Thursday, August 27, 2009 by Paul Grech
Before Maurizio Pellegrino put on a Liverpool shirt in January 2005, no Argentine footballer had ever played for the club. All that has changed with Rafael Benitez in charge as he has brought in a total of six Argentines over these past five years: Mauricio Pellegrino, Gabriel Palletta, Emiliano Insua, Javier Mascehrano, Sebastian Leto and Gerardo Bruna.
Of these, two have been a success (Mascherano and Insua) whilst the rest haven’t been so good. Yet it is easy to see why Benitez appreciates Argentine football as the players are technically gifted, they are more than capable of handling themselves physically and, when bought directly from Argentina, tend to be relatively cheap which you would think is a major plus point for given the financial constraints under which he has had to work.
It all makes Argentine football that little bit more interesting to watch which is where the recently launched The Enganche comes in handy.
The brainchild of three Argentina based sports journalists Joel Richards, Sam L. Kelly and Sebastian Garcia, the site promises to be “the definite place to find out all you wanted to know about Argentine football but was never available in English.” And, at first glance, it looks as if it will come good on those promises.