Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mauro Formica, West Ham's Rumoured January Signing And Team Jesus Revisited reports that West Ham will sign Mauro Formica from Newell’s Old Boys for an undisclosed fee (but likely about £3.2m) during the January transfer window. The 22-year-old is highly regarded in his homeland and has been tipped for a future in the national team.

The Argentine plays as an advanced playmaker, the classic Argentine no. 10. With a nickname like "El Gato" or "The Cat", his stealthy skills will be just what the Hammers fans enjoy watching, but will he help West Ham's relegation troubles though?

Mauro Formica represented Argentina at the U-17 level. The video suggests that El Gato is a cross between Kaka and Ronaldinho. If he can play like any of these Brazilian maestros, then Boleyn Park will be rocking with excitement. The video footage do portray the young Argentine as a Ronaldinho-type player, busy, skilled, influential and ever ready to try the spectacular. West Ham fans will lap it all up, for sure.

Avram Grant's absence from today's crunch match against Stoke have been well-documented in the newspapers and media. This is yet another example of how fortune continue to hide from West Ham, but perhaps there will be a divine intervention in the end.

On the subject of divinity, I am updating an article that I posted on Team Jesus. Thoughts of Jesus over the weekend prompted me to search and try to populate a 21-man soccer team with players named Jesus and believe it or not, there were some genuinely good players in this team.

Jesus Gil (x-President of Atletico Madrid) is the honorary President of Team Jesus.

Team Jesus will be coached by Jesus Ramirez (coach of Club America in Mexico)
GK - Jesus Corona (Tecos UAG, Mexico)
GK - Jesus Alejandro Gallardo (Atlas, Mexico)
GK - Alvaro Jesus Garcia (Almeria, Spain)
DF - Jesus Eduardo Zavala (Monterrey, Mexico)
DF - Jesus Ugarte Castillo (Morelia, Mexico)
DF - Carlos Jesus Infante Figueroa (Necaxa, Mexico)
DF - Jesus Maria LaCruz (Espanyol, Spain)
DF - Jesus Chavez (Chiapas, Mexico)
DF - Jesus Antonio Molina (UANL, Mexico)
MF - Antonio Jesus Vasquez (Recreativo, Spain)
MF - Jesus Armando Sanchez (America, Mexico)
MF - Jesus Arellano (Monterrey, Mexico)
MF - Jesus Alejandro Palacios (San Luis, Mexico)
MF - Matias Jesus Cordoba (Argentinos Juniors, Argentina)
MF - Jesus Navas Gonzalez (Sevilla, Spain)
MF - Jesus Vera (Godoy Cruz, Argentina)
MF - Jesus Mendez (Rosario Central, Argentina)
FW - Jesus Berocca (Racing Santander, Spain)
FW - Jesus Andres Padilla Cisneros (Guadalajara, Mexico)
ST - Jesus de Nigris (Monterrey, Mexico)
ST - Jesus Alberto Velez (Macara, Ecuador)

Key standouts are Jesus Arellano, a Mexican international and Jesus Navas, a coveted Spaniard who almost moved to Chelsea. Jesus Navas played for Spain and was able to influence La Rojas pattern of play in the World Cup.

Here's a video of Arellano setting off on a run ala Maradona.

Finally, an old video of the much admired Jesus Navas.

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