Brazil vs. Argentina 2012: Luis Fabiano-Neymar Connection Is Must-See TV

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 19, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Neymar of Brazil looks on during the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Mexico on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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Let's set aside the debate about who will win Wednesday's friendly between Brazil and Argentina for a moment.

Instead, let's talk about how electric it should be seeing Luis Fabiano and Neymar side by side against the Argentinians.

Fabiano will play with Brazil for the first time since the 2010 World Cup, when he scored three goals for the side in five matches.

Neymar, who was left off Brazil's roster in 2010 (much to the chagrin of Pele himself), is riding a hype train that started long before the forward caught the world's attention in March 2011 when he scored twice against Scotland at Emirates.

The 20-year-old is known for his dribbling ability and finishing prowess. He scored three goals and notched two assists in the 2012 London Olympics for Brazil and has scored 15 goals in 14 starts for Santos this season.

Fabiano, who scored 10 goals in 21 matches in 2010-2011 for Sevilla, is excited about the opportunity to play with Neymar.

Fabiano said, via

I would be pleased to play alongside Neymar. A play started by him could turn the match in our favour.

He is a fantastic player. It is better to play with him than against.

In the same breath, Brazil manager Mano Menezes has been facing pressure from the fans after Brazil lost to Mexico in the Summer Games this year. There have even been callings for Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who has currently taken a step back from football.

You can expect Menezes to unleash Fabiano and Neymar come Wednesday at Serra Dourada. That much is certain.

And what a joy it will be to watch.


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