Confederations Cup 2013 kicks off with the host country and the Group A Brazil preferred to take on Japan. Both parties are already locked into the World Cup next year in Brazil as the host and Japan through qualification, so that the tournament is a good preparation.Brazil is under immense pressure to show better form after falling to No. 22 in the latest FIFA rankings. The Selecao should start turning things over the next two weeks and also build some heading next summer confidence.Long-term Tottenham target Leandro Damiao has been excluded from the Confederation Cup due to a hamstring injury. The 23-year-old will be replaced by former Manchester City and Everton striker Jo, who coupled his 25 appearances this season with 12 goals for his club Atlético Mineiro.Japan, however, face more concerns that two of their biggest stars are uncertain for the important clash against Brazil.
CSKA Moscow playmaker Keisuke Honda is one of the stars likely to miss the opening game, the 27-year-old struggled with injuries recently, and his physical condition would not allow him to compete for 90 minutes against the Giants Samba . The importance of the Japanese Honda part implies that its absence will greatly hamper their chances of causing an upset against Brazil.Inter Milan full-back Yuto Nagatomo is also doubtful for Saturday’s game and is expected to return full fail to get fit in time, the Japanese defense will have a horrible task at hand to contain industrious attack strength of Brazil. The Blue Samurai are in a very difficult group, which also features Italy and Mexico. Give thanks for the knockout stages would be a tremendous accomplishment. Whatever the outcome, it is a good measure with the World Cup looming.It was a disappointing start to the second period of Luiz Felipe Scolari in charge of Brazil, but there are suggestions that the Selecao may finally have turned a corner.
Brazil has come under fire for its permeable defense and the inability to see offs – as shown his race one win in six matches of the former Chelsea coach since his return, but a recent 3-0 win against France provided the perfect backdrop for the opening 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup on Saturday, hosted against Asian champions Japan Cup. After Brazil fired on all cylinders against the Blues Sunday, expect a XI unchanged despite minor doubts about the ability of Neymar complaints knee. Meanwhile, to visit Japan, which recently increased to Iraq to end a run of three games without a win, the Blue Samurai will align with all their big guns, including Keisuke Honda and Yuto Nagatomo. The couple had been out of contention, but they managed to overcome strikes represent their country this weekend.
Where: Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brasilia, Brazil
When: Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Brazil Expected Squad for FIFA Confederation Cup 2013:
Julio Cesar Alves, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Marcelo Paulinho, Luiz Gustavo Hulk, Oscar, Neymar Fred
Japan Expected Squad for FIFA Confederation Cup 2013:
Kawashima Uchida, Yoshida, Konno, Nagatomo Endo, Hasebe Okazaki, Honda, Kagawa Maeda
Brazil will be under increasing pressure in front of their reading public will require a win at all costs. Brazil have a pretty good team to see off Japan that were not on the best tracks.Brazil will take lead on Japan team in first game of tournament by FIFA. we hope results will come out as Japan 0 – 3 Brazil.
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