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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.

Yes it was the same team, this team had not played against Brazil. Spain did not played badly. Was Brazil that don't let Spain play their game. We balance the ball possession and went strong on defense. They even tried but stopped in David Luis and Julio Cesar.

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Some random pictures of Confederations Cup We already broke the record of goals (thanks to Tahiti) with 61 goals so far. We also reached the second place of public

Maybe i'm a bit early, but i here's my prediction for the confederations cup http://www.worldcupofjoe.com/1/post/2013/03/lets-predict-stuff-1st-draft.html

Sure, I'm in.

Congrats to Brazil, but remember the Confed-Cup is nothing compared to the WC.

As I know the Brazilians, expectations will now rise much higher than usual.

I don´t know if this will be good or bad.

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Congratulations Brazil, playing local was a BIG plus and Spain had some bad luck, but you have the merit not every team beats Spain. World Cup next year will be exciting.

Yes, especially with strong teams like Germany, Netherlands and Argentina. I'm hoping for a final between Brazil and Argentina.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23121262

Amazing A to Z article about Brazil made by... (what?) BBC!!!

Some few mistakes:

- on claiming the biggest distance in the World Cup will be Curitiba-Manaus, in fact it'll be Porto Alegre-Manaus (5 hours of flght)

- on claiming there are good highways only in Rio (in fact, the highways in state of Sao Paulo are even better) and the highways in Southern-Southeastern Brazil are quite good.

- on posting a picture of Botafogo Beach in the part related to Ipanema Beach

- Maracana never held 205,000 attendance, but 199,900 in 1950 World Cup Final (the record still prevail)

- The colors of Brazilian uniform have no "official explanation" nor the Brazilian Flag.

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FIFA Ranking:

Brazil’s stunning victory over Spain in the FIFA Confederations Cup Final has helped reap them another reward: a 13-place leap to ninth on the July edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side won all five of their matches at that competition, and defeated France in a preparatory friendly, to collect an unrivalled 223 points over the past month.

Spain nevertheless held on to pole position ahead of Germany, while Colombia climbed four places to a personal best of third thanks to some impressive performances in FIFA World Cup™ qualifying. Meanwhile Belgium (10th, up 2) celebrated entering the top ten for the first time in history.

Participating in the FIFA Confederations Cup paid off for two other semi-finalists, as Uruguay (12th, up 7) and Italy (6th, up 2) gained ground, although the other competing teams – Mexico (20th, down 3), Nigeria (35th, down 4), Japan (37th, down 5) and Tahiti (154th, down 16) – have all fallen back.

The ongoing Brazil 2014 qualifiers and a number of friendlies have seen no fewer than seven teams rise more than 20 places, namely Cape Verde Islands (49th, up 23), Scotland (50th, up 24), Austria (54th, up 22), Guinea (61st, up 24),Armenia (66th, up 23), Senegal (74th, up 25) and Malta (133rd, up 23).

The shake-up on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking also means that Bosnia-Herzegovina (14th, up 1), Peru (19th, up 11), Albania (37th, up 1), Cape Verde Islands, Dominican Republic (90th, up 4), Tajikistan (106th, up 6) and Guam(176th, up 2) are all now higher than ever before.

In addition to the 16 FIFA Confederations Cup games, 89 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and 29 friendlies were played in the past month, bringing the total number of international ‘A’ matches taken into account this year to 440.

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Why am I not surprised that there's a Team Guam in FIFA.

If you have an island, a flag, and pay some bribery to FIFA, you can have a national team, easy like that!

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An unnamed Tahiti player failed a doping test at the Confederations Cup

As the smallest nation to ever compete in a FIFA senior tournament, Tahiti were the undisputed darlings of the Confederations Cup. A team almost entirely comprised of amateurs, they played for the fun of it and as a result, were held up as the embodiment of all that is good and pure in this gruff, bitter and money obsessed modern era. But now, just to remind you that everything is awful and innocence is a myth, FIFA has announced that an unnamed Tahitian player has been provisionally suspended for failing a doping test conducted after Tahiti's final group-stage match against Uruguay (which they lost 8-0).

From FIFA.com:

The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has provisionally suspended a Tahitian international footballer for an initial period of 30 days and opened disciplinary proceedings, following an adverse analytical finding in relation to a doping control conducted after the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 match played in Recife on 23 June 2013
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FIFA can't publicly report the name of the player in question, what the substance was or what the punishment will be until after a hearing has been held.

When you're caught doping after losing all three matches by a combined score of 24-1, you would hope that the disciplinary committee would have mercy on you and let it slide. I mean, if Tahiti lost 10-0 to Spain even with the aid of banned substances, just think how much worse it could have been without them. If anything, FIFA probably should've pumped Tahiti full of more of them.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/soccer-dirty-tackle/unnamed-tahiti-player-failed-doping-test-confederations-cup-161732200.html

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FIFA Confederations Cup generates $20.7 billion BRL for Brazilian economy

This Monday 7 April, the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism released the results of a study carried out by the Fundação Instituto de Pesquisas Econômicas (FIPE) (Economic Research Institute), which revealed the impact of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 on the Brazilian economy. In total, last year's competition generated R$20.7 billion.

Of this total, R$11 billion was money spent by Brazilian and foreign tourists, Local Organising Committee (LOC) activity and private and public investment. The remaining R$9.7 billion is accounted for as an increase in the country’s GDP. Of this amount, 58 per cent came in the FIFA Confederations Cup host cities - Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador - while the remaining 42 per cent was spread across the rest of the country, revealing the nationwide scope of the event.

The host city where the most money was generated was Rio de Janeiro, where a total of R$6 billion was injected into the economy. This represented an increase of R$2.8 billion in the city’s GDP. Brazilian and foreign tourists spent a total of R$117 million in the Cidade Maravilhosa.

Brazil 2013 Local Organising Committee (LOC) investment accounted for R$524.4 million of the R$20.7 billion fillip to the economy that the competition provided. At the same time LOC spending represented R$321 million of the R$9.7 billion of income generated by the event.

FIPE spoke to representatives from the competition offices and special committees, businesses and those involved in the Brazilian supply chain, as well as to 17,000 tourists in the host cities during the 16 games in the tournament.

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