[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."
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).