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 Argentina: The 22 for France 98

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The list that Coach Daniel Passarella presents is made up up of:

Goaltenders: Carlos Roa (28 years old, Mallorca, España), Pablo Cavallero (24, Vélez Sarsfield), Germán Burgos (29, River Plate).

Daniel Passarella

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Defenders: Roberto Ayala (25, Napoli, Italia), José Chamot (29, Lazio, Italia), Pablo Paz (Tenerife, España), Nestor Roberto Sensini (31, Parma, Italia), Nelson Vivas (28, Lugano, Suiza), Javier Zanetti (24, Inter, Italia), Héctor Mauricio Pineda (30, Udinese, Italia).

Midfielders: Matías Almeyda (24, Lazio, Italia), Leonardo Astrada (28, River Plate), Sergio Berti (29, River Plate), Marcelo Gallardo (23, River Plate), Diego Simeone (28, Inter, Italia), Juan Sebastián Verón (23, Sampdoria, Italia).

Fowards: Hernán Crespo (22, Parma, Italia), Gabriel Batistuta (Fiorentina, Italia), ), Ariel Ortega (24, Valencia, España), Claudio López (23, Valencia, España), Abel Balbo (31, Roma, Italia), Marcelo Delgado (Racing).

Who did not make it: Hernán Díaz, 33, Claudio Caniggia and Christian Bassedas 25, were left looking in until the last minute when Coach Passarella decide to bring Abel Balbo back for his third consecutive World Cup appearance. After hearing this, Caniggia vowed never to play in Argentina again. Balbo had removed himself from participating with the World Cup side during the qualifying season. Bassedas, a 25 year old midfielder from Vélez Sársfield was rumored to be the most likely pick, but all ended in being just a rumor.

Interesting fact: For the first time in recent history, not a single player from giant club Boca Juniors was selected to take part in the World Cup side. Perhaps a reflection on the turbulent past 2 seasons marred by Diego Maradona's appearance and subsequent ban because of doping control violations. Midfielders Rodolfo Cardoso, 29 , Diego Cagna, 28, and Caniggia? Not there this time. Maybe having 3 team members in the Colombian side might be a consolation, maybe not.

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