Confederations Cup 2013

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Yep – Season Still Not over

A quiz question – which country have won the last two Confederations Cups? Well if you had a lucky guess and plumped for Brazil you would be absolutely right. And they are our stand-out pick to do it again in 2013.

More than any of the other seven sides competing, Brazil have reason to take this tournament seriously. As hosts they will be under pressure to perform from fans and media, and having only won twice in seven matches this year, that pressure will be intensified.

Coach Scolari has named an excellent squad, with Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Neymar, Lucas and Oscar all there. Of course, Italy and Spain are always a threat at international level, but it’s hard to see the tournament meaning as much to knackered players from those countries as it will to the hosts.

If Brazil are deservedly favourites, Uruguay are the smart outside bet. Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez will take time out from playing a primary role in the summer transfer market rumours to appear on the pitch, and we all know what they can do.

As well as the obvious geographical advantages of playing on their home continent Uruguay have landed in the easier group, ducking Italy and Brazil, to battle it out with Spain, Nigeria and the mighty Tahiti for company. And although the Super Eagles won the CAN at the start of the year, it was widely acknowledged as the poorest competition in a long time.

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