Bundesliga Players in the 2013 Confederations Cup

The ninth edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup will kick off on Saturday, June 15 with hosts Brazil facing AFC Champions Japan.  The tournament consists of eight national teams, divided into two groups — Brazil, Japan, Italy and Mexico will attempt to advance out of a tough Group A, while Spain, Uruguay, Nigeria and Tahiti will battle to move forward from Group B.  The tournament will be played across the Brazilian nation, with matches in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Recife and Salvador, with the title match scheduled for June 30 in Rio.

The tournament will feature 13 current Bundesliga players competing for the title currently held by Brazil, which will feature treble champions Dane and Luiz Gustavo.  Japan leads the tournament in Bundesliga representation, with eight players, while Tahiti, Mexico, Uruguay and Italy don’t feature any players currently earning their pay with German clubs.  While all eight national sides will compete for success, Uruguay, Italy and Spain have the added incentive of becoming only the third national sides (after France and Argentina) to have captured championships in all three FIFA tournaments — the World Cup, the Olympics and the Confederations Cup.

Brazil

Dante- Defender/ Bayern Munich (29 appearances / 1 goal)
Luiz Gustavo- Midfielder/ Bayern Munich (22/4)

Spain

Javi Martinez- Midfielder/Bayern Munich (27/3)

Japan

Gotoku Sakai- Defender/ VfB Stuttgart (27/0)
Atsuto Uchida- Defender/Schalke 04 (24/1)
Hiroshi Kiyotake- Midfielder/ 1. FC Nurnburg (31/4)
Shinji Okazaki- Striker & Midfielder/ VfB Stuttgart (25/1)
Hajime Hosogai- Midfielder/ Bayer 04 Leverkusen (17/0)
Makoto Hasebe- Midfielder/ VfL Wolfsburg (23/2)
Takashi Inui- Midfielder/ Eintract Frankfurt (33/6)
Hiroki Sakai- Defender/ Hannover 96 (13/0)

Nigeria

Joseph Akpala- Striker/ SV Werder Bremen (21/1)
Anthony Ujah – Striker/ FC Koln (28/13)

Mexico

None (defender Francisco ‘Maza’ Rodriguez played for Stuttgart until last winter)

Italy, Tahiti, Uruguay 

None

Below is the schedule, the times are local (1 hour ahead of the US East Coast):

6/15- Brazil v. Japan @ 4 pm
6/16- Mexico v. Italy @ 4 pm
Spain v. Uruguay @ 7 pm
6/17- Tahiti v. Nigeria @ 4 pm
6/19- Brazil v. Mexico @ 4 pm
Italy v. Japan @ 7 pm
6/20- Spain v. Tahiti @ 4 pm
Nigeria v. Uruguay @ 7 pm
6/22- Italy v. Brazil @ 4 pm
Japan v. Mexico @ 4 pm
6/23- Nigeria v. Spain @ 4 pm
Uruguay v. Tahiti @ 4 pm

The semi-finals will be on June 26th and 27th, with both the 3rd place match and final taking place on June 30th.

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Andrew Smith

Born in Indiana, Andrew is a 27-year-old Social Studies teacher who has traveled to Germany on multiple occasions. He enjoys learning more of the tactical side of the game and can be followed on Twitter at andsmith_46.

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