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Brazil Wins The Confederations Cup – Thoughts And Numbers On Each Country – What Went Right And What Went Wrong

Written by on July 2, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Brazil, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Other Competitions, Spain

Brazil

 

Thoughts

 

Brazil has made progress since Luiz Felipe Scolari was appointed as manager last November but during the last two weeks the positive change became exponential. Five games, five wins, scored 14, conceded only three goals and kept three clean sheets.

Brazil’s performance climaxed with a 3-0 humiliation… to read more please click on the link.


2 responses to “Brazil Wins The Confederations Cup – Thoughts And Numbers On Each Country – What Went Right And What Went Wrong”

  1. John Bladen says:

    Well done to them, but I do agree: Judging Confed Cup success as a predictor of WC potential is really a fools game.

    As stated elsewhere, I do think Spain’s star is fading. They were very fortunate to win their last major trophy (and yes, any side winning a major trophy does need good fortune)… I don’t see them being that fortunate again. I don’t know if Del Bosque’s time has run out, but it does seem the players are in “star-cruise” mode far too often.

    Is it Germany’s time? Don’t know. But it seems most likely that Germany and Spain are still the two major European threats.

    Are we due for an upset winner in the world cup? If so, who will it be? I’ve been very impressed with a couple of the “smaller” South American footballing nations in the last few years, but don’t get to see enough of them to know if what I see is real or just an illusion. (no, it’s not Uruguay either… I agree that they’ve long since peaked).

    Scolari’s commitment to defensive composure is sorely needed and will help Brazil’s fortunes, but I don’t think it will be enough to see them into the semifinals. This could be one of the most open and unpredictable World Cups in quite a few years…. I mean apart from the quadrennial England failure, of course. But at least this time everyone will be expecting it.

  2. Ed Gomes says:

    Brazil looked impressive during the final, but also lackluster at times. Hulk has been a big disappointment for them, and the striker position continues to be a problem. I thought that Marcello had a nice tournament, but will he and Alves be starters in the World Cup?
    Brazil will have a big edge playing at home, and Scolari is very good at working the populous, in getting them behind the club. I don’t think the demonstrations are going away any time soon. The government will have to step up, which is highly unlikely. Brazil’s economic boom, should be going towards rebuilding their infrastructure, but money continues to disappear.

    As for WC contenders, it will be interesting to see what Del Bosque will do, if anything. A lot of miles in those Spanish legs, with no rest insight. They might have wasted a wonderful opportunity to integrate new players. Xavi is still “the man” on this squad, and I’m not sure that will a healthy thing for the WC.
    Germany are always contenders, and Italy really impressed me in the Conf. Cup. I’ll be interested to see what Capello will get out of Russia and if Belgium can make the jump to contender. Egypt, might surprise as well, along with Columbia.
    Argentina have to be considered favorites. It would be doubly pleasureful winning the WC in Brazil.
    For me Uruguay and Paraguay have let wonderful opportunities slip by.

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