It'll be great if it comes down to a Brazil / Spain final. Very interesting clash of styles in that match up. Also very interesting to see how or if the street protests affect the tourney... Brazil is a fascinating place with almost unlimited potential and possibly fatal flaws.
well, that was quite a match... japan deserved to win, dominating play and shooting into the post a few times. i guess it was a day for the offense, not defense though... good job by the samurai even if they are eliminated.
since i don't care for spain or italy style of play and germany is not here, my bet is on brazil then.
uakari wrote:well, that was quite a match... japan deserved to win, dominating play and shooting into the post a few times. i guess it was a day for the offense, not defense though... good job by the samurai even if they are eliminated.
They are already eliminated, but that's true, what a game of football it is. It's really thrilling to see fellow Asians put on a valiant and dominant performance against one of the best national sides in the world. Too bad they still lack a bit of quality in the defense - more or less the Barça situation when a good team can press with well-organized offense but have trouble dealing with sharp counter-attacks.
I could be wrong but ever since Spain became this almost unstoppable force I don't think they ever played against Brazil. I really hope Spain wins tonight. Brazil vs Spain is a matchup I really want to see.
Mocra wrote:I could be wrong but ever since Spain became this almost unstoppable force I don't think they ever played against Brazil. I really hope Spain wins tonight. Brazil vs Spain is a matchup I really want to see.
The final will be provide insight into next year's World Cup. No European team has ever won a Western Hemisphere World Cup. This year's Champions League "failure" by Barca and Real, both of whom are heavily staffed by the Spanish National side, might mean that Spain's ascendency is waning, unless they can be rejuvenated by some fresh blood (e.g. Juan Mata). It's been a joy to watch them play when they are on. I hope it lasts. Getting back to the here and now, it should be a great final. Then again I thought the Spain - Netherlands World Cup Final of 2010 would be a classic but the latter wouldn't let it happen. However, since the Confederations Cup is nowhere near as important as the World Cup I'm optimistic that neither side will be overly cautious and will put on an enjoyable match.
What this game shows more that anything imo is that Del Bosque should have played two defensive midfielders. I think that Martinez would have helped contain that Brazilliant attack. Spain has some shaken up to do...but i would expect them to shake it up and be ready next year.
Brazil is definitely the team to beat now. They will be even better next year and the WC will be in Brazil. It's going to be very difficult to beat Brazil next year.
Spain been on top of the world for six years now. Nothing last forever and no I don't think Spain will win the WC in Brazil. Brazil vs Argentina in the final would be epic. It would be the most intriguing final ever.
az2004 wrote:brasil is way too athletic for spain, and have enough skill too
Isn't that like saying that Serena has some power in her game? Brazil's technical skills are OUTRAGEOUS. I watch several of them take down balls drilled from 40m as though they were picking grapes off the vine. Watch the Americans play and hardly any of them have a great first touch.
My impression of the final is that Brazil is not as good as they looked, and Spain is better than they looked. Brazil was sky high with a huge crowd supporting them, and they were flying all over the field (and getting away with fouling Spain repeatedly). Brazil's first goal was very soft, and Spain should have had two goals. One was cleared off of the line on a great play, and they missed a penalty shot.
I'm not sure that Brazil can repeat the emotion of the final at will, and if the game is called tighter than the final then they may not be as successful. Spain will regroup and be a very good team again, but I think that they are looking at their best years in the rear view mirror. A good run for Spain though.
mcgato wrote:I'm not sure that Brazil can repeat the emotion of the final at will, and if the game is called tighter than the final then they may not be as successful.
Of course they WILL keep at emotion with home games every game. And yes, the refs will always be intimidated in a Brazil stadium. There was a great SI article last year about why the Home Game Advantage is such a real thing. It's 1. you are trying harder in front of your fans 2. the other team is not as pumped up for an away match 3. the fans cheer for you louder, increasing the adrenaline output 4. the refs (subconsciously!) let the home team get away with the smaller fouls, but call it on the opponents, because of the crowd reactions.
Brazil will be sky-high for every game and the same thing will happen as happened in the CC last week.
Just as the German teams dominated the Spanish teams in the Champions' League semi-finals by very aggressively closing down the midfield, the Brazilian's did the same to the Spanish in the Confederations Cup. He who dominates the midfield, well you know, its the same as Mackinder's Heartland Theory. Spain can play better but next year, at home, how could anyone bet against Brazil?
I think the 4 I'm going with are Germany ,Italy Spain and Brazil . Germany because of the wealth of talent coming form Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively . The thing is, Leow only has to get the line up right and have the players highly motivated to get the best out of them.
Italy will always do well as seen at this years Confederations cup. I think they have a lot of talent coming through like Germany and Spain. Prandelli seems to have them doing a decent job here of late. Up their game and with Balotelli playing at his best and they will do as good as anybody come next year.
Well Spain are Spain...loads a talent at their disposal...I think they need to eliminate Pique as well as Arbeloa from that back 4. They need a center forward who can certainly put the ball at the back of the net. They also need to monitor Xavi as he cant play all of those games for Barcelona and then expect to play he that heat in Brazil come next summer. I still think they are favorites and it is their tournament to lose. Bring in some fresh players improve the defense and they are good to go.
Brazil is Brazil ....looked good at the confederations cup and seem to be playing with confidence. They have to fans behind them as it is in their country and they are accustom to the heat so that is a big plus
jamal00005 wrote:What this game shows more that anything imo is that Del Bosque should have played two defensive midfielders.
I don't buy that. Whatever formation a coach uses, talent is going to win out. More likely, games at this level will wind up scoreless and go to PKs. I love football. But I hate it. It is mind boggling that people get so worked up over a sport where there is no scoring.
And yes, the diving is pathetic. It is so easy to spot that refs need to be more aggressive in handing out yellows to these people. And if someone is writhing on the ground in "pain" after being bumped into...PLAY ON!
AFTERBURNER wrote:Whatever happened to Adriano and Ronaldinho?
Well Ronaldinho had his chance and delivered so i guess its time for the new crop to come through . It seems Adriano has express interest in playing for the Qatar team since he cant cop a squat on the Brazilian team