Big football quiz: in Russia, the start of the confederations Cup

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. The match between Russia and New Zealand on Saturday in St. Petersburg kicks off the confederations Cup 2017 tournament among eight national teams, designed to test the host country of the upcoming world Cup a year before the world Cup.

The confederations Cup will be held from 17 June to 2 July in Kazan, Sochi, Saint-Petersburg and Moscow. In addition to the team New Zealand in the same group with the hosts of the tournament are the teams of Portugal and Mexico. The second four will play the teams of Germany, Australia, Chile and Cameroon.

The last confederations Cup?

The confederations Cup started in the early 90-ies, its prototype became a private Cup of king Fahd in Saudi Arabia held according to the same scheme in 1992 and 1995. Full confederations Cup, under the auspices of FIFA, passed in 1997, it already was attended by eight teams, and the winner was the Brazilian team – the reigning world champion. Since 2001, the tournament has been regarded as a test before hosting the world Cup.

The Brazilians have won not only the first official confederations Cup, but three of the last such tournament in 2005, 2009 and 2013. This year, however, Brazilians can’t defend the title, as in the semi-final home world Cup lost to the Germans, and in the quarterfinals of the Copa America in 2015 – the team of Paraguay. Thus, in this year’s confederations Cup will be a new winner.

There is a fairly high probability that the Russian tournament could be the last in the current format. Last year it became known that the Association of European football clubs (ECA) raised the question of changing the format of the club world Cup. Whether this initiative will support the new club trophy will be replacing the confederations Cup.

Talk about lifting the confederations Cup, fueled by the many organisational problems associated with the tournament, and not too much interest in it. In April the head of the organizing Committee «Russia-2018», the Deputy Prime Minister, Vitaly Mutko sounded the alarm about the sale of tickets. «Sold about 211 thousand, — said Deputy Prime Minister. — And we want to sell about 700 thousand». There were problems with the rights to show FIFA confederations Cup: FIFA TV and could not agree on price. The question was resolved positively for the week before the tournament.However, smooth was only the stadium Moscow «Spartak». It was opened in August 2014, and since then has hosted not only football matches, but the title «red-white», which is no less serious challenge. «The pitch here is very good, — said Mutko after Spartak fans ran out to celebrate long-awaited gold. — This is not the first time that this happened with other clubs. Everything is fine, restore fast, this is the last game. By June 2, all will be restored.»

But with the other stadiums was not without turmoil. «Fisht» in Sochi with a mind not require a lot of changes: it was necessary to remove temporary structures (pavilions, roof) and to finish the part of the stands, both permanent and temporary. However, this process lasted more than three years. Only in March 2017, there was held a football match between Russia and Belgium. In Kazan the local arena in 2015 took the world Cup by prominent sports, which for several years were barely held football matches. As a result – empty stands at matches the local «Rubin», when it’s a full image back on a 45-thousand.

But the biggest problems and concerns were associated with St. Petersburg where could not complete the construction of the main arena of the confederations Cup on Krestovsky island. After a series of scandals, lawsuits and the replacement of the General contractor, tore all the time, the stadium was rented, and in the fall of 2016 there passed the first test match. However, in this adventure the arena was not completed and had to solve problems with the roll-out field, in particular, to eliminate vibration. Eventually work on the stadium «Saint-Petersburg» was completed in less than a week before the tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo and all the rest

Certainly, the confederations Cup not the world Cup. Not all the strongest players whose teams fall into the «tournament of Champions» agree to come here. So, the national team of Germany, winner of the 2014 world Cup, will play Russia polarisierung composition. Only three world Champions made the list of the head coach of the German national team Joachim Loew — Matthias Ginter, Shkodran Mustafi and Julian draxler, and then for the 2014 world Cup it was hard to call strategic players.

Draxler, however, over the past year has become one of the main stars of «Bundesanstalt». Last winter the German moved to Paris and flourished under the guidance of Unai emery. Most likely, it was 23-year-old attacking midfielder will be the main force of the Germans on the Russian fields. Will help 22-year-old Joshua Kimmich from Bayern Munich and, most likely, the 25-year-old Marc-Andre Ter Stegen of Barcelona. It is expected that it will become the main goalkeeper of the German Manuel Neuer.

In this case, the sole and uncontested star of the confederations Cup will be the striker of real Madrid and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. However, he would be the main face of the tournament in the strongest structure «Bundesanstalt», and even in the case of the arrival of the team of Argentina with Lionel Messi. This year Cristiano Ronaldo won the Spanish League and the Champions League, passing, setting several records. In the fight for «Golden ball» is already a little intrigue, but the success of the Portuguese in Russia can kill it completely.

