Brazil And Italy Conjure Up A Majestic Contest

21 03 2013

It might be nine games and 16 months since Italy last won a friendly but Cesare Prandelli will be proud of the spirit the Azzurri showed to turn a two goal deficit into a draw against the much fancied Brazil.

Italy are notorious for their nonchalant attitude towards friendlies, an opportunity to test new players and tactics but no reason to arduously seek a good result, but this performance will put them in good stead for their World Cup qualifier against Malta next week.

In these non-competitive games we have become accustomed to witnessing dour contests lacking both intensity and personality, however the match in Geneva showcased two teams with World Cup winning ambitions, and both will gain confidence from proceedings.

Mario Balotelli and Neymar exchange shirts after the friendly in Switzerland.

Mario Balotelli and Neymar exchange shirts after the friendly in Switzerland.

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Should England Fear Brazil?

3 03 2010

Last night, competing at their second home; Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, Brazil faced an Ireland side, with the countdown until the World Cup reaching 100 days.

It is unfortunate and unjustifiable that the Irish won’t be competing in South Africa this summer, after the play off match against France in which Thierry Henry used his arm to guide the ball into the path of William Gallas to knock them out, but they have to keep their heads held high and try to erase the pain when the qualification for the next European Championships begins this autumn.

Not A Fan Of Traditional Brazilian Style

Dunga - Not A Fan Of Traditional Brazilian Style

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