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Sunday 01 June 2014

Around the World: Argentina and the Barclays Premier League

Ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup a look at the Argentinian influence on the BPL

A look at the players from the South American nation to have graced the Barclays Premier League

Ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup, which starts on 12 June, looks at the 31 nations outside of England who are competing in Brazil and their influence on the Barclays Premier League.

Argentina have qualified for 15 previous FIFA World Cups, winning it twice, once on home soil in 1978 and then led by Diego Maradona, in Mexico, eight years later. This time La Albiceleste are in group F with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria.

Twelve Argentinians played in the Barclays Premier League during the 2013/14 season and from them Alejandro Sabella, the national team coach, has picked three for his 26-man provisional squad: Manchester City’s Martin Demichelis, Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero.

Other Argentinians to have played in the BPL during 2013/14 are: Luciano Becchio (Norwich City), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United), Paulo Gazzaniga (Southampton), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle/Norwich), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur), Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace), Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion), Ignacio Scocco and Santiago Vergini (both Sunderland).

In total, 47 players from Argentina have graced the Barclays Premier League (14th in the rankings by nation), making 2,189 appearances in total. They have been responsible for 262 goals.

Two Argentinians were the first to play in the Barclays Premier League on the same day: Horacio Carbonari, for Derby County against Blackburn Rovers, and Sheffield Wednesday’s Juan Cobian, against West Ham United, both made their debuts on the opening day of the 1998/99 season on 15 August 1998.

Carbonari became the first Argentinian to score when he struck against Nottingham Forest on 16 November 1998.

Carlos Tevez (West Ham/Manchester United/Manchester City) leads the way in the number of appearances (202), although he could be usurped by Zabaleta next season. Tevez is also the leading scorer with 84 goals.

New Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino became the second Argentinian to manage in the Barclays Premier League when he took over at Southampton last season. The first was also at White Hart Lane, where former Spurs player Osvaldo Ardiles, took over for the 1993/94 season.

Argentinians in Barclays Premier League
Total players in BPL history 47
Total BPL appearances 2,189
Total BPL goals 262
Total managers in BPL history 2
Total matches managed in BPL 108

First Argentinians to play in the Barclays Premier League
Horacio Carbonari
- Derby County (v Blackburn Rovers, 15 August, 1998)
Juan Cobian - Sheffield Wednesday (v West Ham United, 15 August, 1998)

Top 10 BPL appearances by Argentinians
Carlos Tevez 202
Pablo Zabaleta 168
Fabricio Coloccini 153
Julio Arca 149
Jonas Gutierrez 144
Mauricio Taricco 130
Franco Di Santo 122
Javier Mascherano 99
Horacio Carbonari 88
Sergio Aguero 87

First Argentinian to score in the Barclays Premier League
Horacio Carbonari - Derby County (v Nottingham Forest, 15 August, 1998)

Top 10 Argentinian goalscorers in BPL
Carlos Tevez 84
Sergio Aguero 52
Hernan Crespo 20
Maxi Rodriguez 15
Franco Di Santo 14
Julio Arca 8
Horacio Carbonari 8
Juan Sebastian Veron 8
Pablo Zabaleta 7
Jonas Gutierrez 6
Facundo Sava 6

Argentina's provisional 26-man FIFA World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Monaco), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors).
Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Martin Demichelis, Pablo Zabaleta (both Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Jose Basanta (Monterrey), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Nicolas Otamendi (Atletico Mineiro).
Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Ever Banega (Newell's Old Boys), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell's Old Boys), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan), Enzo Perez (Benfica), Jose Sosa (Atletico Madrid).
Forwards: Sergio Aguero
(Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan).

  • Horacio Carbonari was the first Argentinian to score in the Barclays Premier League

  • Carlos Tevez holds the record for the most appearances and goals scored

  • Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is catching up on Tevez's goals record

  • Fabricio Coloccini was one of 12 Argentinians in the BPL last season

  • Mauricio Pochettino is following in the managerial footsteps of Ossie Ardiles at Spurs

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Key Points

  • Ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup we look at the influence of players from 31 participating nations outside England on the BPL
  • Next in series looks at players from Argentina in the Barclays Premier League
  • Carlos Tevez is the Argentinian with the most BPL appearances, while Horacio Carbonari was the first to appear in the competition