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But without the Portuguese at the confederations Cup will be one to watch. A friendly match against Chile on Friday showed that leaders of «La Roja» Alexis sánchez and Arturo Vidal is in amazing shape. In the national team of Mexico will come famous «Chicharito» – striker German «Bayer» Javier Hernandez. 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The tournament Draxler will play as a striker.Big football quiz: in Russia, the start of the confederations Cup© AFP 2017 / Martin Veeapamil French Cup this season, midfielder club «Paris Saint-Germain» Julian draxler at the confederations Cup, will captain Germany. The tournament Draxler will play as a striker.© 2017 AFP / Yuri CortezС the captain’s armband in the confederations Cup will be the oldest player on this list — the player of club Atlas, defender of Mexico’s Rafael Marquez.Big football quiz: in Russia, the start of the confederations Cup© 2017 AFP / Yuri CortezС the captain’s armband in the confederations Cup will be the oldest player on this list — the player of club Atlas, defender of Mexico’s Rafael Marquez. /

A series of injuries

Big football quiz: in Russia, the start of the confederations Cup© Photo : official website of the Mayor and the government of Mosquitonet will predict the outcome of 16 matches of the confederations Cup on Washcard injury will not allow the Russian team to perform at the historic tournament in its strongest part. Even before training camp in Austria became aware of the fact that due to injuries Cherchesov will not be able to count on players of CSKA Moscow’s Mario Fernandes, Alan Dzagoev, full replacements which in the modern national team, and spent a quite good season for Igor Denisov. Equally significant will be the loss in attack, where due to a knee injury confederations Cup forced to miss Artem Dzyuba. «My knee would not withstand the proposed loads. The player can not go to your level», — said Cherchesov at the training camp in Austria.

But even in the absence of the headlights is considered not as serious as damage to the Central midfielder Moscow «Spartak» Roman Zobnina. The player appeared in the starting lineup for the friendly match against Hungary and played only 30 minutes. After one of the episodes of a football player was carried off on a stretcher, and the next day it became known that Zobnin has seriously damaged the cruciate ligament of the knee. «It’s a big trouble for us — shared with the Agency «R-Sport» the President of the Russian football Union (RFU) Vitaly Mutko. — The guy is in great shape, the season is gorgeous, very upset.»

Do not act on fields of Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi defender Roman Neustadter. On arrival at the camp in Austria and fenerbahçe were in group personal training. The complexity of his physical condition was the main reason that Neustädter has been «uncoupled» Cherchesov at the last moment, as another defender Andrey Semenov. In the centre of defence, apparently, will play Georgy Jikia, who still will have time to recover after the injury in the game with the Hungarians, and Victor Vasin.

Big football quiz: in Russia, the start of the confederations Cup© RIA Novosti / Ramil to Setdiscoverable fotobanka in the confederations Cup, will play best Russian players, said Muckamuck is the Russian national team structure looks as follows: goalkeepers — Igor Akinfeev (CSKA), Marinato Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (FC Arsenal Tula); defenders Viktor Vasin (CSKA Moscow), Georgy Jikia, Ilya Kutepov (both Spartak Moscow), Ruslan Kambolov (Rubin, Kazan), Fedor Kudryashov («Rostov», Rostov-on-don), Roman Shishkin (FC Krasnodar), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg);

Midfielders: Yuri Gazinskiy (FC Krasnodar), Denis Glushakov, Dmitri Kombarov, Alexander Samedov (all — «Spartak»), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moskva), Aleksandr Erokhin («Rostov»), Yury Zhirkov («Zenith»), Alexey miranchuk, Dmitry Tarasov (both «the locomotive»); forwards — Alexander Kerzhakov, Dmitri Poloz (both Rostov), Maxim Kanunnikov (Rubin), Fedor Smolov (FC Krasnodar).Big football quiz: in Russia, the start of the confederations Cup© Infographique Confederations in facts and figures

International friendlies give hope

Big football quiz: in Russia, the start of the confederations Cup© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pescaprae in photobackgrounds Die Welt urged not to enjoy «festival of football» in Russianeconomy team under the leadership of Stanislav Cherchesov had a standard nine-day preparatory camp before the confederations Cup. He walked in the familiar Cherchesova the Austrian Tyrol in the Alps. Local residents presented to the head coach, who has lived in the Alps as a player and coach for eight years, when the hotel check-in was barrel of schnapps, but the top for some causes of alcohol present refused. Also Cherchesov has tried to dissociate itself from the press, the journalists tried not to bother to prepare for the tournament.

However, if you don’t count injured Artem Dzuba, collection practically did not contain any events. Unlike friendlies, which the Russian team more or less successful: on the eve of the confederations Cup, the Russians defeated the national team of Hungary (3:0) and drew with Chile national team (1:1), which is considered one of the strongest in the world at the moment.

«Happy — said after the meeting with the Hungarians, the head of the Russian football Union (RFU) and Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Vitaly Mutko. — It is evident that the team has done a good job, but under load more guys, so it wasn’t such a speed, aggression. All controlled, with each game would be better. I hope that this calm confident the game will allow you to get on your level. The defense played well, the pattern is visible. Up to 9th now can reestablish the condition. All tried, all right.»

Big football quiz: in Russia, the start of the confederations Cup© RIA Novosti / Ramil to Setdiscoverable fotobank in Russia will create a multilingual support center football bolelshikov if successful result in the game with the Hungarians, few people are impressed (especially because a few days later, the team managed to lose to Andorra), then draw with one of the main contenders for the confederations Cup, added positive towards the national team. Which is severely lacking even with games failed a year ago the European championship, the last official matches of the national team at the moment. With the new lineup and new coaching staff on Saturday, the national team opens a new page in its history which, hopefully, will turn out much brighter than some previous.

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