Brazil: World Cup 2014 favourites?

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The Confederations Cup has shown us that Brazil are still the team that many of us remember - and can get the job done when needed.

The 2010 World Cup winners Spain, a team favourite for mostly any international tournament, were royally spanked by Brazil in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final.

Fred put Brazil 1-0 up within two minutes at the Maracana, reacting the quickest once again and poking the ball over Iker Casillas’ head. This was only the start for Brazil and the disintegration of Vicente del Bosque’s Spain.

Luiz Felipe Scolari played very offensively against Spain, relentlessly attacking the Spanish side; however, when Spain broke and thought it was sure Pedro was going to slot one past Cesar, David Luiz came to the rescue.

The extremely questionable defender at times, as seen in the previous game giving away a penalty, provided some magic by sliding in and lifting the ball over the bar in the 40th minute.

The second goal came from the man of the moment himself; Neymar. With a fantastic left-footed strike, Neymar rifled the ball into the top of the net and put Spain in a position that they are rarely in.

The third for Brazil came just after the half-time when Fred casually finished and put the final nail in the coffin against the majestic Spanish side.

With Sergio Ramos missing a penalty and Pique being sent off for a foul on Neymar, Brazil could have easily added more to the scoreboard.

So after this match, it seems the World Cup can’t come quick enough for Brazil - but will they be able to perform once again on their own back-yard?

Brazil have the definite home advantage, while the intense heat and humidity will provide havoc for many of the European teams. This, along with the thousands of supporters, will set Brazil up nicely before the tournament has even got underway.

Brazil has also churned out another team for the record books. With the highlight being Neymar - the recently assigned Barcelona man has definitely answered the critics with this Confederations Cup, scoring some beautiful goals and picking up the Golden Ball.

He is joined by a star-studded squad including the likes of Thiago Silva, Hulk, Dani Alves, David Luiz, Paulinho and many more fantastic talents.

Scolari, the 2002 manager that brought Brazil to World Cup victory, had a poor start but after this Confederations Cup win, it seems he has been able to inter-link the Brazilian talents to utilise their potential to the best ability.

Obviously, the Confederations Cup final was a horrendous game for Spain and they are still a phenomenal squad. Other European talents such as Germany, Italy, England and under-dogs Belgium will give Brazil a run for their money, not mentioning the other South American maestros Argentina.

However, based on the last few Brazilian games, we have seen a squad that is pretty special and I reckon they will definitely be in the final of the World Cup if not lifting the trophy itself.


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