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The Confederations Cup marks the beginning of a competitive journey that could go down in Brazilian history.
This country is rarely expected to lose, but currently toils in 22nd place on the FIFA World Rankings. Although next summer's World Cup is of the utmost importance, many locals expect Luiz Felipe Scolari's men to overcome Spain and triumph at the Confederations Cup. Recent results suggest the expectation is rather naive.
Brazil's recent 3-0 thrashing of France may impress, but the country has stuttered through matches across the last year. They have drawn with England, Colombia, Italy and Russia, plus lost to England at Wembley. Heavy wins over Japan and Bolivia have interspersed these results.
With the likes of Neymar, Oscar, Thiago Silva and Lucas Moura ready to go, this young generation has a significant weight on its shoulders. Experienced internationals such as Dani Alves and Julio Cesar will need to play a huge part. The loss of Leandro Damiao through injury may prove to be a significant exclusion.
Can Brazil triumph? Is the country destined to fail? It will be fascinating to watch.
Betting Odds: 7/5 to win the tournament, 1/2 to reach the final, 8/13 to win Group A
Handicap: The weight of expectation.
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