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Coach Scolari expected to file the same line-up which he has selected in Brazil's three out of last four matches, including their 2-1 semi-final win over Uruguay.
BRAZIL PROBABLE : Julio Cesar, Marcelo, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Dani Alves, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar, Neymar, Hulk and Fred.
But EURO and WORD Cup Winner Spanish coach Del Bosque has changed by rotating his squad throughout the tournament, So the expected line up of he FIFA no 1 against the FIFA no 22
SPAIN PROBABLE : : Iker Casillas, Jordi Alba, Alvaro Arbeloa, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Roberto Soldado, David Silva.
BRAZIL VS SPAIN HEAD to HEAD
13 Nove 1999 Friendlies Spain 0-0 Brazil
12 Sept 1990 Friendlies Spain 3-0 Brazil
SPAIN : Carlos Munoz 10', Fernando 61', Michel 89'
01 June 1986 World Cup Spain 0-1 Brazil
08 July 1981 Friendlies Brazil 1-0 Spain
07 June 1978 World Cup Brazil 0-0 Spain
06 June 1962 World Cup Brazil 2-1 Spain
13 July 1950 World Cup Brazil 6-1 Spain
BRZ : Ademir 13', 57', Jair 18', Chico 31', 56', Zizinho 67',
SPA : Garcianda 70'
27 May 1934 World Cup Spain 3-1 Brazil
Total - 8 matches
Brazil win - 4
Spain Win - 3
Drew - 1
SPain is unbeaten in last three matches against Brazil
The highest margin win of Brazil over Spain was 6-1 in 1950 world cup
the highest margin win of Spain over Brazil was in a friendly match 1990.
27.06.2013: Spain vs Italy Head-to-Head :
Spain (PROBABLE): Casillas; Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Fabregas,
Italy (PROBABLE): Buffon; Abate, Chiellini, Barzagli, De Sciglio; Pirlo, De Rossi, Marchisio;
Giovinco, Giaccherini; El Shaarawy .
01 Jul 2012 Euro Spain 4-0 Italy
10 Jun 2012 Euro Spain 1-1 Italy
10 Aug 2011 Friendlies Italy 2-1 Spain
22 Jun 2008 Euro Spain 0-0(4-2)Italy
26 Mar 2008 Friendlies Spain 1-0 Italy
28 Apr 2004 Friendlies Italy 1-1 Spain
29 Mar 2000 Friendlies Spain 2-0 Italy
18 Nov 1998 Friendlies Italy 2-2 Spain
09 Jul 1994 World Cup Italy 2-1 Spain
14 Jun 1988 Euro Italy 1-0 Spain
12 Jun 1980 Euro Spain 0-0 Italy
21 Dec 1978 Friendlies Italy 1-0 Spain
25 Jan 1978 Friendlies Spain 2-1 Italy
20 Feb 1971 Friendlies Italy 1-2 Spain
21 Feb 1970 Friendlies Spain 2-2 Italy
13 Mar 1960 Friendlies Spain 3-1 Italy
28 Feb 1959 Friendlies Italy 1-1 Spain
27 Mar 1949 Friendlies Spain 1-3 Italy
19 Apr 1942 Friendlies Italy 4-0 Spain
01 Jun 1934 World Cup Italy 1-0 Spain
31 May 1934 World Cup Italy 1-1 Spain
19 Apr 1931 Friendlies Spain 0-0 Italy
22 Jun 1930 Friendlies Italy 2-3 Spain
04 Jun 1928 Olympic Italy 7-1 Spain
01 Jun 1928 Olympic Italy 1-1 Spain
22 Apr 1928 Friendlies Spain 1-1 Italy
29 Ma 1927 Friendlies Italy 2-0 Spain
14 Jun 1925 Friendlies Spain 1-0 Italy
25 May 1924 Olympic Italy 1-0 Spain
9 Mar 1924 Friendlies Italy 0-0 Spain
02 Sep 1920 Olympic Italy 0-2 Spain
Matches - 31
Italy won - 9
Spain won - 10
Draw - 12
Spain - current winning streak of 4 games home against Italy (1970)
Spain - hasn't lost for the last 6 games home against Italy (1949)
Spain - hasn't won for the last 5 games away against Italy (1971)
Last 6 meetings :
At Spain :
Jul 01, 2012 ESP 4-0 ITA (European Championship)
Jun 10, 2012 ESP 1-1 ITA (European Championship)
Jun 22, 2008 ESP 0-0 ITA (European Championship)
At Italy :
Aug 10, 2011 ITA 2-1 ESP (Friendly)
Apr 28, 2004 ITA 1-1 ESP (Friendly)
Mar 18, 2001 ITA 0-0 ESP (La Liga)
22.06.2013 : TO AVOID SPAIN IN THE SEMI-FINAL, BRAZIL AND ITALY WILL TRY THEIR BEST TO WIN THE LAST MATCH OF GROUP LEAGUE.
