Author: index

Argentina’s friendly against Venezuela on Friday night was supposed to be a celebratory return for star player Lionel Messi. But at the end of the disappointing defeat, another inquest had begun in the nation about how terrible the team played in the game.

It showed that the team malaise is far from over despite recent victories in friendlies for the Abiceleste. Goals from Salomon Rondon, John Murillo and Josef Martinez condemned Argentina to another defeat despite Lutaro Martinez scoring.

Former Argentina international Fernando Cavenaghi believes that the team has to improve if they want to win trophies on the international scene. He said that football has evolved a lot in recent years and that Argentina is still stuck in the past. He said that there are some good Argentinian players but they failed to play as a team when it comes to the big tournaments.

He said that it is difficult to understand why players such as Lionel Messi and Aguero fail to replicate the form that they display with their club with the Argentina team. He believes that they have better support from players in their club than with the national team.

Fernando Cavenaghi’s career underlines this. A leader of the line at River Plate when he was only 20 years of age, Cavenaghi promptly attracted the interest of Juventus and a number of other clubs from around Europe’s elite leagues but ignored their advances to sign instead for Spartak Moscow, this was at a time when the Russian league’s community of Brazilian players was still very small.

After going on to become an idol at Bordeaux, where he won five trophies, including the Ligue 1 title, he upped and left for Spanish lesser club Mallorca. And when a turmoil-stricken River Plate suffered the unthinkable and were relegated from the Argentine First Division, the man they call “Cavegol” was the only one of the club’s many former youth products to return and lend a helping hand.

The former footballer of River visited the Athletic Boxing Club where he gave a talk about his experiences and experiences to the bs1fvoys of the inferiors of the institution.

Fernando Cavenaghi is in Río Gallegos, and as part of the activities and celebrations for the 98th Anniversary, the former footballer went through the Athletic Boxing Club. The “Torito” met with the leaders Albi Verdes, accompanied by the directors of the River Branch of Rio Gallegos, and then gave a nice talk to a group of players from the lower divisions of Boxing.

Former Bordeaux player Fernando Cavenaghi said that he is happy that France has managed to win the World Cup. The Argentinian player played for Bordeaux in Ligue 1 for 4 years and made an instant impact there.

He said that he has enjoyed some good moments of his career playing in France and that since then he has a connection with French football in general. He said that France has been impressive throughout the tournament and that they deserved to win the title.

After a short spell in Cyprus, River favorite Fernando Cavenaghi has hung up his boots for good.


River Plate have enjoyed their fair share of top strikers at El Monumental in recent times, with a select few going on to have considerable success among Europe’s top clubs but not many have left the club with a status as revered as that which now belongs to Fernando ‘Cavegol’ Cavenaghi, who just recently announced his retirement at the age of 33.

Having not played a game for Cypriot side APOEL FC since February due to a recurring injury to ligaments in his right knee, Cavenaghi finished his career with a respectable 170 career goals, 7 league titles and 5 domestic cups, and gave his thanks to River Plate in an open letter published on the same day as his retirement.

Following a hugely successful period at the beginning of his career with River in 2001, scoring 55 goals in 88 appearances, Cavenaghi was lured to Europe in 2004 and joined Russia’s Spartak Moscow for a fee of US $9.5 million.

From then on, Cavegol both enjoyed and endured a journeyman-esque career across the pond with the likes of Bordeaux and Mallorca, before returning to South America with Brazilian club Internacional in 2011.

Two seasons ago there was so much noise about Brazilian winger Malcom.


Several top sides wanted him to join them but the player preferred to move to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux. Many questioned the motive behind moving to some side in southwest France that had not won the league title in over five years, especially when Arsenal, Man City and other big clubs were jostling for his nod.

The club has been quite a fertile ground for South American stars. Bordeaux has strategic partnerships with several top clubs and academies on the continent. ValetinVada, EmilianoSala and of course Juan Pablo Franca have benefited from this partnership.

Brazilians and Argentines like Mariano, Wendel, Fernando Cavenaghi, Jussie have all been brilliant at one point or the other for Bordeaux.

Real Madrid went past their German counterparts Bayern Munich in keenly contested that could have gone either ways if certain events did not happen.


If Arturo Vidal had converted his spot kick and Javi Martinez avoided being sent off, who knows what would have happened.

Credits go to the Madrid team lead by Zinedine Zidane for their consistency at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeuas they won 4-2 to help the French apprenticeget one over his master Carlo Ancelotti.

There have been several upsets as well as stereotypes in the past as apprentices faced their former masters. A recent one is that of Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. The pair worked together at Spanish side Barcelona, wining two La Liga titles. LvG was the boss while the Portuguese coach his mentee.

Mourinho took parts of LvG’s philosophy, amending it to suit his own vision and desire to always win. They were at opposing sides at the Champions League final in 2010. LvG led the German side while Mourinho’s Inter Milan team shocked them. Inter had stunned Barcelona in the semi-final and with Diego Milito’s brace, they defeated Bayern to lift the Champions League. In England, Mourinho played a draw but won one other meeting to go ahead of his master.

French side Bordeaux is grooming exciting youngsters. One of which is Argentine player Valentin Vada.


The player is currently one of the biggest prospects in the French Ligue 1.

The club is known for their inclination towards South American talents. There was one Pauleta many years back, and there have been Diego Rolan and Mariano in recent years. There have not been as much Argentines at the club of recent, considering the club’s history.

Les Girondins boasted of the best Argentina internationals like Juan Pable Francia and Fernando Cavenaghi. It seems the outfit is opening up to the top footballing sides again.

The club won the Ligue 1 with Laurent Blanc but seemed to have lost their way n recent years. With influential Argentina stars like Carlos Bianchi ad Delio Onnis, the club also wanted to tap into the potential that they had to offer, hence the choice of Vada, a talented player from a humble background in Santa Fe – the home of soyabeans.

Vada mapped out his future from the age of 9, attending Proyecto Crecer program. He was a source of friction between the club and FIFA when he joined, as he was a minor who moved from a non-EU country at 14. It was until he turned 17 that he could play games for the club.

After his eligibility doubts were out of the way, Vada immediately started proving his worth. He won the youth championship as a regular in the Under 19.

Fernando Cavenaghi has had a very beautiful career in which he has represented River Plate, Spartak Moscow, Bordeaux, Villareal and APOEL.


He had three goal laden spells at River Plate and he spent a total of seven years at the club during his career.

The 33-year old has played in many countries such as Argentina, Russia, France, Spain and Greece. He has proven to be a good leader and his career underlines just that. At the age of 20, he was already playing regularly for Argentinian outfit River Plate. This immediately prompted attractions from a number of elite European clubs including Juventus but he instead chose to sign for Spartak Moscow.

He spent three years at Spartak Moscow before moving on to Bordeaux where he grew into an idol at the club. He won a total of five trophies at the club, including the Ligue 1 title. However, he soon left the French side for Spanish minnows, Mallorca. He had a good time at the club scoring 2 goals in 11 games.