ABC World Cup: Argentina become World Champions at the second time of asking

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The title will probably puzzle a lot of you, but if you remember my Can Germany hold onto their crown? piece just after the real World Cup finished, you’ll know the ABC World Cup is decided by the theory that if A beats B and then B beats C, then C is better than A.

This means that if Germany (real world champions) are beaten then their conquerers become ABC World Champions until they themselves lose a game.

If you have been following football around the world during the international break, you’ll know that Germany were beaten 4-2 in a friendly match on Wednesday by Argentina, who they beat in the real World Cup final back in July.

New Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria scored one and set up three as Gerardo Martino’s side raced into a 4-0 lead in 50 minutes, the other three goals coming from players who also play their club football in Britain – Sergio Aguero, Erik Lamela and Federico Fernandez.

di Maria was the star of the show in Dusseldorf.
di Maria was the star of the show in Dusseldorf.

Goals from Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle came too late to save the World Cup winners, and Argentina were left wishing why they hadn’t put in a similar performance when it mattered in Brazil.

The consolation is that they are now of course the ABC World Champions, and their next two fixtures (both being played in the October international break) are:

  • vs Brazil (A) – Friendly International – 11th October 2014
  • vs Hong Kong (A) – Friendly International – 13th October 2014

So if Brazil beat them, then they are ABC World Champions, if not, Hong Kong, ranked 161st in the world, have the same opportunity.

I’ll update you in October!

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