Brazil v Italy, Match Preview

Brazil v Italy
International Friendly Match
Emirates Stadium
Tuesday, February 10, 2009. Kick-off: 7.45pm

Tonight sees a different sort of game at the Emirates. In tune with the recent years, Brazil have adopted the Arsenal stadium as their European home.

There a bit of a striker shortage for the Brazilian side, with Kaka injured, Luis Fabiano also injured and Amauri not eligible to play due to a late call up, the Brazilian side’s attack will have to rest on the shoulders of young Alex Pato. Ronaldinho, I believe, has travelled and if so, he could also add another attacking option. Amauri hasn’t yet played for Brazil or Italy, so it’s an interesting one, that although he was called up for Brazil this time round, he may actually end up playing for Italy in the future…

Lippi wasn’t too happy that the game was scheduled for a Tuesday, as both teams haven’t had too much time to prepare… The Italian manager said:

“It is a game of great prestige, but it is a shame we are playing on Tuesday. Two of the most successful national sides in the world are meeting, with all our best players, and to play it 48 hours after the league matches means we will clearly lose something.”

And a quick did you know?…

Did you know that all 22 players do the sign of the cross when they enter and leave the pitch?

Let’s hope it’s a good one tonight…]]>

  • paul

    < ![CDATA[The current shambles that is masquerading as Chelsea Football Club is my prediction for Manchester United in a couple of years, a crazy statement I hear you cry (well grunt, you are Man U fans!) but think it through, once in a while a manager will come along and embody the fans' feeling about their club, will in fact become so tied in to the identity of the club that when the inevitable happens and they aren't there the managers that follow them have an impossible job to try and keep the fans and the board onside. Alex Ferguson has this at Man U, Arsene has it at Arsenal and tellingly Jose had it at Chelsea - even driving into work this morning I heard on the radio fans calling for Jose to come back, and that was after two years of bought success!

    When Alex hangs up his tracksuit the level of expectation on any successor will be immense, not only will they have to win at least one of the competitions that they are entered in, they will need to do it with someone else's team and with both panache and an arrogant swagger, they will need to provide good soundbites to the press and wind up opposition managers, in short, everything that Alex does currently, and even if he does all this it won't be as good as Alex as he didn't build the team himself!

    The crucial factors are going to be what happens if that success isn't delivered, after decades of success at the highest level are the Manchester Utd glory hunters (controversially I understand that there are some fans of Man U that were there before any glory and will still be around long after, however the most biased fan will admit that there are a number that have only been around for the good times) going to be willing to settle for second/third/fourth for a number of seasons. Or will the chants of sack the manager start up, causing the board to start to panic! There is an awful lot of money tied up in Manchester Utd being at the forefront of European Football but not all managers can deliver in the same way as Alex Ferguson has for a number of years.

    In short, with the pending retirement of Alex Ferguson it will be interesting to see who the board appoint to replace him, most of the top managers are going to understand all of the points above and give it a wide berth, (I don't believe for a second that Grant was first choice to succeed Jose). Could the goings-on at Chelsea be a foreshadowing for Utd, every single neutral fan in the Premiership will hope so!]]>

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  • devday

    Paul – that comment has got nothing to do with the Brazil v Italy game!!!

  • Steve

    < ![CDATA[Ha, love it Dev.

    Going along to the Brazil v Italy game, can't wait! Saw them play Argentina here aswell, and elano and robinho tore them to peices.

    Its a real tribute to our stadium that the greatest nation in football chose us out of all the fine stadiums in Europe.]]>

  • debs

    < ![CDATA[Yeah, should be an amazing match! Was really looking forward to seeing Kaka play, but I guess that's out of the window now! But it should be a cracker of a match. The atmosphere should be completely different to league and cup matches, and I'm really excited about being there later on. Also, it'd be nice to watch a match at the Emirates without worrying about where we'll end up in the PL table at the end of the day!
    On a side note, I just hope this international break does not leave us with injuries to any of our players, especially VP!]]>

  • Fabrez

    Seems Robinho & Elano did it again huh? Would have loved to go see the game. How was it???

  • Fabrez

    Oh yeah…and just a random question…would any1 want Gilberto back? I kno he’s getting older & that…but if we took him back in Jan, i honestly would not have minded…it’s just that i was taken aback when he said that the Emirates is his “home in Europe”…

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[The game was great Fabrez! The first half was much much better than the second, and it seemed that Italy, like in the Euros, didn't really turn up, so it was, in my opinion, all Brazil and they were good value for the win. 2 nil in the first half so was expecting goals in the second, but no such luck, although Toni did have a goal for Italy cancelled- don't know why cos I thought it was a good goal! The Italian girl next to me almost had a corollary screaming and yelling at Webb cos she thought he was being horrible to Italy! But all in all, it was good fun though! Good job from the Man Citeh boys, and it was nice to see Gilberto (and Baptista) back. I really wanted to see Kaka, but oh well, one for another day!

