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2013 Confederations Cup


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Some random pictures of Confederations Cup

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We already broke the record of goals (thanks to Tahiti) with 61 goals so far. We also reached the second place of public attendance, with almost 700,000 people, behind Mexico and the giant Azteca. Despite protests, the competition occurred without major problems. Regardless the outcome of the final on Sunday, I'm happy with what we did inside and outside the field. But the best comes next year.

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Was sad to see the empty seats during the Opening Ceremony. I know its not everyones cup of tea but, its part of the experience and excitement of attending the opening match, plus the volunteers put so much effort into their routines.

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BBC asked several times in the last years

"Will Brazil be ready for Confederations Cup?"

"Look at these pictures, will the stadiums be ready for the event?"

"Within this pace, Brazil will never be ready..."

My answer is Bezzi pictures:

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And a big Shut Up to boring Media from "traditional countries" always putting doubts on events held out of USA-Europe-Japan axis.

And wait for more next year in the World Cup.

Look at our stadiums and "Yes, we can deliver an amazing tournament!"

Stop putting "doubts over the capacity of delivering"!

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In other news Dilma has decided to not attend the Final Match after all the booes she got in the opening game, pretty much generating criticism from both FIFA and members of the government.

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OH!!! O CAMPEÃO VOLTOU!!! O CAMPEÃO VOLTOU!!! O CAMPEÃO VOLTOU-OH!!!

(Oh, the Champions are back!!!)

It's time to make the football things get back to normal state...
Brazil, 4th time Confederations Cup Champions!

In the last 20 years:

2 World Cups
4 Confederations Cup

4 Copa Americas

Congratulations Spain for amazing 4 years (or 15 minutes of fame)

Congratulations Argentina, in the last 20 years - NO SINGLE TITLE!

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Confederations Cup a success despite unrest: FIFA president

FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Monday declared the Confederations Cup football tournament a success despite clashes between police and protesters near some matches

As host nation Brazil was beating Spain in Sunday's final of the 2014 World Cup warm-up tournament, police officers were unleashing a barrage of tear gas canisters and stun grenades outside Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium.

Blatter said he was "not going to discuss" police actions to repel protests outside some of the grounds in Brazil over the last two weeks.

"Thanks to all those who have helped to make this competition such a success despite ... of all this unrest and protests," Blatter said.

"I am happy to come to the conclusion now, with the sporting results and also — with at least the impression that — the social unrest is now resting. I don't know how long but it is now resting."

Many of Brazil's anti-government protesters expressed anger at the lack of investment in public services compared with the billions of dollars being spent on next year's World Cup.

"Football is connecting people in the stadia and connecting people outside the stadia and ... I am sure that we will have a wonderful World Cup next year," Blatter said at a news conference.

"When you have next year the World Cup, or you have the Olympic Games here (in 2016), you can never make everybody happy. We tried to make everyone happy."

Although Maracana Stadium workers and FIFA volunteersappeared to be affected by the tear gas wafting into the venue on Sunday, the Brazilian government believes the tournament was not marred by the disorder in the streets.

"I am quite sure no one was bothered because of the protests," Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said through a translator. "Of course there were some acts of violence but we just faced these challenges ... the problems are still there, we never try to hide this.

"We are not a perfect country. We are still a country with many unbalances, differences between the regions and these demonstrations did not happen by chance."

Jose Maria Marin, president of the local organizing committee and the Brazilian football confederation, condemned violent acts by some protesters.

"Any peaceful demonstration must be respected ... it is part of democracy," Marin said. "I will not accept robbery and violence and mobs — nobody wants this kind of thing."

AP

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/6/55/75425/Sports/World/Confederations-Cup-a-success-despite-unrest-FIFA-p.aspx

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Congratulations to Brazil, they deserved to win, specially after how badly Spain played last night (was that the same team who won 2 Euros and a WC?)

However I hope that with this victory you don't take things too lightly for next year. Remember that, for some reason,no one who has won the Confecup got the WC one year later.

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