Neymar ready for Maracana showdown
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Brazilian star Neymar vowed to help fire Brazil to a third straight FIFA Confederations Cup™ title at the expense of world champions Spain to show fans they can expect fireworks when he arrives in La Liga with Barcelona.

"We will be playing for our families, our friends, but above all for the Brazilian nation," Neymar said.

"We are ready for what will be an historic match," the 21-year-old starlet said as he looked forward to a mouthwatering encounter with the Spanish on Sunday in Rio De Janeiro's Maracana stadium.

"We shall be defending our country," added Neymar, who scored in all three group games before helping to create goals for Fred and Paulinho in the semi-final success over Uruguay.

"It will be a great match. Both teams are out to create history," added Neymar, noting that while Brazil are gearing up for an even bigger prize next year when they host the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1950, landing Spain's scalp on Sunday would send out a message that a new Selecao has landed.

We will be playing for our families, our friends, but above all for the Brazilian nation.
Brazilian forward, Neymar

Spain, who have never won the FIFA Confederations Cup, will go into action on the back of a record 29 matches unbeaten and seeking an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in a major tournament after UEFA EURO 2008 and 2012 triumphs sandwiched between their maiden FIFA World Cup success in 2010.

Brazil meanwhile came into the tournament having let go former coach Mano Manezes for 2002 FIFA World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, despite the latter enduring some difficult spells in club football with Chelsea and Palmeiras.

Since Scolari's return, Brazil have slowly begun to shape a team based on a blend of youthful exuberance encapsulated by the likes of Neymar himself and the experience of older players such as Fred, whose three goals, following a run of five in six friendlies, have fired up the new machine.

"This will be a real final showcasing great players. It should be a great game and I just hope I come off happy and a champion with my team," said Neymar, who added he was not afraid of the close attention the Spanish defenders will undoubtedly seek to shackle him with.

"I will just go out there and do what I always do to help my team - take free kicks, spray passes around, score goals. I want to help the team."