Breaking Down Neymar's Brazil Stats at the Confederations Cup

Peter Brownell@pbnoregard11Contributor IJune 24, 2013

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 22:  Neymar of Brazil competes with Christian Maggio of Italy during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Italy and Brazil at Estadio Octavio Mangabeira (Arena Fonte Nova Salvador) on June 22, 2013 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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It has been a productive Confederation’s Cup for Brazil’s Neymar who has three goals in three games.

Brazil, the host nation of the elite, eight-team international tournament, is a perfect 3-0 through the group stage having topped Japan, Mexico and Italy, respectively.    

Neymar has started all three of the team’s matches and opened the scoring in Brazil's first match against Japan and its second match against Mexico.  Both goals were scored within 10 minutes of the opening whistle. 

He is tied for the third most goals of anyone in the tournament behind only Spain’s Fernando Torres, who scored four of his five goals in the same match against Tahiti, and Uruguay's Abel Hernandez. 

Neymar leads Brazil in goals scored, ahead of Fred and Jo who each have two goals apiece.

The recently inked Barcelona player has been very efficient in terms of shot conversion.  He has taken nine total shots, finding the back of the net on 33 percent of these occasions.  His nine shots are the most of any player on Brazil.  The next closest in terms of shots attempted is Hulk with three total shots.   

In addition to being Brazil’s most abundant finisher and shooter, it can also be argued that Neymar is the team’s top creator so far, as well. 

The former Santos product has dished out five key passes, the most of any player on the host nation.  That is an average of 1.7 key passes per match, again the most of any player on the Samba Boys so far. 

He has also contributed an assist to go along with his team-leading key pass figure.

Neymar has completed the dribbles of anyone on Brazil, having maneuvered past a defender in a one-on-one situation nine times so far or three times per match.  The next closest Brazilian is Marcelo, who has completed six dribbles or two per match. 

Neymar has completed the 85.5 percent of his 83 total passes attempts, the seventh best pass success rate of any player on Brazil. 

Luiz Gustavo has been its most accurate passer of any player to have attempted at least 20 total passes.  Gustavo has completed a precise 124 of his 131 total pass attempts (94.7 percent accuracy). 

Not too much to report in terms of Neymar’s defending, as he is clearly not in the starting eleven for defensive purposes.  He has, though, contributed four total tackles and two total interceptions in the team’s three matches. 

He has been booked once in the tournament, seeing one yellow card. 

While it has been an impressive display of numbers so far from Neymar through the opening round, the young Brazilian will need to continue to perform at a high level to ensure success for Brazil in the knockout phase.  A potential match against Spain in the Confederation's Cup Final is looming. 


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