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26.11.2010 11:03

Mascherano no stranger to big matches

Jordi Clos

Javier Mascherano has experienced games between big rivals in the three countries he has played and even an Argentina v Brazil. So he is well groomed for Barça v Madrid.

Mascherano’s first taste of such a game was none other than River Plate v Boca Juniors. Having come up through the ranks of the Millonarios, from 2003 to 2005 he got first hand experience of the Buenos Aires derby. “River v Boca were the most special clásicos I have played so far. It’s where I was born and bred as a footballer” he said.

Brazil and England

getafe-fcb_x8x.JPGHe then moved to Brazil, to join Corinthians, where in 2005/06 he faced their big city rivals, Palmeiras, three times. Then in England, he played six games for Liverpool against their northwest enemies, Manchester United. “They perhaps got more media attention than the others, but there’s a lot of rivalry because the cities are so close together and because they are the two biggest clubs in the Premier”.

Lucky man

Now Javier Mascherano is preparing for the biggest match in Spain. “Everyone is talking about it, because of the quality of the players, because the teams are playing so well, but we then players tend to forget how lucky we are to have everybody watching us … I just want to enjoy it as much as I can”.
Mascherano no stranger to big matches
Argentina v Brazil
As well as big club matches club, Javier Mascherano has also played in one of the biggest international matches, Argentina v Brazil. He’s captain of his national team, and his last meting with Brazil was just a week ago in Qatar.

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