Rafinha, the former star of FC Bavaria Munich, meets River Plate in the Libertadores Cup final game with Flamengo. Not only does it “germinate” on Saturday.
The stage is called Estadio Monumental Respect. The sleeve logos promise the main actors La Gloria Eterna, eternal glory. And if South America’s hottest football giants are dueling in the final of the Copa Libertadores, then great theatre is in order. Club de Regatas do Flamengo and Club Atletico River Plate invite you to a one-time performance on Saturday.
The game will be broadcast live from Peru’s capital Lima in 169 countries, including Germany (21:00 clock MEZ).” Flamengo in Brazil, River in Argentina, the two largest teams are in the final game. We have to treat it as the game of our lives,”said Routinier Rafinha before the final, which was not recorded in the 60-year-old tournament history.
After 18-titles with FC Bavaria Munich, including the Champions League Triumph 2013, is for the defender, who only moved Europe from the cold Isar to the hot sugar hut in Rio de Janeiro in the summer after fourteen years, is far from over.” It will be a great spectacle,”promised Rafinha, who has to play with helmet after his jogging leg in mid-October.
Diego and Pinola are fighting over the title
Finally, the 34-year-old can ascend to a distinguished circle. Only six Brazilians, including Ronaldinho and Neymar, have set up club crowns on both continents. Diego, legend of SV Werder Bremen, cured of a broken ankle in July, is also to help with the historic coup. Although at River Plate Javier Pinola, who acquired Fan Idol status between 2005 and 2015 at the club in Nuremberg, of course has something against it.
At the Cup Defender, who fought against city rivals Boca Juniors last year, the 36-year-old now writes a success story since 2017. In general, the “millionaires” from Buenos Aires are the most recent champions of the continent, 2015 and 2018 celebrated their Libertadores triumphs three and four, 2014 won the subcategory “Copa Sul-Americana” and three times the Supercup of both tournaments.
And Flamengo? The Rubro-Negros (Red-Black) only reached the Continental Final once before. The winning title of the Dream Team at the time around the “White Pele” Zico is 38 years ago. This time, hopes rest on the lethal storm duo Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa, borrowed from Inter Milan, and Bruno Henrique, who did not tear out any trees between January 2016 and June 2017 in Wolfsburg. The two are responsible for incredible 69 goals this season.
Trainer duel electrified
Generation end electrified on the side line as well. The 65-year-old Portuguese Jorge Jesus, who was a success coach at Benfica Lisbon, only hit Flamengo in June, turned the team into an offensive firework with 75:27 goals in 32 games and has been undefeated since 25 games.
Marcelo Gallardo (43) the river led in five years in 14 finals and to eleven titles. Same odds. There are two teams that are similar in terms of performance and staffing. Therefore, the mental aspect will play a major role,”predicted Argentina’s two-time World Cup participants (1998/2002).
The euphoria is quite clear on Flamengo’s side. Twenty thousand accompanied the team bus to Galeao Airport on Wednesday. 50.000 visitors are expected at the Fanfest on Saturday in Maracana, where ten large screens are set up around the playing field. The game is broadcast throughout the country to more than 70 cinemas. Not only for Rafinha, it is the game of life.