The 16th classic fight between Azzuri and Selecao will be held on 23rd June. the 5 times World Champion will face 4 times World Champion. Both teams already reach in the Semi Final but there will be prestige fight between two as who will be the group champion?.
Brazil last lost to Italy in the 2nd round of 1982 Spain World Cup. The Classic match ended 3-2 as Italian Paulo Rosi scored hattrick agaist Sócrates's Brazil and broke their dream. After then in the last 32 years Brazil met Italy 6 times in the intrnational arena where whey won 4 matches and drew 2 matches.
Out of all 15 clashes between the two super power of World Football Brazil won 7 times while Italy won 5 times and rest 3 matches drew. Out of Brazils 7 win against Italy so far there were two World Cup Finals one in 1970 where Brazil won 4-1 and 1994 3-2 in tiebreaker.
In confederation Cup Brazil last met Italy in the year 1999, two goals from Luis Fabiano and an Andrea Dossena own goal secured a 3-0 win in Pretoria.
ALL 15 HEAD TO HEAD
21 Mar 2013 Friendlies Italy 2-2 Brazil
ITL : De Rossi, Balotelli
BRZ : Fred, Oscar
ITL: Buffon; Maggio, Bonucci, Barzagli, Sciglio; Rossi, Pirlo, Marchisio; Montolivo; Balotelli, Osvaldo.
BRZ:: Cesar; Alves, Luiz, Dante, Filipe Luis; Fernando, Hernanes; Oscar; Hulk, Fred, Neymar.
21 Jun 2009 Confederations Cup Italy 0-3 Brazil
10 Feb 2009 Friendlies Brazil 2-0 Italy
08 Jun 1997 Tournoi de France Brazil 3-3 Italy
17 Jul 1994 World Cup Brazil 0-0(3-2)Italy
14 Oct 1989 Friendlies Italy 0-1 Brazil
05 Jul 1982 World Cup Italy 3-2 Brazil
24 Jun 1978 World Cup Brazil 2-1 Italy
31 May 1976 Friendlies Brazil 4-1 Italy
09 Jun 1973 Friendlies Italy 2-0 Brazil
21 Jun 1970 World Cup Brazil 4-1 Italy
BRZ : Pele, Gerson, Jairzinho, Carlos Alberto
ITL : Boninsegna
12 May 1963 Friendlies Italy 3-0 Brazil
01 Jul 1956 Friendlies Brazil 2-0 Italy
25 Apr 1956 Friendlies Italy 3-0 Brazil
16 Jun 1938 World Cup Italy 2-1 Brazil
Brazil's Neymar and Jo both scored goal in their last two group league matches where the manchester City Striker Jo scored two goals as substiture just played a total for 17 minutes only while the win against Mexico, Brazil made the nine match win in a row.
