Courtesy of their UEFA EURO 2008 conquest, the 32-game unbeaten run they will take into their curtain-raiser and the presence in their squad of Iker Casillas, David Villa and Fernando Torres, Spain will start as the marginal favourites.
However, they face stern competition from Brazil and Italy. A Seleção will enter the tournament as its holders and, thanks to Julio Cesar, Robinho and Kaka, in a rich vein of form. For their part, I Azzurri are the reigning world champions and boast players of the calibre of Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Pirlo.
The hosts have won two of the last five FIFA Confederations Cups, and Teko Modise and Steven Pienaar will be out to help South Africa emulate Mexico and France. Meanwhile, Egypt, Iraq, New Zealand and USA will charge Mohamed Aboutrika, Younis Mahmoud, Shane Smeltz and Landon Donovan respectively with inspiring them all the way.
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