Pierre Boisrond

Pierre Boisrond has followed soccer and the World Cup closely for many years and also writes for other websites. We at PWC are proud to have him as a columnist. He will share his views about the past, present and future of the World Cup.

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Juan Roman Riquelme: The Conductor of Argentina’s Orchestra

    In Argentina, we have seen Mario Alberto Kempes, El Matador, in 1978. In 1986, we have witnessed the genius of the All-time great, Diego “Dieguito” Armando Maradona, “el grandioso de todos los tiempos”. In 2006, will the talented midfielder, Juan Roman Riquelme drive Argentina to Glory? It was truly unfortunate that Marcelo Bielsa decided to leave Riquelme out of the 2002 World Cup. With Pekerman in charge, now Riquelme is the conductor of the team. I have followed Riquelme since 1998 and I could tell all the European Fans and Brazilian fans, especially, to get ready for 2006, because they will see another genius.

    For the Brazilian fans and especially the Haitian-Brazilian fans, they had already tasted the succulent football of Riquelme, their greatest nightmare, on June 8th. So far, the Haitian-Brazilian fans still can’t get it after the June 8th massacre and I don’t see how they can find the hearts to keep on calling me by telling me that Brazil played a much better 2nd half. My response to them is that Jose Pekerman, Argentina’s coach, was not about to make the same mistake as Carlos Ancelotti, the AC Milan coach. And certainly Crespo was not going to let that happen to him again.

    At the end of the month, I hope that the Brazilian fans wherever they are, will pay their dues again since the Conductor of the “Albiceleste” Orchestra, Juan Roman Riquelme will drive Argentina to the Confederation Cup finals in Germany. Certainly, Argentina will reach the finals, and I expect Brazil to be there or at least reach the semi-finals. May the Brazilians be ready to witness history for the second time during the month because the honeymoon between Pekerman and Riquelme is not about to be over, and it won’t be over for a while. No more Bielsa this time, this is the real deal.

    This year in Europe, the Europeans fans have witnessed the magic of Riquelme. The best midfielder in la Liga proved this past season that he could bring any team to the top. He did it this year with Villarreal, and as we all could see he has won every battle against Ronaldinho both at the club and national team levels. Unless Carlos Bianchi finds away to bring him to Atletico Madrid, then the European fans need to be ready to see the talented Juan Roman Riquelme, better yet the Prince of Diego Armando Maradona, in action because he will be ready to do what Diego “Dieguito” Armando Maradona has done with Napoli.

    On the other hand, the fans in Europe won’t have to wait too long to see witness the true genius of Riquelme. May Klinsmann be ready to find a way to stop Riquelme—it won’t happen. Stopping him or not, Riquelme will be ready to produce the same tactical move that Maradona had produced against the Germans in 1986 “En el stadio Azteca de Mexico.” Who could ever forget that long ball of Diego to Jorge Luis Burruchaga who crucified Harald Schumacher. And, may we have no Codesal to award some bogus penalty to the Germans in 1990. In 2002, I told the German fans to get ready because the HuRRRicane is coming. I received many unpleasant emails, but they did find out that Ronaldo, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho did their magic against Kahn and company. This time it won’t be a RRR, but a RST à Riquelme, Saviola, and Tevez. This time, the Germans better believe it that it is not going to be a 1-1 friendly affair. Oliver Kahn needs to be at his best to save the German ship, however Riquelme will find a way to sink the German submarine.

    As we all know, this time next year, the World Cup will start, so let’s enjoy the FIFA Confederation Cup this year because Argentina, Brazil, and Germany always bring joy to a tournament.

    Now, to the Brazilian fans, I hope we will see a better Ronaldinho but so far Riquelme has the upper hand- better yet, let us put it as a mathematical expression: Ri/Ro. Last year, after a referee decided to give Brazil 3 penalty kicks—the Brazilian fans were writing me left and right, calling me from Haiti, New York, New Jersey, Boston, and Rio de Janeiro. This time, I have not heard them at all. Those who have managed to contact me claimed that we are now tied 1-1. I told them, the tie won’t be that long because there will be another massacre at the end of the month, and they better not let the Germans sink them first.

    Lastly, I wonder what Van Gaal, Radomir Antic, Frank Rijkaard must be thinking at this time. For Rijkaard, he has already seen Riquelme against Barca, and that was a headache for him. This time, the headache will be for Juergen Klinsmann and Carlos Alberto Pareira.



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