Confederations Cup 2013: Ranking the 8 Teams

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Confederations Cup 2013: Ranking the 8 Teams
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The 2013 Confederations Cup will begin June 15, with eight nations from around the world hoping to lay down a marker ahead of the World Cup next summer.

Brazil will play host to both events, and, while much attention has been on the progress of matters off the pitch, the tournament itself threatens to offer a selection of fascinating storylines ahead of the main event next year.

Hosts Brazil will be expected to mount a strong defence of their 2009 crown, but the likes of world champions Spain and Euro 2012 finalists Italy will present the Selecao with formidable competition.

Without further ado, then, let's take a look at the eight nations set to compete for glory this summer.

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