The 5 Match-Ups That Could Decide Today’s Final

Doni -v- Argentina’s Attack

Doni was considered something of a flop in Brazilian football wandering between clubs before to the surprise of everyone he fetched up at Roma. Another surprise was the fact Dunga named him in his starting 11 when everyone expected him to be on the bench. He’s been at fault for several goals already and many Brazilian fans will be nervous at the thought of him facing the full force of Argentina’s attack.

Alex -v- Tevez & Messi

Alex is good in the air but you do not expect Argentina to ping high balls into Tevez and Messi. Playing their fast intricate game along the ground could expose the frequently cumbersome football of the former Santos man and Argentina are likely to target him instead of the more mobile Juan. How he lives up to the challenge could decide the game.

Josué & Mineiro -v- Riquelme

Josué and Mineiro are old São Paulo colleagues and know each other’s game inside out and it will be their responsibility to work together to stop Riquelme drifting around to pick up the ball and arm Argentina’s attacks. Problem is they can catch him as Riquelme is slow by today’s standards but doing that is no guarantee you will rob him of the ball, so good is he at shielding it.

Elano -v- Heinze

With Gilberto Silva suspended Elano looks set to get another chance following his demotion to the bench after the first games. He was the player who unlocked Argentina in the friendly last year in London and while we will have to wait and see exactly how Dunga plans to use him, if he is given license to do his customary hard running on the right of midfield he will look to test just how complete Heinze’s recovery is from his post-World Cup dip in form.

Ayala -v- Robinho

Argentina’s captain is one of the wiliest central defenders in the world, but relies on his positioning to make up for lack of pace. Robinho still looks the unfinished article despite being Brazil’s key man this Copa but one thing Brazilian fans know is that his speed and trickery can torment defenders. He’ll need that today as despite what Blatter says Vagner Love does not look a striker ready to overly trouble Argentina’s back four.



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5 responses to “The 5 Match-Ups That Could Decide Today’s Final

  1. VivaArgentina

    Thanks for the fantastic site, gentlemen. It’s served as my homepage throughout the entire Copa, and will likely continue to do so once it ends.

    I’ve received contradictory information on when exactly the final begins from different sources. In how many hours does the game begin?

  2. VivaArgentina


    I’m in Miami, FL, if you’d be so kind as to give me MY exact starting time :).

  3. El Arbitro

    Thanks for that VivaArgentina. We’ll post something tomorrow about our future plans.

    In the meantime, kick off today is at 5:05 pm Venzuela time. I think that you are in the same time zone.

  4. Stas

    Those’ll be fierce rivalries. Doni seems to be the weakest link and provided Argentina’s offence don’t have a day-off he’ll have to work very hard.
    I’m an albiceleste fan at this Copa and the only way they can lose is they make troubles for themselves.

  5. eiphan

    Argentina is really storng side,,,, lets see how Riquelme play to win against Brazil 🙂

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