REVEALED: Javier Mascherano’s remarkable rulebook for Argentina’s U20 players – including homework, learning English and a cleaning routine – as the ex-Barcelona star takes a hard line on the next generation
- Javier Mascherano started work as Argentina Under 20 coach in January
- Former Liverpool and Barcelona midfielder has laid down a code of conduct
- He expects his players to set high standards both on and off the pitch
- They have to keep up with their school or college work, read and study English
- Other rules include cleaning their own boots and tidying up dressing rooms
Clean away your dinner plate, sweep the dressing room, do your homework and learn English!
These are among the rules laid down to Argentina’s under-20 team by new coach Javier Mascherano as he tries to improve the players under his charge as both footballers and people.
The former Liverpool, Barcelona and West Ham midfielder, who started his role back in January, has established a code of conduct he expects his players to follow.
Javier Mascherano has laid out a code of conduct he expects his under-20 players to follow
The former midfielder, who played 147 times for Argentina, started his job back in January
As reported by Diario AS, the guidelines include:
- Do your homework daily
- Learn English
- Read books in your spare time during training camps
- Clean your boots after each training session and each game
- Get your own meals rather than relying on someone else serving them
- Clear plates and cutlery after eating
- Clean the dressing room before leaving
- Attend a communication workshop to learn how to deal with the media.
Mascherano, 37, whose playing career ended at Estudiantes in his home country two years ago, wants the players in his under-20 set-up to be mature and respectful on international duty.
He has already recorded some encouraging results since taking over at the start of the year. After a 2-2 draw with the United States in March, they recorded 3-1 and 2-1 wins over Peru in May friendlies.
Mascherano keeps a close eye on his playing during a training session back in March
Mascherano was part of the Argentina side that reached the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil
The midfielder, pictured with Estudiantes president Juan Sebastian Veron, ended his playing career at the Argentine club during the 2019-20 campaign
Argentina will take part in the prestigious Tournoi Maurice Revello, formerly known as the Toulon Tournament, at the end of this month.
They have been drawn against Saudi Arabia, France and Panama in the group stages.
Mascherano played 147 times for the Argentina national team, including at four World Cups and five Copa America tournaments.
He captained the national side between 2008 and 2011, with only Lionel Messi having made more appearances for the country.