Six reasons to watch and bet on the Brazil vs Spain Confederations Cup Final on Sunday, a warmup tournament for next year's World Cup

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 The 21-year-old Brazilian with the pseudo Mohawk recently completed a move to Barcelona, where next season he will play alongside Lionel Messi and several of the Spanish players he will face Sunday. Neymar scored in each of the team's three group matches as Brazil went 3-0 and he played a part in both Selecao goals in the 2-1 semifinal win over Uruguay. More pressure will be on him to perform not just on Sunday, but next year as Brazil tries to win its sixth World Cup title.

Maracana Stadium

The final will be played at one of the most famous soccer venues in the world, which also will host the World Cup final on July 13 next year. Once one of the largest stadiums in the world, Maracana hosted the final match of the 1950 World Cup, which FIFA says drew 173,850 and other sources list at up to 199,854. Uruguay rallied with a pair of goals in the last 30 minutes to beat Brazil 2-1 and win its second world title, leaving the Selecao still searching for a first. The stadium, which was built ahead of that World Cup and is owned by the state government, is officially named Mario Filho Stadium, after a famous Brazilian journalist. It has been remodeled and now has a capacity of about 78,000.


Almost any time you watch Spain, you're watching soccer at its best. After years of underachieving, La Furia Roja won
the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, the first team to win those three major
titles in succession. Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta dominate midfield play, and Spain almost always has a huge advantage in possession with the ''tiki-taka'' style taken from Barcelona. With Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso recovering from back surgery, coach Vicente del Bosque has switched to a formation similar to Barcelona's 4-3-3.

Brazil playing at home

Brazil invented ''O Joga Bonito (The Beautiful Game).'' Ever since Brazil was awarded the right to host the 2014
World Cup six years ago, there has been a huge amount of pressure on the team. And the Confederations Cup final will serve as a big test to see if the young team is ready to unseat Spain.

Preparing for the World Cup

The Confederations Cup is designed to test six of the 12 stadiums to be used for next year's tournament along with
airports and transportation systems. Sunday's final can be used as an introduction to the big event, the 32-nation spectacle next year.


JESUS SAVES - Jesus Navas saved Spain by stepping up and finishing off Italy. Relive the excitement and watch each of the 14 goals below

120 minutes of regular time and extra time had passed and the Confederations Cup semifinal match between Spain and Italy remained deadlocked at 0-0. The two teams went to penalties. For fans of the two countries, anxiety was building up like a hurricane. This is the time to start saying your prayers.

Candreva made a penalty for Italy, then Xavi made for Spain, and both teams kept making the penalties, and kept making the penalties…on and on. Eventually, Italy’s Bonucci, a central defender who has probably taken four spot kicks in his entire life, missed one over the bar. Spain’s Jesus Navas stepped up and finished, sending his country to the Confederations Cup Final, where they will face up against host Brazil on Sunday.

1. Candreva – Italy


2. Xavi – Spain


3. Aquilani – Italy


4. Iniesta – Spain


5. De Rossi – Italy


6. Pique – Spain


7. Giovinco – Italy


8. Sergio Ramos – Spain


9. Pirlo – Italy


10. Juan Mata – Spain


11. Montolivo – Italy


12. Busquets – Spain


13. Bonucci – Italy (Miss)


14. Jesus Navas – Spain