The 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup starts this weekend and will be held in Russia as a warm-up to the 2018 Fifa World Cup, which Russia was awarded as host nation in December 2010. This is a competative competition made up of eight teams, in which every country will want to bring home gold.
The competiton will be held across Russia from Saturday 17th June to Sunday 2nd July. The matches will be held across four different host cities including Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and Sochi.
It will be the first time Russia hosts the tournament and the third time the Confederations Cup is held in the European continent.
So who are the competitions competitor’s?
Russia qualified automatically for the tournament and will be joined by the six winners of the FIFA Confederation Championships and the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016 Champions.
The Germans were the first team to qualify after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The match saw the Germans clinch the countries fourth world title through a 1–0 extra-time win against Argentina.
Australia were the next team to qualify after beating South Korea 2–1 after extra time in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final. This victory marked Australia’s first Asian Cup win since their move from the Oceania Football Confederation in 2006.
Chile were the fourth team to secure a spot at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup after defeating Argentina 4–1 on a penalty shoot-out in the 2015 Copa América Final.
As 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions, Mexico’s qualifying path saw them face 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions United States in the 2015 CONCACAF Cup play-off match. The new format, in which the two most recent CONCACAF Gold Cup winners compete to decide the representative team of CONCACAF, was eventually won by Mexico 3–2 after extra time.
New Zealand were the sixth team to qualify for the tournament after defeating Papua New Guinea 4–2 on a penalty shoot-out in the 2016 Oceania Football Confederations Nation Cup final.
Portugal were the seventh team to qualify after defeating host nation France 1–0 after extra time in the UEFA Euro 2016 Final.
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winning team Cameroon took the eighth and final spot with their 2–1 win against Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Final.
This will be the first time in Fifa Confederations Cup history that three national teams from any single confederation which are Russia, Germany and Portugal will participate in the tournament. Russia will be keen to put on a good competition for the upcoming Fifa World Cup in 2018.
The first match pips host nation Russia against Oceania Football Confederations Nation Cup winners New Zealand.