Kick-off for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup is a few days away, to get you prepared for this prelude to the World Cup, superfoota.com takes a look at the road ahead of the 2014 World Cup dress rehearsal.
The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup is the 9thedition of this tournament and will act as the prelude to the 2014 World Cup to be held in Brazil. Starting on the 15th of June and ending on the 30thof the same month- it gives 8 teams (divided into Group A and Group B) a chance to be feel the Samba atmosphere and carnival a year before the whole world descends upon Brazil for the main footballing party.
A little bit of history; as one might guess, Brazil has dominated this tournament, winning three of the first six renditions of the FIFA Confederations Cup. France is hot on their heels, having captured two titles of their own, with Mexico claiming the remaining cup. BOOM just so you know, Les Bleus did not qualify for this year’s cup, so Brazil can add to their haul without worry of France levelling affairs.
However, the 2009 edition was noteworthy for several upsets, including the United States handing Spain their first international defeat in nearly three years. The luck for the Stars and Stripes would only last so long, as the US fell to Brazil 3-2 in the final. How is it like to defend a title infront of your fans and on your pitches- graze on them like an OX- Yeah so here we go.
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Brazil – Hosts
Spain- 2010 World Cup Winners
Japan- 2011 Asian Cup Winners
Mexico- 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners
Uruguay- 2011 COPA America Winners
Tahiti- 2012 OFC Nations Cup Winners
Italy- Runners Up 2012 UEFA Euro Cup runners up as Spain were winners and come into this tourney as WC Champions
Nigeria- AFCON Winners 2013
Group Stage Rules;
The group winners and runners-up advance to the semi-finals.The ranking of each team in each group will be determined as follows:
- points obtained in all group matches;
- goal difference in all group matches;
- number of goals scored in all group matches;
If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:
- points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- Drawing of lots by the FIFA Organizing Committee.
The Referees/match officials
North, Central American and Caribbean Zone
Match Ball & Technology;
The official match ball for the Cup is produced by Adidas. It was unveiled during the draw for the competition. The ball is named “Cafusa” – a portmanteau of the words “Carnaval” (Carnival), “Futebol” (Football) and “Samba”.
GoalControl GmbH was chosen as the official goal line technology provider for the tournament.
Here is a beautiful Promo to the Confederations Cup i bumped across- Hope you enjoy it