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Milan, Barça and SC Internacional profiled

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:20 pm

The AUDI Cup 2011 boasts the top line-up of any pre-season tournament in the world this summer. Tuesday and Wednesday's showdown at the Allianz Arena features Barcelona, AC Milan, Porto Alegre giants SC Internacional, and home team Bayern. FCB face Milan on Tuesday, with either Barça or the South Americans awaiting Munich on day two. profiles the three visiting clubs.

AC Milan:
The meeting with I Rossoneri means a reunion with former FCB captain Mark van Bommel, who left for northern Italy last January, and will now be given a late official farewell at the Allianz Arena. Milan also feature another former Bayern man in the shape of Massimo Oddo, and new FCB signing Jerome Boateng's half-brother Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Milan are the reigning Italian champions after winning their 18th Scudetto last May, their first title triumph for seven years. The championship-winning team is fundamentally still together, with the only significant departures being Andrea Pirlo and German starlet Alexander Merkel. AC have yet to enter the transfer market with a vengeance this summer, signing only Philippe Mexes so far, although the central defender is not yet fit following a ruptured cruciate ligament.

Milan, who reported back for training 2 weeks ago, will otherwise be at full strength, featuring the likes of Pato, Robinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Clarence Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso. The seven-time Champions League and four-time Intercontinental Cup winners are coached this season by Massimiliano Allegri, although Bayern will be grateful that Filippo Inzaghi is not in the squad: the veteran striker has always shone against FCB, who have only beaten the Italians once in 10 meetings, with six defeats and three draws.

The world's leading club have won 10 major trophies in the last three seasons, all of them under celebrated coach Josep Pep Guardiola. The Catalan giants have collected the Spanish league crown three times on the bounce, the Champions League twice, and the World Club Cup on one occasion. Their star-studded ranks include Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Xavi , the players who finished first, second and third in the World Player of the Year awards in January. Barcelona undoubtedly represent the gold standard in world club football at the present time.

Messi, Iniesta and Xavi represent just the tip of the iceberg, as Carles Puyol, Gerard Piqué, Dani Alves, Javier Mascherano and David Villa are all world-class players in a truly exceptional squad. Just like Milan, Barcelona have yet to splash cash in the transfer market, with winger Alexis Sanchez moving from Udinese in the only significant signing so far.

The 21-time Spanish champions and four-time Champions League winners, who only began pre-season training a week ago, will be far from full strength in Munich. Messi, Mascherano, Milito and Alves were all in action at the Copa America until a few days ago, and captain Puyol is still recovering from knee surgery. Barça actually have a relatively poor record against FCB, with only one win in six matches, against three defeats and two draws.

SC Internacional De Porto Alegre
Should Bayern face Internacional on Wednesday, it would be the first-ever meeting between the clubs. The men from Porto Alegre can safely be described as the Bayern of South America. The Brazilians boast more than 100,000 paid-up members, and are the only Latin American team to have won all the modern international trophies on offer. They took the Copa Libertadores in 2010 and 2006, the Club World Cup also in 2006, and the Copa Sudemericana, the South American equivalent of the Europa League, in 2008.

The club were Brazilian champions three times in the 1970s, most recently in 1979, when Internacional remained undefeated throughout the league season, a feat never achieved before or since in Brazil. SC has produced any number of renowned players, including Dunga, Claudio Taffarel, Ailton, Pato and former Bayern stopper Lucio.

Andres D'Alessandro rates as the current star of the team. Formerly seen in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg, D'Alessandro (pictured) is the current player of the year in South America and the string-puller in the team now coached by Osmar Loss, who only took over from Paulo Roberto Falcão last week. The brightest starlet at Internacional for the time being is striker Leandro Damião. Unlike the other contenders at the AUDI Cup 2011, the Brazilians are well into their league programme, and currently lie sixth in the national championship.
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Re: Milan, Barça and SC Internacional profiled

Postby rigoberto » Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:57 pm

i like bayern so much but i dont know if we can beat barcelona we have boateng and rafinha fast defenders are needed against barcelona the way to play barcelona is to get back in your sixteen meter box and not let them play does thru balls those short passes that defence cant handle if they play up high and when we get the ball send robben on his way i dont think ribery will play we have good chances on corners and free kicks because barcelona players are short bayern specially gomez and muller should use their hight and power barcelona cant be preassured in midfield they are too strong there only way is to get back and not let them play thru passes that is it
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