Brazil, Colombia face off
Soccer and finance may not be that different after all, and ahead of Brazil’s quarter final showdown with Colombia on Friday, LatinFinance looks at how the LatAm rivals stack up
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Brazil and Colombia both come to the field with something to
prove in their clash in Fortaleza on Friday. Colombia, the
underdog, will be looking to cement its
rise in global rankings while Brazil, the powerhouse, needs
to show it maintains dominance
after some slippage.
Brazil has already shown off its skills on the European
scoring €1bn in March in a move that helped its
club players in the region. The win was all the more
impressive for having come days after pundits moved it down
Still, Brazil hasn’t played a match in the
Americas since last year — although that
resulted in a resounding $3.2bn win.
The game is also critical for Brazil’s
managers, who could be replaced as soon as October.
Colombia’s managers are in a more comfortable
spot, having been confirmed in their jobs last month.
Colombia has less experience than Brazil in the
international arena, but it has built a strong fan base
following recent outings in the Americas. It scored
$2bn in a long shot, taken from 30 years out, in January.
That followed a strong showing when it took to the field last
It scored $1.6bn then and drew cheers from fans from
Europe, the US and Asia, as well as from the home crowd.
Friday’s match comes after a string of triumphs
by teams from Latin American and the Caribbean this season.
Ecuador left jaws hanging when it scored $2bn in its first
match in the international field in six years. The sovereign
was sent off with a red card after marking
a $3.2bn foul in December 2008.
Jamaica also surprised the crowd this week when the team
netted $800m. The Caribbean country has had two yellow cards in
the past five years. Manager Peter Phillips is thought to have
benefitted from international advice from a team of
international specialists led by Christine Lagarde.
Friday’s winner could end up meeting Argentina
or Costa Rica in the final. Costa Rica so far seems to be
under its new manager, although questions remain as to
whether it can maintain its spot in global rankings.
Meanwhile, Argentina’s zigzagging moves have
left pundits guessing. The team has gone
all out on both defense and attack in what is thought to be
a bid to please the home crowd. Manager Axel Kicillof is
talking tough, but whether
the team can pull through remains 50-50 in the eyes of
LatinFinance wishes luck to all the teams in the
World Cup finals