Elche, after closing the summer market, has configured its squad for next season with seven Argentine players, a quarter of the group, a number that exceeds the maximum number of players of this nationality in the squad in its history.
The club from Elche, owned for two and a half years by the Argentine businessman Christian Bragarnik, always maintained close ties with Albiceleste football after the passage of personalities such as Alfredo Di Stéfano, Felipe Mesones or Roque Olsen, as coaches, or from prestigious players such as Marcelo Trobbiani, World Champion, or Willy Caballero, among others.
Elche have in their squad this season with goalkeeper Axel Werner, midfielders Javier Pastore, Iván Marcone and Pablo Piatti and forwards Lucas Boyé, Guido Carrillo and Darío Benedetto.
The figure exceeds that of last year, when Elche had Juan Sánchez Niño, Lucas Boyé, Iván Marcano, Guido Carrillo, ‘Russo’ Diego Rodríguez and Emiliano Rigoni. They were also joined by an Argentine coach, Jorge Almirón, who remained in office for six months.
Two of those footballers, Sánchez Miño and ‘Russo’ Rodríguez, left the entity in the winter market, while Rigoni did so at the end of the course. A few months after the end of the League, Pablo Piatti, another of the players who remains in the group, arrived at the entity.
In the 70s, in the second golden age of the entity in First Division, Elche experienced this same situation on several occasions, in addition to another at the end of the last century and at the beginning of the current one, almost always with Argentine coaches on the bench. , although in these cases the component of having an owner of the same nationality was not joined.