Brazil vs Egypt

In FIFA Confederation Cup, Football on June 13, 2009 at 10:43

By Joe,

Ricardo Kaka Brazil Football Team

Second game of Group B Fifa Confederation Cup in South Africa will be between Brazil and Egypt. This game will be held late afternoon on the 15th of June in the city of Manguaung/Bloemfontein. The Free State Stadium which currently holds 38,000 people is undergoing a construction on the western pavilion. This addition will increase the stadium’s capacity to 48,000 in time for the World Cup held next year. Brazil won this tournament 4 years ago and they will play their first game defending their Confederation Cup title.

Brazil gained entry to this competition by winning their second consecutive continental title in the Copa America against Argentina. They beat their neighbors with a thumping 3-0 which gave them the chance to defend their Confederation Cup. Brazil is led by former Brazilian National World Cup winner Coach, Dunga. He has already led Brazil in the last world cup and now he will test his squad selection’s strength in South Africa. There is no shortage of star names in Dunga’s squad list. He will have the service of one of the world’s most expensive players in the likes of Kaka, Robinho, Daniel Alves, Juan, Maicon and a lot more. Surprisingly Adriano, Ronaldinho and Mancini have been omitted from the squad. Dunga will have to try to mold these players together and hope they will gel to provide some Brazilian samba football. The key player is young Alexandre Pato who might get a chance to shine as the world watches on.

Egypt won the 26th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Cameroon 1-0 in the final. As winners of the 2008 CAF Africa Cup of Nations they automatically gained entry to the Fifa Confederation Cup. Besides the host nation, Egypt is the other African representative in this tournament. Coach Hassan Shehata has also selected a few household names that people will recognize. Mohammed Zidan, Ahmed Eid and Hani Said will be in charge to attack the Brazilian defense on the day. Egypt has never won anything on the international stage so they will be looking to impress here as they are massively tipped as an underdog against the Brazilians.

No doubt on Brazilian’s ability to attack and play attractive football. As it is the first game, Brazil tend to start slowly in the first game. They might just run with a 2-0 win here. However, Egypt are no pushover either, they will fight and battle to the end. They might not have the experience to match the Brazilians but no doubt they will have the spirit to challenge the samba boy to a game of football. Ladbrokes is offering Brazil at odds 1.25 to win their first group game.

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