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  • September 29, 2011
  • • 01:55
  • • Estádio Estadual Jornalista Edgar Augusto Proença, Belém, Pará
  • Referee: Jorge Larrionda

International Friendly Preview: Brazil v Argentina

International Friendly Preview: Brazil v Argentina

Kléber e Ronaldinho - Brasil x Argentina ( Foto: Rafael Ribeiro/Central de Fotos CBF)

The northern Brazilian city of Belem plays host to the second leg of the Superclasico de las Americas, after the opener between the two domestic sides ended in a draw

Brazil (4-3-3): Jefferson; Danilo, Dede, Rever, Bruno Cortes; Romulo, Ralf, Lucas Moura; Ronaldinho, Neymar, Borges.


Leandro Damiao caught the eye last time round with an astonishing piece of skill, but the Internacional striker is injured and unavailable for Brazil, joining Ganso on the casualty list.

Santos striker Borges is expected to cover for Damiao, one of four changes Mano Menezes will make from Cordoba as he looks for the winning formula against the Albiceleste. Sao Paulo wonderkid Lucas Moura is another high-profile new face after his absence provoked uproar in the first-leg.

Argentina (3-5-1-1): Orion; Dominguez, Desabato, Cellay; Pillud, Fernandez, Guinazu, Canteros, Papa; Montillo; Viatri.


Injuries to Mauro Boselli and Juan Manuel Martinez mean that Alejandro Sabella has to reshuffle his line-up, although the coach has been tight-lipped in the hours leading up to the match. Internacional's Pablo Guinazu looks set to start, however, entering centre midfield in place of Victor Zapata to play alongside Cordoba's star, Hector Canteros.

Lucas Viatri could play up front alone although Emanuel Gigliotti may still start in place of the Boca man. Walter Montillo, meanwhile, is expected to be included as No. 10 to infuse the side with a creative edge after Andres D'Alessandro was ruled out due to injury.

  • Brazil are suffering an indifferent run of form. Just three games in the last nine have ended with victory for Mano Menezes' side.
  • The home team could draw level in the historic record with victory in Belem; out of 91 matches the two sides have played against each other at senior level, Argentina have won 34 to Brazil's 33 victories.
  • There is an unlikely literary connection between the neighbours' squads. Striker Borges shares his last name with legendary Argentine author Jorge Luis.
  • Although this is the first running of the Superclasico, Brazil used to enjoy dominance in a previous friendly tournament. The Copa Roca ran from 1914-1976, and of 11 editions, the Selecao won eight (including a shared Copa in 1971).
  • This will be Argentina's last warm-up before starting their bid to enter the 2014 World Cup. The team begin their campaign in October with games against Chile and Venezuela.
  • Three men in the squad could win their first cap: Marcelo Barovero, Agustin Pelletieri and Walter Montillo.
  • Montillo is also part of the contingent who ply their trade in their rival's backyard. He plays for Cruzeiro and joins Internacional's Pablo Guinazu and Mario Bolatti.
  • The squad once more focuses heavily on a handful of Primera teams, boasting five from Estudiantes, five from Boca Juniors and three from Estudiantes.


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-Bruno Cortez
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Players to Watch
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
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The teenager is an immense talent from midfield, and in his first start for the Selecao has a golden chance to demonstrate that he can be the creative presence in the middle that Brazil so sorely missed during the Copa America.
Héctor Canteros
Héctor Canteros
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
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An accomplished display in Cordoba during the first-leg had all of Argentina talking about this 22-year-old graduate of Velez Sarsfield's academy. Canteros models himself on Xavi and Pirlo, and will hope to approach their level in order to secure an improbable victory for his side on Brazilian soil.
There is no doubt that a fiercely contested game is to be expected, but the Brazil squad can boast international-class players across the pitch and this talent should be enough to see them squeeze past Argentina at home.
Editor's Prediction
Brazil 2

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