Confederations Cup

  • Luiz Felipe Scolari sticks to Confed Cup Brazil squad for friendly July 31, 2013

    Sao Paulo: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has picked almost the same squad that won the Confederations Cup for the team's friendly against Switzerland in August. Scolari selected 20 players for the match in Basel on August 14, with 19 of them drawn from the Cup squad. Paris Saint-Germain left-back Maxwell...
  • Brazil have long way to go to be the best: Carlos Alberto Parreira July 27, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil's resounding Confederations Cup victory must not lull Brazilians into thinking their team is better than Spain or Germany, according to technical coordinator Carlos Alberto Parreira. Brazil, who will host the World Cup next year, are only at the team-building stage despite crushing world champions Spain 3-0 in...
  • With FIFA gone, Brazil stadium standards slide July 23, 2013

    Sao Paulo: Conditions at Brazil's new soccer stadiums have plummeted since the Confederations Cup ended and the arenas started holding Brazilian league matches, say fans and journalists who accuse football authorities of double standards. Media facilities have been dismantled, roads to stadiums are clogged with traffic and high ticket prices...
  • Brazil surge up FIFA rankings from all-time low July 4, 2013

    Zurich: Brazil have surged to ninth in the FIFA rankings after winning the Confederations Cup. The five-time World Cup winners and 2014 hosts fell to an all-time low of 22nd before a five-match victory streak helped them win the warm-up event title. World and European champions Spain top the rankings despite losing...
  • Confederations Cup: The tale of two Brazils July 2, 2013

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  • Blatter hails electric Maracana, predicts great World Cup July 2, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA president Sepp Blatter hailed the Maracana fans and the electric atmosphere at Sunday's Confederations Cup final as the most incredible he had ever heard and said Brazil would host a great 2014 World Cup. Speaking at a news conference where FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke pledged...
  • Confederations Cup a success despite unrest: Sepp Blatter July 1, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Monday declared the Confederations Cup football tournament a success despite clashes between police and protesters near some matches. As host nation Brazil were beating Spain in Sunday's final of the 2014 World Cup warm-up tournament, police officers were unleashing a barrage of tear...
  • Confederations Cup 2013: Brazil back with a massive bang July 1, 2013

    Fred scored two goals and Neymar added another as host Brazil defeated world champion Spain 3-0 to win the Confederations Cup on Sunday. ...
  • Spain will return to win World Cup: Torres July 1, 2013

    Madrid: Spain's 3-0 reverse to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final was a mere "blip" and they will be back in Brazil next year confidently chasing a second straight World Cup triumph, according to forward Fernando Torres. The Spanish had a miserable night at a festive Maracana stadium on Sunday, as...
  • Brazil's World Cup promise undeniable after win July 1, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Any doubts that Brazil are serious contenders for next year's World Cup were swept away by a majestic 3-0 victory over world champions Spain as they won the Confederations Cup in front of an ecstatic crowd at the Maracana Stadium on Sunday. Inspired by Neymar and Fred in...
  • Luiz Felipe Scolari delighted by size and style of Brazil's victory July 1, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Sunday's 3-0 Confederations Cup final victory over World and European champions Spain showed his team were taking huge strides along the road towards winning the World Cup at home next year. While Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque accepted his side were beaten...
  • Neymar to have throat surgery before Barcelona move July 1, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian striker Neymar was named as the best player of the Confederations Cup after he helped Brazil seal a 3-0 win over world champions Spain in the final on Sunday, then said he would need minor throat surgery before his move to Barcelona. Neymar, who has joined Barcelona...
  • Brazil must be respected after Confederation win: Neymar July 1, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: In winning the Confederations Cup, Brazil has regained the respect of fans at home and rivals around the world. Entering the 2014 World Cup warm-up tournament after a lackluster run of results and jeered by their own fans, the Brazilians capped their revival in Sunday's final by overwhelming...
  • Del Bosque says 3-0 Brazil loss 'deserved defeat' July 1, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Vicente del Bosque called his team's resounding 3-0 loss to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final a "deserved defeat." Del Bosque sought to play down Sunday's lop-sided match, saying the World Cup winners and two-time defending European champions might benefit from the loss in front of a partisan...
  • Brazil beat Spain 3-0 to win Confederations Cup July 1, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Fred scored two goals, Neymar added another and host Brazil defeated world champions Spain 3-0 to win the Confederations Cup on Sunday night as protesters clashed with riot police outside Maracana Stadium. Brazil, a five-time world champion, beat the reigning world and European champions and ended Spain's 29-game,...
  • Italy beat Uruguay 3-2 in shootout to take third place July 1, 2013

