2009-07-01

Brazil wins Confederations Cup in South Africa

Brazilian players celebrate with the trophy after the FIFA Confederations Cup final soccer match: United States vs. Brazil on June 28, 2009 at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. Brazil won 3-2.

Brazilian players celebrate with the trophy after the FIFA Confederations Cup final soccer match: United States vs. Brazil on June 28, 2009 at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. Brazil won 3-2.

Winston F. Burges

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The members of Brazil’s national soccer team received a warm welcome on their return home from South Africa, where they won the Confederations Cup for the third time with a 3-2 victory in Johannesburg over surprise finalists the United States. Brazil fought back from being down 2-0 at the end of the first half to take the lead and win the cup once more.

The first half was dominated by the U.S., and Brazil’s goalkeeper July Cesar could only look on as Clint Dempsey scored the first goal after 10 minutes. Just 20 minutes later, U.S. star player Lance Donovan got the second shot. It was, according to Clarín, “a great goal”.

But it was not to last. As Crítica put it, “Brazil should never be written off”, and just 43 seconds into the second half, Luis Fabiano made the score 2-1. Twenty-eight minutes later and Fabiano leveled the score by heading in a rebound from a shot by Kaká. Then, with only two minutes to go until the final whistle, Luisao turned the match on its head when he headed in Brazil’s third goal from a corner kick.

Brazil manager Dunga told DPA that “you can only win after being two goals down in the final if you have a committed team … We displayed strength and motivation. Brazilian football comes in for a lot of criticism, but it always produces results”.

Kaká won the award for best player in the tournament. Second place went to his teammate Luis Fabiano, who was also the leading scorer. According to La Nación, Brazil also won the Fair Play award. Tim Howard of the United States was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

The next challenge for Brazil will be to win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but, as Julio Cesar told EFE, “first we have to qualify and only after that will we think about the Cup”.

Brazil are currently at the top of the South American World Cup qualifying table, followed by Chile in second place and Paraguay in third. In their next qualifying match they will face fourth-placed Argentina in Buenos Aires.

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7 Comments

  • yaritza | 2013-06-03

    I am fan of Atlético (a soccer team in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil), but I support the Brazil team. They are winners.

  • | 2009-09-18

    Brazil are the best in the world, there's no-one like them. I'm Colombian but i support brazil.

  • | 2009-07-29

    What an exciting competition.

  • | 2009-07-26

    I love Brazilian football very much , they are the best team.

  • | 2009-07-22

    excellent

  • | 2009-07-10

    for me Brazil is playing well, I hope to see them raising the World Cup like they did in the Confederations Cup, even though I'm Guatemalan I am a Brazilian fan from the bottom of my heart.

  • | 2009-07-02

    We Paraguayans have been through the same situation as in Honduras, and so this Latin American embarassment is no shock to us, a new Pinochet(Pinochetti-Micheletti ), reminds us of 1999, in Paraguay a legitimate president was replaced by an alcoholic and inept one, leaving aside his violation of human rights. Luis Gonzalez Macchi, also a massive thief. Bad luck for our Honduran brothers, my condolences, democracy is in mourning.<p>Of course the US Embassy (Ambassador Maura Harty) and the vatican with their papal nuncio Monsignor Sebasti&aacute; Laboa were behind what happened here in the country.