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Thanks for joining us for day 11 of the Confeds here in Brazil. Join us tomorrow for the first semi-final as the hosts take on Uruguay in what will be the pair's 73rd meeting at senior international level.

We'll leave you with an image of Belo Horizonte ahead of tomorrow's match at Estadio Mineirao.

We've got a brand new feature on for the Confeds, the 360 Panoramic Photo.

Have a look around the Estadio Nacional, with a picture taken from Brazil's opening game with Japan.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 14:  An interior view of the National Stadium on June 13, 2013 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)


Our Club users have been making some predictions ahead of tomorrow's semi-final. Here's what some of them had to say:


Uruguay shouldn't be a major issue if Brazil continue playing like they did in the group stage.

25/06/2013 19:31

i´m sure that Uruguay will win, i dont care if 1-0 or 3-1 but it will win

25/06/2013 18:39

In my opinion whoever wins this match will go on to win the confederations cup.

25/06/2013 18:22

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The FIFA Confederations Cup Trophy


It's five days to the Confeds final, so here are some stats relating to the number FIVE.

 - Brazil have lost just five matches in their seven Confeds tournaments so far
- Dida is the record Confeds appearance holder, with 22 matches played over five different tournaments
- Japan this year took part in their fifth Confeds
- Mexico have been involved in five of the eight Confeds games that have gone to extra time
- Italy are fifth in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking
- Both Spain and Uruguay have played five matches in the Confeds, with all of Spain’s matches coming in 2009 and Uruguay’s coming 1997
Five goals has been enough to win the adidas Golden Boot at the last two tournaments (Luis Fabiano in 2009, and Adriano in 2005)
- South America becomes the fifth confederation to host the Confeds. Asia (4 time hosts), Europe (2), CONCACAF (1), Africa (1)

Brazilian midfielder Oscar vies with Italian defender Mattia De Sciglio


While you can tweet us @FIFAcom using the hashtag #confeds, we've also got our new 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Facebook page, which you have already been using to get in touch with us about the tournament. 

Our Facebook users have been commenting on a great picture of a group of Confeds volunteers with the Tahiti side, before they flew back to the Pacific islanders.

Randy Lara: If watching this team play didn't bring a smile to your face, you're not a fan of the sport.

Shotta Isaac: loved their never give up attitude!respect to them they did their nation proud they did football proud!

Rita Oliveira: The Tahitians deserve all our respect, is a selection of warriors, the true warriors.

Like the page, leave a comment and you might end up on here!

Players from the Tahiti national squad pose along some of the volunteers from Recife

Brazil and Uruguay have faced each other 72 times before (in all competitions). Take a look  at these images from some of their previous meetings:

BRA-URU: Historical games


This has been one of the best Confederations Cups so far, and the fans have been magnificent. They may not have been 100 per cent sure we were that strong, but now we are earning back the history of Brazil teams.

The Brazilian fans have been great to the team in every city. They carried us forward.

Luiz Felipe Scolari head coach of Brazil gestures


I have known Tabarez for years and know how he works. Cavani is the top striker in Italy, Forlan was the best player at Copa America and Suarez was the best player in England.

They are top quality players and we can guess 90 per cent of their line-up. We would have been better off playing Uruguay before they beat Venezuela (in FIFA World Cup qualifying).

Luiz Felipe Scolari head coach of Brazil issues instructions


We look at improvements after every game and have made progress. The team is just about ready and the players know they’re key. Fred has played well, and scores goals. I can trust Fred as a person and a player more every day.

We lack attention and positioning at times on the field. I’m not concerned with stats. I just want a team that will win. I have a draft of a settled team and I am fully confident in the players who could come in to replace them.

Neymar has experienced so much at the age of 21. We need to remember to keep playing in a compact way sometimes. I think we are better than we were in February. We have a good foundation in place now and the whole group is more confident.

Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari  gestures during a press conference


Coming up, we've got some words from Luiz Felipe Scolari on his side, tomorrow's semi-final opponents Uruguay and the Brazilian fans.

Luiz Felipe Scolari has told a press conference that he plans to name the same side that started against Japan and Mexico in tomorrow's semi-final.

(Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Paulinho, Fred, Neymar, Oscar, Luiz Gustavo, Hulk)

Brazil line up

Some players at the Confeds, including Thiago Silva, Lucas Moura, Salvatore Sirigu, Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, will be heading back to their club sides after the tournament to meet a new manager. Real Madrid have announced Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager while Paris Saint-Germain have replaced the outgoing Italian with former France coach Laurent Blanc.

Real Madrid's goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas takes part in the warm up

Speaking to English magazine FourFourTwo, the tournament's poster-boy Neymar said the expectation wasn't getting to him.

"Pressure exists for all players. You can guess the pressure each one has. It's big. It's another good responsibility, that anyone would want to have. Every game has defenders. Every game has marking. The marking is always strong. If it is against a club or a national team, it's always big."

Neymar of Brazil looks on from a free kick

The group stage action in pictures

The group stage at the FIFA Confederation Cup Brazil 2013 had everything a football fan could possibly want. presents a selection of the best images.

The group stage action in pictures


Spain's defender Alvaro Arbeloa surrounded by Brazilian fans at end of an exclusive poses for Spainih magazin on the beach in of his hotel in Fortaleza on June 25, 2013

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  • Brazilian goalkeepers Jefferson, Julio Cesar and Diego Cavalieri of Brazil pose with the FIFA Confederations Cup trophy
  • Jerome Boateng looks on next to Toni Kroos during a Bayern Muenchen press conference
  • FC Bayern Munich's players (L to R) Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, defender Diego Contento, French midfielder Franck Ribery, Austrian midfielder David Alaba and Brazilian defender Dante attend a training session
  • Bayern Munich's French midfielder, Franck Ribery (L) and his teammate goalkeeper Manuel Neuer give a press conference
  • Thiago Silva of Brazil lifts the trophy after the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final
  • Spain players line up for a team photo prior to the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain

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