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World Cup Face Off: Eto'o versus Luiz

World Cup Face Off: Eto'o versus Luiz

World Cup Face Off: Eto'o versus Luiz

We look at the World Cup prospects for some Premier League team mates who will be on opposite teams during Brazil 2014. Which Premier League team mate will finish on top?

Who are the players?

Samuel Eto'o has won over 100 caps for Cameroon and is Cameroon's all-time leading goal scorer, with 55 goals. He plays as a central striker and has scored over 200 goals in Spain, Italy, Russia and England. He has won league titles and the Champions League in Spain (Barcelona) and Italy (Inter Milan). He has been African Player of the Year a record 4 times. In his first season with Chelsea, Eto'o has already delighted the fans by scoring a hat-trick in a 3-1 win against Manchester United.

David Luiz has won more than 30 caps for Brazil and is his country's vice captain. He plays as a central defender, but can also play in midfield. Luiz has won the league title in Portugal with Benfica and has won the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League with Chelsea. Luiz and Brazil won the 2013 Confederations Cup, which many see as practice for the World Cup, by beating Spain 3-0 in the final. Luiz made a miraculous defensive clearance in this match.

How important are the players to their national teams?

Samuel Eto'o is the star of this Cameroon team. He is a big game player, having scored in two Champions League finals and will be looking to add to his international goal scoring record. Cameroon fans will be relying on Eto'o to score the goals to get them out of this difficult World Cup group. There is only one other player in the current Cameroon squad that has scored more than 10 international goals, so the pressure will be on him.

David Luiz is first choice central defender for Brazil and will be in direct competition with Eto'o as the Cameroonian tries to score against him. Luiz is a traditional Brazilian defender, he likes to dribble with the ball and he is very comfortable in possession. He also likes to shoot and can take a great free kick, he has scored 6 goals for Chelsea, although he hasn't scored for Brazil yet.

Brazil have many good players, so maybe Luiz is not as important to the Brazilian team as Eto'o is to Cameroon, but he would be difficult to replace in defence for Brazil.

Do they have any weaknesses?

Both Eto'o and Luiz are world class players, so there are very few weaknesses. But Eto'o will be 33 at the World Cup and he is not as quick as he used to be. Luiz can sometimes lose the ball in dangerous positions on the pitch, as he often tries to bring the ball out of defence.

What is our prediction?

Brazil are strong favourites for this match. Brazil are the seeded team in the group (Mexico and Croatia are the other 2 teams) and have home advantage, so it is very difficult not to see them beating Cameroon. Despite this, there is always a chance of a surprise; at the 1990 World Cup, Cameroon beat World Cup holders Argentina 1-0 in a group match and went all the way to the quarter-finals.

We predict that David Luiz will help Brazil to a 3-1 win, with Eto'o scoring a consolation goal for Cameroon.

When and where is the match?

The match is on June 23rd at 2100 GMT in the 68,009 capacity Estadio Nacional in Brasilia.

Read another World Cup Face Off article - Steven Gerrard (England) versus Luis Suarez (Uruguay).

Chelsea pair David Luiz and Samuel Eto'o celebrate together

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Denis2000's picture
Denis2000
25/08/2023
BY
694
points

Eto did not score a consolation goal


Denis2000's picture
Denis2000
25/08/2023 09:00
Belarus
Tottenham Hotspur
694

Eto did not score a consolation goal

hsn's picture
hsn
23/01/2023
TR
5537
points

Sentences
She attended some local running races which many see as practice for Eurosia marathon.
For some managers account department isn't important to the company as Sales department.
It can be difficult to replace her with another one in this position for team.


hsn's picture
hsn
23/01/2023 17:27
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5537

Sentences
She attended some local running races which many see as practice for Eurosia marathon.
For some managers account department isn't important to the company as Sales department.
It can be difficult to replace her with another one in this position for team.

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Gabriel Amaral
31/05/2021
BR
1512
points

Brazil won within a great performance from David Luiz


Gabriel Amaral's picture
Gabriel Amaral
31/05/2021 19:27
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

Brazil won within a great performance from David Luiz

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
19/06/2020
TR
6511
points

I think Brazil had better chances to win the game.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
19/06/2020 17:14
Turkey
Manchester United
6511

I think Brazil had better chances to win the game.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
18/06/2016
GH
4770
points

It's a great face off


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
18/06/2016 06:49
Ghana
Manchester United
4770

It's a great face off

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
20/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Brazil 2 -0 Cameroon.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
20/03/2016 18:16
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Brazil 2 -0 Cameroon.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
20/03/2016
TR
1761
points

No,Brazil probably will win.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
20/03/2016 18:16
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

No,Brazil probably will win.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
29/02/2016
PS
3705
points

Brazil is not playing well.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
29/02/2016 17:48
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Brazil is not playing well.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
26/11/2015
ME
3557
points

Samuel Eto is a real talent. He could have played in Europe much more than he did but he went to Makhackhala. Even he returned to Chelsea later he didn't show anything of his old classy skills. I remember when he played for Mallorca, he was real wonderkid..


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aragorn1986
26/11/2015 19:02
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Samuel Eto is a real talent. He could have played in Europe much more than he did but he went to Makhackhala. Even he returned to Chelsea later he didn't show anything of his old classy skills. I remember when he played for Mallorca, he was real wonderkid..

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almirpereira
26/10/2015
BR
1332
points

I like it.


almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
26/10/2015 20:32
Brazil
Chelsea
1332

I like it.

SajidaXI's picture
SajidaXI
23/06/2014
PK
0
points

Luiz's Brazil
Brazil 2. Cameron 1


SajidaXI's picture
SajidaXI
23/06/2014 20:18
Pakistan
Manchester United
0

Luiz's Brazil
Brazil 2. Cameron 1

SajidaXI's picture
SajidaXI
23/06/2014
PK
0
points

Luiz's Brazil


SajidaXI's picture
SajidaXI
23/06/2014 20:17
Pakistan
Manchester United
0

Luiz's Brazil

SajidaXI's picture
SajidaXI
23/06/2014
PK
0
points

Brazil


SajidaXI's picture
SajidaXI
23/06/2014 19:14
Pakistan
Manchester United
0

Brazil

raulito
28/05/2014
0
points

I think brazil is going to win,It is more than clear,I just hope camerun not to get trashed XD.
My prediction for this match is that Brazil will beat cameroon 2-0.


raulito
28/05/2014 20:10


0

I think brazil is going to win,It is more than clear,I just hope camerun not to get trashed XD.
My prediction for this match is that Brazil will beat cameroon 2-0.

memored
07/02/2014
0
points

Cheers! In the Duo Quiz Game is something wrong. I put the correct answer (C México and Croatia) and the application put the next: No, sorry. Argentina aren't in this group despite put.


memored
07/02/2014 18:42


0

Cheers! In the Duo Quiz Game is something wrong. I put the correct answer (C México and Croatia) and the application put the next: No, sorry. Argentina aren't in this group despite put.

Jack
08/02/2014
0
points

Thanks Memored -oops! We messed up. I've just corrected the mistake. Thanks for letting us know.

Jack
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Jack
08/02/2014 11:47


0

Thanks Memored -oops! We messed up. I've just corrected the mistake. Thanks for letting us know.

Jack
The Premier Skills English Team

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