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South American XI vs Europe XI: Who would win?

Barcelona v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Final

ROME, ITALY – MAY 27: Wayne Rooney (R) of Manchester United FC is challenged by Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Stadio Olimpico on May 27, 2009 in Rome, Italy.

Who will win the  Battle between the best of South America and Europe?

South American XI

It looks a very strong team, but Julio Cesar is a weak goalkeeper and may weaken them in that aspect. Having David Luiz and Thiago Silva as center-backs will tighten their defence. The midfield is a very promising one, but the lack of chemistry between players may create some chances for the opposition attacks. In midfield, this team has the very experienced Kaka who can create goals and switch positions really well. Given his acrobatic skills, he could be very special in midfield and young players Lucas Moura and Angel Di Maria are full of stamina and energy and will help their side push forward.

The forward line can dribble past any defence without trouble as it is one of the most dangerous forward duos in the world. Neymar and Messi can change direction at a very high speeds and can pass the ball perfectly with their right and left combination of feet. In their favorite positions, they will perform the best when it comes to creating and scoring.

The South American XI also has very good substitutes.

Formation 4-4-2

Team Lineup:

Goalkeeper: Julio Cesar

Defence

RB: Dani Alves

CB David Luiz

CB: Thiago Silva

LB: Marcelo

Midfield

RM: Di Maria

RCM: Kaka (Captain)

LCM: Javier Mascherano

LM: Lucas Moura

Forwards

RS: Neymar

LS: Lionel Messi

 Substitues: Oscar, Rafael, Sergio Romero (GK), Pato, Suarez,  Hulk, Maicon

European XI

Europe is the home to the best football clubs in the world and the top leagues are hosted in this continent.

Talking about the team, Goalkeeper Iker Casillas is the one of the world’s best and has gained a lot of experience with his side winning the Euro twice in 2008 and 2012 and the 2010 World Cup as well. The defence is very strong, having Manchester United and Barcelona skippers Nemanja Vidic and Carles Puyol makes the team stronger mentally.

Left back Patrice Evra has captained his national side and club and he makes his way into the starting XI. Right back Sergio Ramos has also been very good with his nation and club.

This lineup has a very special midfield. The passing skills of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta takes the team to a new level. With the pace and dribbling skills of youngsters Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard the wings are bursting with talent.

The attack of the team is very mature and old mates Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo would love to trash out the opposition with their deadly finishing. Rooney at times will drop into deeper positions to give his team support in defending opposition attacks. Ronaldo is a very reliable player and will try to keep the faith of the team in him.

Team Lineup:

Goalkeeper: Casillas (Captain)

Defence

LB: Patrice Evra

CB: Nemanja Vidic

CB: Carles Puyol

RB: Sergio Ramos

Midfield

RM: Eden Hazard

RCM: Xavi

LCM: Iniesta

LM: Gareth Bale

Forward

RS: Cristiano Ronaldo

LS : Wayne Rooney

Substitutes: Mario Gomez, Robin van Persie, Juan Mata, Ashley Cole, Vincent Kompany, Manuel Neuer(GK).

Now its up to you to choose. Which side do you feel is the best?

And a special thanks to Shantanu Bhadouria and Ayush Roy for helping me arrange the lineup.

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