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Perazzo aiming for Panamerican gold

19 October 2011 17:34

Argentina Under-20 coach Walter Perazzo said he is desperate for success in the 2011 Panamerican Games in Mexico.

Argentina, whose squad is composed of players under the age of 22 in the local leagues and features Boca Juniors' Sergio Araujo and Michael Hoyos of Estudiantes, kicks off the tournament on Wednesday with a mouth-watering clash against Brazil in Group B.

Costa Rica and Cuba are the other participants in the first stage of the competition.

With two teams qualifying from each of the two groups, Argentina will expect at least a place in the semi-finals. Perazzo, however, has set his sights on taking the top prize.

"I hope we win the gold," Perazzo told Ole.

However, Perazzo has some stern words for clubs that were less than willing to release their best youngsters for the tournament.

"Sometimes these institutions put their own interests first. The Seleccion (national team) has to be the priority," he said.

"But we are wrong to want to win the Games by any means necessary. The experience we will take from Guadalajara is also valuable."

The coach also looked forward to the match against Brazil, who lifted the U-20 South American Championship at the start of the year and followed it up with the World Cup title in Colombia.

"I have already told the lads that we cannot afford to relax. The game will be extremely difficult, because despite not having some of their World Cup stars, Brazil have kept a solid base," he admitted.

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