BY | June 29, 2013

This is a game that is high on people’s minds today. Even those people who have nothing to do with soccer will be watching it across the world. Two top soccer teams will be taking on each other in the most important match of the tournament and so no one really wants to miss it is trying to ensure that he or she is actually able to see the match when it begins later today. Though for many Asian fans of the game, this will be very late in the evening indeed, nonetheless they all are excited about the forthcoming match and are very happy about it.

Though another match is being played today to decide as to who is the third best team of the tournament and the two semi-final losers Uruguay and Italy are set to take on each other, there is not much interest in the match. This is notwithstanding the fact that both the teams are in impeccable form and both are going to come out with excellent soccer match. But because of the fact that the final is also going to take place on the same day, people’s interest is on the zenith for the final game. In my opinion, there should have been at least a day’s gap between Brazil vs Spain match and Italy vs Uruguay match.

In the meantime the interest in the second and final match of the tournament today is on a high. To be true, this is the match that everyone was awaiting for and to be true, both the teams have shown remarkable resilience in reaching this far. In a match everyone has been hoping to see, the hosts will be trying to win their third-straight title in the World Cup warm-up competition, and fourth overall, while Spain will be looking for its fourth major trophy in five years. There is no doubt that Brazil will be unimaginably hard to defeat in their backyards even for the top team in the world. As far as FIFA’s soccer ranking is concerned, Brazil is the 22nd ranked team in the world. But though FIFA rank may be there we all know that they are among the best teams in the world soccer these days.

Nearly every Brazilian player who has talked about Spain has praised the world and European champion, acknowledging that it’s the best team in the world today. But they guarantee Brazil will be ready to make the home fans proud.

Neymar, the top Brazilian player who has been in very great form throughout the series is very happy to play against Spain and proclaims that neither he nor his teammates are afraid of the Spaniards. “We just have to play football, we can’t be afraid…We know Spain is the best team in the world and that they have the best players in the world. We respect them and I admire them a lot, but when the match starts we have full confidence that we can play well to beat them and win the title for our fans.” After seeing Spain struggle against a side yesterday whom Brazil beat squarely should give them great confidence.

Sun., June 30 12 p.m. ET Salvador Uruguay vs. (Third-Place) ESPN2 WatchESPN
Sun., June 30 6 p.m. ET Rio De Janeiro Brazil vs. (Final) ESPN WatchESPN

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