For everyone, the Diego Maradona Cup is history. However, it must be remembered that there is still a match between Banfield and Velez, to define a quota in the South American Cup 2022. Even so, a balance can be made of the atypical competition in a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic.
From October 30, 2020, when the tournament began, just on Maradona’s 60th birthday, until Sunday, January 17, 2021, they played 134 games in which 351 goals were converted, with a goal average of 2.62. 796 footballers participated, of which 664 played at least one minute and another 132 went to the bank but did not enter. There were two scorers and some more curiosities.
Luis Miguel Rodriguez, Columbus, and Miguel Merentiel, of Defense, shared the first position of the scorers table with six conquests. The flea he made three in qualifying and another three in the championship zone. The Uruguayan reached it on the last date, with his hat-trick in 4-4 against Aldosivi.
Meanwhile, seven players scored 5 goals: Giuliano Galoppo and Cristian Fontana (Banfield), Ramon Abila (Mouth), Alan Velasco (Independent), Sebastian Palacios (Newell’s), Emiliano Vecchio and Alan Marinelli (Central).
Four teams played 12 games, for the finals: Boca, Banfield, Central and Vélez. And it was 12 players who had perfect attendance. Eight of them were Drill players: Arboleda, Coronel, Maldonado, Juan Alvarez, Galoppo, Jorge Rodríguez, Bordagaray and Fontana. From Boca only Buffarini and from Vélez, Mancuello. And two from Central: Lautaro Blanco and Vecchio. Of the other 20 teams that played just 11 games, there were a total of 43 players with perfect attendance.
Cristian Lucchetti, the goalkeeper of Atlético Tucumán, is the player most veteran of the First Division. He finished the competition at 42 years and seven months. He played 10 of the 11 games. He followed it Mauricio Caranta Workshops (42 years, 5 games), Jose Sand de Lanús (40 years, 5), Maximiliano Rodriguez of Newell’s (40 years, 11) and Lucas Licht Gymnastics (40 years, 3).
Miguel Merentiel scored 3 against Aldosivi and was also the Cup scorer. (Photo: EFE / EPA / ALEJANDRO PAGNI / POOL)
The youngest to play in the tournament was Mateo Tanlongo from Rosario Central, who on December 8 turned 17. His debut was on January 9 against Lanús. In addition, there were seven other players born in 2003: Agustín Hausch (San Lorenzo, 3 games), Gino Infantino (Central, 5), Ivo Mammini (Gymnastics, 1), Darío Sarmiento (Students, 9), Elías Machuca (Racing, 1 ), Julián Aude (Lanús, 5) and Lucas Besozzi (Lanús, 4).
Two well veterans went to the substitute bench but did not enter. One is Javier Gandolfi, defender of Workshops, who already 40 years. Like Sebastian Torrico, the San Lorenzo goalkeeper, who was injured as soon as the tournament began. On the other hand, the youngest player to go to the bank and who has not made his debut in the First Division yet was Ulises Emiliano Sandoval, from Defense and Justice, born on July 8, 2004. The other player who is category 2004 and went to the bank and not joined is Juan Carlos Gauto de Huracán, who has his birthday on June 2.
The 796 soccer players of the Diego Maradona Cup are in the interactive guide that he presented Clarion at the beginning of the tournament, which was updated all the time and which is presented in this note with the refined teams. Only those who played in this competition appear in all of them. With two curiosities that involve Defense and Justice. Walter bou He went to the substitute bench but did not enter Boca. That is why he appears on the champion squad. On the other hand, Rafael Delgado He played 9 games in Colón. Both footballers joined the Falcon to play the South American Cup. And on Saturday they can be champions.
Cristian Lucchetti, pure validity at 42 and a half years: he is the oldest who played the Maradona Cup.
Of the 24 teams, Colón is the one that less players used. Eduardo Domínguez dealt with 26 footballers, of which 21 played and 5 went to the bank and did not enter. Also Banfield, one of the finalists, only used 26 players, 22 with presences and 4 on the bench. Neither of them played international cups.
Instead, Defense and Racing were the teams that most players used: 41. At the Falcon, 33 played and 8 went to the bench and 35 played at the Academy and 6 did not enter. Like Racing, Lanús also had 35 players who acted for at least one minute (many newcomers) and 2 who did not enter.
One of the Racing formations, this time against Vélez. The Academy was one of the clubs that used the most players: 41. Photo Juano Tesone / Pool ARGRA
Finally, it is clear that it was the youth cup. Of the 796 players, 110 debuted in the First Division but also, another 95 went to the bank and did not enter. That is to say, 205 footballers, 26% of the total. And Lanús was the club that promoted the most players: 17.