It has been a contrasting few months for Argentina and Brazil, but now the two superpowers of South American football face off against one another at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, China.
Brazil are attempting to recover after their embarrassing defeat against Germany at the World Cup, whereas Argentina are looking to build on their strong performances from the summer when they reached the final of the tournament.
Both sides will be looking to reign supreme in this Superclasico de las Americas, despite the match being a friendly on foreign shores.
Here is how you can watch the game:
When: Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1.05 p.m. BST/8.05 a.m. ET
Where: Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China
TV Info: Live on ITV4 & HD (UK only), beIN Sports (US only)
Brazil to Prove Their Rehabilitation?
To say that Brazil's destruction at the hands of Germany at the World Cup was a shock would be a complete understatement.
Even on home soil, the Selecao were slight underdogs, but their capitulation and exit from the tournament will forever remain in the collective memory of football fans.
Now the world's most iconic international team have to pick themselves up and brush themselves down as they look to rebuild their reputation. And in the short term, they have started to do this.
Their two recent friendlies against strong opposition—Colombia and Ecuador—have seen the team victorious in consecutive matches, winning 1-0.
This is a good start for a nation that was only so recently at its lowest ebb.
Brazil have also turned back to one of their most loved sons, welcoming back Kaka to the fold after the player was left out of the summer festivities.
Jack Lang of The Mirror confirmed the icon's return to the squad, on Twitter:
The 32-year-old legend expressed his delight to be playing for his country once again, per Peter Thompson of Goal.com:
I'm incredibly happy to be back. After a long time away from the national team, this comes as a reward for the work that I have been doing. It shows that I've been doing something good. I hope I can add a lot to the national team with my experience, I think I can help.
However, the return of Kaka could be seen as a strange move for Brazil as they look to build for the future. His influence and leadership in the squad will be useful but only in a short-term capacity.
Brazil will use this game against their arch rivals to try and prove they are still a force on the global stage, but they are running into an Argentina side packed with world-class talent—and Lionel Messi.
Argentina coach Gerardo Martino has spoken about his focus for his side's game against Brazil and underlined why it is an important encounter, per Thompson.
The former Barcelona boss recently showed why he was chosen to pick up the baton after the World Cup as his team visited world champions Germany and dispatched them in an impressive fashion, winning 4-2:
We will try to do what we did against Germany. Argentina against Brazil is the most important derby between national teams. It doesn't matter where the match is held, it’s always important for the history between us and now also for the players.
Carlos Tevez has returned to the fold, and his inclusion can only strengthen an Argentinian side full of magnificence and imagination.
Martino will be hoping for a third straight win against Brazil in this fixture, per FootballEPL.com, extending their dominance over their fierce rivals.
Argentina will have Messi ready for the game after the magician missed the win in Germany, and he will be hoping to perform for the Chinese crowd.
If Messi and Co. play their best match, there is no way the Brazilians can currently live with them. Indeed, Brazil have started the post-World Cup rebuilding well, but Argentina can consider themselves the best team on the planet when they are in gear.
Angel Di Maria has started life at Manchester United fantastically well and will provide Martino with the bullets for the attack.
The game should be a comfortable win for Argentina, but the magic of Kaka could surprise the world and give his team yet another win over their most bitter foes.