Saturday, December 26, 2009

Bruno Marioni Returning To Newell's?

Bruno Marioni (pictured while playing in Mexico for Atlas) began his career with Newell's Old Boys, playing with the team from 1995-1997. He left the team for Europe and Sporting Lisbon in Portugal in 1998. After leaving La Lepra he spent time on nine different teams over thirteen years, with two stints with Independiente. This year he was playing for Estudiantes Tecos in Mexico when he announced his retirement.

Now comes word that Newell's are looking to bring him out of retirement, and back into the fold. Bruno is a forward, with a good track record for scoring goals, and could be a good player to have for the coming Clausura and Libertadores competitions. The question is, at 34, does he still have what it takes to play at a high enough level to make him a good signing?

The team is also reported to be interested in Waldo Ponce, a Chilean center defender currently with Vélez Sarsfield. The 27 year old is another player who could be valuable for a team playing on two fronts. Waldo can also play right back and as a defensive midfielder, and I, for one, always like to see versatile players. The fact that he has not been able to hold a starting role with Vélez means he may be available, but at what cost?

Finally, something I've been looking for sense the beginning of the summer break, a video of all of Newell's goals from the 2009 Apertura:

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