Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Lionel Scaloni - Player Profile

From a Deportivo-La-Coruna fans site, (sorry more plagairism, but its a busy day)

"Lionel Scaloni has been adding fighting power to Deportivo for seven seasons already, and is nicknamed “The Bull” for that. He’s both an emotional and determined player who has been a popular figure among supporters since he first arrived at Deportivo from Argentinian club Estudiantes in the middle of the 1997/98 season. But Irureta has not been particularly impressed with his performances, as the player never played a full season as a starter.

Scaloni was a member of the Argentina team at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship in which he scored the best goal of the tournament, against Brazil in the Quarter Finals. Lionel Scaloni was also the scorer of the last-minute goal which gave Deportivo their first ever victory in the Champions League, when they beat Hamburger SV 2-1 in September 2000.

Scaloni has only been playing between 14 (1999/2000) and 32 (2002/2003) Liga matches per season, indicating that he has problems finding a regular spot in the team. It will make this season important for him as he’s close to the most important phase of his career. He earned his first call up for the Argentine national side in 2002. "

On the web Scaloni is variously described as a defender or a right winger, so I guess he can play in either position. I think that he is/was also Deportiva's club captain depite not being a regular this season.

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