Brazil and Brazilian sport is set for a rollercoaster few years.
The nation is scheduled to hold the 2014 World Cup, and then the Olympic Games in 2016.
With Rio de Janeiro having undergone a complete transformation, revellers are sure to flock to the city to enjoy its beautiful sunshine, scenery and samba.
This year Brazil is also hosting the Confederations Cup. This is a perfect platform upon which officials can test their resources and, more importantly, get the team prepared for the rapturous reception they will receive next year come the opening game.
In the first game Brazil performed well against a poor Japan side. Arguably the standout moment came when wonderkid Neymar hit a stunning half-volley into the net.
But although Brazil were totally dominant, Japan did show up some weaknesses - in particular the advancing full-backs leaving gaps wide open against the long ball.
All else aside, Brazil produced a satisfactory game to get their rollercoaster few years off to a decent start.
Expectation is the key word many people use in the run up to the World Cup. This young side has done well and has some supreme individual talent such as Oscar.
However the question is whether they will deliver when it comes to the biggest stage of them all. The Confederations Cup provides a perfect platform for Brazil to play meaningful competitive football which will train them for the rigours of 2014.
They are also coming up against some world-class opposition in Italy and Spain who are, of course, always favourites to take the title.
Apart from that, for Rio as a city this is the perfect test.
England and Brazil opened the newly-built Maracana which just days before had the roof collapsing in after heavy rain.
The city has had is critics, whether it be security or transport issues there has been a frantic nature to the preparations. With the Confederations Cup, however, the authorities can test resources and still have time to fix what doesn’t go directly to plan.
Sport is serious business in Brazil and it will certainly show. One thing is for certain, though: the Confederations Cup is only a taster of things to come and the world is in for a treat on the sunny shores of Rio.
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