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2013 Confederations Cup - TV Schedule, Livestream Info, Predictions

posted May 26, 2013, 9:42 AM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated Jun 22, 2013, 11:56 AM ]

This page has predictions, live stream info and U.S. TV schedule for 2013 Confederations Cup. The event features the six continental champions plus the 2012 Euro runner-up and the host country. The defending champion is Brazil. The 2013 Confederations Cup is scheduled for June 15-30 in various cities in Brazil.

U.S. TV Schedule

*Subject to change, errors

Saturday June 15 - Brazil vs. Japan
TV: ESPN (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Sunday June 16 - Italy vs. Mexico
TV: ESPN (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Sunday June 16 - Spain vs. Uruguay
TV: ESPN (5:45 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com (TV/Cable subscribers only)

Monday June 17 - Nigeria vs. Tahiti
TV: ESPN (2:45 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Wednesday June 19 - Brazil vs. Mexico

TV: ESPN (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Wednesday June 19 - Italy vs. Japan
TV: ESPN (5:45 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Thursday June 20 - Spain vs. Tahiti
TV: ESPN (2:45 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Thursday June 20 - Uruguay vs. Nigeria
TV: ESPN (5:45 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Saturday June 22 - Japan vs. Mexico
TV: ESPN2 (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Saturday June 22 - Brazil vs. Italy
TV: ESPN (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Sunday June 23 - Spain vs. Nigeria

TV: ESPN (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Sunday June 23 - Uruguay vs. Tahiti
TV: ESPN2 (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Wednesday June 26 - Semifinal #1
TV: ESPN (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Thursday June 27 - Semifinal #2
TV: ESPN (2:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Sunday June 30 - Consolation Game/Third Place
TV: ESPN2 (11:45 AM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com - ESPN3

Sunday June 30 - Championship Game

TV: ESPN (5:30 PM ET)
Live stream: WatchESPN.com (TV/Cable subscribers only)


Predictions

1. Group A Prediction: Brazil tops group, Italy snatches second spot. It's a real shame that the four strongest teams (excluding Spain) in the competition end up in the same group. We have two rising soccer nations in Japan and Mexico, in addition to two heavyweights in host Brazil and Italy. With a talent-laden squad and support from the friendly crowd, it is hard to imagine Brazil would not advance to the knockout round. Moreover, the host country's record against the three teams is excellent. Brazil has historically dominated Japan and Italy, while is being even against Mexico. I just don't see any of these teams beating the 3-time Confederations Cup winner on its home soil. This leaves the rest of the teams competing for one spot in the semifinals.

Mexico is the most talented of the remaining teams, but has suffered from poor form. El Tri has been unimpressive in 2013 and is in danger of not qualifying for next year's world cup. Italy has enjoyed strong form since the 2012 Euro Final and is undefeated in 2013. Similarly, Japan has played well recently breezing through world cup qualifying, though the competition level in Asia is generally weak. While Japan and Mexico are formidable, I feel Italy still has a litle more quality than the North American and Asian champions. It will be difficult but Italy should pull it through.

2. Group B Prediction: Spain and Uruguay dominate, Copa America champion wins group by a whisker. Group B should really be dubbed the Extremely Easy Group. Two of the four teams in this group are frankly undeserved to participate in this competition. Who really believes Tahiti and Nigeria belong in the Confederations Cup? In the case of Tahiti, the question is not how many matches they could win but how many goals they will be scored upon by the likes of Spain and Uruguay. They simply don't have the talent and experience to handle a major event like the Confederations Cup. Spain and Uruguay should easily advance from this group, and the match between the two teams will decide the order of finish.

3. Winner's Prediction: Brazil.
The defending champion is clearly the strongest team in this competition. The two teams that could cause the 5-time World Cup winner some troubles are Spain and Italy, but both have had their share of problems. Spain is an aging team that lacks the vision and creativity it once had. Similarly, Italy is no longer the formidable force it used to be. Meanwhile, Brazil is filled with young talents and will be motivated to play well on home soil. The odds are clearly favoring Brazil for a three-peat.
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