Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on Stadion Krestovskyi when Chile and Germany face each other in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup final. The World champions rolled over Mexico (4-1) in the semis of the tournament, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Sunday’s football game against the Copa America title holders. La Roja set up a meeting with Germany by beating Portugal on penalties and they are determined to claim yet another major scalp. Alexis Sanchez is likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders and seeing that Joachim Low’s team are without their star players at the tournament in Russia, we predict that the South American side will have a reason for celebration on Sunday evening. When the two teams met in the group stages they played out a 1-1 draw, but we are tempted to put our money on La Roja this time out.
Highlighted Player (Arturo Vidal):
Arturo Vidal is a Chilean international who started his senior career at Colo-Colo. In 2007 he moved to Europe, signing a deal with Bayer Leverkusen. After making 117 league appearances for the Bundesliga outfit from 2007 to 2011, he joined Juventus on 22 July, 2011 for a fee of €10.5 million. Vidal won four Serie A trophies with the Bianconeri and he participated in the Champions League final against Barcelona on 6 June, 2015. The Serie A giants, though, were beaten by Barca in the title game. In the summer of 2015 he moved to Bayern Munich and he won the Bundesliga trophies with Pep Guardiola’s team in the 2015/2016 season. Speaking of his international career, Vidal won two Copa America trophies with Chile (2015, 2016). The Chilean ace is a central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as both as defensive at attacking midfielder as well. His contract with Bayern Munich expires on 30 June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Germany):
Competing for major honours since 1900, Germany are now one of the leading national teams in the history of football, boasting no fewer than seven titles in their trophy cabinet. Oddly enough, die Mannschaft have won the four World Cups in regular intervals, having finished as champions in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014, while lifting European Championship trophies in 1972, 1980 and 1996. And having also lost seven major finals, it is fair to say that Germany have challenged for the trophy at almost every single major tournament since 1954. There have been too many world-class players to count that have represented Germany so far, but it is Lothar Matthaus who holds the record for most caps, having featured in 150 matches, whereas Miroslav Klose is the top goalscorer with 71 goals in 137 outings. Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Rudi Voller, Jurgen Klinsmann and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have all had important roles to play in the past, whereas the new generation has seen Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller strut their stuff on international stage.