FIFA Confederations Cup is the precursor to the World Cup. With matches played across venues earmarked for the main event a year to the date, it is used to test the host nation’s preparedness for the biggest football showpiece in the world.
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup is the 10th in the series of the quadrennial international men’s football tournament organized by FIFA.
Russia will be hosting the world come 2018. The Confederations Cup takes place from June 17 – July 2, 2017, as a prelude to the 2018 FIFA World Cup The tournament will provide a gauge to measure the level of completion of projects, infrastructures, security, hospitality etc.
Furthermore, the competition provides the host nation opportunities to finetune systems and processes leading to a successful outcome during the main event.
Beyond this is the spectacle of watching the best footballing nations from each continent battle it out for the highly coveted Confederations Cup.
Participating nations in this edition are: Cameroun, Chile, Portugal, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Russia.
These countries are the champions of Africa, South America, North America, Asia and Oceania respectively. Germany is in the competition as defending champions and Russia is host.
Hostilities started yesterday with Russian defeating New Zealand by two goals to nothing at the magnificent St. Petersburg Stadium.
Portugal will face Mexico while Chile battles Africa champions, Cameroun at Kazan Arena, Kazan and Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow respectively. Germany will slug it out with Australia tomorrow at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi.
The eventual winner of the tournament will be decided by July 2. By that time, it will be clear to the world whether Russia is ready to host or not.