Sunday, June 26, 2005

Familiar Foes



Brazil and Argentina will meet in the final of the Confederations Cup on Wednesday. Score a victory for South America, which doesn't often fare well on European soil. Of course, the fact that Greece was representing Europe after its amazingly unlikely EURO title last summer didn't help. The Greeks looked like the Greeks of old, meaning they sucked.

Brazil ousted Germany 3-2 the first semifinal, a game featuring the opposing midfield generals Ronaldinho and Michael Ballack, arguably the top two players in the world. While Ronaldinho scored for Brazil, it was Adriano who came though twice, including scoring the winner. Ballack and Germany now have a year to prepare for hosting next summer's World Cup.

Meanwhile, Argentina needed penalty kicks to beat Mexico after the two teams battled to a boring 1-1 stalemate full of ugliness and defense. Not pretty. At least the Mexicans represented CONCACAF well, making the US's run at Mexico as kings of the region look that much more impressive.

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