Last week, saw the confederations Cup reach its climax with an exciting game seeing Brazil come from two goals down to beat the USA 3-2. The USA certainly impressed the worldwide audience by beating Spain and going close against the South American powerhouse. Perhaps their world ranking of 12 is merited. In other news, it looks like Real Madrid are buying just about everybody – after Ronaldo and Kaka, Benzema from Lyon looks poised to join the Spanish giants for 35 million euro. When will it end?

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PREDICTION

Last week Damon and Damian looked at the Confederation Cup final – Damon went for a narrow 1-0 Brazil victory while Damian chose a tight penalty-shoot-out win for the USA.

The result – Brazil 3 – 2 USA – Damon 2 – 0 – Damian

Spanish fans saw their team win the ‘third place’ spot with another 3-2 victory over South Africa.

This week’s prediction features VĂ©lez Sarsfield v Huracán in their last game in the Primera Division de Argentina’s Clausura race. VĂ©lez are second and Huracán, who have been playing some great football but have off the field problems, are first. Should be a corker!

Damon: VĂ©lez 2-2 Huracán – And that will mean the Clausura title for Huracán

Damian: VĂ©lez 1-2 Huracán – Huracán to shake off their unlucky loser tag and win to take the title

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FOOTBALL LANGUAGE

This week, we look at a phrase often used in the transfer window – to be poised. This means to be waiting, ready to move quickly, that something will happen soon. The word poise has the nuance of something balanced delicately. The phrase is usually used in this way: a club is poised to make a bid for (name of player) / a team is poised to swoop for (name of player) / a player is poised to agree a move to (name of club). On the back pages this week, we can see that Tevez is poised to agree a move to Manchester City and Barcelona are poised to make a 25 million pound move for Liverpool’s Mascherano.

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This week’s QUIZ QUESTION:

Huracan have been around since 1908. Their fans are known as Quemeros, the burners, because the area of Buenos Aires that they play used to be an area for burning rubbish. How many titles have Huracan’s fans seen their side win in the professional era?

a) 1

b) 2

c) 3

d) 4

Answer next week.

The answer to last week’s question about which English football team Michael Jackson and his friend, Uri Geller went to watch was – Exeter.

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This week’s POLL

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