2013 FIFA Confederations Cup: Brasil – Schedule, Results, Standings

2013 FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP: BRASIL 2013 CONFEDERATIONS CUP CHAMPIONS

Group A Schedule, Results & Standings: (Win-Draw-Loss / Goals For-Goals Against / Goal Differential / Points)

  1. Brazil  3-0-0 / 9-2 / +7 / 9 (advanced to semi-finals)
  2. Italy 2-0-1 / 8-8 / 0 / 6 (advanced to semi-finals)
  3. Mexico 1-0-2 / 3-5 / -2 / 3 (eliminated)
  4. Japan 0-0-3 / 4-9 / -5 / 0 (eliminated)
  • June 15 – Brazil - 3 vs Japan0, 3:00 PM EST, Estadio Nacional
  • June 16 – Mexico1 vs Italy2, 3:00 PM EST, Estadio do Maracana
  • June 19 – Brazil - 2 vs Mexico - 0, 3:00 PM EST, Estadio Castelao
  • June 19 – Italy - 4 vs Japan - 3, 6:00 PM EST, Arena Castelao
  • June 22 – Italy - 2 vs Brazil - 4, 3:00 PM EST, Arena Fonte Nova
  • June 22 – Japan - 1 vs Mexico - 2, 3:00 PM EST, Estadio Mineirao

Group B Schedule, Results & Standings: (Win-Draw-Loss / Goals For-Goals Against / Goal Differential / Points)

  1. Spain 3-0-0 / 15-1 / +14 / 9 (advanced to semi-finals)
  2. Uruguay 2-0-1 / 11-3 / +8 / 6 (advanced to semi-finals)
  3. Nigeria 1-0-2 / 7-6 / +1 / 3 (eliminated)
  4. Tahiti 0-0-3 / 1-24 / -23 / 0 (eliminated)
  • June 16 – Spain2 vs Uruguay - 1, 6:00 PM EST, Arena Pernambuco
  • June 17 – Tahiti - 1 vs Nigeria - 6, 3:00 PM EST, Estadio Mineirao
  • June 20 – Spain - 10 vs Tahiti - 0, 3:00 PM EST, Estadio do Maracana
  • June 20 – Nigeria - 1 vs Uruguay - 2, 6:00 PM EST, Arena Fonta Nova
  • June 23 – Nigeria - 0 vs Spain - 3, 3:00 PM EST, Estadio Castelao
  • June 23 – Uruguay - 8 vs Tahiti - 0, 3:00 PM EST, Arena Penambuco

Knockout Stage:

  • (Semi-Final) June 26, Match 13 – (Group A Winner) BRAZIL – 2 vs 1 - Uruguay (Group B Runner-Up), 3:00 PM EST, Estadio Mineirao
  • (Semi-Final) June 27, Match 14 - (Group B WinnerSPAIN - 0 (7-6 on PK’s) vs 0 - Italy (Group A Runner-Up), 3:00 PM EST, Estadio Castelao
  • (3rd place play-off) June 30 – Uruguay - 2 vs 2- (2-3 on PK’s) ITALY, 12:00 PM EST, Arena Fonte Nova
  • (Final) June 30 – BRAZIL - 3 vs 0 - Spain, Estadio do Maracana on ESPN at 5:45 PM EST

Awards

  • FIFA Fair Play Trophy – Spain
  • Golden Ball winner – Neymar (4 goals)
  • Golden Shoe winner – Fernando Torres (5 goals)
  • Golden Glove winner – Julio Cesar
  • Silver Ball winner – Andres Iniesta
  • Silver Shoe winner – Fred (5 goals)
  • Bronze Ball winner – Paulinho
  • Bronze Shoe winner – Neymar

Final Standings, compared to my predictions

(Actual Standings – My Predictions)

  1. Brazil, Brazil
  2. Spain, Spain
  3. Italy, Uruguay
  4. Uruguay, Italy
  5. Mexico/Nigeria, Japan/Nigeria
  6. Japan/Tahiti, Mexico/Tahiti

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup: Semi-Finals – Brazil vs Uruguay / Highlights

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup: Semi-Finals – Spain vs Italy / Highlights

Preview (6-14-2013):

