I picked Germany to win the whole she-bang before the tournament. It's getting closer. Come on boy-o's!
I did too.
Analysts said Brazil simply didn't face tough enough competition to qualify. They said Brazil got an easy qualification and wasn't really tested. They mentioned Copa America and Confederations Cup. One of you soccer guys can expound on how that pertains to their easy qualification.
Well, Brazil didn't have to qualify as the host nation. They get an automatic bid. Here's what The Confederation Cup and Copa America are:
The Confederations Cup (From Wiki)
The FIFA Confederations Cup is an international association football tournament for national teams, currently held every four years by FIFA. It is contested by the holders of each of the six FIFA confederation championships (UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, CAF, AFC, OFC), along with the FIFA World Cup holder and the host nation, to bring the number of teams up to eight.
Copa America (Wiki)
The Campeonato Sudamericano Copa América, commonly known as Copa América (Spanish and Portuguese for "America Cup" or "Cup America"), is an international association football competition contested every four years[clarification needed] between the men's national football teams of CONMEBOL, determining the continental champion of South America. It is the oldest international continental football competition.
The current tournament format involves twelve teams competing at venues in a host nation over a period of about a month. The confederation has only ten members, so national teams from other FIFA confederations are invited to fill the other 2 places; Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States have been regular since being invited for the first time in 1993. In 43 tournaments, seven national teams have won the title. Uruguay is the current champion and the most successful team in the tournament, having won it fifteen times.
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