Brazil were pitched as hosts in Group A against 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions Mexico, AFC powerhouse Japan and four-time FIFA World Cup winners Italy. In Group B, minnows Tahiti – 2012 OFC Nations Cup champions – were put against UEFA Euro 2012 kings Spain. La Furia Roja qualified on top of Luis Suarez’s CONMEBOL giants Uruguay while ambitious AFCON 2013 heroes Nigeria had to crash out in the first round.
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Only Argentina and France have had the honour to win all three major FIFA competitions: the Confederations Cup, the Olympic football tournament and the World Cup. Now, only back-to-back European Championship winners Spain could become the third country to achieve that feat this year.
However, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup hosts Brazil will want to reaffirm their lost authority in world football. They entered the tournament in the lowest ever position on the FIFA Ranking table. The Brazilians have fallen to 22nd in the world but they burn with desire to scoop their third FIFA Confederations Cup title on the trot in a bid to restore pride and hope ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
The Last 4 matchups produced much closer outcomes than most expected. In Belo Horizonte on Wednesday, the Samba Boys sent the home crowd in ecstasy. However, it was not with a mouthful of goals but with a few critical gestures that decided the game in a tense atmosphere. Uruguay had a chance to take the lead from the penalty spot in the first period but Julio Cesar made a heroic save to deny Diego Forlan.
At the other end of the field, Fred broke the deadlock to seal a clever flick by the man of the moment, Neymar. The latter was the centre of attention again – for his petulant behaviour as much as his dazzling runs on the pitch. He literally kissed Uruguay’s Alvaro Gonzalez goodbye before setting up Paulinho’s match winner from a corner.
In the 21-year-old, the Brazilians possess the cheekiness that helped them dominate world football for so long until Spain claimed the throne a few years ago. On Sunday, however, La Furia Roja will be looking to discipline Luiz Felipe Scolari’s young squad to lift the Confederations Cup title for the first time ever. How will Barcelona’s Neymar perform against a host of players whom he will play with or against in La Liga next season?
Before the Confederations Cup 2013 final staged at the Maracaña in Rio de Janeiro, the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador will turn into a festive place. This is where Luis Suarez, Andrea Pirlo and company will seek consolation after losing in the semis. Italy (wounded by their heartbreaking 7-6 penalty shoot-out defeat to the Spaniards) and Uruguay will battle it out for the right to win bronze. But something is certain: one team will go home empty handed, without medals.
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