Brazil v Italy
International Friendly Match
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…]]>