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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Serie A Stars Dominate Rosters for WC 2010 Qualifier between Argentina and Brasil on 05 September


Image courtesy of FIFA.

The top four teams in South American WC 2010 Qualification will face each other in the next two fixtures.

The Superclassico of South America will take place on 5 September from Rosario between Argentina and Brasil. Four days later, Argentina will travel to Asuncion to face Paraguay, and Brasil will host second in the table, Chile, in Salvador de Bahia.

This World Cup 2010 qualifier will feature a full complement of 12 Serie A stars, along with the return of Adriano for the Selecao. Argentina sits dangerously in 4th place with many challengers for the last automatic qualification slot in COMEMBOL. Should Argentina fail to qualify in the top four, it might spell the end of the Diego Maradona era.

Here are the rosters:

Argentina

Goalkeepers

Juan Pablo Carrizo (Saragoza), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Sergio Romero (AZ Alkmaar).

Defenders

Nicolas Pareja (Espanyol), Javier Zanetti (Inter), Nicolas Burdisso (AS Roma), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Gabriel Heinze (Olympique Marseille).

Midfielders

Fernando Gago (Real Madrid), Maximiliano Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Jesus Datolo (Napoli), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Jonas Gutierrez (Newcastle).

Strikers

Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli), Carlos Tevez (Manchester City), Diego Milito (Inter), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Lisandro Lopez (Lyon).

Manager: Diego Armando Maradona.

Brasil

Goalkeepers

Julio Cesar (Inter) e Victor (Gremio).

Defenders

Maicon (Inter), Daniel Alves (Barcelona) Filipe (Deportivo La Coruna), Andrè Santos (Fenerbahce), Luisao (Benfica), Juan (AS Roma), Miranda (Sao Paulo), Lucio (Inter).

Midfielders

Josuè (Wolfsburg), Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos), Felipe Melo (Juventus), Lucas (Liverpool), Elano (Galatasaray), Ramires (Benfica), Julio Baptista (Roma), Kakà (Real Madrid).

Strikers

Robinho (Manchester City), Nilmar (Villarreal), Luis Fabiano (Sevilla), Adriano (Flamengo).

Manager: Carlos Dunga.

Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 22 August 2009.

Table (14 out of 18 games played)

Brasil: 27 points
Chile: 26 points

Paraguay: 24 points

Argentina: 22 points

Ecuador: 20 points
Uruguay: 18 points
Colombia: 17 points
Venezuela: 17 points
Bolivia: 12 points
Peru: 7 points

Source: FIFA.com.
  • The first four qualify directly for South Africa.
  • The fifth placed team will go into a play-in with the fourth best team from CONCACAF.
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