(S8) Coppa Tradizione FINAL Preview & Poll

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Who will win the (S8) TFS Coppa Tradizione Final?

Poll closed Mar 12, 2013.
  1. Anzhi (Broncos218)

    5 vote(s)
    55.6%
  2. VfL Wolfsburg (LasVegasFC)

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    44.4%
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  1. Broncos218

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    FINAL Preview & Poll

    And then there were two! In what has become a common theme in the Coppa Tradizione Final, it's the 5th consecutive season pitting a Serie A side versus a Serie B one. Of the previous four, Serie A has won three times. But if Broncos218 and Anzhi can again put Serie A on top, they would be the first to win the Coppa Tradizione without ever having to face a Serie A side in the knockout stage. However, with a perfect record in the Coppa thus far, LasVegasFC and VfL Wolfsburg will be carrying the pride of Serie B squarely on their shoulders.

    (Broncos218) ANZHI -- VFL WOLFSBURG (LasVegasFC)
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    Road to the Final
    First, let's run through how each team has fared this season and their path to the Final.​

    Anzhi
    Serie A: Finished 5th Place, 8-5-8, 35 GF, 34 GA, +1 GD, 29 points
    Coppa Group A: 1st Place, W 4-0 vs. Stoke City, D 2-2 vs. Rubin Kazan, W 5-1 vs. Genoa, D 0-0 vs. Galatasaray
    Coppa Round of 16: W 1-0 vs. Sporting CP
    Coppa Quarterfinals: W 1-0 vs. I. Porto Alegre
    Coppa Semifinals: W 5-1 vs. Celtic

    It was Bronc's first season at the helm of offensive-minded Anzhi. Bronc appeared better with Anzhi this past season than with Bordeaux in Season 7, where he managed the French club to a losing season before departing. Yet while Anzhi had its bright spots throughout Season 8, the Russian side still finished with an average 8-5-8 record while scoring one more goal than allowed. The season was marked by some inconsistency from the club, as Anzhi had its share of both high-scoring and low-scoring affairs. In the end, Anzhi finished with the 3rd-highest goals scored average in Serie A (1.67) and 5th-worst goals allowed average (1.62). Anzhi finished tied with QPR for points, and 5 behind two other clubs not named CSKA Moscow. As for the Coppa Tradizione, Anzhi took first place in Group A despite drawing twice. However, allowing just 3 goals in 4 games prevented the team from ever recording a loss. A pair of 1-0 victories in the Round of 16 and the Quarterfinals allowed Anzhi to move on, despite some close calls. A thumping of Celtic put Anzhi where they are today, and the Russian side is close to getting Coach Bronc his 3rd Coppa Tradizione triumph. Considering their previous outcomes, the main question may just be which side will show up in the Final- the offensively-stout goal-machine, or the defensively-minded 1-goal side? Either way, Coach Bronc will surely be looking to add to his trophy collection.

    VfL Wolfsburg
    Serie B: Finished 9th Place, 6-4-10, 39 GF, 47 GA, -8 GD, 22 points
    Coppa Group D: 1st Place, W 3-1 vs. LOSC Lille, W 3-1 vs. VfB Stuttgart, W 3-2 vs. I. Porto Alegre
    Coppa Round of 16: W 3-1 vs. Sunderland
    Coppa Quarterfinals: W 3-0 (F) vs. Rubin Kazan
    Coppa Semifinals: W 3-2 vs. Saint-Etienne

    After earning promotion back in his first season with Wolfsburg in Season 5, Vegas has been unable to take the next step to Serie A. In both Seasons 6 and 7, Vegas finished in the top half of the Serie B table, yet just outside of the promotion spots with a pair of 5th-place finishes. However, this season marked Vegas' first losing season during his time in TFS, as poor form at the end of the season ruined his chances at a winning record. With 4 games played during Matchweeks 7 and 8, Wolfsburg earned just 2 points. Yet with a 9th-place finish, Wolfsburg successfully stayed out of the relegation zone. But despite the grim look back the club's league season, Wolfsburg has been more than impressive thus far in the Coppa Tradizione. Wolfsburg took all 9 possible points in Group D. With a win over Serie A side LOSC Lille to kick off their group matches, two more wins over Stuttgart and Porto Alegre put Wolfsburg sitting pretty at the top. In the knockout stage, Wolfsburg continued its impressive play. Wins over another Serie A side, this time Sunderland, and Serie C champion Saint-Etienne displayed the worth of Wolfsburg's cup run. And in all 5 games Wolfsburg has played, the German club has scored 3 goals. With Wolfsburg's reliance on offense (they had the worst goals against average in Serie B at 2.35), the German side will surely be hoping Anzhi's backline looks like swiss cheese when the teams meet the pitch.


    Match Analysis
    Next, we'll go through the clubs position-by-position to see where each team holds the advantage.​

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    Goalkeepers
    Anzhi: Vladimir Gabulov​
    VfL Wolfsburg: Diego Benaglio​
    Some of Anzhi's inconsistency this season revolved around Vladimir Gabulov. While certainly serviceable, Gabulov has had his share of clean sheets and strong performances, along with his games where he simply didn't show up. Gabulov did finish with 5 clean sheets in Serie A though, tied for 3rd-highest. And in cup play, Gabulov has already clinched the Golden Glove award with 4 clean sheets to date, making it difficult to knock the Russian too much. On the other side of the pitch, Wolfsburg has Benaglio in net. While talented, Benaglio only managed 3 clean sheets in Serie B and none in the Coppa. While it could be argued that his poor goals against rate could be attributed to elsewhere on the team, having the 3rd-worst goals against average in all of TFS simply doesn't cut it.
    Advantage: Anzhi

