When FIFA.com asked users who they were backing to win the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2010, it was not a huge surprise to see ‘Inter’ crop up as the most popular choice – not least because there are two Inters in Abu Dhabi!
Most of you feel Italian and European champions F.C. Internazionale Milano boast the strongest squad in the competition, but their Brazilian namesakes SC Internacional do Porto Alegre seem to have caught the eye as having a greater chance overall. “If you compare squads, Internazionale deserve the title,” wrote Brazilian FIFA.com user J.maycon, expressing a sentiment shared by javitoviç from Mexico: “It will be difficult for the big teams because they’re no longer at the level they were at when they won their Champions Leagues. Given their squad, though, Inter Milan are favourites.”
“On the other hand, in terms of organisation and the desire to win over 90 minutes, Internacional have more of a chance,” added J.maycon. “Whatever happens, the Italians ought to win because the kind of surprise that happened in 2006 isn’t likely to occur twice.”
The Porto Alegre outfit defeated Barcelona on that occasion, and Brazilian user AlysonBSP is nonetheless optimistic about witnessing a similar upset: “Internacional have just as much chance of winning as in 2006. But to do that, they’ll have to play really well, like they did in the two legs of the Copa Libertadores final. I follow Internazionale in Italy and they’re not in form at the moment. If [Samuel] Eto’o, [Diego] Milito and Julio Cesar aren’t at their best, they’re a lot more vulnerable.”
The stuttering recent performances of the San Siro outfit could well prove a factor, judging by a lot of your comments. “Inter Milan are going through a period of instability and lack confidence,” wrote elsayeabdul in Libya. Argentinian user pepiaztghk agreed: “At the end of last season, I would have said Inter Milan [are favourites], but under Rafael Benitez they’re not managing to play well.”
Not everyone feels convinced the Inters will dominate, however, and Colombian user CarlosArturo warned the duo to beware complacency: “I hope this will be a tournament of surprises and that Seongnam or Al Wahda will go far.” French-speaking users have plumped for another contender, meanwhile. “TP Mazembe will give a very good account of African football,” wrote mukatshim31 from Congo DR. “Alain Kaluyituka is the best African player on the continent, Lamine N’diaye the best coach and Mazembe the best club.”
Do you agree? How do you expect the tournament to pan out? Share your thoughts with fans around the world as the debate continues.