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Saturday, June 29, 2013
Brazil determined to 'end' Spain era

ESPN staff

Former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira believes the Selecao can bring an end to Spain's dominance on the world stage with victory in Sunday's Confederations Cup final.

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As Spain prepare to defend their World Cup title next year, Parreira insists a determined victory over Uruguay in the semi-final proves Brazil are playing better football than their opponents at present.

Despite their world ranking of 22, Brazil have looked convincing throughout the tournament and Spain's penalty shootout win over Italy on Thursday has given the hosts cause for optimism, with the World Cup-winning manager suggesting La Roja's weaknesses are finally being exposed.

"It is now the time to end the era of Spain," Parreira said. "I have been talking with Scolari and the coaching staff and now is not the time to change tactics.

"We have to maintain the line we have taken so far. Brazil are playing at home and have to keep the initiative in the game. This is the game that everyone hoped for, but the fans would not have chosen this opponent for the final.

"But, since it is Spain, we welcome them. Brazil are in an excellent moment, they have confidence, it is easy to see.

"Scolari has done a wonderful job this past month. We have played against five world champions and not lost a game. We look ahead knowing that we will play very well.

"We know that Italy had a wonderful first half against Spain [on Thursday], showing that with will, determination and intelligence, it is possible to beat Spain."

Brazil will head into the final at the Maracana as favourites.

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