Copa America 2007 Tournament Final Result Brazil 3 – 0 Argentina
Almost as Footy Boots had predicted, Brazil sambered their way to their second successive Copa America tournament win, dispatching Argentina 3-0 in the final game of the Copa America 2007 tournament. The result was a sweet victory for the fans and for under-fire coach Dunga, who had been missing stars such as Ronaldinho, Lucio, Kaka, Ronaldo, Ze Roberto and Adriano. Argentina were missing the drive, passion and commitment that was seen in the early stages, which had led many experienced and well-respected football commentators to predict a victory for the classy and experienced team.
In the end, Brazil were happy to sit back and hit Argentina on the counter attack, a ploy which suited the Brazilian players, and led to a frustrating evening for the opposition. Goals from Julio Baptista (Nike Total 90 Laser football boots), Alves (Nike Mercurial Vapor III) and an own goal by a hesitant Roberto Ayala (Nike Total 90 Laser) sealed the victory for Brazil – leaving Argentina crying. In terms of football boots news on the match, we were interested to see Brazil’s Diego wearing Adidas Predator football boots. Diego is a poster boy for Nike, featuring heavily as part of the Nike Team T90, and we wonder if this is a permanent defection from Nike to Adidas football boots, or just a temporary football boot malfunction?
Verdict: The interesting factor from an observer’s point of view was the switch by Brazil in this tournament from the espousers and pioneers of “the beautiful game” to a more rugged and overall “European” style of play, that although secured the top prize, would not have won over the hearts and minds of the fans back home, whose clamour and fervour for football played with passion, flair and creativity overcomes the need for silverware and tournament wins. Is this a new direction by coach Dunga, or simply a tactical change in the light of a depleted squad – only time will tell…