    Gilberto back... if only he hadn't left, right? He'd definitely would have provided some spine to the midfield at this point in time and his experience would have been valuable. But then though, if he came back, he'd probably have the same problem of not getting games when the squad's fully fit. So I guess for his own benefit, leaving was the best option, but yeah, I would have loved to have him back in January. But I wish him all the best in Panathaniakos... he's a top guy, and good to see he still loves us!]]>

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[*actually, make it 2 disallowed goals for Italy! There was also one in the first half, but the flag was up for offside.

    Oh, and Edu should be playing 2moro! If only I could watch it, but I doubt it's on tv! Fingers crossed no muppet would tackle him dangerously 2moro...]]>

  • Steve

    < ![CDATA[Awesome game.

    The atmosphere was very strange with a good mix of Italy and Brazil fans scattered randomly in every block. It meant that when there was a chant it came from the whole stadium, and then the reply came from the whole stadium. Plenty of camera flashes aswell, I guess us Arsenals fans don't get as excited about RVP as Brazilians do about Robinho.

    Brazil were clearly the better side, always looking for the forward pass, or the little flick. Italy were always looking to knock it wide and cross in, expecially in the first half when they played an uncharacteristic (I'm told) 433.

    The quality of football from both sides was amazing. In the premiership the first 15 mins is spent earning the respect of the opposition so you can get the space to play football. In this game the players (on both sides) controlled difficult balls under pressure and then the defence had to stand off a yard for fear of letting them past.]]>

  • Steve

    Also, stand out performance from me (apart from the obvious Robinho) was Marcelo, the Real Madrid left back. Apparently he’s only 20 or so, one to look out for.

  • Fabrez

    Nice nice….gr8 stuff…i did consider going but the timing wasn’t good 4 me! I think they said the 2nd goal wasn’t allowed for hand-ball…on Toni was it? And Marcelo is a player i know of…young with loads of potential! Atmosphere must have been well exciting…good stuff! Oh yeah…doesn’t seem any international game in on tv…i don’t know 4 sure…but i’ll b looking out. If any1 knows if anything will b on, b sure to say! And after 2day…with Edu playing…i get the feeling he’ll play v Cardiff. We have no Diaby (if still injured), no Eboue, no Arshavin…probably Bischoff will play? Dunno…he scored on his U-21 debut…

  • Steve

    Spain v England 9pm KO ITV1

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[Is it 9pm kick-off?! I swear it was 7:45! Oh well!
    Any ideas what time the Romania v Croatia match is? I saw 5pm at one point, and now it says 6:45?]]>

  • Debs

    Right, the England match is at 9pm, and the Croatia match is at 6:45pm. Guess my eyes were playing tricks on me! :)

  • Debs

    Eduardo is back!!! Wooo! An assist for Croatia, get in! Still time left to score ;)

  • Fabrez

    Nice!!!! :D

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[Edu's got me smiling! :D :D :D
    He came on with about 30mins to go, and his assist was for the winner! (Even though it was a bit scrappy, but who cares! lol) That'll fill him with so so much confidence! Bring on Cardiff! Woo!!!]]>

  • Fabrez

    Edu’s assist: youtube.com/watch?v=aANuBTiViGI

  • debs

    I’m out with my friends and I keep thinking of Eduardo and how far he’s come! He’s got so so much to offer us and I really can’t wait! He’s really brightened my day, what’s left of it anyways! :D

  • Fabrez

    Debs…u r out with friends thinkin about him?? Do i sense a bit of a crush?? LOL =P

  • Fabrez

    :P Just teasin lol

  • Debs

    Crush? No way! Just a lil Arsenal addiction! :D (Ok, maybe just a wee bit!) Everyone loves Eduardo, don’t they?! :D

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    But Debs, he looks a bit like a horse ;)

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[Does he?! Ha ha! But it's all about inner beauty, innit? And at least, he doesn't look like Tevez! ;)
    I'm just getting really really carried away with this injury comeback shenanigans! I'm probably gonna be the same way when Walcott, Fabregas and Rosicky return, but Eduado's is extra special, given the nature of his injury and all. But I just really love my boys! :D :D]]>

  • Fabrez

    LOL @ Tevez! Exciting times with the guys comin back

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[Yup! I just hope it's not a matter of too little too late, cos it's gonna be about the end of March/beginning of April when they're all fit. But hopefully, we'll still be in contention for the FA cup, champions league, and a champions league spot for next season. But yeah, very exciting times ahead.

    I saw a few of Arshavin's training pictures on the Arsenal website, and he looks so so happy! I think he's got an infectious personality and that he's going to be one of those guys in the dressing room that can lift your mood no matter what, and we may need that towards the business end of the season...]]>

  • Fabrez

    Yeah…he was all smiles wasn’t he! That was good to see. Kinda sucks we have to wait about 9 days till he could make is debut tho!

  • Fabrez

    And they just put up Theo’s 3rd part to the interview…gonna go listen 2 that!

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[yeah, 9 days is a really long time! :( But on the plus side, he should be quite fit by then, so I'm looking forward to him starting on his debut (hopefully) and a stellar performance from him!

    PS- I'd have been quite worried if he wasn't smiling in those pictures! Very very worried actually! lol]]>

  • Fabrez

    lol…worried is an understatement!

  • debs

    Pretty scared then! Lol