Goal.com’s Tim Sturtridge reports as another Club America player is assaulted, Boca get a Brazilian and Roberto Ayala races to get fit...
There was further bad news for Club America of Mexico as another of their players was involved in a gun attack just a week after the near fatal shooting of Salvador Cabanas.
The football community is thankful that the attack on midfielder Juan Carlos Silva did not result in the serious injuries sustained by Cabanas. A bullet scratched the buttocks of 21-year-old Silva during an assault in Mexico City.
The shooting comes barely a week after Cabanas was shot in the head while on a night out with his wife in the Mexican capital. The Paraguayan was gunned down at point blank range and operated on by doctors while spending five days in a coma.
Cabanas has gone on to make a remarkable recovery, although doctors are keen to point out that the international footballer is not quite out of the woods just yet.
Mexican youth international Silva must be grateful that he emerged from his incident physically unscathed but the attack again demonstrates a worrying trend for football.
Boca’s Case For The Defence
Boca Juniors have managed to draft in an experienced head at the back after twice letting a lead over Argentinos Juniors slip on the weekend.
In comes former Brazilian international centre-back Luiz Alberto, who become a free agent after leaving Fluminense. Boca’s head coach Abel Alves will hope that the 32-year-old will add some much needed steel to the backline which imploded in the first round of the Clausura last Sunday.
After inept defending at the weekend cost Boca two points, the club acted fast in the early part of this week to secure the services of Luiz Alberto. All that remains now is for the AFA to rubber stamp the transfer.
After rejecting a new contract with Fluminense, the defender was free to negotiate himself a healthy package at Boca. It is understood Luiz Alberto will pick up US$250,000 during his year at La Bombonera.
If the Brazilian can shore up an otherwise leaky defence then it will be money well spent by the Buenos Aires club. With Pato Abbondanzieri in goal, Juan Roman Riquelme bossing the midfield, Martin Palermo up top and now Luiz Alberto in defence there is certainly no lack of experience in the spine of Boca’s team.
Rio-born Luiz Alberto da Silva Oliveira started his career with Flamengo before going on to play for other Brazilian outfits Internacional, Atletico-MG, Santos and lastly Fluminense. The bulky centre-back also had spells in France and Spain with Saint-Etienne and Real Sociedad respectively.
Luiz Alberto becomes the fourth non-national on Boca’s roster as he joins Adrian Gunino of Uruguay, Breyner Bonilla of Colombia and Gary Medel of Chile.
Racing Out Of Ideas
Racing Club managed to disappoint their fans last night by following up an impressive opening day win with an away defeat to Colon.
Things seemed to be going well for a resurgent Racing as they took the lead in the contest though Juan Falcon inside 20 minutes. The hosts and 2010 Copa Libertadores entrants put themselves on top however, as they first equalised through Esteban Fuertes before Juan Lucero slotted home what turned out to be the winner early in the second half.
Racing’s head coach Claudio Vivas will hope to get new signing Roberto Ayala out on the pitch as soon as possible. Ayala has moved back to Buenos Aires on a one-year loan from Real Zaragoza, although the 36-year-old was not deemed fit enough to play yesterday.
Ayala is grateful for the chance Racing have given him so late on in his career and is keen to pay back the club with some good performances.
“Racing were the only team serious about signing me. Interest from River was reported but there was no contact with my agent. It was Racing who stepped up and made the call. I’m excited to be at a club with a great history and looking forward to helping to write the next chapter.”
Ayala is now racing to be fit for his new club’s weekend fixture against Arsenal in round three of the Clausura campaign.