In the summer of 2003 a bucktoothed Brazilian took Barcelona by storm. His name: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, or rather just Ronaldinho. For our latest Retro Recap we’re taking a look at his home debut, played on September 3rd 2003. Barcelona hosted Sevilla.
International trophies hardly come any less prestigious than the Confederations Cup. Then again in August 1999 more than 100.000 spectators gathered in the Aztec Stadium of Mexico City to watch their Mexican side take on the holders Brazil. At stake: the 1999 Confed Cup.
We re-watched the match and talked about it. First though comes a quick historic overview of the precursor tournaments as well as a recap of the ’99 edition. In the aftermath we discuss the necessity (or lack thereof) of the Confed Cup in today’s game.
The minutes if you want to jump around:
0:02:30 Continental Cup history (Mundialito, Artemio Franchi Trophy, King Fahd Cup)
0:08:30 Confed Cup 97, European reluctance to participate
0:16:00 Mexico hosting 99, participants, group results
0:20:30 Semi-finals (Mexico vs USA, Brazil vs Saudi Arabia), 3rd place play-off (USA vs Saudi Arabia)
0:24:00 Final preliminaries, referee team, kits, line-ups
0:39:30 Mexico kicks off, early handbags, penalty shout
0:45:00 First blood to Mexico, Blanco denied the second shortly afer
0:54:00 Blanco & Abundis combine for the 2:0, Brazil wake up
0:58:15 Ronaldinho earns a penalty, Serginho converts; Rôni comes on, equalizes
1:05:00 Mexico rally around Blanco, Zepeda & Blanco score in quick succession
1:09:15 Brazil cut one back from kick-off, but can’t mount a real challenge for the 4:4