The opponent Italy also have an eight match unbeaten run so far as the last lost 1-2 to France in a friendly in November 2012. former Manchester City and currrent AC Milan Star Mario Balotelli scored 2 goals in two matches of Italy and scored 10 goals so far for Italy as an youngest players just behind legendary two-time World Cup winner Giuseppe Meazza.
Tomorrow Italy will miss their two key player Andera Pirlo and Daniel De Rossi, Pirlo is suffering form Knee injury while De Rossi will miss for card problem. In place of the two key player Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will bring two of his four boys Montolivo, Alberto Aquilani, Antonio Candreva or Alessio Cerci.
The Italians forwards Mario Balotelli. may be supported by Emanuele Giaccherini, Sebastian Giovinco, Alberto Aquilani or Stephan El Shaarawy. Balotelli will be challenged by Thiago Silva and David Luiz? ( Injured in the nose fracture against Mexico).
To avoid World Champion Spain in the Semi Final Brazil have to win against Italy. Ex Santos and Now Barcelona bound star Neymar have to work hard with electric pace, dribbling skills and ability to score as the team leader in last two matches. But Rough and Tough Football of Italy may not give Neymar so space to operate his individual skill. Italy also will try to avoid Spain as they were thrashed by Spain in the Euro 2012 final.
Brazilian play maker Oscar will face World Top Keeper Buffon which he saw him playing in Television and played against him in Soccer Game. But he already scored 3 goals against him, 2-2 draw in champions league for Chelsea against Juventus and 2-2 draw againd Italy for Brazil in March. He is delighted to play against original Buffon again and try to make win for the team..
Brazil will of course have the support of their home fans and although this is the toughest game in their group and try to take revenge of 2-3 last lost in the 1982 World Cup before the birth of most of the current footballers of Brazil and Italy (Buffon then 4 years kid).
Brazil to face Mexico in the 2nd Match of Confederation Cup.
18.06.2013 : Confederation Cup defending Champions and 2013 Host Brazil will face Mexico in the 2nd match of Group ' A ' on 20th June. As they beat Japan 3-0 in the first natch and looking for their semi final berth. The CONCACAF Gold Cup 2011 winners, Mexico, and 2009 Confederations Cup winner Brazil will play at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Brazil Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is expected to use the same starting line-up of last game against Japan to play against the tricky CONCACAF champions Mexico which is a powerful North Amrican team.
Brazil's eperience agaisnt Mexico in the Confederation Cup is not so good, as they met three times earlier in the Confederation Cup but won only for one time while Mexico beat Brazil two times. The best match played between the two was held in 4th August 1999 Confederation cup where Mexico beat Brazil 4-3. In 2007 copa America, Brazil also lost 0-2 to Mexico. The last Win came to Brazil against Mexico onv11th October in a friendly where Brazil beat them 2-1.
