The ninth FIFA Confederations Cup (a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup) got underway in Brazil on June 15, 2013. The tournament runs from June 15 to 30. Host country Brazil is the defending Confederations Cup Champions.

Since the tournament got underway on Saturday, we have witnessed some exciting football from some of the world’s best talents leading up to the quarter-final rounds. Rest assured, as the tournament continues there will be a lot more drama and excitement.

Uruguay, Italy or Spain will have the chance to become only the third team, following Argentina and France as the only teams to have won all three major FIFA tournaments: the World Cup, the Olympic football competition, and the Confederations Cup.

Brazil, one of the favorites to win the competition, looks to continue its dominance as it plays host to the rest of the world (Brazil already has one victory in the tournament so far).

A few other contenders vying for the cup got underway on Sunday. The groups’ pairings for this tournament are as follows: Group A - Brazil, Italy, Japan, and Mexico; Group B include: Nigeria, Spain, Tahiti, and Uruguay. Group A is tougher than Group B; however, Brazil with a star-studded roster which includes Neymar Hulk, Thiago Silva, and David Luiz should have no problems winning this group.  

In Group B, the toughest matchup will be Uruguay against Spain—but look for Spain to trump Uruguay.

Spain is the top team in the tournament, and I predict a finals matchup between Spain and Brazil. With the tournament being played in Brazil, expect the home fans to rally behind and provide moral support for their side; however, it will not be enough to help Brazil get past Spain. Spain has far superior talents than Brazil. This is why I expect to see David Villa, Xavi, and Juan Mata lead Spain past Neymar and Brazil to win the 2013 Confederations Cup.

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