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If the FIFA World Cup is a feast of Football, then prepare yourself for a mid morning snack of Football.

 

he 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the ninth FIFA Confederations Cup, is an international association football tournament that will be held in Brazil in 2013, as a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[2] The tournament is expected to be held from 15 to 30 June 2013. Brazil are the defending champions.

As the competition partially overlaps with the fourth round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification in Asian zone, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) asked FIFA to consider a change of date.[3] However, the AFC decided that the match day will be adjusted only for Japan, the representative of AFC for the Confederations Cup.[4]

Uruguay, Italy and Spain will have the opportunity to become the third team (after Argentina and France) to win all three major FIFA tournaments: the World Cup, the Olympic football competition and the Confederations Cup.

 

 

The BBC are doing a pretty furor job of giving us some free to air Summer Football, Hurrah for the beeb, except for Lawro. Naturally.

 

The Confederations Cup gets under way in Brazil on Saturday, 15 June - and the BBC will be bringing you all the action along the way.

Saturday's opening game between hosts Brazil and Japan is live on BBC Three, with all 16 matches screened live on the BBC.

Confederations Cup preview show

Watch a preview of the 2013 Confederations Cup on the Red Button on Wednesday 12 June, 15:15 BST; Thursday 13 June, 21:30 BST; Friday 14 June, 20:00 BST.

 

World champions Spain, Italy and Uruguay are all also involved, with Nigeria, Mexico and minnows Tahiti rounding out the competition.

Both semi-finals and the final will be shown live on BBC One, and there will be live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website throughout the tournament - as well as highlights of every game.

Commentary in Brazil comes from Jonathan Pearce, Steve Wilson and Guy Mowbray, with Kevin Kilbane, Mark Lawrenson and Martin Keown providing analysis.

The key fixtures

 

Spain v Uruguay: Sunday 16 June - BBC One

 

Italy v Brazil: Saturday 22 June - BBC Three

 

Semi-final one: Wednesday 26 June - BBC One

 

Semi-final two: Thursday 27 June - BBC One

 

The final: Sunday 30 June - BBC One

 

Gary Lineker, Mark Chapman and Dan Walker will be on presenting duty, with studio pundits throughout the tournament including Alan Shearer, Alan Hansen, Robbie Savage, ex-Uruguay forward Gus Poyet and former Nigeria midfielder Sunday Oliseh.

There will also be comprehensive coverage of all the games on BBC Sport's digital platforms, with match previews, match reports, reaction and analysis.

The tournament is being held in Brazil one year before the World Cup - which will also be live across the BBC.

 

Group A

 

Brazil

Japan

Mexico

Italy

 

 

Group B

 

Spain

Uruguay

Tahiti

Nigeria

 

GLT will be used during the tournament, the 2nd time it has been used after last years FIFA World Club Championships.

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Mexico are sucking fat monkey balls at the moment. But I like how them so I wouldn't mind if they won this thing, although I don't think it'll happen.

 

Spain don't play with a true striker anymore, hence why they've become so boring. It's just a bunch of really good midfielders. They are effective, but boring as hell. If I was Del Bosque, my top 3 attackers would be: Iniesta (although his natural and more effective place is in the midfield but DB likes to play him up top) - Villa or Soldado and Pedro on the right. If they do the same shit they did during the 2012 Euros, with Fabregas as a false 9, then it'll be the same borefest.

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Martin Keown is ever insightful self.

 

"Brazils fullbacks are like wingers"

 

Welcome to 1996 Martin.

 

Brazil set a bit of a marker tonight, still think that they'll struggle against either of the European sides, I would of also said Uraguay but looking at their qualifying form they're making hard work of making it to 2014 and alot of that is down to their shabby away form.

 

But its Spain v Uraguay at 11 on Sunday evening so they'll no doubt prove me wrong.

 

As the confederations cup is now basically a dress rehersal for the World Cup, it gives me the perfect chance to practise staying up late watching Football and then getting up for work at 6.

 

Gets a bit tougther next year when some games wont finish until going on 3am GMT

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Im expecting at least 10 from Spain on Thursday. Nigeria would have had that easily had they been anywhere near efficent as they shoulr be.

 

 

But in a strange way well done Tahiti, in Europe we've become accustomed to the minor nations putting 11 men behind the ball and just letting the larger nation play in front of them. Tahiti were never going to do that, they had a go even though they knew they were going to get pulled apart.

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