Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 11th 2013 Contents GOIANIA---Coach Luiz Felipe
Scolari said Brazil s victory over
France in its last match before
the Confederations Cup has put
the team on the right track to win
the World Cup warm-up tourna-
ment for the third time in a row.
Without playing superbly, Brazil
showed enough improvement on
Sunday in its 3-0 win compared
to past matches to end its official
preparations for the Confederations
Cup on a high note.
"We needed this victory," Scolari
said. "It gave us more confidence
just at the right time."
Brazil opens the Confederations
Cup against Japan on Saturday in
Brasilia, the nation s capital. It will
then face Mexico and Italy in the
group stage. Brazil has won the
tournament three times in total:
in Saudi Arabia in 1997, in Ger-
many in 2005 and in South Africa
"This victory is a good first step
for us as we approach the Con-
federations Cup," the coach said.
"It shows we have a competitive
team which can contend for the
Brazil had some disappointing
results after Scolari returned to
the national team in December. It
had previouslt won only one match
--- against Bolivia---and drawn with
Italy, Russia and Chile. The team
also played England twice, losing
2-1 in London and drawing 2-2 at
the revamped Maracana last week.
Sunday s result in the southern
city of Porto Alegre ended Brazil s
21-year winless run against France,
and gave the "Selecao" its first
victory over a former World Cup
champion in nearly four years.
"After this victory the players
will feel more confident," Scolari
said. "They know of their potential
and now they know that this team
Chelsea playmaker Oscar and
substitute midfielders Hernanes
and Lucas scored Brazil s goals at
the Arena Gremio.
"The players who got in finished
what the others had started," Sco-
lari said. "It s good to know that
we have balance in the squad."
The coach said the victory was
also important to get the fans to
support Brazil again following the
series of poor results. The national
team was loudly jeered recently at
home and Scolari has been calling
for the public s support, saying it
will be crucial to play well.
"Our fans reacted wonderfully
in a difficult match against a good
team like France," Scolari said. "We
need this push from them."
Scolari said having the team
practicing together for a longer
period played a role in the team s
"We had seven days together
and now we will have another
week, which will certainly make a
difference again," the coach said.
Scolari said he will likely play
the same 11 from the France match
in the opener against Japan.
Brazil hasn t won a significant
title since the 2009 Confederations
Cup in South Africa. (AP)
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GENEVA---Cristiano Ronaldo ended
his season by scoring yesterday in
Portugal s 1-0 win in an international
friendly over a Croatia team featuring
16-year-old prospect Alen Halilovic
making his debut.
Ronaldo scored in the 36th minute
with an angled left-foot shot into the
bottom right hand corner of the goal.
It was the 28-year-old Portugal
winger s 39th international strike.
Still, the match might be remem-
bered as the night the highly touted
Halilovic started his international
The Dinamo Zagreb midfielder
stepped on to the stage as a second-
half substitute, and showed his poten-
tial by firing a left-foot shot just wide
of the goal in the 87th minute.
The match marked Portugal s
national holiday and was played in
Geneva because the Swiss city has a
large Portuguese population. (AP)
NYON---Fenerbahce faces a second
expulsion from the Champions League
within three seasons after the Turkish
giant and five of its club officials were
charged by UEFA in a long-running
UEFA said Monday it will hold a dis-
ciplinary case on June 22, and verdicts
are expected the following week.
The five officials were not identified
in a UEFA statement.
Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim
was convicted last July in a criminal
trial that resulted in 93 people charged
in a case sparked by the Istanbul club s
league-winning run in 2011.
UEFA banished Fenerbahce from the
2011-12 Champions League after the
initial fixing allegations were made. Fur-
ther action was likely when its lawyers
finished studying the criminal verdicts.
"The UEFA Disciplinary Inspector
has now submitted his findings to the
control and disciplinary body, in the
context of disciplinary proceedings
against this club and five club officials,"
UEFA said in a statement.
UEFA rules bar clubs from its com-
petitions for one season if they are con-
nected to fixing matches played since
April 2007, when its legal statutes were
Fenerbahce finished second in the
Turkish league this season and is set to
enter the Champions League at the third
qualifying round stage, needing to beat
two opponents to enter the lucrative
32-team group stage.
UEFA allowed Fenerbahce to play in
the Champions League qualifying
rounds last season. It was eliminated
and transferred to the Europa League,
reaching the semifinals before losing to
Ronaldo gives Portugal
1-0 win over Croatia
UEFA charges Fenerbahce,
officials in fixing case
Scolari says Brazil boosted
by big win over France
Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe
Scolari gestures during a friendly
football match against France in
Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday.
Brazil won 3-0. AP PHOTO
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