Selecao comeback ends U.S. dream

June 28, 2009

“Lucio scored a late goal to give Brazil a 3-2 win over the United States and a second straight Confederations Cup title Sunday. The Brazil captain headed in a corner from Elano in the 84th minute to help the five-time world champions hold off a spirited American team that had taken a 2-0 lead at halftime. (ESPN)

Match Tracking Confederations Cup Final: Brazil 3, U.S. 2 (NYT)
“The final of the FIFA Confederations Cup was a tale of two halves. First half: U.S. 2, Brazil 0. Second half: Brazil 3, U.S. 0. Final: Brazil 3, U.S. 2”

U.S. vs. Brazil Live Commentary (FanNation)
“It’s a bit of a depressing end to a fantastic run for the U.S. at the Confederations Cup. For 45 minutes, it looked like the Americans were going to win their first major trophy. But the U.S. earned some respect at this tournament — I can’t tell you how many e-mails and texts I’ve received from my English, Spanish and Brazilian friends telling me how impressed they were with the Americans’ performance in South Africa, especially after the debacles of the first two games.”

Brazil crown fitting finale (FIFA)
“The final day of the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 produced ten goals and two comebacks, as Brazil and Spain turned the tables on USA and South Africa respectively. When matchwinner Lucio lifted the trophy, he also created history for Dunga, who became the first person to win the tournament as a player and a coach.”

Brazil shows why it’s Brazil (SI)
“Pedigree matters. If it didn’t, we might not have witnessed what happened at Ellis Park on Sunday, an unstoppable rally that gave Brazil the Confederations Cup title in a 3-2 win over the U.S. Heck, when was the last time you saw a team come back from two goals down at halftime in a major final? (Apart from the 2005 Champions League final, that is.)”

Scrutiny for South Africa Year Before World Cup (NYT)
“On June 11, 2010, soccer’s World Cup — the world’s largest sporting event and, many believe, the most important — will open with an African host for the first time. The monthlong, 32-team tournament, to be held in 10 stadiums around South Africa, will present organizers with significant challenges regarding security, transportation and accommodation of the expected 450,000 international visitors.”

Brazil eye their place in history (ESPN)
“Only one team in the history of the Confederations Cup has ever defended the title (France in 2001 and 2003), but Brazil are well placed to become the second as they meet the U.S. in the final on Sunday.”

Selling shirts no substitute for skill (WSC)
“While the daily papers are full of transfer gossip, one recent summer trend has been noticeable by its absence this year. Hardly any English clubs seem interested in bringing over footballers from south-east Asia any more. The only player who has been linked with a move so far is South Korean midfielder Lee Chung-yong who is supposedly the subject of interest from Bolton and Manchester City.”