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FIFA World Cup update: The lack of major football in Argentina’s friendlies

FIFA World Cup update: The lack of major football in Argentina’s friendlies

While Argentina are undoubtedly among the favorites to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup, their potential at truly dominating the tournament has not been put to a full test. Since the start of the year, the side have never played major football against superpowers. Their World Cup warm-ups were mostly against ‘small’ teams who have failed to reach the FIFA finals. Their last major football (friendly) was held seven months ago when they brawled against World Cup debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0; the teams have also been paired to combat in their respective curtain raisers for the finals in Brazil. In their last World Cup qualifications fixture, La Albiceleste succumbed to Uruguay 3-2.

 

Other high-profile title contenders have already amassed enough challenge to prepare themselves for greater pressures in the finals. Germany have gone to succeed in multiple occasions after they thrashed England, Chile, and Cameroon—all World Cup finalists—in friendlies. Defending winners Spain earned a clean sheet against three-time champions Italy three months back. Argentina, meanwhile, only exchanged maneuvers with Romania, Trinidad & Tobago, and Slovenia—none of which qualified for the World Cup. The side may have not conceded any goal in those meetings, but they cannot also vouch a reliable gauge in measuring their full prowess.

 

Argentina was drawn in a group comprised of Nigeria, Iran, and as mentioned, Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is widely assumed that La Albiceleste will easily ascend atop the cluster, but coach Alejandro Sabella will not be drawn into speculating about potential opponents in the next phase.

 

“I can’t do futurology. We didn’t end up in the most difficult group. But we’re playing against physically strong teams,” Sabella said. “We’ll try to advance from the group phase, and if we do, get there with our players in good condition.”

 

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Featured Image: Argentina | Source: isportstimes.com

 

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