The FIFA Confederations Cup is considered one of the top three, International Soccer Tournaments (World Cup, Confederations Cup, Euro Cup) in the world. This tournament is played one year before the FIFA World Cup and takes place at the host nation (Brazil) of the World Cup. Brazil has won two consecutive Confederations Cup Finals and the host nation probably expects a third championship. This will be a nice preview of what we might see out of each nation in the 2014 World Cup. The eight teams playing in this year’s 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup are, Brazil (Host Nation), Spain (UEFA 2010 FIFA World Cup Champions), Tahiti (OFC 2012 Nations Cup), Nigeria (CAF 2013 African Cup of Nations), Mexico (CONCACAF 2011 Gold Cup), Uruguay (CONMEBOL 2011 Copa America), Italy (UEFA EURO 2012 Runner-Up) and Japan (AFC 2011 Asian Cup). Obviously some of these teams might not make the World Cup, but nevertheless, it’ll be great competition. In 2009, Brazil defeated the United States, 3-2 in the Confederations Cup Final, which took place in South Africa. Spain ended up winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup over the Netherlands.

Neymar is the big name to watch for in this tournament, the young Brazilian star recently signed with Barcelona and has huge expectations. Spain has won the last three major International Tournaments, (2012 Euro, 2010 World Cup, 2008 Euro) so the other 7 nations are hoping it’s their country that’ll knock off Spain from their run of championships.

* FIFA announced on April 2nd of 2013, that “Goal-Line Technology” will be provided for this tournament.

* According to espnmediazone.com / All matches will be in High-Definition on ESPNESPN2WatchESPN AND ESPNEWS

Brazil, Japan, Australia, Iran, & South Korea have qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Predictions (6-14-2013):

Group A

  1. Brazil
  2. Italy
  3. Japan
  4. Mexico

Group B

  1. Spain
  2. Uruguay
  3. Nigeria
  4. Tahiti

Knockout Stage

  • Brazil defeats Uruguay in Semi-Final, Spain defeats Italy in Semi-Final
  • Uruguay defeats Italy in 3rd place game, Brazil defeats Spain in Final

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USA dominates Panama in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at Seattle

A crowd of over 40,000 people watched the United States Men’s National Team take on Panama in a 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier and the Seattle crowd wasn’t disappointed. Actually, the fans at CenturyLink Field gave an enthusiastic performance that was one of the most impressive USMNT crowds I’ve ever seen.

Jozy Altidore opened scoring in the 36th minute and sent the Seattle crowd into a frenzy, giving the Americans a 1-0 lead. It was Altidore’s third consecutive International goal (Germany, Jamaica, Panama) after going on a long scoreless drought for his country. The play was beautifully set up by Michael Bradley, as he made a great pass to Fabian Johnson, who delivered a perfect cross to Altidore.

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The United States took a 1-0 lead into halftime and never looked back, as Geoff Cameron sent a wonderful, over the top pass to Eddie Johnson for a 53rd minute goal to basically seal the deal. DeMarcus Beasley had a strong game for the USA and Tim Howard did his job in net, providing a shutout for his side in a 2-0 victory.

It was a magnificent game to watch, there was tremendous energy all night from the CenturyLink crowd and the USMNT. The win means that USA stands alone in first place for the CONCACAF region of 2014 World Cup Qualifying.

Other CONCACAF games were played the night of June 11th, as Mexico yet again, played to a scoreless draw at home against Costa Rica and Honduras defeated Jamaica, 2-0.

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The United States soccer team plays their next 2014 World Cup Qualifier on June 18th, against Honduras. If Americans weren’t happy with USMNT head coach, Jürgen Klinsmann, they should be now

The top three teams if the CONCACAF region qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, while fourth place goes into a playoff one New Zealand.

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Detroit Pistons hire Mo Cheeks as Head Coach

Maurice “Mo” Cheeks has been hired as head coach for the Detroit Pistons, according to multiple sources. Mo Cheeks recently spent four years as an Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach and has eight seasons of head coaching experience, with the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers.

Mo Cheeks with the Oklahoma City Thunder

The Detroit Pistons haven’t been to the NBA playoffs since the 2008-09 season, but have a nice nucleus of young players to work around in Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler. The Pistons will also have cap space during free agency, if they wish to spend the money.

Originally, it seemed Nate McMillan was the favorite for being Pistons head coach, then Phil Jackson was hired in as an “consultant”, leading many to believe Brian Shaw had a shot at the job. But ultimately, Mo Cheeks was hired by Detroit Pistons GM, Joe Dumars and team Owner, Tom Gores.

