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Confederations Cup favourites: Spain or Brazil?
Spain with their tiki-tika football style and Brazil with their flair and charisma during the ongoing Confederations Cup have entertained viewers the world over. Brazil has already booked a place in the semi-finals of the competitions while Spain is placed comfortably in the other group to book a last four berth.

Brazil and Spain have stayed true to the favourites’ tag, which they were given way before the competition started. They have put up some efficient display on the field. Spain has defeated Uruguay and Tahiti with 2-1 and 10-0 respectively.

On the other hand, the Brazilians have defeated Japan and Mexico 3-0 and 2-0 respectively. Both the nations are on top of their group with one game left to play. Spain faces Nigeria and Brazil clashes with Italy to decide the final standings on the table.

Both teams have quality players on the pitch, which can change the complexion of the game in a matter of seconds. If Neymar and Hulk can unsettle defenders with their pace and acceleration, Spain has Fernando Torres and Soldado, who can do the same, if not more.

But, if one looks head to head in various positions, Spain looks a stronger side with an alternate option in each and every position. Brazil may not be so lucky on this count, as they lack quality midfielder as compared to Spain. Juan Mata, Fabregas, Andreas Iniesta, Xavi, David Silva are just few of the quality midfielders in the Spanish line up.

But, Brazil has some of the most feared players in world football in the form of Hulk, Neymar and Lucas Moura. Always known for their attacking prowess, Brazilians still play a similar game. It is simple football: score more than your opponents. With Felipe Scolari as their manager, one can expect the Brazilians to go all out in their attack.

Most of the players in the Spanish line up either play for Barcelona or Real Madrid, who play a similar kind of football with their clubs. Most importantly, they know their team mates well, which just helps in the better understanding of the game. For Brazil, this does not hold true, as most of their players play in various leagues, which requires a different set of skill, so it takes time to adjust while playing for the national team.

But this can be strongly be debated with what has been witnessed in the tournament so far: Brazil has not shown any such signs with the constant support of the fans, who dance to the tunes of the samba beat in the stands rejoicing the silky display put up by their favourite footballers.

If, as expected Brazil and Spain win their respective remaining matches and the semi-final encounter as well against their respective opponents, it could be a dream final. It would be difficult to choose a favourite between the two, as they always up their game, when it comes to playing against big teams and when it comes to finals, they hate losing and have practically made winning a habit.

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