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Brazil vs Japan, Confederations Cup, Group Stage: Open Thread

brazil fans1 Brazil vs Japan, Confederations Cup, Group Stage: Open Thread

The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup begins today with host Brazil facing Japan. For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown live on ESPN and WatchESPN. The kick-off is scheduled for 2:30pm ET.

Brazil opens the tournament at a brand-new stadium in Brasilia, a 68,000 capacity stadium named Estadio Nacional.

Don’t be surprised if Japan causes a shock today by either getting a win or draw against a Brazil side, who despite being buoyed by their home fans, have been playing poorly lately despite beating France 3-0 in a recent friendly.

FIFA will use goal-line technology in an international game for the first time today for Brazil-Japan. GoalControl is its name.

Brazil starting 11: Cesar, Alves, Silva, Luiz, Marcelo, Oscar, Dias, Paulinho, Fred, Neymar, Hulk.

Japan starting 11: Kawashima, Nagatomo, Uchida, Konno, Yohsida, Honda, Endo, Kiyotake, Kagawa, Hasebe, Okazaki.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below.


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