[QODLink]
WORLD CUP 2010
Argentina
Maradona names five home-based players in squad for World Cup 2010 in South Africa.
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2010 12:49 GMT
Argentina's Martin Palermo celebrates a goal against Haiti in a pre-World Cup friendly [AFP]

Ezequiel Lavezzi was the highest-profile player to miss out on Diego MAradona's final squad when he cut his provisional list of 30 down to 23.

He had already disregarded the vast experience of Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso and 136-cap record holder Javier Zanetti, along with Marseille defender Lucho Gonzalez and Real Madrid's young ball-winner Fernando Gago.

Goalkeepers:

Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Diego Pozo (Colon).

Group B fixtures

Saturday June 12

 Argentina v Nigeria 
 South Korea v Greece 

Thursday June 17

 Greece v Nigeria 
 Argentina v South Korea 

Tuesday June 22


 Nigeria v South Korea 
 Greece v Argentina

Defenders:

Gabriel Heinze (Olympique Marseille), Martin Demichelis (Bayern Munich), Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield), Walter Samuel (Inter Milan), Clemente Rodriguez (Estudiantes de La Plata), Nicolas Burdisso (AS Roma), Ariel Garce (Colon).

Midfielders:

Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle United), Angel Di Maria (Benfica), Mario Bolatti (Fiorentina), Juan Sebastian Veron (Estudiantes de La Plata), Javier Pastore (Palermo), Maxi Rodriguez (Liverpool).

Forwards:

Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Diego Milito (Inter Milan), Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors).

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Weaving and handicrafts are being re-taught to a younger generation of Iraqi Kurds, but not without challenges.
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.

Featured
After years of rapid growth, Argentina is bracing for another economic crisis as inflation eats up purchasing power.
Deaths of 13 Sherpas in Nepal has shone a light on dangerous working conditions in the Everest-climbing industry.
Al Jazeera investigation uncovers allegations of beatings and rape in Kenya's ongoing anti-terrorism operation.
Incumbent Joyce Banda has a narrow lead, but anything is possible in Malawi's May 20 elections.
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
join our mailing list