Football News Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero included in Argentina squad for Copa America 2019

first_imghighlights Gonzalo Higuain has not been included in the side for Copa America.Angel di Maria made his post-World Cup return in March ahead of friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco.Argentina has not won the Copa America, or any major international tournament, since 1993. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Buenos Aires: Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and the returning Sergio Aguero headed the 23-man Copa America squad announced by Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni. Paris Saint Germain winger Angel Di Maria was also included but there was no place for striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is on loan at Chelsea from Juventus. “These are the best players in an important time for the national team,” said Scaloni on Tuesday ahead of the tournament hosted by Brazil, which begins on June 14.     Argentina will play in Group B alongside Colombia, Paraguay and guests Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts and current Asian champions. Messi, who only returned to the Argentina squad in March after an eight-month absence following the World Cup in Russia, will turn 32 during the competition.RELATED     Di Maria, like Messi, made his post-World Cup return in March ahead of friendlies against Venezuela and Morocco, but Manchester City’s Aguero had not been called up since Argentina’s 4-3 last 16 defeat to eventual champions France in Russia. Another high-profile omission was Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, who has been left out of the Italian team’s line-up for the last two months over a dispute regarding a contract renewal.     “Keeping everyone happy is difficult,” admitted Scaloni, who said he’d had “doubts right until the end” over the final squad make-up. Argentina has not won the Copa America, or any major international tournament, since 1993, losing in the final in four of the last five editions of the continental showpiece.     Squad:      Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin (America Mexico/MEX), Franco Armani (River Plate), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors).      Defenders: German Pezzela (Fiorentina/ITA), Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City/ENG), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax/NED), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Renzo Saravia (Racing Club), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal/ESP), Milton Casco (River Plate).     Midfielders: Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria (both Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Guido Rodriguez (America Mexico/MEX), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis/ESP), Roberto Pereyra (Watford/ENG), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese/ITA), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate).      Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/ENG), Paulo Dybala (Juventus/ITA), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan/ITA), Matias Suarez (River Plate).last_img read more

Tufts football relishes in back-to-back wins after futile drought

first_imgBroken, bloody noses, gashed legs and bruised body parts were the byproducts of a historic moment.After storming the field, Tufts fans chanted “Olé, Olé.” They high-fived strangers and crowd-surfed. They congratulated players and didn’t care that they smelled like sweat.“People are getting to be concerned, because my legs are so bruised from it,” said Carolyn Margulies, a Tufts freshman who cut her leg while flipping over a fence to get onto the field.“But it was totally worth it.”Tufts had not won a game since the season opener in 2010 — until two weeks ago.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Jumbos ended a 31-game losing streak with a 24-17 win over Hamilton on Sept. 20 at Ellis Oval / Zimman Field in Somerville, Massachusetts. For every player on the team, it was the first time they had ever won a college football game. But the win was not a flash in the pan. Tufts followed up the monumental victory with another against Bates on Saturday — two wins that are a product of community support and stronger leadership than in recent years. Hamilton hasn’t won a game since 2012, so fans had a feeling that the Jumbos’ losing streak might end two weeks ago. With five minutes left, students lined the fence around the field. They didn’t mention the potential win fearing that they would jinx it, but they prepared to rush the field anyway.“We went out to go shake hands and the next thing you know there was 3,000 kids screaming onto the field running around us,” Tufts head coach Jay Civetti said.Throughout the week between the two games, fellow students congratulated the players around campus. Civetti said his team had to contain its excitement in practice on Tuesday. Students joked that their team should now take on Alabama.“There was a bit of a reality check,” Civetti said. “‘Hey look, it’s one win guys.’”But that didn’t stop the fans from getting excited. This past weekend was homecoming, which meant an even bigger crowd attended the game. There were numerous sporting events, a carnival and parties throughout the weekend. Though the energy wasn’t as high after the second win, students stormed the field again. This time, security guards opened the fences to avoid injuries.One of the biggest differences between this season and years past is that Tufts picked captains for 2014 as soon as last season ended. They used to be announced at the start of the season. The change allowed for roles to be established early on throughout the spring so the team had strong leadership when the season started.This is also the first year that Civetti, who took over in 2011, recruited all four classes on his team.Senior quarterback Jack Doll said he and the other seniors shared the moment and gathered around Civetti to take in the new experience.“We stuck together and in difficult times we just leaned on each other and that’s where most of us get our motivation from,” Doll said. “It’s from the group.“We did what we set out to do and it was on to the next one. We didn’t sit around and pat ourselves on the back.”After years of futility, Tufts seems to be changing its identity. While seniors are seeing a win for the first time, the freshmen have yet to see them lose.“I always joke that I feel like I was lied to when I got here, because I was promised a losing team and now this is happening,” Margulies said. “I don’t even know if I can trust Tufts anymore.” Comments Published on September 30, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more