Confederations Cup 2013 Schedule: Where to Watch Every Match

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Confederations Cup 2013 Schedule: Where to Watch Every Match
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The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup is officially upon us, as eight of the world's elite will be competing for undeniable momentum heading into the 2014 World Cup. With two groups of teams ready to make their mark, Brazil is going to be a lively place.

The question is, when and where can you watch the action?

In Group A, Brazil, Italy, Japan and Mexico will do battle in a competition of storied squads. Meanwhile, Spain and Uruguay highlight Group B, with Nigeria and Tahiti looking to break through and pull out monumental upsets.

Regardless of what transpires, this is certain to be an event to remember.

 

Where: Brazil

When: Saturday, June 15 through Sunday, June 30

Watch: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN News

Live Stream: WatchESPN

 

Group A     Group B
Brazil     Nigeria
Italy     Spain
Japan     Tahiti
Mexico     Uruguay

 

Group A

Date Time Location Teams TV Stream
Saturday, June 15 3 p.m. ET Brasilia Brazil vs. Japan ESPN WatchESPN
Sunday, June 16 3 p.m. ET Rio De Janeiro Mexico vs. Italy ESPN WatchESPN
Wednesday, June 19 3 p.m. ET Fortaleza Brazil vs. Mexico ESPN WatchESPN
Wednesday, June 19 6 p.m. ET Recife Italy vs. Japan ESPN WatchESPN
Saturday, June 22 3 p.m. ET Salvador Italy vs. Brazil ESPN News WatchESPN
Saturday, June 22 3 p.m. ET Belo Horizonte Japan vs. Mexico ESPN WatchESPN

 

Group B

Date Time Location Teams TV Stream
Sunday, June 16 6 p.m. ET Recife Spain vs. Uruguay ESPN WatchESPN
Monday, June 17 3 p.m. ET Belo Horizonte Tahiti vs. Nigeria ESPN WatchESPN
Thursday, June 20 3 p.m. ET Rio De Janeiro Spain vs. Tahiti ESPN WatchESPN
Thursday, June 20 6 p.m. ET Salvador Nigeria vs. Uruguay ESPN WatchESPN
Sunday, June 23 3 p.m. ET Fortaleza Nigeria vs. Spain ESPN WatchESPN
Sunday, June 23 3 p.m. ET Recife Uruguay vs. Tahiti ESPN2 WatchESPN

 

 

Game to Watch: Italy vs. Brazil

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Date: Saturday, June 22

Time: 3 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN News

 

Group A is highlighted by a group of top-tier squads, as Brazil, Italy, Japan and Mexico clash for pre-World Cup supremacy. While every game promises to be one of strong measures, no clash is quite as intriguing as that between Brazil and Italy.

If the home country hopes to work its way back into the top 20 of the FIFA rankings, taking down the Italians would be an excellent way to do so.

Brazil have been struggling recently, but their most recent affair saw them win 3-0 in an international friendly against France. The last time they played Italy was March 21, when they came to a 2-2 draw in a friendly. Brazil had been leading 2-0, but the Italians came back with a thunderous rally to tie things up before the clock expired.

In a rematch of these two decorated squads, both will be looking to gain a leg up on the competition as they approach the World Cup. As recent winners of the event, that's certain to create a tension-filled atmosphere.

This will be one to watch.

 

Player to Watch: Neymar, Brazil

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Position: Forward

Age: 21

2012-13 International Statistics: 17 Games Started, 12 Goals, 4 Assists

 

Group A has no shortage of standout performers, but no player is under quite as much pressure to produce as 21-year-old phenom Neymar. Not only has the Brazilian prodigy recently signed with famed FC Barcelona, but he's the face of one of the most storied international teams in world football history.

Stepping up at the Confederations Cup could be a step in the right direction for carving out his legacy.

Neymar has started the 2013 Confederations Cup with a bang.

Thus far, he's done pretty well.

Neymar was strong in international play during his 2012-13 campaign, tallying 12 goals and four assists in 17 games. In six 2013-14 international games, he has one goal and three assists. Brazil will need him to score at a significantly higher rate to win Group A.

He tallied an assist against France on June 9, which is an encouraging sign. With that being said, Italy, Mexico and Japan can all take Brazil down, and without Neymar scoring goals, that likelihood increases.

If Neymar manages to star in front of his home crowd, the critics may quiet down.

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