Adriano to recover in time for Wednesday's Confederations Cup final against
Argentina when one of the fiercest rivalries in world soccer resumes on
scored twice in Brazil's 3-2 semi-final win over hosts Germany on Saturday,
limped out of Monday's training with an ankle injury but the team doctor said
he should be fit.
five times World Cup winners, and Argentina, twice former world champions,
will be playing their 40th competitive match -- and their fourth in Europe.
should be clear favourites after beating Brazil 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier
as recently as June 8 but Brazil beat Argentina a year ago to win the Copa
America, albeit with a penalty shoot-out victory in the final.
If Brazil win
on Wednesday they will become only the second country after France to hold
three senior FIFA titles at the same time: the World Cup, their continental
crown and the Confederations Cup. France achieved that feat in 2001.
Argentina team looked exhausted as they beat Mexico 6-5 on penalties in the
second semi-final in Hanover on Sunday, after a gruelling match ended 1-1
after extra time.
enjoyed a relatively straightforward win over Germany 24 hours earlier in Nuremberg
and the mauling they received in that last meeting in Argentina will be a
final will be a great source of motivation," Ronaldinho said. "It
will be a great game against a great team.
to end the season on a high note by winning this title. You forget about how
tired you are when it's a final. We'll shrug it off."
Carlos Alberto Parreira will be keen to prove that his ultra-attacking
formation can be effective against top class opposition.
He will be
asking for one final sacrifice from his four regular forwards, Ronaldinho,
Kaka, Robinho and Adriano, if the latter is fit.
taken off as a precaution," doctor Jose Luiz Runco said of a player who
also scored a great goal in Brazil's opening 3-0 win over Greece. "I
don't believe he's a doubt for Wednesday.
use ice on the left ankle and he should be able to resume training on
be forced into one change, with Javier Saviola suspended after picking up a
red card in the semi-final. Carlos Tevez should return in his place.
The coach can
recall centre-back Walter Samuel after he was suspended for the semi-final,
but Gabriel Milito performed well enough in his absence and could keep his
Most of the
previous games between Brazil and Argentina have come in friendly
internationals, World Cup qualifiers and the Copa America.
They have met
four times in the World Cup finals, three of them in Europe.
Argentina 2-1 in Hanover when the World Cup was held in West Germany in 1974.
The Brazilians won again in Barcelona in 1982, an explosive 3-1 success that
is remembered for a red card shown to Diego Maradona.
gained revenge in 1990 when they beat Brazil 1-0 in the round of 16.
Argentina are the two most successful teams in FIFA competition history.
Brazil boast a total of 16 titles, including a record five World Cups, while
Argentina have eight, including two World Cups.
also looking to become the second country after France to win the competition
twice after their victory in the inaugural competition in 1997. Argentina won
the forerunner, the FIFA International Championship in 1992.
Mexico, the two beaten semi-finalists, meet in the third-place match in
Leipzig earlier on Wednesday.
1-Dida; 13-Cicinho, 3-Lucio, 4-Roque Junior, 6-Gilberto; 8-Kaka, 5-Emerson,
11-Ze Roberto, 10-Ronaldinho, 9-Adriano, 7-Robinho
12-German Lux; 4-Javier Zanetti, 16-Fabricio Coloccini, 14-Gabriel Milito,
6-Gabriel Heinze; 5-Esteban Cambiasso, 18-Mario Santana, 8-Juan Roman Riquelme,
3-Juan Pablo Sorin; 7-Carlos Tevez, 21-Luciano Figueroa