ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Brazil vs Spain Final: Preview and Prediction

Updated on June 29, 2013

Differing Styles

On June 30th two titans will be playing in the Confederations Cup Championship. Brazil is a young team with many excellent players, but their international standout is Neymar. Spain is filled with world class players playing at every position. La Roja’s players are seasoned in playing big Championship games as they have won the 2008 Euro championship, 2010 World Cup, and 2012 Euro championship. I am very excited to watch these two teams compete because of the very different styles they bring to the table. Watching this young Brazil team, it is obvious their heavy reliance on individual talent explains their style. In the semifinal game Paulinho sent a well passed long ball, a favorite ploy of Brazil, to the attacking Neymar who took it softly on his chest and then attempted glory with a strike which was denied by Uruguay’s goalie Mulsera, but unto no avail because the forward Fred sidekicked the rebound for an easy goal in their 2-1 victory. These type of plays where Brazil puts the ball up in the air and sees what their stars can come up with has been very prevalent within this tournament and makes for very exciting soccer. However unlike Brazil, Spain is a tactical team with precise passing as they usually always come out on top in the statistic of ball possession. Their attention to detail and technique makes play almost lull in the midfield, but as they get close to scoring range the sharp passes of Xavi or Iniesta find the ready feet of a scorer such as Jordi Alba or Cesc Fabregras. Spain’s ability to clamp down defensively, lull opponents in the midfield, then suddenly strike for a goal has been the DNA of these Spanish conquerors.


This tournament has been a wave of emotion for many of the Brazilian players due to the political protesting in their country. It is very apparent that after their national anthem is sung they immediately play with a passion and strength that is fueled by the people in the crowds and streets. The defender David Luiz responded when asked about the protesting, “ Of course we are worried about what is going on. We are Brazilian and we feel for people who are on the streets wishing to be heard and protesting.”

Obviously it takes more than mere nationalistic feeling to beat the likes of Spain. But I believe Brazil will stand in the winner’s circle on Sunday. The Spanish defense held their last two opponents Nigeria and Italy to shutouts, but unconvincingly. Nigeria had several opportunities that they didn’t capitalize on in the first half exposing Spain on fast break chances. Equally Italy had many counterattack chances that did not manifest into goals. Spain’s defense will be exposed on Sunday in the Maracana Stadium and Brazil will shine for a 2-1 overthrow of the world champion Spain.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Hikapo profile image


      5 years ago from California

      I am rooting for Brazil, but I can't help but feel that Spain will still be the favorites to win yet again...


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)