Mexico "waved" goodbye to the Confederations Cup as "El Tri", the home team, was crowned champions of the 1999 edition.
The Mexicans well deserved to win the Cup as one of the two unbeaten teams making it to the final. Suarez, Pardo and Blanco maintained the Mexicans' tempo with goals, skill and stability at the back. Also, the home "Azteca" factor - Mexico has not been beaten there for 18 years - cannot be ignored. Conmebol champions Brazil lived up to the expectations as its talent factory continues to produce outstanding players such as 19-year-old Ronaldinho, one of three players who netted six goals.
The host nation's credentials to hold this tournament was never in doubt with average attendance's surpassing 63,000. So with everything in place it was up to the teams and the individual players to make this event a success.
And, they did not let us down. All witnessed a standard of goalkeepers seldom seen in a single tournament with the likes of Keller (USA), Campos (Mexico), Dida (Brazil) and Utting (New Zealand). And the goals flowed like a river in monsoon. Goals by Cuauthemoc Blanco, Al Otaibi and Ronaldinho.
Surprise package Saudi Arabia recovered after a 1-5 thrashing in their opening match to qualify for the semi-finals following a 5-1 win in the all-Arab clash against Egypt. USA stood their ground against giants Germany and Brazil only to fail narrowly by losing to a Golden Goal by Mexico's top scorer Blanco. New Zealand went home happy after gamely facing up to Germany and USA. Against Brazil they acted out their personal "World Cup final" conceding only two goals in a spirited contest. Egypt lost their cool in the match against Saudi Arabia when they only needed a draw. Bolivia improved on their Copa America performance with two draws.
The big disappointment of the tournament was a lacklustre German team which had left many of its best players at home and paid the price by going out early and returning home to a critical German press.