Saturday, December 15, 2007

2007 Club WC - Repeat Or Revenge.

As expected, AC Milan and Boca Juniors will run out at the International Stadium in Yokohama on Sunday to contest the final of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2007.

In a repeat of their 2003 showdown, the big two, the only outfits to have won the Intercontinental (Toyota) Cup three times, will square off to decide the world's champion club. And with Boca having prevailed four years ago, the Rossoneri will not need much motivation.

Back then, the Rossoneri, then coached by Carlo ANCELOTTI, arrived as strong favourites to take the title, only to be confounded by Carlos BIANCHI's Xeneize (the same side that contained a certain Carlos TEVEZ), who brought the trophy back to Argentina.
Boca Juniors will be hoping to improve on Albiceleste football's impressive record of nine wins to date. Alongside with Milan, Boca too are keen to win the title for a record of four times.

Coach Miguel RUSSO will be without the suspended Fabian VARGAS, who was sent off against Etoile du Sahel. VARGAS, alongside Sebastian BATTAGLIA, are only two survivors from the 2003 winning side.

"A lot of people say the Europeans don't really care that much about these competitions, but I can tell you none of the Milan players enjoyed seeing us celebrate in 2003 and going away empty-handed. We have the utmost respect for them because they're a great side, but we've got our strengths and we know what we have to do. I hope we can take the title home again." says Sebastian BATTAGLIA.

Another player that is no stranger to this competition is non other than Martin PALERMO. In 2000 he got himself in the front page of every newspaper for scoring both goals in Boca's 2-1 win over Real Madrid. Paraguayan Claudio MOREL is given the upmost task which is to contained Milan's playmaker KAKA.

The match will be played at about 6.30 pm and I'm certainly going all for Boca.



Anonymous said...

6:30 pm? dont you mean AM? I was told the game will be on 2:00am PST(Pacific Standard Time) and I know Buenos Aires is about 5hour ahead of me.


Anonymous said...

Here goes the video frm 2003, its the PK shootout. Makes you wonder if Pato was between the the pipes for ARG in 06 vs Germany for the SO.


Melvin said...

I am also cheering for BOCA.. I doubt they will have any troubles claiming the bacon... =)

John said...

Jack, 6.30 pm is referring to Malaysian time. Sorry about that.