10 Bold Predictions for the Confederations Cup

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10 Bold Predictions for the Confederations Cup
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The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup will kick off in earnest on June 15, with Brasilia's Mane Garrincha stadium playing host to Brazil against Japan in the tournament opener.

The hosts will be defending their title from four years previous, but will face intense competition in the form of World Cup winners Spain, Euro 2012 finalists Italy and Gold Cup winners Mexico in particular.

Off the field, there will be intense focus on Brazil's readiness to host the event, as well as next summer's World Cup. However, given the standard of the teams involved, the on-pitch action should be well worth watching.

Let's, then, try to make 10 bold predictions ahead of the tournament.

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