The Pistons recently fired Lawrence Frank after two disappointing seasons with the team. Detroit finished the 2012-13 season with a 29-53 record and hold the 8th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Mo Cheeks has an all time head coaching record of 284-286 with a 5-11 playoff record.

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder congratulated his former assistant coach on Twitter after he was hired by Detroit, saying “Congrats to the great Mo Cheeks on getting the head coaching Job in Detroit! He will be missed! He will always be a Thunder”.

2014 World Cup Qualifying: Highlights, USA stuns Jamaica, Mexico draws

Friday night, June 7th, the United States Men’s National Team left Jamaica with a win, just as I was pleading for several days ago. Jozy Altidore scored yet again for the United States, 30 minutes into the game with an exceptional header and gave his country a 1-0 lead heading into halftime. But with just moments left in the game, Jamaica scored an 89th minute goal to even the score at one. It seemed almost certain the Americans would leave Jamaica with a draw, but considering their history of last minute goals, anything was possible. Of course with just a minute later, the United States defender, Brad Evans, scored in the box with a turning shot, stunning the Jamaicans in Kingston with a 2-1 victory.

The game winning goal by Evans was huge for the USMNT and puts them near the top of the CONCACAF 2014 World Cup Qualifying Standings, tied for 1st place. It almost turned into a disappointing night for the Americans, but with that goal, they leave happy. United States coach, Jürgen Klinsmann has to be pleased with his teams fight, despite giving up that late goal on the road in Jamaica.

Mexico played Panama in a scoreless draw and Costa Rica defeated Honduras 1-0. Mexico and Jamaica are the only two teams in CONCACAF qualifying that have played more games (5 games played) than the other four teams (4 games played). The loss for Jamaica was a crushing blow and now leaves them even further at the bottom of the standings, with just two points in five games.

* Here are highlights from the USA vs. Jamaica game

2014 World Cup Qualifying CONCACAF Standings:

  1. Costa Rica - 7 points
  2. United States - 7 points
  3. Mexico - 7 points
  4. Panama - 6 points
  5. Honduras – 4 points
  6. Jamaica – 2 points

(Top 3 teams advance to the 2014 World Cup, while the 4th place team goes into a playoff with New Zealand)

The next set of 2014 World Cup CONCACAF Qualifying games are on June 11th

  • Mexico vs. Costa Rica
  • Honduras vs. Jamaica
  • United States vs. Panama

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Jose Valverde blows another save, Tigers lose in Baltimore, drop 4th straight

Apparently it’s the 2012 MLB playoffs all over again for the Detroit Tigers! Clearly they can’t rely on their “closer”, Jose Valverde, when they need him most. The Tigers were in a slump, losing three straight and struggling to score runs. Friday night, Detroit took a comfortable 5-3 lead into the 9th inning at Baltimore, against a tough Orioles team. Considering the Tigers were dealing with a the losing streak, a save by your “closer” in a crucial game, shouldn’t be too much to ask for, right?

Wrong, again, in the 9th inning, Jose Valverde gave up a home run to Nick Markakis, making it 5-4 Tigers. To make things worse, two more men get on base, and with two outs, Chris Dickerson (8th hitter in the Orioles lineup, batting DH) jacks a three run, walk off home run, to win the game, 7-5.

This is now Jose Valverde’s 2nd blown save, in just eight chances. Making him a modest, 6-2 in save opportunities. The Detroit Tigers need a solution at closer, and fast, if they want to feel comfortable heading into the 9th inning.

We’ve all seen this movie before, but for some reason the Detroit Tigers keep replaying the movie over and over again. I’d honestly rather see Jim Leyland go with almost anyone else on the pitching staff. Jose Valverde offers up way too many home run balls, making it easy for opposing teams to have comeback victories.

How frustrating is it when a pitcher like Max Scherzer goes 8 strong innings for your ball club on the road, dealing with a three game losing streak, then your so called closer comes in and gives up two home runs?

Okay, I’m done, but it’s time the Tigers find a different option at closer. Detroit let him go after the 2012 season for a really good reason, he just couldn’t close out baseball games anymore. It’s obvious folks, Valverde needs to be done with Detroit. Jose is no longer a quality MLB closer. It’s nice to see the guy got another chance, because everyone deserves second chances. But in my opinion, it’s over, the relationship between the Detroit Tigers and Jose Valverde needs to be over with.

What would you do if you were Jim Leyland, use another pitcher in the bullpen as your closer, closer by committee, or stick with Jose Valverde?

