The two biggest continents in soccer are Europe and South America. Both continents have the best countries in football, and among them, you’ll find the only teams that have won the FIFA World Cup. As a result, there are plenty of debates asking which one is the best, given that they rarely play against each other.
Countries in these continents are usually favorites to win the world cup, and every time they enter the competition, at least one of them wins. Therefore, there are plenty of people betting on them. Some even go with the over under option when they want to place their bets. In that case, they either expect a tight game or a high-scoring one.
As a result, it is not surprising that we have teams that want to bring glory to their continent. It continues to be a part of the growing interest, and even though countries in other continents are trying, it will take time for them to catch up with these two giant regions. As a result, there has been a clamor for a showdown between these two continents.
Therefore, CONMEBOL and UEFA decided to come together to field their champions in 2022 for a showdown before the world cup, giving us the much-anticipated matchup in football. In that case, we would get the European Champions, Italy, to face the COPA America winners, Argentina, for the Finalissima 2022 cup.
The stage is set for both champions to lock horns on the 1st of June, and we hope this will become a regular occurrence every World Cup year. We look forward to how it will play out after the South American Champions; Argentina became the first country to win the CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions.
In that case, let’s take a look at how the first edition of the Finalissima went down with Argentina beating Italy 3-0 in a match that we expected to be a close one. Without wasting much time, let’s get into it.
A Rejuvenated Argentinian Squad
After the shocking performance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Argentina Squad is on the rise, and they are working to become a top team again going into the 2022 competition. It hasn’t been an easy road for the team, and after a series of changing personnel, it seems they are beginning to get it right.
With the team in incredible form, it was an easy ride to the world as they didn’t lose a single match on their route to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The last time the team lost in any match was against France in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Since then, they’ve been on an impressive run, and on June 1, they continued that run.
As a result, we are looking forward to how they will handle the competition of the World and if they can go all the way to win another trophy in the space of two years. Undoubtedly, there is the possibility of this happening.
Lionel Messi’s Man of the Match Performance
We all know how great Messi is with the ball, but his move to Paris hasn’t been as we thought it would be for many reasons. However, we saw a much more familiar LM10 in his element, controlling the flow of the game and ensuring his teammates have all the room for them to shine.
Even though he didn’t get a goal in the match, he was responsible for Argentina scoring two out of the three goals. Aside from that, he took the game personally, and as a result, Argentina was the team with the most possession and stats. We could see a better version of the recent Messi, and it seems to be something we might see in Qatar.
Italy’s Bad Run of Form Continues
After winning the Euro 2020, Italy hasn’t been the same. Although some of the bad results were down to bad luck, we think it is more a bad dip in form affecting the team. We know how good the team can get, but we didn’t see it in the Finalissima, and as a result, it is not looking good for the European nation.
Aside from losing the Finalissima, the team has also failed to qualify for Qatar, and as a result, they have to wait or play friendlies to find a way back to top form. Therefore, we believe it will take time for the team to become a part of the elites again. However, we look forward to Euro Nations League coming up soon.
We are excited about the showdown between both teams, and we would love to see more between South America and Europe. It is not sure when the next competition might be, but it will certainly be another epic matchup and a chance for Europe to get even.