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Teams And Fixtures Of 2017 Confederations Cup

Teams And Fixtures Of 2017 Confederations Cup

 

 

Confederations Cup 2017: Fixtures, results, teams, TV & guide to the World Cup warm-up

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Jun 18, 2017 8:34 AM
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal
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Russia will continue their preparations for next year’s World Cup by hosting the Confederations Cup this summer.

The eight-team tournament is held the year before each World Cup to give the host country an opportunity to test their facilities and provisions ahead of the main event.

It features the champions of each confederation – decided through competitions such as the European Championship and Copa America – as well as the World Cup hosts and the reigning world champions.

That means a few stars will be on show at four of the Russian stadiums that will hold World Cup matches next year, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal, and Alexis Sanchez and Chile travelling east for the tournament.

The Confederations Cup is set to kick off on June 17 and we have all the details you need to know.

HOW CAN I WATCH THE CONFEDERATIONS CUP?

Tim Cahill Australia

In the UK, the tournament will be available to watch live on television on ITV and ITV 4, with games split between the two channels. It can also be streamed via ITV Player.

UK TV channelOnline stream
ITV / ITV 4ITV Player

In the US, the tournament will be available to watch live on television on Fox Sports, with games split between FS1 and FS2. It can also be streamed via Fox Soccer 2Go.

US TV channelOnline stream
FS1 / FS2Fox Soccer 2Go

WHICH COUNTRIES HAVE QUALIFIED?

Group AGroup B
Russia (hosts)Cameroon (CAF)
New Zealand (OFC)Chile (CONMEBOL)
Portugal (UEFA)Australia (AFC)
Mexico (CONCACAF)Germany (world champions)

CONFEDERATIONS CUP FIXTURES & RESULTS

Group A:

DateMatchTime (local / BST)
June 17Russia 2-0 New Zealand18:00 / 16:00
June 18Portugal vs Mexico18:00 / 16:00
June 21Russia vs Portugal18:00 / 16:00
June 21Mexico vs New Zealand21:00 / 19:00
June 24Mexico vs Russia18:00 / 16:00
June 24New Zealand vs Portugal18:00 / 16:00

Group B:

DateMatchTime (local / BST)
June 18Cameroon vs Chile21:00 / 19:00
June 19Australia vs Germany18:00 / 16:00
June 22Cameroon vs Australia18:00 / 16:00
June 22Germany vs Chile21:00 / 19:00
June 23Germany vs Cameroon18:00 / 16:00
June 23Chile vs Australia18:00 / 16:00

Semi-finals:

DateMatchTime (local / BST)
June 28Winner Group A vs Runner-up Group B21:00 / 19:00
Jun 29Winner Group B vs Runner-up Group A21:00 / 19:00

Third-place play-off:

DateMatchTime (local / BST)
July 2Loser Semi-Final 1 vs Loser Semi-Final 215:00 / 13:00

Final:

DateMatchTime (local / BST)
July 2Winner Semi-Final 1 vs Winner Semi-Final 221:00 / 19:00

WHICH VENUES ARE BEING USED?

Spartak Stadium:

Spartak Stadium Russia

City: Moscow
Capacity: 45,360

Usually known as the Otkritie Arena, this is, as its Confederations Cup name suggests, the home of Spartak Moscow and was opened in 2014. It will host the third-place play-off as well as three group games.

Kazan Arena:

Kazan Arena Russia

City: Kazan
Capacity: 45,379

Rubin Kazan moved out of their old, multipurpose Central Stadium to the new Kazan Arena in 2013. It is notable for having the largest outside screen in Europe, running across one stand’s entire outer wall and will host a semi-final and three group games.

Fisht Stadium:

Fisht Stadium Russia

City: Sochi
Capacity: 47,659

The Fisht Stadium was originally built for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2014 as an enclosed, indoor arena. To make use of it for another couple of tournaments, it has been converted into an open-air football stadium and will host a semi-final and three group-stage games at the Confederations Cup.

Saint Petersburg Stadium:

Saint Petersburg Stadium Russia

City: Saint Petersburg
Capacity: 68,134

If you thought Russia’s stadium construction seemed to be going much more smoothly than Brazil’s in 2014 you must not have heard of Zenit’s new Krestovsky Stadium. It is about nine years late and massively overbudget, but at least the finished product is impressive. It will host the Confederations Cup final and three group-stage games.

WHO ARE THE STAR PLAYERS?

Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal

A long season with his club has not putCristiano Ronaldo off this tournament; the reigning Ballon d’Or winner has been selected by Fernando Santos and will play for European champions Portugal.

Ronaldo is part of a strong squad that also includes Pepe, Bernardo Silva and Raphael Guerreiro. In fact, only two members of their starting XI for the Euro 2016 final will miss this tournament; Joao Mario, who is injured, and Renato Sanches, who will play at the European Under-21 Championship instead.

Chile are also bringing their two stars in Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and Bayern Munich enforcer Arturo Vidal, while Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravowill hope to rediscover his best form as the national team’s captain.

This is the fourth summer in a row in which La Roja have played in a tournament, and they are unlikely to get a break until 2020.

Whereas Chile will attempt to plough through their busy schedule, though, Germany boss Joachim Low has given most of his stars the summer off. The inexperience of Germany’s squad is illustrated by the fact that it will be captained by 23-year-old Julian Draxler, with Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sane andShkodran Mustafi the other stand-out names.

Mexico, with Rafael Marquez still going strong and Javier Hernandez leading the line, could be a dark horse but hosts Russia have endured a nightmarish year and are lacking an influx of young talent beyondAleksey Miranchuk and Aleksandr Golovin.

If he plays in the pre-tournament friendly against Brazil, meanwhile, Tim Cahill will be in line to earn his 100th cap for Australia in the third game of the group stage.

WHO ARE THE FAVOURITES?

Julian Draxler Germany

Germany are the favourites to win the tournament at around 9/4, but given the experimental nature of the world champions’ squad, Portugal and Chile, both of whom have plenty of experience in their ranks, may be more tempting at around 5/2 and 3/1 respectively.

Culled from Sportingnews.com

 

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