The Final of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup ended in a convincing 3-0 win for the hosts Brazil against world champions Spain, marking their third successive Confederations Cup victory. Once the inevitable, patently silly obituaries of Spain’s footballing style are penned, however, it will be important to consider what this victory means for Brazil in the context of the greater test the next year. Spain, for example, lost to the USA in 2009 in this tournament, before going on to win the World Cup the following year. Hence, although, Brazil were extremely impressive herein, their success must be viewed as an important, albeit minor, step towards the actualization of the vastly more consequential goal - the World Cup in 2014; similarly, while Spain looked fatigued after their shootout victory against Italy in the semi-final, it would be foolish to write them and their footballing ideology off given that they are one of, if not the finest team to play the game and still boast an impressive cast of individuals capable of retaining the trophy in 2014.
Luis Felipe Scolari continued with the same team that beat Uruguay in the semi-final, and what is increasingly seen as his starting eleven in what might be considered a bid to perpetuate consistency in squad selection following his inheritance of a fairly divided Brazilian dressing room. Hulk, who hadn’t enjoyed a particularly fine tournament, continued on the right flank, and is perhaps the only selection choice for Scolari to make ahead of the World Cup, given his profligacy in the face of considerable creative freedom. Vicente Del Bosque, meanwhile, handed a start to Chelsea youngster Juan Mata on the flank, opting to bench his Premier League rival David Silva of Manchester City, who started the semi-final against Uruguay.