October 1, 2014
Mascherano takes part in his 100th game with the national team
Defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano played his 100th match in the Argentina’s jersey today against Iran.
The former River Plate player, who made his debut with the national team in 2003, became a key part of the squad. His first game was against Uruguay at the Ciudad de La Plata stadium on June 16th, 2003, without playing an official game with his club River yet. Marcelo Bielsa was the coach then. He knew him as he took Mascherano as a sparring for the World Cup 2002.
Since then, the midfielder was part of the national team with all the coaches who were in charge of the squad. When Diego Maradona took the job, he named Mascherano the team’s captain and said that they would play with “Mascherano and ten more.”
It is the third World Cup for the Barcelona midfielder, although he plays as a central defender in the Spanish side.
He is also the only Argentine player to have won two Olympic gold medals (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008).
Today, he will joined Fernando Gago and Ángel Di María in the midfield.