FourFourTwo Picks: The Left Wingers

With Serie A champions Juventus set to face Singapore Selection at the brand new National Stadium tomorrow, FourFourTwo continues to pick the starting XI we'd like to see take the field from both squads.

But here's the twist. Instead of posting our predicted lineups all at one go, Jeremy Lim and Dominic Neo will reveal one member of the team each day, as we count down the number of sleeps till the big match.

Without further ado, we present FourFourTwo Picks: The Left Wingers.

Panache and desire win the day

Carlos Tevez

Position: Left Inside Forward
Age: 30
Country: Argentina
Team: Juventus FC
Apps/Goals: 48/21

Carlos Tevez’s natural technical abilities, combined with his ferocious appetite for success, make him the proven winner he is today. Such attributes saw him fit right in at Juventus, where nothing less than 100 per cent commitment is demanded. From the start, the Italian champions never hid what they were expecting from the striker. “Juve now have another great No. 10,” club patron John Elkann stated simply.

Tevez was inheriting Bianconeri legend Alessandro Del Piero’s shirt number. Those weren’t small boots to fill. Any worries that he may have been an awkward fit were cast aside quickly, though. Tevez started living up to the mantle that had been placed on his shoulders from the go. The striker was the difference-maker Juventus were searching for, able to influence games through moments of sheer quality.

A goal on his debut set the tone for Tevez’s season as he led the club’s Scudetto charge from the front. A tally of 19 league goals saw him emerge as a front-runner for the Serie A top scorer award. With Juventus aiming to repeat their successes of recent seasons, they’ll be needing their newfound hero to be firing on all cylinders again.

On the fast track to success

Faris Ramli

Position: Left Winger
Age: 22
Country: Singapore
Team: Singapore Selection
Club: LionsXII

Boy, he’s quick. Faris' electrifying and unstoppable runs down the flanks lit up the Malaysian Super League in 2013. His speed and trickery caught the eye of opposition coaches and national team coach, Bernd Stange, who gave him his first full cap in 2013. The German, an advocate of young talent, has been impressed with Faris.

 “Faris is a natural talent, who is fast and good,” he said. “In one-on-one situations, he can make the difference with outstanding dribbling. He is a great character and wants to learn … he has a bright future.”

Unsurprisingly, the LionXII winger used to be a sprinter in school. The unfortunate passing of his older brother, Fahmi, a keen footballer, inspired Faris’ change of vocation. It proved to be an astute decision, as his determination brought him through to the finals of Nike’s ‘The Chance” competition. He has not looked back since.

Faris has all the right ingredients to be a Singapore football icon. His superior speed and dribbling ability has a visceral appeal that captures the imagination. Singapore’s favourite footballing sons – Fandi Ahmad, Quah Kim Song, V Sundramoorthy, Dollah Kassim — were all quick and skillful too. All the 1.68m tall winger needs to work on his final ball and finishing, but he will, as he usually does, get there really, really quickly.

FourFourTwo will be at the Singapore Sports Hub on August 16 to watch the Singapore Selection take on Juventus FC.  Will Tevez and Faris prove deadly from the flanks? You'll only find out if you join us there! Tickets to the match - priced from S$45 to S$180 for adults and S$30 to S$45 for children – are still available at Sports Hub Tix (www.sportshubtix.sg).

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