According to a report by the New York Times journalist, Tariq Panja on Wednesday (14/7/2021), Italy and Argentina will soon meet in a match titled “a spectacular friendly match”
According to him, it will be similar to the Intercontinental Cup which brings together the European Champions League winners and the South American Libertadores Cup winners. The plan, similar matches will be held at different levels, namely the state.
However, there has been no confirmation of the veracity of this news. The European Football Federation (UEFA) and the South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) have not yet issued an official statement regarding the news.
However, UEFA and CONMEBOL are known to have collaborated for a referee exchange program. As is known, there is something different about the Euro 2020 field judges, namely the presence of a referee from South America. One of the referees from South America is Fernando Rapallini from Argentina.
Gli Azzurri -the nickname of Italy – managed to beat England in a penalty shootout (3-2) and won the 2020 European Cup. The match was held at Wembley, England on Monday (12/7/2021) early morning WIB.
Meanwhile, a few hours earlier, the Albiceleste -Argentina’s nickname – beat Brazil 1-0 and won the 2021 Copa America. The match was also held at the opponent’s cage at the Maracana Stadium, Brazil on Sunday (11/7/2021) then WIB.
Meanwhile, the last time Italy and Argentina met in Naples was in the 1990 World Cup semifinals. At that time, Diego Maradona was captain for Tango.
The match ended in victory for the Albiceleste after beating Gli Azzurri on penalties (4-3). But unfortunately, Maradona and colleagues lost in the final party to West Germany 0-1.