The recent international break saw the holders of the ABC World Cup beaten once again, meaning we now have new champions!
If you don’t know what this concept is then I started it after the World Cup finished with Germany as the first winners. Based on the theory that if A beats B and then B beats C, then C is better than A, anyone who beat Joachim Low’s side would become the new winners of the ABC World Cup.
After beating the Germans in September, Argentina came into this month’s international break as the holders, but lost the trophy straight away on 11th October as they lost 2-0 to South American rivals Brazil, a fixture also known as the Superclasico de las Americas.
Atletico Mineiro striker Diego Tardelli scored both goals in the friendly in Beijing, whilst Lionel Messi also missed a penalty for an Argentina side which included Angel di Maria and Sergio Aguero.
So as the new champions, Brazil went into their second friendly of the week on Tuesday against Japan in Singapore. Unlike Germany and Argentina before them, Dunga’s side didn’t lose the ABC trophy after just one game, doing quite the opposite as they smashed the Asian nation 4-0 with star man Neymar grabbing all of the goals – one of which was his 40th for his country in 58 games, a staggering statistic.
But how much longer can they keep the trophy for? Their next two fixtures are again friendlies and fall in the November international break:
- vs Turkey (A) – Friendly International – 11th November 2014
- vs Austria (A) – Friendly International – 17th November 2014
To finish off this post, here’s a record of the ABC World Cup so far…