Doha: The final of the Al Kass International Cup, which takes place today, will be a fascinating clash of styles as powerful Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) take on the flair of Fluminense.
Defending champions PSG will start the game as slight favorites due to last year’s experience, but they will be wary of the Brazilian team’s pace and ability.
The French team have impressed onlookers with their well-organised and strong side, but they had to rely on a penalty shoot-out in the semi-finals to overcome Boca Juniors.
In contrast, Fluminense brushed aside Inter Milan 3-1 in a stunning display of samba style play thanks to their attacking verve.
The game will also see two players considered the tournament’s best playing against each other as PSG captain Franck Bambock lines up opposite Flu’s flying forward Robert Kenedy Nunes.
Bambock has been hailed as a star of the future thanks to his mature displays in central midfield as he has lead his team into the final by example.
But Kenedy has caught the eye with his confidence on the ball as he has tormented defenders and contributed goals and assists to his team’s progress.
The two sides played in the opening group stage of the tournament, with PSG running out 2-1 winners. But Fluminense have improved as the tournament has developed, and many now predict the final will be a close-run affair between the different styles of the European and South American teams.
A spectacular closing ceremony will follow the final, bringing to a close two weeks of outstanding international football. The game – to be played at the Aspire Academy – will kick off at 4.30pm and will be broadcast live on the Al Kass International Sports Channel.
It is free for the public to attend.
The tournament is hosted by The Qatar Football Association, Al Kass Sport Channels and the Aspire Zone Foundation. Fans can follow all the action from the tournament online at; http://alkassinternationalcup.com/ and via the tournaments social media channels; http://facebook.com/alkassintlcup @alkassintlcup.
The winners will get $75,000.