There are only a few tournaments in football that force the cynic fan to turn on their television sets and become the “real” followers of the game. When we think of a tournament of this magnitude, causing such a radical change in human behavior, the World Cup would obviously strike first. But, this year does not belong to the World Cup, rather it is a chance for Brazil to showcase their preparation for hosting the world’s biggest football competition next year. Yes, the Confederations Cup is here where the top teams from all the football confederations in the world turn up to win this coveted trophy. The international competition, previously named The King Fahd Cup, was taken over by FIFA in 1997 and periodically takes place exactly one year prior to the World Cup in the host nation. The last edition of the competition was played in South Africa in 2009 with present hosts, Brazil, turning out to be the eventual winners with a 3-2 win over USA in the Final.
There is no better place in the world to enjoy football than in the birthplace of footballing flair, Brazil. The country that has produced an almost infinite amount of world-class footballers, is back to enthrall everyone with their passion and hospitality, after 63 years of slumber. Brazil has hosted the FIFA World Cup once, in 1950, where the hosts turned out to be second best in the final clash against South American compatriots, Uruguay. It is but obvious that the Brazilian team would like to go one step further this time around and win the glittering trophy in front of their fans.