One year before the world cup in Brazil it's time for the confederations cup. The first match has already been played and Brazil easily won over Japan with the numbers 3–0. Who do you think will win? Will the winner also win the world cup next year? Discuss!
Spain and Brazil are the obvious favourites,but I went for Uruguay.
I'm Brazilian and I'm rooting for Italy. Don't look at me like that, I'm half Italian so I'm allowed to cheer for my ancestors' country. I don't like the current Brazilian team and I couldn't care less about their games. Usually I would be excited and watching all the games, but we're having a hard time in Brazil and I'm afraid things will end badly if the president don't do something. The streets are filled with people protesting every day and Dilma (our president) was booed during the opening ceremony.
That said, I still love soccer and I'll be watching some of the matches. But if Brazil win this cup, I'm afraid we'll enter a new panis et circensis era and people will soon forget about what they were protesting in the first place... Sorry bringing this up, I know this was supposed to be a light hearted topic, but people should know what is happening in my country right now.
P.S.: Italy does have a pretty solid team and I love how passionate they are about soccer. Just like Brazilians.
I didn't know about the protests before but now I have seen it on the news too. Brazil has already qualified for the semifinals but lets hope Brazil don't go too far for the sake of Vanilla and Brazil, but I have to admit that Neymar is really impressive.
The most entertaining match so far, in my opinion, was Italy - Japan (4-3). Lots of goals and chances. Japan played better than expected and they had a good double chance at the end with a shot in the post and a nick in the bar. Japan was also unlucky to get a penalty against from an unintentional handball.
Brazil and Italy was already qualified for the semi-finals before yesterday's games. Only thing left to play for was the first place in the group, who will probably meet Uruguay instead of Spain. I think Brazil played better than Italy most of the time and won the match fairly with 4 goals against 2.
The 2-3 goal for Italy was a bit strange. First the referee blows his whistle to give Italy penalty but then Italy scores and the referee changes his mind: Goal, no penalty! It's common sense that you shouldn't be able to score after the whistle has been blown so the referee made a big mistake here. Luckily it wasn't of much importance because Italy lost anyway.
In group B all the 3 top teams, Spain, Nigeria and Uruguay, have a theoretical chance to qualify but it looks like it going to be Spain and Uruguay. Nigeria has a small realistic chance if they win over Spain and Uruguay don't make too many goals against Tahiti.
Surely, Brazil and Spain stand as favorites. Brazil have especially given a strong message by beating Italy and displaying a confident and well organised performance. Spain, on the other hand, have won virtually everything since Euro 2008, so they surely have the best chance to make it through with another trophy. I don't support any team in particular, but I'm slightly more inclined towards Brazil, just because Spain have had just too many. But considering what Vanilla mentioned, I think it would be best if Brazil don't win. So, maybe Italy?
I support Spain blindly so I have to say Spain. But on a serious note, Spain's game play is spectacular and their technique is flawless. I think they will dominate World football for few more years.
The dream final awaits us on 30th June. Brazil will take on Spain in Rio. Both teams have shown splendid performances so far, and have shown their distinctive and spectacular styles of play. Spain, on the one hand, are sure to keep a lot of possession, and control the game, but nothing can be said as to how devastating Brazil will be when they get the ball. Especially after Italy denied Spain for more than 120 minutes of normal play.
I think this contest will be quite even. Let's hope to see a brilliant spectacle.
Brazil started much more aggressively and made an early goal. Spain wasn't allowed to play around like they use to and Brazil was the better team for most of the time so a well deserved victory for the Brazilian team.
Yes, I completely agree with you. Brazil dominated Spain right from the beginning and never let the momentum slip. They were aggressive, determined and right on target in this final. Spain looked tired, and moreover, they looked like an old dog searching for new tricks. many teams have now cracked the ticki tacka style of play and demolished these Spanish players on more than one occasion this year. Bayern Munich strangled Barcelona at homw and away in April, and now it was an international team, Brazil, who have beaten Spain comfortably.
Nothing went for Spain, the way they expected it. A missed penalty and a red card further added fuel to their misery.
The Confederations Cup has also put Neymar in the limelight. The Brazilian sensation won the Man of the Tournament award, and people are already comparing him with the likes of Ronaldo and Messi. Let's see how he does at his new club, Barcelona, and the heights where he reaches, along with Messi and Iniesta to back him upfront.
Teams are beginning their pre season training sessions now. I'm eagerly waiting for some good games - notably the Barcelona vs Bayern Munich match soon to come, with Pep Guardiola ready to face his old side, being the new Bayern coach.
How about the result, guys?
I didn't watch it so I have to ask my mom. Turns out Brazil won the Confederations Cup. Now we'll see what will happen next year.