At the semi-finals in Kazan on 28 June and Sochi on 29 June, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) will also celebrate the FIFA Anti-Discrimination Days with a special pre-match protocol, an annual event that has been part of the FIFA calendar since 2001.
The team arrived in Russia in confident mood, despite being drawn in a hard Group A alongside hosts Russia, European champions Portugal captained by Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo, and a strong Mexico side.
So, how did the eight teams make it to the Confederation Cup 2017 and which groups are they in?
“You can expect a team that is capable of beating some of the best teams in the world, and that is going to this tournament to make New Zealand proud”, Hudson said when talking to RT Sport on what to expect from his side in Russian Federation. New Zealand, who will be appearing in their fourth FIFA Confederations Cup qualified after winning the 2016 OFC Nations Cup.
African champions Cameroon touched down in Moscow on wednesday ahead of their third appearance in the FIFA Confederations Cup.
That’s similarly likely to propel interest in the 16-game Confederations Cup event with a field that includes the nation’s most popular national team – El Tri – when it begins Saturday in the wake of the record ratings in the crucial World Cup qualifier between the US and Mexico delivered. The first match from Group B sees Cameroon up against first timers Chile. The only big match to look forward to in this group is between Germany and Chile.
The final tournament will be played in two stages: A group stage and a latter knockout stage.
Germany coach Joachim Low has grabbed the headlines ahead of the tournament, as he has left the likes of Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller at home, and has gone with a more experimental squad.
Apart from Ronaldo and Sanchez, the other star players that will grace the Confederation Cup 2017 are Bernardo Silva, who recently signed for Manchester City. The likes of Rafael Marquez Aleksandr Golovin Arturo Vidal and Julian Draxler will also be expected to be at their best.