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BRASILIA, Brazil -- Brazil will be playing for more than a victory when it faces Japan in the Confederations Cup opener on Saturday. Jim Plunkett Jersey . Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Friday that a victory in the first match will be crucial to winning the support of demanding home fans and to put the squad on the right track for its fourth title in the World Cup warm-up tournament. "Its fundamental to win this match and thats what Ive been telling the players." Scolari said. "We need to have the fans on our side, so its important we get off to a good start." Brazil hasnt won a significant title since the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa and home fans have criticized and jeered the national team following a series of poor results recently. "We need to take advantage of the home fans, and to do that we need to play well," Scolari said. "Our team is not fully ready yet and we know its not going to be easy, but we need to work hard to keep the fans on our side." Scolari led Brazil to the 2002 World Cup title but has endured disappointing results in the seven matches he coached since returning to the national team in December. Brazil is coming off a convincing 3-0 win over France in its final warm-up, but it had won only one of its six matches until then, against Bolivia. Scolari and the Brazilian players were loudly jeered and booed by nearly 50,000 home fans after a 2-2 draw in a friendly against Chile in April. Scolari knows first-hand how an opening loss at home could make the teams path to the title more difficult. He was head of the home team when he coached Portugal at the 2004 European Championships, when the hosts lost the opening match but eventually reached the final. "Its horrible to lose the first match at home, just horrible," he said. "Its tough to handle and thats something we have to avoid at all costs. If we lose, its going to be difficult with the fans, the media, with everything." Scolari said its even tougher because Brazil is not as respected at home as it is abroad. Brazilian fans often feel distant from the national team, in part because most of the players are from foreign clubs. This time the coach included 11 players from domestic clubs in the Confederations Cup squad, repeating the winning formula of the 2002 team that thrived in South Korea and Japan, when 13 members played at home. Since then, the national team has had only a handful of domestic players in most tournaments. The current players know the responsibility that comes with playing at home. "Theres always a lot of pressure when it comes to the Selecao, but even more now here at home," said Neymar, the 21-year-old Barcelona striker touted to lead Brazil to the title. "We know there is a lot of pressure and we know of our responsibility. But we have a great group and we will do everything we can to reach our goal of winning the Confederations Cup and then the World Cup next year, which everybody knows is the most important thing for us." Brazil has won the last two Confederations Cups, in 2005 in Germany and in 2009 in South Africa. It also won the 1997 tournament in Saudi Arabia. The five-time world champions havent won a significant title since the 2009 tournament. Only goalkeeper Julio Cesar and defender Daniel Alves were in that squad. "The team has been revamped and its always hard when you start from scratch," Neymar said. "But we are starting to put a team together and thats the most important thing right now. We know we have talented players who can make a difference in the end." Brazil beat Japan 4-0 in a friendly last October, when coach Mano Menezes was still ahead of the national team. "We won that match but it wasnt easy," Brazil striker Hulk said. "We faced a lot of difficulties in the beginning of that match and we expect the same in the opener here." Japan arrived just two days ago because it was playing World Cup qualifiers in Asia, and Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni said he expects his team to face some difficulties against the hosts on Saturday. "Our team has improved lately and our goal in this competition is to show the world how we improved," he said. "We are going to be playing against teams that are ahead of us in the (FIFA) rankings, so Im curious to see what happens. Maybe we are not the best team in the world but we know how to play football and we have very good players." Italy and Mexico are the other teams in Group A. Amari Cooper Jersey . -- The St. Johns IceCaps weathered a wild first period with the help of goaltender Jussi Olkinuora, before finding offensive inroads in the second. Howie Long Jersey . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. 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Favourite son Ken Thornett was honoured at the Eels first game at Parramatta Stadium in 1986 and will now be fondly remembered at their last before the ground is redeveloped.An inaugural inductee into the Eels Hall of Fame, Thornett died on Tuesday aged 78.Nicknamed The Mayor of Parramatta, he played 130 games for the Eels between 1962 and 1971 and made the fullback position his own.The club are now preparing to pay tribute to him in round 25, their final outing at the ground where the Ken Thornett Grandstand has stood since their first match there 30 years ago.Ken had an enormous impact on our club and it is with great sadness that we hear of his passing today, Eels interim chairman Max Donnelly said on Wednesday.Along with his brother Dick, Ken made the Eels a competitive force during his time, becoming one of the most feared fullbacks in the 1960s and instilling a professionalism that was the forerunner for our success in the 1970s and 80s.Born into a sporting family, Thornetts older brother John captained the Wallabies 16 times, while his younger brother Dick represented Australia in league, union and water polo.But few sports stars attracted the kind of cult following Ken did.Already established as a championship winner with Leeds in English rugby league, Thornett joined the Eels mid-season in 1961, inspiring the team to their first finals appearance.Parramatta, seemingly on track for the seventh straight wooden spoon, won six of the seven matches Thornett played in his first seasson and drew the other. Kenny Stabler Jersey. owever they lost their last five on his return to England and bowed out of the finals without scoring a point.He returned to take them to the next three finals series, twice within a game of the decider.He played the first of his 12 Tests for the Kangaroos in 1963, scoring a match-winning try on debut as Australia went on to claim the Ashes for the first time in 50 years.Despite this, he remained just as popular in England, after he helped Leeds to their first title in 1961.Remembered as an elegant runner of the ball with a powerful fend, he also became enshrined in sporting folklore when it was claimed he played his final two seasons in England without making a handling error in 1965 and 1966.He was a dangerous attacking player and safe under pressure. It is said English bookies gave up giving odds on when he would drop a ball, the Rhinos said in a statement.He was named in the official list of Australias 100 greatest players on the games centenary in 2008 and the Eels annual players player award is named in his honour.NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg paid tribute to him on Wednesday.Ken Thornett is a name which has been revered and will continue to be revered, Greenberg said.He will always be part of a very special group the 100 greatest players in the first 100 years of Rugby League in this country. He will be missed. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '