International Friendly Preview: Argentina - Brazil
The two squads of domestically based players meet in Cordoba for the first of two Superclasico friendly matches.
|Argentina (3-5-2): Orion; Dominguez, Desabato, Cellay; Pillud, Fernandez, Zapata, Canteros, Papa; Boselli, Martinez
This Argentina squad is heavily based on two clubs, Estudiantes (LP) and Velez Sarsfield, as they have been the most successful in Argentina in recent years.
The squad cannot boast a star individual, unlike Brazil. Mauro Boselli is a name many English Premier League fans will know, and not for the right reasons. The Wigan player is currently on loan at Estudiantes after a torrid time in England, while Juan Manuel Martinez and Augusto Fernandez of Velez will provide a deal of attacking prowess and were key components of their club's run to the semifinals of this year's Copa Libertadores.
Pablo Mouche has failed to live up to expectations after some impressive performances in the Argentina youth setup. He will look to make an impact if he is given the time.
|Brazil (4-2-3-1): Jefferson; Mario Fernandes, Rhodolfo, Dede, Danilo; Casemiro, Ralf; Lucas Moura, Ronaldinho, Neymar; Leandro Damiao
Despite the squad being comprised solely of domestically based players, Mano Menezes can line up with a very similar forward line to that which faced Ghana last week. The injury to Ganso means that Lucas Moura may get a chance, with Ronaldinho taking the role of playmaker.
Cruzeiro goalkeeper Fabio has been withdrawn through injury and Victor of Gremio has been called up as a replacement. Therefore Botafogo's Jefferson has a chance to earn his first international cap for the Selecao.
Several players, such as Romulo, Oscar, and Danilo, will hope to impress over both games in an attempt to earn a place in the squad for the Olympic games in London next year.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Argentina came out on top the last time the two South American giants met. Lionel Messi's goal was the only one of the game in Doha last November.
- Of the 90 matches the two sides have played against each other at senior level, Argentina has won 34 to Brazil's 33 victories.
- The squad chosen to face Venezuela at the beginning of the month included only one domestically based player. That was Esteban Andrada, the third-choice goalkeeper.
- Argentina has lost just three games in its last 16 matches, including the penalty defeat to Uruguay at this year's Copa America.
- The last time Brazil faced the Albiceleste in Argentina it won 3-1. The game was a World Cup qualifier in 2009 and was held in Rosario.
- The Selecao could offer 13 players their international debuts over the the course of the two friendlies.
- Ronaldinho is likely to earn his 90th cap for the Canarinha as he looks to continue to impress and earn a place in the squad for the Olympics next year.
- The Brazilian squad that traveled to London to face Ghana last week included 10 players who play their club football in Brazil.
Top 3 Predictions
Argentina 0-2 Brazil
- 12.21 %
Argentina 1-3 Brazil
- 11.97 %
Argentina 1-2 Brazil
- 11.5 %
|International Friendlies (FR)||Nov 21, 2012||Argentina 2 - Brazil 1|
|International Friendlies (FR)||Sep 19, 2012||Brazil 2 - Argentina 1|
|International Friendlies (FR)||Jun 9, 2012||Argentina 4 - Brazil 3|
|International Friendlies (FR)||Sep 28, 2011||Brazil 2 - Argentina 0|
|International Friendlies (FR)||Sep 14, 2011||Argentina 0 - Brazil 0|
|Mar 26, 2013||Bolivia 1 - Argentina 1||WCQS|
|Mar 22, 2013||Argentina 3 - Venezuela 0||WCQS|
|Feb 6, 2013||Sweden 2 - Argentina 3||FR|
|Nov 21, 2012||Argentina 2 - Brazil 1||FR|
|Nov 14, 2012||Saudi Arabia 0 - Argentina 0||FR|
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