Opinion: Argentina’s junior progress…..
It seems that Argentina recently toured Chile with their U15 and U13 teams….. and beat the hosts on all games in both age groups, some of them being Aus v Namibia like mismatches. I am quite impressed with Argentina's progress. How far they have imporved in standard can only be gauged by the Americas Championship Div 1 performance and also in the U19 championship next year, but I am talking about mainstreaming their game. Someone once told me from Argentina that only people with British descent play the game over there, and no body else cases. While it may be the case that nobody cares, I tend to disagree with the fact that only people with British descent are playing. I mean, take a look at the names of some their performers at the U15 level: Agustine Hussain, Sebastian Fennel, Juan Pablo Bordacahar, Marcos Orteu, Raul Fregossi, Juan Pinnilla, Nicolas Bocazzi, Santiago Irixity and Gerardo Rocha hardly sound like they are of British descent. And these were the top performers of the tour.
Same is the case at the U13 level. Franco Martinangeli, Juan Querel, Augusto Mustafa, Federico Mollo Pintos, Gaston Matlob, Federico Fernandez Rouyet, Francisco Jara, Ignacio Abal, Gaston Basualdo are not British descent names, though some of them is a very strange mix of South Asian Muslim and Hispanic names.
Perhaps they are all of British descent with Hispanic names, but I would be surprised if that is the case.
I am a little surprised at Chile folding up so easily against Argentina; I used to think that they are get much better every year. But it looks like they have a way to go.
Argentina national team too has some names that sound like they are ethnically argentinans and not of British descent. Gaston Arizaga, Matrin Siri, Perez Rivero, Diego Lord, S Nino look to be of Argentinan descent. Most of the team is argentinian born anyway.
Off course, it goes without saying that that I may be all wrong, because all that I am doing is reading names.