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Dec 16, 2009

FC Barcelona would eying to capture their sixth trophy in a near perfect season. This is one Championship which Barca hasn't won in its history. On the previous occassion we have lost in the final - In 1992 when the cup was called Intercontinental Cup, Sao Paulo beat us 2-1 and in 2006 we were done in by another Brazilian club, Internacional. Apart from that there are some other record to be made in this match. Pedro, the young Barca player will be hoping to make history by being the first player to score in all competition. He has already scored in Liga, Champions League, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and will definitely like to add World Club Championship to that list. Xavi Hernanadez will be playing his 500th official match for Barca, if he gets a chance. With Lionel Messi absent he will definitely be playing.

Meanwhile Lionel Messi has begun training on the sand of Abu Dhabi's beaches in an effort to aid his ailing ankle's recovery. He will be hoping to feature in the final, if his team make it. Guardiola may opt for a team which may feature a bit of youth in tonight's semi-final. Messi's absence means Pedro will definitely playing upfront, but it is not clear whether Bojan will feature in the starting eleven. I expect Guardiola to feature a attcking trio of Pedro, Bojan and Henry with Ibra starting from the bench. Iniesta and Xavi is a must in the midfield and should partner Toure in the middle. The defense also is likely to be shuffled, especially in central defense. We may see Chygrynskiy pairing Pique in the midfield with Abidal and Alves as full backs. It may be a nice time for Valdes to get some rest and leave the goal keeping job to Pinto. Not much is known about Altante, they have a player named Rafael marquez in forward, it would be quite funny for commentators if both Marquez come face to face in some situation. Another important player for Atlante is Santiago Solari, an ex-Real madrid player.

Atlante's form in 2009 is really encouraging for Barca. They have finished ninth in their league. But to their advantage they have got a chance to adapt to conditions more than Barca. For Barca players the temperature at Abu Dhabi would be a contrast to what they have experienced in Europe, especially opposite to Kiev's one. But still we expect this Barca side to roll over the Atlante side. I predict a 4-0 victory for Barca.

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