2013 Confederations Cup: Key Teams Preview

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2013 Confederations Cup: Key Teams Preview
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Can Neymar Lead Brazil to a successful Confederations Cup?

Over the next two weeks several questions will be answered in Brazil.  In a preview of things to come for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil will play host to countries such as Spain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Uruguay, Nigeria and Tahiti in the 2013 Confederations Cup.  

While questions have been raised about Brazil's ability to host a major international tournament, other questions have been raised too:

1. Can a young Brazil team compete against the world's best squads?

2. Can Spain continue their winning ways?

3. Who will survive the group of death between Mexico, Japan, Italy and Brazil?

4. Is Italy on the verge of returning back to their 2006 World Cup form?

5. Has Uruguay run out of gas after winning the 2011 Copa America?

6. How do teams like Japan, Mexico, Tahiti and Nigeria fit?

From a fan's perspective, there will be some great matches to watch, but for the fans who attend, these next couple of weeks will show which teams need to reevaluate and which teams are on schedule to having a good World Cup next summer.

The following team overviews highlight key aspects of teams to watch this month.   

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