FIFA Confederations Cup 2013- An Overall Preview

FIFA Confederations Cup 2013- An Overall Preview

After the completion of all the Leagues around the world, now it’s time for some International Football action. The FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 is round the corner and is all set to get kicked off on June 15 in the Samba Nation. The tournament consists of 16 matches with the All Important Finals slated on 30 June, 2013. Cricmatez.com brings you the History of FIFA Confederations Cup and the overall Preview of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013.

What is FIFA Confederations Cup?

The FIFA Confederations Cup is an association football tournament for national teams, currently held every four years by FIFA. It is contested by eight teams. The participating countries are the holders of each of the six FIFA confederation championships- UEFA (Europe), CONMEBOL (South America), CONCACAF (North America, Central America and Caribbean nations), CAF (Africa), AFC ( Asia), OFC (Oceania) along with the FIFA World Cup holder and the host nation.

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Brazil celebrate after winning theFIFA Confederations Cup 2009

History of the Tournament

Tournament Winners

1997- Argentina

1999- Mexico

2001- France

2003- France

2005- Brazil

2009- Brazil

Top Scorers in the Tournament History

Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Mexico)-9 Goals

Ronaldinho (Brazil)-9 Goals

Golden Boot

The Golden Ball award is awarded to the player who plays the most outstanding football during the tournament.

1997- Denilson (Brazil)

1999-Ronaldinho (Brazil)

2001-Robert Pires (France)

2003-Thiery Henry (France)

2005-Adriano (Brazil)

2009-Kaka (Brazil)

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Kaka(right) and Luis Fabiano, the Golden Ball Winner and Golden Shoe Winner in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009

Golden Shoe

The Golden Shoe is awarded to the top scorer of the tournament.

1997- Romario (Brazil)

1999- Ronaldinho (Brazil)

2001-Robert Pires (France)

2003-Thiery Henry (France)

2005-Adriano (Brazil)

2009- Luis Fabiano (Brazil)

FIFA Confederations Cup 2013

FIFA Confederations Cup 2013
FIFA Confederations Cup 2013

Host- Brazil

FIFA announced that “GoalControl GmbH” will the official goal-line technology provider for the tournament.

Teams Participating

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FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 logo

Host Nation- Brazil

World Champion- Spain

UEFA Champions- Italy

CONCAF Champions- Uruguay

OFC Champions- Tahiti

AFC Champions- Japan

CAF Champions- Nigeria

CONMEBOL Champions- Mexico

*Italy Qualified for the Tournament being the Runner up of the EURO 2012 because Spain are also the World Champions

Draw for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013

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Cafusa, the official match ball for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013

Group-A

Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Italy

Group-B

Spain, Uruguay, Tahiti, Nigeria

Click to know more on the Squads of the teams that participate in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013

 

 

 

Tournament Schedule

Match no.GroupMatchVenueDate & Time
 1 A Brazil vs Japan Brasilia 15/06/13-16:00 local | 00:30 IST
 2 A Mexico vs Italy Rio De Janeiro 16/06/13-16:00 local | 00:30 IST
 3 BSpain vs Uruguay Recife 16/06/13-19:00 local | 03:30 IST
 4 BNigeria vs Tahiti Belo Horizonte 17/06/13-16:00 local | 00:30 IST
 5 A  Brazil vs Mexico Fortaleza 19/06/13-16:00 local | 00:30 IST
 6 A  Japan vs Italy Recife19/06/13-19:00 local | 03:30 IST
 7 B Spain vs Tahiti Rio De Janeiro20/06/13-16:00 local | 00:30 IST
 8 B Uruguay vs Nigeria Salvador20/06/13-19:00 local | 03:30 IST
 9 A Brazil vs Italy Salvador 22/06/13-16:00 local | 00:30 IST
 10 A Mexico vs Japan Belo Horizonte22/06/13-16:00 local | 00:30 IST
 11 B Spain vs Nigeria Fortaleza23/06/13-16:00 local | 00:30 IST
 12 B Uruguay vs Tahiti Recife23/06/13-16:00 local | 00:30 IST
 13 Semi Finals 1 ( 1 A vs 2 B) Belo Horizonte 26/06/13-16:00 local | 00:30 IST
 14 Semi Finals 2 ( 1 B vs 2 A) Fortaleza 27/06/13-16:00 local |  00:30 IST
 15 3rd Place Play-Off (L13 vs L14) Salvador 30/06/13-13:00 local | 21:30 IST
 16 –Finals (W 13 vs W 14) Rio De Janeiro 30/06/13-19:00 local | 00:30 IST

Can Brazil become the first team to complete a Hat-Trick of wins in the FIFA Confederations Cup?

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