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    Defenders
    Anzhi: Ewerton, Emir Spahic, Joao Carlos​
    VfL Wolfsburg: Fagner, Naldo, Simon Kjaer, Ricardo Rodriguez​
    Anzhi suffered a major loss when Christopher Samba transferred out, leaving a hole in the backline. But with the recent arrival of Emir Spahic from Sevilla, Anzhi has solidified their defense. Coach Bronc will likely immediately insert Spahic into his lineup, yet with the new player having little familiarity with his teammates and coach, sub Rasim Tagirbekov could find some playing time in this match. The two outside defenders for Anzhi both hail from Brazil, but neither are overly dominant. With a 3-man backline, Anzhi will certainly need help from its midfield or otherwise will run the risk of being spread too thin, leaving holes for Wolfsburg to exploit. Coach Bronc will face ex-Werder Bremen star Naldo in the Final, as Naldo now patrols the back for Wolfsburg. Naldo's presence could likely present the most fascinating matchup of the game, as the 6'6'' Brazilian will likely be called upon more than once to prevent headers from Anzhi's 6'8'' striker, Lacina Traore. Naldo forms a strong center defense with Simon Kjaer, while Fagner and Rodriguez bring speed to the outside. Yet despite all this talent, you would expect Wolfsburg to be able to prevent other teams from scoring at will, and that simply hasn't been the case as Wolfsburg has proven again and again this season. So while Wolfsburg may hold the edge in terms of talent, the production prevents them from truly holding the advantage.
    Advantage: Even

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    Midfielders
    Anzhi: Lassana Diarra, Jucilei, Mbark Boussoufa, Yuriy Zhirkov, Willian​
    VfL Wolfsburg: Christian Trasch, Diego, Marcel Schafer, Ivan Perisic​
    Moving on up to the midfield, we begin to see some of Anzhi's more high-profiled recent transfers. Lassana Diarra at defensive mid is vital to preventing opponents from running rampant through the middle of Anzhi's defense. At the same time, Diarra's speed and versatility also allows him to run out to the wing, preventing fast breaks. Jucilei is no Diarra, but has provided stability for Anzhi as well this season. Boussoufa and Zhirkov out on the wings are important to Anzhi's 3-5-2 formation. Both are often called upon to help on the defensive end, and Zhirkov's ability to play left-back certainly comes in handy here. Yet the two outside mids are also very prolific on the offensive end and have the ability to create goal-scoring opportunities. Willian, Anzhi's recent 35 million euro transfer, lines up in an attacking mid role and brings another force to the Anzhi XI. Wolfsburg has a world-class midfielder of their own though in Diego. Diego posted 8 assists in Serie B, just 2 off the league-leading pace. Diego also has a team-high 3 assists in the Coppa. Trasch is certainly a decent defesnive mid, and Schafer and Perisic aren't bad either, but they simply don't have skill and physical attributes that come with Anzhi's midfield.
    Advantage: Anzhi

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    Forwards
    Anzhi: Samuel Eto'o, Lacina Traore​
    VfL Wolfsburg: Bas Dost, Vieirinha​
    Between Eto'o and Traore, Anzhi have quite the 1-2 punch. Each forward had 12 goals during the Serie A season, only trailing Doumbia and Neymar in that category. Traore also finished third in assists with 9. Eto'o added 5 assists himself. In the Coppa, Eto'o has 7 goals, including 4 in the Semifinals to lead Anzhi into the Final. Both strikers have the ability to change the game and may very well put their stamp on this match too. Dost has been impressive in the Coppa for Wolfsburg, equaling Eto'o and his 7 goals. Dost also leads the team in Serie B goals with 9 and is thus the most prolific goal-scorer on Wolfsburg. Vieirinha has the most speed to burn on the German club and his ability to stretch the defense will be needed for Wolfsburg to come out on top. But in terms of comparison, Anzhi has the talent and stats that are hard to match.
    Advantage: Anzhi


    Past Matchups
    Bronc has been in Serie A since day 1, while Vegas has only made it up to Serie B. Therefore, the only opportunity for a previous matchup was in cup play. The two squared off in the Coppa Tradizione's Round of 16 back in Season 5, Vegas' first season in TFS and first of now 4 consecutive seasons with Wolfsburg:​
    Season 5 Coppa Tradizione, Rd of 16: Werder Bremen (Broncos218) 2, VfL Wolfsburg (LasVegasFC) 1​
    Overall: Broncos218 1-0-0 LasVegasFC
    Bremen avoided extra-time with a late corner kick that resulted in the game-winning goal. But with this game being played 10 months ago, there's not much to takeaway from this match that could be useful for evaluating the upcoming Final.​


    Prediction
    I think it's obvious who I WANT to have win, but as for a prediction... I'm not jinxing anything!!! I'm leaving this one up to the rest of you all. Vote above and post any extra tidbits on what you think will happen below.
     
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  2. OhDaesu19

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    No offense Broncos218 but I will be rooting for the underdog, plus LasVegasFC is a friend of mine! :D
     
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  3. OhDaesu19

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    Broncos218 Can this game be streamed or broadcast on twitchtv or justintv or something???
     
  4. RedAL925

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    LasVegasFC is going to have to play a flawless match to win this one
     
  5. Broncos218

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    i really have no idea how to do any of that and don't have any recording devices either like some people around TSO have. I'll likely upload all the highlights at least tho and make a video out of that at the end
     
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  6. BESHIKTAS

    BESHIKTAS Almighty Black Eagles

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    This game will end by 30' .
    4-0 final.
     
  7. A_Touch_Of_Class

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    LasVegasFC 5-4-1 ultra defensive possession tactic sit back and play for penalties brother
     
  8. BESHIKTAS

    BESHIKTAS Almighty Black Eagles

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    This game is already played!
     
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