Game : Brazil v Iraq
Competition : Confederations Cup 2009
Venue : Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Date : 15 June 2009, Monday, 16.00 South African time.
Defending champions Brazil begin the defence of their Confederations Cup title when they play Hasan Shehata’s Egypt on Monday.
Brazil beat Argentina to win the tournament four years ago, but have been placed in a slightly trickier group this year. It consists of the Selecao, Egypt, world champions Italy and dark horses USA.
No Ronaldinho in the side, but coach Dunga still has a very talented squad with the likes of Robinho, Luis Fabiano, Dani Alves and Kaka in the squad.
Brazil form -last five games- most recent first- scorers in brackets
Brazil 2-1 Paraguay ( Robinho, Nilmar)
Uruguay 0-4 Brazil ( Dani Alves, Luis Fabiano*2, Kaka)
Brazil 3-0 Mexico ( Felipe Melo, Luis Fabiano*2)
Ecuador 1-1 Brazil ( Julio Baptista)
Brazil 2-0 Italy (Elano, Robinho)
Egypt looked in great shape when they defended their African Cup of nations title, but a lot has changed since that triumph. The core of this side is well into their 30’s, and Hasan Shehata does not have both Amr Zaki and Ahmed Mido in his squad. Zaki misses out due to injury, while Mido has not been called up due to disclipinary problems.
Hosni Abd Rabo, Aboutrika and Mohamed Zidan will be the main threats for Brazil.
Egypt form-last five games- all competitions- Egyptian scorers in brackets
Algeria 3-1 Egypt ( Mohamed Aboutrika)
Oman 0-1 Egypt (Mohamed Aboutrika)
Egypt 1-1 Zambia ( Amr Zaki)
Egypt 2-2 Ghana ( Mohamed Aboutrika, Emad Moteab)
Egypt 1-0 Kenya ( Ahmed Hassan)
Verdict :- Brazil’s attack looks strong, and the Egyptian defence has looked shaky in recent times. The 3-1 loss to Algeria was not received well at all in Egypt- it is one of their heaviest defeats in recent times. The majority of the Egyptian squad comes from Al Ahly, but the club weren’t successful in last season’s CAF ( African Champions League)
Brazil 2-0 Egypt ( Fabiano, Kaka)