Lionel Messi and Neymar before the match against Atletico Madrid
Barça wins 11th Supercopa De Espana with uninspired performance.
managed to win their 11th Supercopa De Espana - beating Atletico Madrid in a scoreless match that ended 0-0. The game had everything to offer but goals. Lionel Messi
missed what should have been an easy penalty kick for the world class player. Plenty of penalty cards (yellow and red) were handed out by the referees.
The takeaway from this match is that Neymar
is still trying to find his place in the Barcelona offensive. The 21yr old Brazilian has been making great effort to show his amazing skills but has not been able to prove himself as of yet.
Barcelona wins 11th Supercopa De Espana beating Atletico Madrid 8/28/2013
With a summer filled with player and coach movements like the recent Real Madrid Gareth Bale news, some might say that La Liga is once again a two-horse race. While that might be true, that doesn't mean that competition will be lacking elsewhere in the league. With players like Inigo Martinez, Kevin Gameiro and Benat Etxebarria playing outside of Real Madrid and Barcelona, and players like Isco and Neymar joining the traditional powers, a high level of talent will be on display each week.
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Brazilian National Team Players doing their famous celebration dance
Hosting the Confederations Cup and World Cup next year has greater significance for Brazil then what happens on the field - It wants to be a player on the world stage, not just on the field
Brazil is a country with a rich soccer (futebol) history. All you have to say is the name Pele. Hosting the Confederations Cup and World Cup next year has greater significance for Brazil then what happens on the field. The vibrant country has a lot to prove to itself and the world. It wants to be seen as a player on the world stage, not just on the soccer field. Staggering poverty and crime are just a few of the obstacles that Brazil has to overcome but Brazilians are always optimistic about their future, both on and off the field.
The crowd at Maracana Stadium was noisy, hoping for and maybe even
anticipating a triumph by Brazil. The Selecao rewarded the fans with a
comprehensive victory over the best national team of the 21st century,
an ego-boosting 3-0 smothering of world champion Spain in the Confederations
Cup final on Sunday night.
But Brazil is focusing on the really big prize: the 2014 World Cup that it hosts
"We know that the tournament that we will be playing next year will be a lot
more difficult," Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. "Now we have more
confidence. That's what we needed."
In the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup final next July 14, Fred put
Brazil ahead in the second minute, Neymar doubled the lead in the 44th with his
fourth goal of the tournament and Fred added his fifth in the 47th. While there
was a crowd of 73,000 in the renovated stadium, outside protesters clashed with
riot police on the final night of the two-week prep tournament.
"Brazil has shown to the world that this is the Brazilian national team and
that we must be respected," said 21-year-old Neymar, awarded the Golden Ball as
the tournament's top player. "I think that today we had a great victory against
the best team of the world, with some of the best players in the world."
In a matchup of new and old powers, the five-time world champion defeated the
reigning world and European champion and ended Spain's 29-game, three-year
winning streak in competitive matches. Spain lost a competitive game by three
goals for the first time since a 3-0 defeat at Wales in a World Cup qualifier in
"We are happy with what we have done over the last few years," Spain coach
Vicente Del Bosque said. "But one loss — you have to look at it, but not
overreact to it. We are not content with the loss. But when a team is superior,
you have to accept it. It was a deserved defeat."
Brazil won its third straight Confederations Cup, and is unbeaten in 57
consecutive home competitive matches since 1975. Yet, no reigning
Confed Cup winner has gone on to capture the following year's World
Spain, which had not lost a competitive game since its 2010 World Cup opener
against Switzerland, had a miserable night. Sergio Ramos sent a penalty kick
wide in the 55th and defender Gerard Pique was ejected by Dutch referee Bjorn
Kuipers with a straight red card for fouling Neymar in the 68th.
"The first minutes and the last minutes of the halves are critical," Spanish
defender Cesar Azpilicueta said. "And they scored their three goals at the
beginning and ends of the halves, which is the worst time. Those are the most
Eliminated in the quarterfinals of the last two World Cups, the Selecao
entered the tournament having not played a competitive match since the 2011 Copa
America. Brazil had slipped to 22nd in the FIFA rankings, between Ghana and
Spain, ranked first for the past 20 months, is the most accomplished national
team of recent decades, winning its first World Cup in 2010 between titles in
the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.
But in the stadium where 170,000-plus watched Brazil lose to Uruguay in the
last game of the 1950 World Cup, Brazil dominated La Furia Roja.
"The champion is back," the crowd chanted.
It also didn't take long before the fans — in a sea of yellow jerseys --
started teasing the Spaniards, chanting "Wanna play, wanna play!? Brazil will
Spain had been unbeaten in 26 matches overall, including friendlies, since a
1-0 loss to England in London in 2011 and had outscored opponents 69-11 in
competitive matches since the loss to Switzerland in South Africa.
