5 Players Who Shined For Brazil in The Confederation’s Cup
The Confederation's Cup seemingly ended as soon as it arrived since it was only two weeks long. The hosts, Brazil, won all five of their games convincingly, with the final being played against the world's best team in Spain.
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari returned to the helm of Brazil to lead his troops to a new level of greatness. Brazil always had a good national team, but nowadays, prior to this tournament, they had sub-par results which brought them down to their current FIFA World Ranking: 22.
Last night, against number-one ranked Spain, they out-played, out-chanced and outscored their visitors 3-0. The opponents had their chances when they were down one to equalize, but against Brazil, the saying that comes to mind is you snooze, you lose.
Yes, it was just one game. Regardless, Brazil's showing on the field proves how little being ranked number 22 in the world means. Spain have dominated the world and European scene for the past five years. Now, the host nation of next year's World Cup is inside the current champions' heads and can use this to their advantage.
As a team, Brazil was brilliant, but it was individual performances that won them this game in the end.
David Luiz had to slide in front of his goal line to make sure the ball did not enter the frame. That save prevented Spain from tying the match.
Neymar scored yet another sensational goal against one of the world's best keepers in Iker Casillas. That was his fourth goal in five games.
Fred was in the right place at the right time when he scored both of his goals. His experience, strength and knowledge of the game allowed him to play well.
Now, it is time to look at the five players who won them this tournament.
From one save to another, the keeper most likely had his best performance in the final when he made two clutch saves on shots from Pedro Rodriguez and Andres Iniesta. His team was up 3-0, but he never took them lightly. His concentration level never dropped and with that, he didn't make mistakes and showed his opponents the respect they deserved throughout the 90 minutes.
This man was brought to the 2010 World Cup but did not get a chance to play. Well, the current Paris Saint Germain captain, has had the same role with his nation during the Confederation's Cup tournament.
His presence at the heart of the back four has troubled attackers in every match. Which was of extreme importance in winning this title.
The Chelsea center-back was a key component at the heart of the defense alongside the captain, Thiago Silva. His mental and physical toughness makes him one of the irreplaceable men in the back four.
His most impressive moment was when Brazil was up 1-0 towards the end of the first half when Pedro Rodriguez slotted a shot past Cesar that was bound to hit the back of the net, but the big Brazilian slid the ball over the goal just past the cross bar. That was the defensive save of the tournament for sure.
This man has come up huge with his goals in this tournament. Scoring a total of five goals in as many games, Fred showed the world that he has what it takes to perform at the highest stage.
At the age of 29, he may look to return to European soccer ahead of next summer's World Cup.
The 21-year-old winger has been nothing short of sensational in this tournament. Whether it's his amazing volley that opened the tournament's scoring against Japan, or his beauty against Span last night, he showcased his skills, vision, speed and overall ability on the field during this tournament.
Recently signing with Barcelona, he gave us all a taste of what is to come when he teams up with Lionel Messi starting this upcoming season.
He may not be the best in the world now, but come a few years time, he will definitely be considered.