Golden oldies? Argentina have World Cup's oldest squad

Golden oldies? Argentina have World Cup's oldest squad

"They have achieved so much in football".

Nicolas TAGLIAFICO, who was not even in the Argentina squad past year is now the starting left back. Now, all the favourites of Kolkata are coming together as curtains go up on the World Cup. But people tend to overlook as to why the hero's odyssey is still far from done, no matter how close he's gotten to achieve it.

Les Blues are capable of reaching the latter stages of the tournament too and what better occasion to prove why you've been linked with some of the biggest clubs in world football.

This generation's Argentina, in its full strength, have always been a fearsome attacking machine.

"The likes of Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain will also have to step up".

For his fans who see him twirl, twist and swivel through a host of defenders on his unstoppable marches towards opponents' goals week after week, no player before him can compare.

"For Argentina the World Cup is special and it's a big dream to lift the cup again".

It can also be argued that defenders in the golden era were not as technically gifted as the defenders today and that makes it more hard for a player with silky skills such as Messi to shine through.

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Here is the main thing and the usual trend: If Di Maria is in La Albiceleste's lineup, there is a sense of assurance that the team will be able to deliver.

Having predicted Portugal/ Brazil and Argentina/ Germany semi-finals, Mourinho selects Messrs Messi and Ronaldo to meet in the Final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on the 15th July.

"Hopefully, (Australia) get through the group stages", he said. However, Jorge SAMPAOLI finally looks to have found his starting eleven for Argentina's starting match. Eventually, Messi and company bowed to Germany in the final after Mario Gotze scored the only goal in extra time.

Last year's Copa America final defeat to Chile, in which Messi missed a penalty, was the latest bitter disappointment in long list of anti-climaxes.

Knee injuries have bothered both teams' preparation.

In their maiden appearance at a major worldwide tournament two years ago, Iceland earned a 1-1 draw from a clash with Ronaldo's eventual champions, drawing a frustrated response from the Real Madrid superstar.

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