But Spain had not played Brazil since a 1999 exhibition, and they hadn't met
in a competitive match since the Selecao's 1-0 win in the first round of the
1986 World Cup in Mexico.
"We knew we were going to encounter a physical game with lots of fouling,"
Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta said. "We lost to a very strong team, and the
small details let us down."
Fred opened the scoring after a cross into the area by Hulk in the second
minute. The ball bounced off Neymar near the far post and Fred, who had fallen
while trying to reach for the cross, shot with his right foot while still on the
Brazil added to the lead after Neymar exchanged passes with Oscar and then
sent a powerful left-footed shot over goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Fred got the final goal from just inside the area, sending a low shot to the
far corner. Hulk started the move with a pass to Neymar, but the striker let it
go as Fred came running behind him.
Spain was awarded the penalty kick after Marcelo fouled Jesus Navas inside
the area. Ramos, who skied a penalty kick for Real Madrid against Bayern Munich
in the 2012 Champions League semifinals, sent this one wide.
Spain's best chance before the penalty came with Pedro Rodriguez in the 41st,
when he entered the area clear from defenders on a breakaway. His low shot beat
goalkeeper Julio Cesar, but David Luiz came rushing in and slid in front of the
goal line just in time to deflect the ball over the crossbar.
There were protests outside the stadium during the match, with police using
rubber bullets and tear gas to keep demonstrators from getting too close. A wave
of anti-government protests has swept across Brazil in recent weeks, and many
affected the Confederations Cup host cities as demonstrators complained of the
costs of hosting the World Cup.
On the field, it was a heated match from the start, with players from both
teams pushing and shoving each other a few times. Even the substitutes got into
a shouting match.
"We played a very good match," Scolari said. "It allows us to have a better
idea about the path ahead of us."
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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.
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.
The Argentinian phenomenon is relishing Playing alongside the young Brazilian star and thinks the arrival of Pep Guardiola makes Bayern Munich even stronger
Lionel Messi is eagerly anticipating teaming up with Neymar next season and hopes the former Santos star can replicate his Brazil form at Barcelona.
The 21-year-old has been in fine form at the Confederations Cup, netting three goals
and setting up two more to lead Brazil to the final of the competition, and Messi hopes there's more to come from his new teammate at the club level.
The Argentinian Star recently visited Senegal on a Humanitarian mission to promote an anti-malaria campaign that is close to his heart.
"Neymar really is a great player and I have no doubt that he will contribute a lot," the Argentine was quoted as saying by Sport. "I hope that he can keep up his current form at Brazil with Barcelona in the new season."
The prolific attacker then went on to discuss the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as Real Madrid coach and thinks the Santiago Bernabeu side will be back challenging for the Liga title again in 2013-14.
"Barcelona's goal will again be to fight for all trophies. We will have to compete against a great team, though. It will not be easy because Madrid have some great players," Messi said. "They already had a good coach before and have now found another great one."
Messi also had his say on Pep Guardiola's move to Bayern and believes that the former Barca boss will make the Champions League winners even stronger.
"Bayern were already a great team before Pep's arrival," Messi stated. "They won it all last season and have some fine players. The arrival of Guardiola will only make them stronger."
Guardiola started preseason with Bayern earlier this week.
The Confederations Cup hosts face an explosive Uruguay side and our tipster is backing plenty of goalbound strikes
Brazil meets Uruguay on Wednesday evening for a place in the final of the Confederations Cup. Despite public unrest on the streets of Rio, the national team have been unfazed by these actions, cruising through the tournament so far. The Selecao
face a Uruguay side with plenty of attacking options, so expect a fiery game with goals dominating proceedings.
Brazil come into this match after overcoming a tricky encounter against Italy. Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men had cruised through their opening two games, beating Japan and Mexico, but Italy, despite missing key men, cause the hosts problems before eventually winning the match 4-2 and topping the group.
Paddy Power price Brazil as heavy favourites for the match at 4/11 (1.36)
to progress through in 90 minutes.
Uruguay were drawn against the world and European champions in their group, so it’s no surprise they qualified for the semi finals in second place.
Oscar Tabarez’s men had a tough start against Spain, eventually losing 2-1, before a Diego Forlan goal saw them edge past Nigeria while Tahiti offered little resistance. The Celeste
are a long 8/1 (9.00)
to cause an upset tonight and send the hosts out of the competition within 90 minutes. Paddy Power also price the draw at 4/1 (5.00)
With the likes of Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan leading the line for Uruguay, with Abel Hernandez in the ranks, it’s no surprise to see they haven’t struggled for goals in the competition.
With Brazil netting an impressive nine goals in three matches against solid opposition, the both teams to score bet with Paddy Power at 8/11 (1.73)
looks like a sure bet worth backing.
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The firm have priced both Luis Suarez and Neymar to score in 90 minutes at 7/1 (8.00)
. Considering Suarez has scored four goals in his last four matches for Uruguay and Neymar has netted in his last three games for Brazil, this bet is certainly worth investing in.