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  • 18 December 2011
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Santos - Barcelona Preview: Winners of Copa Libertadores & Uefa Champions League face-off in Club World Cup Final

Santos - Barcelona Preview: Winners of Copa Libertadores & Uefa Champions League face-off in Club World Cup Final

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Goal.com previews the action as the Catalans prepare to face Muricy Ramalho's men in Sunday's Yokohama showpiece, looking to secure yet another trophy for their cabinet


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

SANTOS

 Rafael
Danilo, Edu Dracena, Durval, Leo
Ganso, Arouca, Henrique, Elano
Neymar, Borges

  BARCELONA
 
Valdes
Alves, Puyol, Pique, Abidal
Iniesta, Busquets, Xavi
Pedro, Messi, Fabregas



The Copa Libertadores champions will welcome back Leo after he was left out of the semi-final due to worries over his fitness. This allows Durval to return to his favoured centre-half position, which fans must hope rectifies the defensive frailties shown against Kashiwa Reysol.

Ganso and Elano will look to build attacks from the middle of the park whilst Arouca and Henrique will look to press Barcelona hard and cover the defensive line.

Barca coach Pep Guardiola has a number of injury worries ahead of Sunday's final. David Villa has flown back to Spain to undergo surgery on a broken tibia that he suffered in the semi-final victory over Al Sadd.

Despite a brace in the previous fixture, Adriano will likely make way for Dani Alves, and Xavi will return to the centre of midfield, possibly at the expense of Thiago Alcantara. Alexis Sanchez is also a doubt so his place could be taken by Cesc Fabregas or possibly Isaac Cuenca.

Javier Mascherano also picked up a knock, and is likely to be replaced by the fully rested captain Carlos Puyol.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Santos qualified for the Club World Cup by defeating Penarol 2-1 over two legs in the 2011 Copa Libertadores final in June.

  • The Brazilian side won the competition twice in its previous format as the Intercontinental Cup. Their 1962 triumph made them the first team in South America to achieve a quadruple.
  • Brazil is the most successful nation in the competition, supplying three different winners since its inauguration.
  • Barcelona won the competition as recently as 2009 with an extra-time goal from Lionel Messi earning victory over Estudiantes.
  • The Catalans lost the last time they faced Brazilian opposition in the Club World Cup, bowing out to Internacional 0-1.
  • Barcelona full back Adriano (pictured right) is currently the competition's top scorer. His two goals against Al Sadd leave him two behind compatriot Denilson's record of four strikes in a tournament achieved in 2009.

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1RafaelGoalkeeper
-Edu DracenaDefender
-LéoDefender
-DaniloDefender
4DurvalDefender
-Bruno RodrigoDefender
-AroucaMidfielder
-HenriqueMidfielder
8GansoMidfielder
-BorgesStriker
11NeymarStriker
-AranhaGoalkeeper
-Vladimir Goalkeeper
-Bruno AguiarDefender
16ViníciusDefender
2ParáDefender
16ElanoMidfielder
15Anderson CarvalhoMidfielder
7Felipe AndersonMidfielder
7IbsonMidfielder
31Alan KardecStriker
-W. RenteríaStriker
17DiogoStriker
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
3PiquéDefender
5Carles PuyolDefender
22Éric AbidalDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
5BusquetsMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
-OierGoalkeeper
17MaxwellDefender
21AdrianoDefender
3Andreu Fontàs PratDefender
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
32Jonathan Dos SantosMidfielder
23CuencaStriker
9Alexis SánchezStriker
7PedroStriker
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