“We are going to get up. To continue with our heads up and win both games…”, stated the Argentine technical director after losing 2-1 against Saudi Arabia in the debut. The blow was hard and without a doubt that was how it was felt in every corner of the country. But without a doubt, where it had the most impact was in Rosario.
It is that in the city of Santa Fe there is no one who does not dream of the possibility that the greatest local credit, Lionel Messi, can lift the cup that escaped him in 2014.
The desire is great. And he stays alive. Not only because of the importance of having the best in the world as a local reference, but also because of having the author of the goal that gave Argentina the last Copa América won in Brazil: Ángel Di María.
One from Newell’s; the other from Rosario Central. Both with the feeling on the surface of the skin. The same one that Ángel Correa also has, the third from Rosario who is part of the list of 26 players that make up the national squad to make the city that is the cradle of the Argentine flag the one that contributed the most soccer players for Qatar.
And politics does not stay away from this reality either. That is why whenever he can, Mayor Pablo Javkin mentions the importance of the fact that the prodigal son of soccer was born in Rosario. To such an extent that at some point he said that his son pressured him to write to Messi so that he could go play at Newell’s. “I wouldn’t write to him because I don’t know him. I think it is something that must be respected a lot. But the good thing is that when he wants to come, he will be able to live calmly… ”, he assured.
Along with the three of them, goalkeeper Franco Armani, a native of Casilda, completes the list of four footballers that the province of Santa Fe contributed to the National Team. Also, of course, the importance of having Scaloni, born in Pujato.
But of course, how could it be otherwise, Santa Fe is not the province with the most players in the World Cup. That position corresponds to Buenos Aires, with 13 players.
Of course, none of the districts reaches three soccer players as it happens with Rosario. But there are municipalities in Buenos Aires that provide two players. This is the case of La Matanza (Gonzalo Montiel and Leandro Paredes), Tres de Febrero (Thiago Almada and Guido Rodríguez), La Plata (Juan Foyth and Germán Rulli) and Bahía Blanca (Lautaro Martínez and Germán Pezzella). With a particularity: these last two also contribute with local credits from the arbitration since Facundo Tello is from Bahia and Fernando Rappallini, from La Plata.
“It is an enormous satisfaction to have local representation,” the community chief of Bahía Blanca, Héctor Gay, told Municipalities.
“In the vast majority of the World Cups, Bahía had players or coaches, but this time it happened twice and with the contribution of Tello,” he points out. And he adds that the district “is known as the city of basketball, with a history of success that obviously had its epicenter with Manu Ginobili and the Golden Generation. But now we also have great expectations for these beloved children.”
The Buenos Aires roster is completed with Emiliano Martínez (Mar del Plata), Nicolás Otamendi (Tigre), Nicolás Tagliafico (Almirante Brown), Rodrigo De Paul (Avellaneda) and Enzo Fernández (San Martín).
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One of the most requested players for Saturday’s match against Mexico for the second group date is Alexis Mac Allister. The midfielder who plays in English soccer has a chance to put on his starting gear and go out on the field from his native Santa Rosa (La Pampa). His father, former Boca player Carlos Mac Allister, was a candidate for PRO governor in the province in 2019. But he failed to overcome the contest in PASO against his radical opponent.
That background was not an obstacle for the community chief Luciano Di Nápoli to celebrate that he is part of the National Team. Making it clear that in football “the crack” can be left aside. “Alexis Mac Allister will be the first Santarroseño in history to play a World Cup with the Senior National Team,” the mayor highlighted on his social media. And he celebrated: “To give everything. You are a true pride for our city. Congratulations and let’s go Argentina! ”, He harangued.
The representation of the south this time will come from Neuquén, more precisely from Zapala, where Marcos Acuña is from. In dialogue with Municipalities, the local mayor, Carlos Koopmann, stated that “it is a source of pride for me and for all Zapalinos that Marcos, who was born in the Don Bosco neighborhood, represents us for the second time in the World Cup. He is an example for the boys in our city who, seeing him, know that with effort and tenacity dreams come true. So from here we are doing our best for him so that they do super well in the Cup and they bring it along with Messi and the whole team to Argentina”.
The north will also have its credit from the hand of Exequiel Palacios, who came to Qatar from the city of arts: Famaillá (Tucumán).
While Entre Ríos also has a player born in the province with the participation of Lisandro Martínez, a native of Gualeguay.
In this regard, and also in dialogue with this medium, the community leader Verónica Berisso assured that “for the Gualeyos it is a pride to have a player who is a native of Gualeguay in the National Team. He produces joy and expectation in us and identifies us much more … ”. And she adds: “We are going to wait for each game to see Argentina because from Gualeguay we always receive a very simple person who likes to return whenever he can. We always thank you for that. People welcome him with open arms. It gives us more joy to receive him and it is good to congratulate him for just being there without the need to be so successful “.