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2017 Confederations Cup: A rehearsal for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

The  2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

17 June – 2 July 2017

 

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just a little over a year away, host nation Russia will be using the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup to run a test on the work that has been done in preparation for the World Cup.

Eight teams will be contesting for the trophy and will be hoping to use the experience to bolster the squad.

The Teams

UEFA – Russia, Germany, Portugal

CONCACAF – Mexico

CONMEBOL – Chile

CAF – Cameroon

AFC – Australia

OFC – New Zealand

 

Mexico is the only team in the tournament with a Confederations Cup title.

Cameroon came close to a title when the lost the final against France in 2003

Australia lost the final against Brazil in 1997

Germany’s best run was finishing third in the 2005 edition

 

Group A:

Russia, New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico

Russia 

Host nation. Representing the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Their involvement in the tournament makes UEFA the confederation with the highest odds of winning the competition. A 38% chance.

New Zealand 

Representing the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) after winning the 2016 OFC Nations Cup

Portugal 

Representing the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) after winning their first major title as the 2016 UEFA European Championship winners.

Mexico 

Representing the Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) after winning the 2015 CONCACAF Cup.

Group A (Group Stage Fixtures):

June 17, 2017: Russia – New Zealand

June 18, 2017: Portugal – Mexico

June 21, 2017:  Russia – Portugal

June 21, 2017:  Mexico – New Zealand

June 24, 2017:  Mexico – Russia

June 24, 2017:  New Zealand – Portugal

Group B:

Cameroon, Chile, Australia, Germany

 

Cameroon 

Representing the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after winning the 2017 African Cup of Nations tournament.

Chile 

Representing the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) after winning the 2015 Copa America.

Australia 

Representing the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the first time after winning the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

Germany 

Representing the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) as the current holders of the FIFA World Cup. 2014 FIFA World Cup winner.

Group B (Group Stage Fixtures):

June 18, 2017: Cameroon – Chile

June 19, 2017:  Australia – Germany

June 22, 2017:  Cameroon – Australia

June 22, 2017: Germany – Chile

June 25, 2017:  Germany – Cameroon

June 25, 2017: Chile – Australia

The Group stage

Three matches for each team in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup to accumulate enough points and other merits that will see them advance out of their respective groups.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-final stage of the competition.

The Group Stage fixtures

June 17, 2017:  Russia – New Zealand

June 18, 2017:  Portugal – Mexico

June 18, 2017:  Cameroon – Chile

June 19, 2017:  Australia – Germany

June 21, 2017: Russia – Portugal

June 21, 2017: Mexico – New Zealand

June 22, 2017:  Cameroon – Australia

June 22, 2017: Germany – Chile

June 24, 2017:  Mexico – Russia

June 24, 2017:  New Zealand – Portugal

June 25, 2017: Germany – Cameroon

June 25, 2017:  Chile – Australia

The Knockout stage

Semi-finals

June 28, 2017 – Group A Winner – Group B runner-up

June 29, 2017 – Group B Winner – Group A runner-up

Third place match

July 2, 2017 – The losing teams from the semi-final stage will contest.

The Final

July 2, 2017 – Winners of the semi-final battle for the title as champions of the 2017 Confederations Cup.

 

By the statistics, recent performances and star power, this is how we are ranking of the teams heading into the 2017 Confederations Cup

  1. Germany
  2. Chile
  3. Portugal
  4. Mexico
  5. Cameroon
  6. Russia
  7. Australia
  8. New Zealand

 

 

 

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