina, according to data from superdeportivo.elonce. Argentinos Juniors and Independiente de Avellaneda are the teams with the most have, with three each; in the 'bug' are Jonathan Sandoval, Leandro Paiva and Adrián Colombino, and in the red: Martín Campaña, Gastón Silva and Carlos Benavidez.
Although lately, Paraguay has also been gaining ground and currently has 23 players in the Superliga. To highlight some: Junior Alonso, in Boca Juniors; Cecilio Domínguez, in Independiente, and Robert Rojas and Jorge Moreira, in River Plate. Finally, Chile has six, Venezuela five, Ecuador three, Peru three and Brazil one.
The 29 Colombians in Argentina
River Plate: Juan Fernando Quintero, Rafael Santos Borré, Jorge Carrascal
Boca Juniors: Frank Fabra, Jorman Campuzano, Sebastián Villa
Belgrano: Mauricio Cuero
Banfield: Iván Mauricio Arboleda, Reinaldo Lenis
Students of La Plata: Edward López
Workshops: Dayro Moreno, Diego Valoyes
Hurricane: Daniel Hernández, Andrés Felipe Roa
Rosario Central: Óscar Cabezas, Jarlan Barrera, Duván Vergara
Racing: Mateo Casierra
San Lorenzo: Gustavo Torres, Andrés Rentería, Juan Camilo Salazar, Raúl Loaiza
San Martin de San Juan: Humberto Osorio Botello
Colón: Wilson Morelo, Andrés Cadavid, Guillermo Celis
Lanús: José Luis Sinisterra
Union of Santa Fe: Yeimar Gómez
Aldosivi: Jefferson Mena
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