It may not be the World Cup, but the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup hasn’t lacked either talking points or material for the highlight reel ahead of the second set of matches.
Already we have seen a Neymar golaço, a sublime Andrea Pirlo free kick, an imperious performance from Spain and a spirited effort from a Tahiti side that commemorated their only goal in Monday’s 6-1 defeat to Nigeria with a unique, boat-paddling celebration.
The four matches played have also served to, at least somewhat, separate the tournament’s eight participants. And, while we’re still more than a week away from the semifinals, we can nevertheless begin arranging the teams by power rankings.
Over the next eight slides we’ll classify, in order of worst to best, the continental heavyweights contesting this installment of FIFA’s second-most prestigious competition.