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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Group B Analysis of Confederations Cup 2009

Group B of Confederations Cup 2009 can be termed as Group of Death which includes football powerhouses like Italy and Brazil alongside two teams: Egypt and USA who are capable of making upsets. So, here is the Group B preview:

United States

USA soccer team is one of the toughest sides in North America region. In fact, they have a pretty much strong squad in the presence of players from some of Europe’s top leagues. Goalkeeper Tim Howard is currently playing for Everton. Some other important players of USA squad includes Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, Fulham striker Clint Dempsey, Watford’s Jay DeMerit, Jozy Altidore of Villarreal, Freddy Adu of Benfica and defender Jonathan Spector who now plays for West Ham United. Overall, I think, USA has a very balanced side which is capable of causing few upsets in the tournament.


World cup winner Italy is one of the hot favorites of the tournament. They have a rich tradition of football and have achieved many successes in this game. I think, Italy will consider it as a practice tournament ahead of their title defense mission in world cup 2010. The players who could play vital roles for Italy are defender Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Luca Toni and Alberto Gilardino.


The five-time world champions are the defending champion in the tournament as they won the Confederations cup title four years back defeating Argentina 4-1 in the final. Brazil disappointed their football crazy fans in the last world cup. So, they would like to compensate some by winning this tournament. Some of their important players are Dani Alves, Kaka, JĂșlio Baptista, Robinho and Alexandre Pato.


The 2008 African Cup of Nations Champion Egypt seems to be a very tough side and I would not be surprised if they cause some upsets thanks to some inspirational performances from the likes of Mohamed Aboutrika, Amr Zaki, Mohamed Zidan, Hani Said and Ahmed Fathy.

Probable Teams to Progress from Group B: Italy and Brazil

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