The Confederations Cup so far has been a ride full of surprises so far and although many wanted the “superfinal” between Spain and Brazil but the United States of America put an impressive performance with heart and determination to carry themselves out of the “group of death” winning 3-0 against back to back African Cup of Nations champions Egypt and were helped by Italy losing 3-0 to Brazil, after this when put against European Champions Spain which had a 15 game winning streak which they wanted to continue, the USA fights with determination and grit to beat the #1 team in the world 2-0. Now having made it into the first final of a FIFA competition, the United States of America now faces their greatest challenge, a cynical and powerful Brazil team.
Ibrahimovic has stated in an interview with a Swedish journal that he feels that he will stay at Inter Milan and said that he will talk to Inter Milan's president Massimo Moratti about his decision. The Swedish striker scored 25 goals for Inter Milan in the league and was instrumental in Inter Milan's 4th scudetto in a row. Many clubs such as Manchester United, Barcelona, and Real Madrid were looking for the super Swede's signature but Ibrahimovic seems content at the Italian champions
Ancelotti feels that Pirlo would be a great addition to the blues
Ancelotti the new head coach at Chelsea FC has been trying to convince players of his old team AC Milan to join him in his English battle, he has tried to acquire the likes of young brazilian striker Pato and what seems more probable Andrea Pirlo. While often Pirlo has stated that he would like to try an English adventure the club would like to keep him as a foundation to build on.
Price for Rossi has been set and Manchester Utd. Are leading the races
The young Italian striker that currently plays for Villareal has talked with his club and they have agreed that the young goal-scorer is worth 28 million euros. The young talent has been put under the spotlight after an impressive performance for Italy in the Confederations Cup and it is unclear whether Manchester United still have some bindings over him.
Toni looking to leave Bundesliga
Italian forward Luca Toni has stated that he feels he has done will in the Bundesliga and has said that he would like a move back home to finish his career in Italy. Although Toni wants to return to Italy it does not look like he will return to either of his former clubs Fiorentina or Palermo, his agent has said that both Inter Milan and AC Milan are tracking him.
Henry reveals future and it includes the MLS
French forward Thierry Henry has stated his plans for his future career, he stated he will stay at Barcelona until the expiration of his contract in 2011 and the will move to the United States of America to play in the MLS.
AC Milan state that if Dzeko doesn't come there are replacements
Dzeko continues to want the rossoneri but AC have stated that Dzeko isn't the only striker that AC Milan are looking at, they have also said that Arsenal's Emanuel Adebayor has been noticed and that Luca Toni could also be an alternative.
Inter Milan have reportedly offered £10 million for the portugese pair that currently play for Chelsea even though Chelsea have often stated that the pair is worth £13 Million. Chelsea have often expressed interest in Inter Milans central defender Nicolas Burdisso but Inter Milan have always wanted to keep Burdisso.
According to Spanish newspaper, SPORT, Manchester United have offered 52 million euros to Atletico Madrid for Argentinian star forward Sergio "El Kun" Aguero. The English champions have been looking for a proven goalscorer ever since cristiano Ronaldo went to Real Madrid.
Brazil upturns the host nation South Africa with a late goal in the 88th minute by fullback Dani Alves, and moves on to play a tough United States of America team which is looking to win their first major trophy.
Quick match report
31' Felipe Melo receives a yellow card-Brasil
44' Masilela receives a yellow card-South Africa
61' Andres Santos receives a yellow card-Brasil
82' Andres Santos is replaced by Dani Alves-Brasil
88' GOAL!!! Dani Alves scores-Brasil
89' Dani Alves receives a yellow card-Brasil
90' Luis Fabiano is replaced by Kleberson-Brasil
90' Tshabalala is replaced by Mphela-South Africa
90' Modise is replaced by Mashego-South Africa
90' Pienaar is replaced by Van Heerden-South Africa
The United States of America eliminate the European Campions Spain in the Confederations cup with a crushing 2-0 victory.
Quick Match Report
5' Landon Donovan gets a yellow card-USA
27' GOAL!!! Jozy Altidore scores-USA
27' Jozy altidore gets a yellow card-USA
36' Juan Capdevilla receives a yellow card-Spain
68' Fabregas is replaced by Santi Cazorla-Spain
69' Davies replaced by Feilhaber-USA
74' GOAL!!! Clint Dempsey scores-USA
78' Riera is replaced by Mata-Spain
84' Altidore is replaced by Casey-USA
86' Micheal Bradley receives a red card and will miss the final-USA
88' Dempsey is replaced by Bornstein-USA
89' Gerard Pique receives a yellow card
Final score 2-0 for the United States of America
Spain being the favorites to win the Confederations Cup came out with arrogance against a tough hardworking USA side that constantly fielded 10 men behind the ball, counter-attacking with speed and precision.
The USA start off well in the 4th minute with Casillas having to clear the ball off of Altidores feet, and Ricardo clark in the 6th minute tries a bicycle kick that ends up wide of the left post. Dempsey in the 8th minute shoots from outside the box that ends up just wide. Spain try and cause havoc but Torres cant find his scoring boots.
In the 27th minute Jozy Altidore scores with powerful hold up play that ends up with a hard and low shot on goal that Casillas could only get a hand to. in the 45th minute Tim Howard saves well as Torres' shot ricochets off of Howards foot and into the post. In the second half Spain put more pressure on the Americans with David Villa and Riera, but Howard saves and Riera shoots just wide. The USA double their lead with Dempsey in the 72nd minute after Donovan's shot is deflected and not cleared and Dempsey steals away and shoots past Casillas. Spain tries to mix it up by replacing Riera for Mata in the 78th minute. Xabi Alonso tries to score but Howard is equal to it. Casey replaces the impressive Altidorein the 83rd minute.
Michael Bradley is sent off for a foul on Xabi Alonso and will miss the final, Howard continues to prove himself as he saves Puyol's close shot. in the 89th minute Bornstein replaces a great Dempsey. And Spain try a last attempt to score as Howard saves at the feet of Villa.
The USA finishes this game with tactical nuance and a score-line that reflects the hardworking side, 2-0.