Pre-Tournament Biases: Group B
Spain win their fourth major trophy in five years.
Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan, and Edinson Cavani form a strike force that every other country in the world would be jealous of. Forlan is the all-time leading goal scorer for Uruguay - one ahead of the 27 year old Suarez. Cavani is, arguably, among the top five strikers on the globe right now.
Looking hard at the midfield, no names really stand out. My man Nicolas Lodeiro will be one of two players representing the mighty Botafogo this month, but he doesn't exactly stack up with what Spain has to offer.
Uruguay struggles against Nigeria, but earns second place in the group. They go on to finish third.
1. Having forwards with uncustomary forward numbers (2 - Alvin Tehau, 3 - Marama Vahirua).
2. Blood being thicker than water, with four members of the Tehau family on the squad. Twins Alvin and Lorenzo join their brother Jonathan, and cousin Teaonui in their quest for the Cup.
Not having any household names on the team... yet.
The most spectacular Socca Haka you will ever see.
The fact that they are little known. Teams may underestimate the Super Eagles, which would be a mistake.
You don't want to kickoff your preparations for a major tournament in this manner. Nigeria players threatened to strike after not receiving bonuses. Player mutiny? Smells of France 2010: an early exit.
Second place should be a battle between Nigeria and Uruguay. Because of in-house instability, Nigeria goes home after the group stage.
Confederations Cup Random Thought:
|Bring Ramires back to the Seleção!|