ALL TIME HEAD TO HEAD
03 Jun 2012 Friendlies Brazil 0-2 Mexico
11 Oct 2011 Friendlies Mexico 1-2 Brazil
12 Sep 2007 Friendlies Brazil 3-1 Mexico
27 Jun 2007 Copa America Brazil 0-2 Mexico
19 Jun 2005 Confederations Mexico 1-0 Brazil
18 Jul 2004 Copa America Mexico 0-4 Brazil
27 Jul 2003 Gold Cup Mexico 1-0 Brazil
13 Jul 2003 Gold Cup Mexico 1-0 Brazil
30 Apr 2003 Friendlies Mexico 0-0 Brazil
12 Jul 2001 Copa America Mexico 1-0 Brazil
07 Mar 2001 Friendlies Mexico 3-3 Brazil
04 Aug 1999 Confederations Mexico 4-3 Brazil
14 Jul 1999 Copa America Brazil 2-0 Mexico
03 Jul 1999 Copa America Brazil 2-1 Mexico
16 Dec 1997 Confederations Brazil 3-2 Mexico
16 Jun 1997 Copa America Brazil 3-2 Mexico
30 Apr 1997 Friendlies Brazil 4-0 Mexico
16 Dec 1993 Friendlies Mexico 0-1 Brazil
08 Aug 1993 Friendlies Brazil 1-1 Mexico
31 Jul 1992 Tournoi Amizade Brazil 5-0 Mexico
13 Dec 1990 Friendlies Brazil 0-0 Mexico
08 Jun 1980 Friendlies Brazil 2-0 Mexico
04 Jun 1976 Friendlies Mexico 0-3 Brazil
31 Mar 1974 Friendlies Brazil 1-1 Mexico
30 Sep 1970 Friendlies Brazil 2-1 Mexico
03 Nov 1968 Friendlies Brazil 2-1 Mexico
31 Oct 1968 Friendlies Brazil 1-2 Mexico
10 Jul 1968 Friendlies Mexico 2-1 Brazil
07 Jul 1968 Friendlies Mexico 0-2 Brazil
30 May 1962 World Cup Brazil 2-0 Mexico
15 Mar 1960 Panamerican Brazil 2-1 Mexico
06 Mar 1960 Panamerican Brazil 2-2 Mexico
08 Mar 1956 Panamerican Brazil 2-1 Mexico
16 Jun 1954 World Cup Brazil 5-0 Mexico
06 Apr 1952 Panamerican Brazil 2-0 Mexico
24 Jun 1950 World Cup Brazil 4-0 Mexico
Not only that Mexico did win in their last encounter though, a 2-0 friendly victory in Texas, USA in June last year thanks to first-half strikes from Giovani dos Santos and Hernandez. The two scorers of the said match will play against Brazil tomorow.
Mexico lost their starting match to Italy 1-2 in 2013 Confederation Cup. That loss only heightened the pressure of Coach Chepo Manuel De La Torre, who has also see his team mis-fire in the CONCACAF zone of World cup qualifying, having only notched 5 draws in their last 6 Games in North American Qualifing for 2014 FIFA world Cup.
In the Brazil vs Mexico head to head, the South Americans lead the way over the Central Americans. In 37 previous meetings, Brazil have taken 21 wins to 10 from Mexico. The goal count stands at 69 goals for Brazil and 36 to Mexico in those meetings.
Veteran midfielder Prilo all set to make his 100th cap for Italy when they start their campaign against Mexico in Confederation Cup 2013 in Brazil.
Controversial young striker Mario Balotelli is still doubtful due to right thigh pain. Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez will start but Giovani Dos Santos place is starting Xi is still in doubt.
CONCACAF champions Mexico is regular in Confederation Cup while UEFA EURO 2012 runners-up Italy have one of the four teams (along with Brazil, Germany and Argentina) to play more World Cup than Mexico.
After back to back two draw against Czech Republic and Haiti, coach Cesare Prandelli can gain confidence with their head to head records against Mexico. Italy lost just once to Mexico in 11 games - a 2-1 friendly defeat in their last meeting in 2010.
But Italy's last win against Mexico was 20 years ago when they beat Mexico 2-0 in a friendly in Florence in January 1993. Two legendry footballer of all time in Italian football history Roberto Baggio and Paolo Maldini scored for Italy.
With the huge experience of Pirlo with two young sensational striker of AC Milan's Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy can give hope to Prandelli's side.
Olympic champion Mexico also made back to back two goalless draw in their last two World Cup qualifying matches against Panama and Costa Rica. But young forwards Javier Hernandez (25), Giovani dos Santos (24) and Andres Guardado (26) can make the differences for his country.
