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Brazil wins back respect of its fans
by Paul Kennedy, June 25th, 2013 9:04PM

TAGS:  brazil, confederations cup


[CONFEDERATIONS CUP] Brazil's play at the Confederations Cup has drawn comparisons to that of some great Brazilian teams of the past, but attention on Wednesday's Brazil-Uruguay semifinal could be overshadowed by what goes on in the streets of Belo Horizonte.

As many as 100,000 protesters are expected to take to the streets. Such is the concern that Belo Horizonte's public ministry suggested that the match be postponed.

It is expected, though, to go ahead with Brazil, winner of its three group matches, firmly the favorite against neighbor and old rival Uruguay.

Brazil's nine goals have Coach Luis Felipe Scolari comparing his current team to the great Brazilian teams of the past.

"The fans may not have been 100 percent sure we were that strong," he said, "but now we are earning back the history of Brazil teams. We are better than we were in February. We have a good foundation in place now and the whole group is more confident."

It's certainly a change from the last time Brazil was at the Estadio Mineirao in May when it was jeered by the crowd during its 2-2 tie against Chile.

Uruguay won the 2011 Copa America but has been struggling recently in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Still, Scolari isn't taking the Celeste lightly.

"[Edinson] Cavani is the top striker in Italy, [Diego] Forlan was the best player at Copa America and [Luis] Suarez was the best player in England."

Probable Lineups:
Brazil -- Julio Cesar, Daniel Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz (or Dante), Marcelo, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho (or Hernanes), Oscar, Hulk, Neymar, Fred.
Uruguay -- Muslera, Pereira, Lugano, Godin, Caceres, Perez, Rios (or Rodriguez), Gonzalez (or Gargano); Forlan, Suarez, Cavani.
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile).

  1. Azam Mahmood
    commented on: June 26, 2013 at 8:04 a.m.
    Congratulations Paul for this excellent piece of news story !
  1. Horacio Gomes
    commented on: June 26, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.
    After watching a few games, there's no doubt that with Luis Felipe Scolari "Felipão" back at the helm of the Brazilian National Football Team, "A Seleção" is showing the qualities and the beauty of Brazilian Teams of the past. It takes a great coach to change the dynamics and mindset of a team. VIVA BRASIL!
  1. feliks fuksman
    commented on: June 26, 2013 at 1:25 p.m.
    Brazilian NT is looking much better, but I would not compare it yet to top Brazilian Teams of the past...

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