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  • June 20, 2011
  • • 22:10
  • • Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Capital Federal, Ciudad de Buenos Aires
  • Referee: Jorge Larrionda
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International Friendly Preview: Argentina - Albania

International Friendly Preview: Argentina - Albania

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Weeks before the beginning of the Copa America, the host nation will welcome Albania to Buenos Aires in a preparation match for next month's tournament


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Argentina: Romero; Zanetti, Milito, Burdisso, Rojo; Banega, Mascherano; Biglia; Di Maria, Tevez, Messi

Argentina

After sending an European-based Under-25 side if their previous two friendlies against Nigeria and Poland, coach Sergio Batista will now call upon his strongest available team as the Copa America draws nearer. Javier Zanetti will command the backline for the home side who will look to use their speed in the attack through Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria. Despite the team selection saga surrounding Carlos Tevez, the Manchester City forward is expected to start.

Albania: Beqaj; Vangjeli, Lila, Bici, Arapi; Bulku, Hyka, Lika, Vila; Bakaj, Vajushi/Kapllani

Albania


Albania have brought the following squad along with them to the Monumental.

Goalkeepers: Beqaj (Ermis Aradipu), Hidi (Olimpiakos Nikozia)

Defenders: Vangjeli (Aris Selaniku), Lila (Tirana), Vrapi (Skenderbeu), Bici (Skenderbeu), Arapi (Skenderbeu), Veliu (Flamurtari), Sallaj (Zvicer 2)

Midfielders: Bulku (Hajduk Split), Hyka (Tirana), Lika (Tirana), Vila (Dinamo Zagreb), Allmuca (Skenderbeu), Muzaka (Skenderbeu)

Forwards: Bakaj (Dinamo Bukuresht), Vajushi (Vllaznia), Kapllani (Augsburg)




DID YOU KNOW?
  • Argentina have won the Copa America 14 times, levelled with Uruguay and six titles ahead of Brazil.
  • Javier Zanetti, who will start in defence for Argentina, is the most capped player in the history of the national team with 140.
  • Argentina last won the Copa America in 1993, but finished runners-up to Brazil in each of the past two editions.
  • This is Argentina's last friendly ahead of the competition.
  • Only three of the players in the squad currently play in Argentina. Juan Pablo Carrizo features for River Plate, Luciano Monzon with Boca Juniors, and Diego Valeri at Lanus.
  • Albania are coming off a 2-0 loss to Bosnia Herzegovina in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
  • Albania have never played in the World Cup.
  • The Europeans have played in only one European Championship in 1962.
  • Alban Bushi is the country's all-time top scorer with 14 goals in 67 games.
  • At the age of 34, Erjon Bogdani is the active leading scorer with the national team, netting 12 times in 60 appearances.
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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Argentina

Albania

Wins
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Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Argentina ARG
Argentina Argentina
Draw
Albania ALB
Albania Albania
43%
54%

Top 3 Predictions

Argentina ARG
0 - 3
Albania ALB
Argentina ARG
3 - 0
Albania ALB
Argentina ARG
4 - 0
Albania ALB

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