    Salvador, Brazil: Gianluigi Buffon saved three penalties as an under-strength Italy edged Uruguay 3-2 in a penalty shootout on Sunday to secure third place at the Confederations Cup following a 2-2 draw after extra time. It was a measure of redemption for Italy after a loss to Spain, also in a...
  • Italy, Uruguay seek Confederations Cup consolation June 30, 2013

    Salvador, Brazil: After each suffering late heartbreak in the Confederations Cup semi-finals, Italy and Uruguay will attempt to rouse their weary bodies for Sunday's third-place play-off in steamy Salvador. Uruguay will start with a distinct physical advantage, their 2-1 loss to Brazil having taken place a full 24 hours before Italy's...
  • Brazil victory would regain lost credibility, says Luiz Felipe Scolari June 30, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Victory over world and European champions Spain in the Confederations Cup final would help Brazil regain lost credibility and respect from their fans, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said on the eve of Sunday's match. Four straight wins over Japan, Mexico, Italy and Uruguay en route to Sunday's decider...
  • I am delighted to be here, laughs Del Bosque June 30, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Spain's coach Vicente Del Bosque was delighted Spain were playing Brazil in the Confederations Cup final at the Maracana on Sunday - even if he was not showing it. The 62-year-old, speaking to the media before Sunday's eagerly anticipated match between next year's World Cup hosts and...
  • Record TV viewing figures for Confederations Cup, say FIFA June 30, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Television audiences around the world have been watching the Confederations Cup in record numbers this month despite anti-government protests which has formed a violent background to the competition, FIFA said on Saturday. With two matches to play, the tournament has also produced a record number of goals,...
  • Defending champions Brazil face World Cup winners Spain in final June 29, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: The Confederations Cup has the final nearly everyone wanted: A long-awaited matchup between world champion Spain and host Brazil. The most dominant team in recent years and the most successful team of all time will meet on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium. It will be the first time...
  • Neymar up for Golden Ball award at Confederations Cup June 29, 2013

    Rio de Janerio: Brazil forward Neymar is among six players nominated for the Golden Ball award that is handed to the best player at the Confederations Cup. The 21-year-old Neymar scored three goals in the group stage, then played a part in Brazil's two goals in the 2-1 semifinal victory over...
  • Five reasons to watch the Confederations Cup final June 29, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Five reasons to watch Brazil play Spain on Sunday in the final of the Confederations Cup, a warm-up tournament for next year's World Cup: Neymar The locals love Neymar, and the past few weeks have proven that they are on to something. The 21-year-old Brazil striker with the pseudo...
  • Sepp Blatter says FIFA emerged 'stronger' in Brazil June 29, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA president Sepp Blatter glossed over the nationwide protests which have formed the backdrop to the Confederations Cup in Brazil, saying football had played a "positive part" for the country. Blatter was confident next year's World Cup, also in Brazil, would be a success and his spokesman Walter...
  • Top 10 players at Confederations Cup June 29, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: A look at the ten of the best players so far at this year's Confederations Cup in Brazil: 1. Neymar The Brazil striker and newly-signed Barcelona player has lived up to his billing as the future of Brazilian football at the Confederations Cup, scoring in each of the three...
  • Sepp Blatter pledges 100 million dollars to Brazil June 29, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA President Sepp Blatter responded on Friday to criticism of the cost of staging the World Cup in Brazil by pledging to give at least $100 million from profits back to the country. World football's governing body gave South Africa $100 million to invest in development projects...
  • We can play well to beat Spain: Neymar June 29, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazilians aren't hiding how much they admire Spain's national team, how good the World Champions are and how difficult it is to play against them. But make no mistake, they say, that doesn't mean they'll fear Spain when the teams meet in the Confederations Cup final on...
  • Italy criticise scheduling, format of Confederations Cup June 28, 2013

    Brazil: After their draining penalty shootout loss to Spain in the semi-finals, Italy are questioning the scheduling of the Confederations Cup. Italy have just two full days to recover before facing Uruguay in the third-place match Sunday in Salvador. Coach Cesare Prandelli says, "The whole format of the tournament should be reviewed...
  • Opportunity for Neymar to prove critics wrong June 28, 2013

    Rio De Janeiro: Neymar has already done a lot at the Confederations Cup to erase many of the doubts about what he can do for Brazil. Another good performance in the final against Spain on Sunday and few will be able to dismiss him as the future of Brazilian football. Neymar made...
  • We are as good as Spain, says Italy coach June 28, 2013

    Fortaleza: Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said his team had proved they were on par with Spain after a 6-7 penalty shootout loss to the world Champions here, reports Xinhua. The Confederations Cup semi-final defeat on Thursday came almost a year after Spain routed the Azzurri 4-0 in the Euro 2012...