HEAD 2 HEAD
03 Jun 2010 Friendlies Italy 1-2 Mexico
13 Jun 2002 World Cup Mexico 1-1 Italy
28 Jun 1994 World Cup Italy 1-1 Mexico
20 Jan 1993 Friendlies Italy 2-0 Mexico
02 Jun 1985 Friendlies Mexico 1-1 Italy
04 Feb 1984 Friendlies Italy 5-0 Mexico
25 Sep 1971 Friendlies Italy 2-0 Mexico
14 Jun 1970 World Cup Mexico 1-4 Italy
05 Jan 1969 Friendlies Mexico 1-1 Italy
01 Jan 1969 Friendlies Mexico 2-3 Italy
29 Jun 1966 Friendlies Italy 5-0 Mexico
DEFENDING CHAMPIONS BRAZIL TO FACE ASIAN CHAMPION JAPAN IN THE OPENING OF CONFEDERATION CUP ON 15TH.
13.06.2013 Few hour more to start of the 8th Confederation Cup 2013 in Brazil, the three times winner of the trophy. In the opening match host Brazil will face against Asian football power house Japan, the team which already qualified in the 2014 FIFA world Cup also be held in Brazil. The both team last met in october 2012 in a friendly where Brazil rout Japan 4-0. In the year 2006 in Germany World Cup Brazil also beat Japan 4-1.
This will be an important match for Brazil under coach Luiz Felipe Scolari who gave Brazil the last World Cup in the year 2002. This will also be important to Brazil as the team last few years played only friendly matches rather than any official Tournament.
The fans spotlight will shine on Barcelona`s new 57 million-euro striker Neymar, Chelsea midfielder Oscar. Brazil made a 2-2 draw with England two weeks back and Sunday`s 3-0 victory over France where a1 brilliant display of young footballers like Oscar, Neymar, Moura, Hulk under expericned Captain Thiago Silva. After a 21 years Brazil beat France in that margin which they lost in 1998 Fifa world cup final.
Scolaries three men attacking midfield and strong defence against France made them grand success in the match.
On the other hand the Asian Super Power Japan became the first team to qualify for next year`s World Cup in Brazil when Keisuke Honda`s injury-time spot-kick earned them a 1-1 draw against Australia and Iraq 1-0 in final match. Japan called The Blue Samurai are ranked 32nd in the FIFA rankings where Brazil lost their glory as they now ranked 22 which is ever worst rank in their hostory.
Japan Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni who was once managed AC Milan, Juventus has created a strong attacking side and has implemented all his expertise which he earned in his Italy days.
In the year 2011 Japan won the AFC Asian Cup. Japan played a fast football like South Koreans with a small ground pass mainly 4-2-3-1 formation. Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa usually operating on the left side of midfield. The players like left back Inter Milan`s Yuto Nagatomo whom is called overlap master and the no. 10 CSKA Moscow`s Honda, who every time manage a key role of the team who is the top scorer for japan with 5 goals in World Cup wualifer.Japan have an experience of playing in the final of 5 world cups.
The Team Japan played last Confederation Cup in 2005 at Germany where they made 2-2 against Champion Brazil and beat 2004 Euro Cup winner Greece but finaly not qualified from group stage while Brazil won the 2009 Confederation Cup beating USA 3-2 in the Final under coach Dunga.
ALL TIME HEAD 2 HEAD
16 Oct 2012 Friendlies Brazil 4-0 Japan
22 Jun 2006 World Cup Japan 1-4 Brazil
22 Jun 2005 Confed Japan 2-2 Brazil
04 Jun 2001 Confed Japan 0-0 Brazil
20 sep 2000 Friendlies Japan 0-1 Brazil
31 Mar 1999 Friendlies Japan 0-2 Brazil
13 Aug 1997 Friendlies Japan 0-3 Brazil
09 Aug 1995 Friendlies Japan 1-5 Brazil
06 Jun 1995 Umbro Cup Brazil 3-0 Japan
23 Jul 1989 Friendlies Brazil 1-0 Japan
10 Head to head so far Brazil is unbeaten to Japan.
Brazil scored 25 goals :: Japan scored 4 goals
Brazil win 8 Drew 2 :: Japan - No win.