  • Justin Verlander (6-4) takes the mound for Detroit, Saturday, June 1st, while Jason Hammel (7-2) pitches for Baltimore. The Detroit Tigers are on a four game losing streak, standing at 29-24, now tied with the Cleveland Indians for 1st place in the AL Central.

UPDATE: Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets?

Originally posted on Sports Blog with Zachary L. Miller:

Dwight Howard has plenty of options this off-season when it comes to choosing an NBA team. The Los Angeles Lakers traded for Dwight Howard in August of 2012 in a deal involving the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets. The 2012-13 season didn’t exactly go very well for the Lakers and Dwight Howard, finishing as a 7th seed in the Western Conference and being swept by the San Antonio Spurs. You might remember what could possibly be Dwight Howard’s last moment as a Lakers player, being ejected in game 4 against the Spurs. That would be a fitting way for him to leave Los Angeles after the season they had. But his one year with the Lakers could be just that, a one and done situation.

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2014 World Cup Qualifying: USA Soccer needs to leave Jamaica with a win & USA vs Germany highlights

The USA Men’s National Soccer Team has a busy schedule ahead and it started with an embarrassing performance at home, (Cleveland, Ohio) on May 29th, losing 4-2 to Belgium. Luckily for the Americans, it was only an International Friendly. Obviously not a very promising result, but the Belgians have a solid squad. Belgium jumped out to an early lead with a 6th minute goal. The game was tied at half, but USA gave up three 2nd half goals in a span of 15 minutes, going down 4-1. Belgium out-shot the Americans 10-6 and had 7 shots on goal, while the United States only had 2.

So far for the calender year of 2013, the Americans have 1 win, 2 draws and 2 losses. With only 4 goals for and 6 against.

USA vs. Belgium in an International Friendly on May 29th in Cleveland, Ohio at the FirstEngery Stadium

The Americans play Germany in an International Friendly on June 2nd at RFK Stadium, then on June 7th, USA travels to Kingston, in an important World Cup Qualifying match against the Jamaicans. Out of six teams in the CONCACAF region attempting to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, Jamaica currently sits at the bottom in 6th place, with just 2 points, while the U.S. squad is tied for 2nd, with 4 points. The Americans can’t afford to leave Jamaica with no points, one point would even be a disappointment. Not leaving with three points would mean they aren’t sitting comfortably in the top three of the standings. I would say, considering Jamaica’s struggles thus far in qualifying, scoring just one goal, the U.S. team needs to leave with a victory. A loss or draw shows this team is no where near World Cup ready.

Here is the upcoming schedule for the USA Men’s National Soccer Team

* Road Match

  • June 2nd, International Friendly vs. Germany, at RFK Stadium
  • * June 7th, 2014 World Cup Qualifier vs. Jamaica, at Independence Park in Jamaica
  • June 11th, 2014 World Cup Qualifier vs. Panama, at CenturyLink Field
  • June 18th, 2014 World Cup Qualifier vs. Honduras, at Rio Rinto Stadium
  • July 5th, International Friendly vs. Guatemala, at Qualcomm Stadium
  • July 9th, 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup vs. Belize, at Jeld-Wen Field
  • July 13th, 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup vs. Cuba, at Rio Tinto Stadium
  • July 17th, 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup vs. Costa Rica, at Rentschler Field

U.S. Men’s National Coach, Jürgen Klinsmann, has been feeling the heat as of late from American fans. His team hasn’t quite been putting in quality performances, (1 win, 2 draws, 2 losses in 2013) but a string of solid World Cup Qualifying results, could change the mood of our fan base.

Current 4th Round, 2014 World Cup Qualifying Standings, CONCACAF

(Top 3 advance to 2014 World Cup, while 4th place goes into a playoff with New Zealand)

  1. Panama, 5 points
  2. Costa Rica, 4 Points
  3. USA, 4 Points
  4. Honduras, 4 Points
  5. Mexico, 3 Points
  6. Jamaica, 2 Points

UPDATE: USA vs Germany, International Friendly

The United States Men’s National Soccer Team defeated Germany in an International Friendly, on June 2nd, at RFK Stadium. USMNT won 4-3, behind two Clint Dempsey goals. Highlights of the game are provided below, video by ESPN. The victory over Germnay was important for Jürgen Klinsmann (German born, former Germany International player) and improved his 2013 record with the USMNT at two wins, two losses and two draws. USA plays their next 2014 World Cup Qualifier at Jamaica, Friday, June 7th.