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.

10 thoughts on “Brazil vs Japan, Confederations Cup, Group Stage: Open Thread”

  1. Very touching and classy opening segment by ESPN in the pre-game leading up to the Brazil-Japan game. What a gigantic difference between this and the loud, obnoxious and hyped FOX Soccer and FOX Sports broadcasts.

    ESPN approach so far has been reserved, humble and very professional. I like it!

    The Gaffer

  2. Nice to see Roberto Martinez in the studio! I was looking forward to this tournament, but I’m getting excited about it now.

      1. Hopefully the Japan national anthem omission was a rare oversight. Before the tournament began, ESPN said they would show the national anthems before the games.

        The Gaffer

    1. Not this summer. We’re taking a well-deserved break from the podcast. Laurence and the gang are recharging their batteries in time for next season.

      The Gaffer

  3. Very nice goal from Neymar to start off the match and the tournament. Very highlight reel worthy.

    However, I must miss the second half. Will catch highlights later.

  4. Disappointing performance by Japan albeit against a Brazil side who played well today.

    The Gaffer

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