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Officially, the vote for the 2012 FIFA FIFPro World XI started with an Argentinean player, Lionel Messi. Last week, players from the Argentinean national team were some of the last to select their team in this year’s election.


The football associations of Argentina and Brazil organized their second Superclásico de las Ámericas, a competition that was launched last year by these South American giants (in cooperation with Conmebol); an annual match between the two nations played over two legs. Both national teams are composed of footballers playing in either the Argentinean or Brazilian league. In 2011, Brazil clinched the first title.


Last week, Argentina and Brazil met in Buenos Aires for the second leg of this year’s Superclasico. Brazil had won the first match 2-1.


Two days before the second leg, the professional footballers’ association of Argentina (FAA) visited the training camp of their national team. The union representatives invited the players to join their countryman Lionel Messi - and thousands of footballers worldwide - and pick their team for the FIFA FIFPro World XI.


All players participated. Among the players who voted, was Ignacio Scocco. Two days later the top goalscorer of the Argentinean championship scored two goals, to help Argentina beat Brazil 2-1. Scocco scored the game winner in injury time, finishing a great counter attack.


Unfortunately for Scocco and his teammates, Brazil prevailed in the penalty shoot out: 3-4.


Other players who, according to Argentinean media reports,  impressed during the match were Francisco Cerro, Gino Peruzzi, Juan Manuel ‘Burrito’ Martínez and Walter Montillo.


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