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A complete guide to Confederations Cup Russia 2017: Squads and Fixtures

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After a power packed season of club football full of drama and excitement, football fans nowadays are having a dry spell, because all they want is football. So football is back but we need to shift our attention from club football to international football, as the Confederations Cup starts today in Russia.

The Confederations Cup is the only international tournament this year and eight teams will fight it out to become the champions.

The eight teams featuring this year are:

Russia (host nation), Germany (World Cup winners), Portugal (Euro winners), Chile (Copa América winners), Mexico (Gold Cup winners), Australia (Asia Cup winners), New Zealand (Oceania champions), Cameroon (African Cup of Nations winner).

SQUADS

So let’s have a look at all the featuring teams and their key players who can make a huge impact for their country.

Group A

Russia

The hosts are entering this tournament after a dismal Euro 2016 and mixed results in friendlies over the last year. But the entire country, especially the citizens of St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and Sochi will come in numbers to get behind Stanislav Cherchesov’s injury-hit squad and give genuine talents such as Aleksandr Golovin, Aleksei Miranchuk and others a chance to shine. Injuries to Artem Dzyuba and Alan Dzagoev will be a huge setback for the hosts as very few people consider them as a contender for the trophy.

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Arsenal Tula), Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moscow)

Defenders: Georgy Dzhikiya (Spartak Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (FC Rostov), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Roman Shishkin (FC Krasnodar), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Viktor Vasin (CSKA Moscow), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow)

Midfielders: Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Dmitry Tarasov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (FC Rostov), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Ruslan Kambolov (Rubin Kazan)

Forwards: Alexander Bukharov (FC Rostov), Maxim Kannunikov (Rubin Kazan), Dmitry Poloz (FC Rostov), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar)

New Zealand

Next in the Group A are the tournament underdogs New Zealand. This is their fourth appearance in the Confederations Cup which proves that they are no strangers to the top level of football. Coach Anthony Hudson will be hoping that his men can surprise a few people as the likes of Chris Wood and Tommy Smith will definitely add quality to the squad.

Goalkeepers: Stefan Marinovic (Unterhaching), Tamati Williams (Waalwijk), Glen Moss (Newcastle Jets)

Defenders: Andrew Durante (Wellington Phoenix), Thomas Doyle (Wellington Phoenix), Storm Roux (Central Coast Mariners), Michael Boxall (SuperSport United), Kip Colvey (San Jose Earthquakes), Themi Tzimopoulos (Giannina), Deklan Wynne (Vancouver Whitecaps), Sam Brotherton (Sunderland), Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town), Dane Ingham (Brisbane Roar)

Midfielders: Bill Tuiloma (Marseille), Clayton Lewis (Auckland City), Michael McGlinchey (Wellington Phoenix), Ryan Thomas (PEC Zwolle)

Forwards: Chris Wood (Leeds United), Monty Patterson (Ipswich Town), Shane Smeltz (Borneo), Kosta Barbarouses (Wellington Phoenix), Marco Rojas (Melbourne Victory), Alex Rufer (Wellington Phoenix)

Portugal

The European champions are one of the title contenders as they boast of an experienced squad with Cristiano Ronaldo being their key man. But there is plenty of talent at disposal as people will be excited to see how players like Bernardo Silva, Gelson Martins, Nélson Semedo and André Silva will be performing on such a big stage.

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Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício (Sporting), Beto (Sporting), José Sá (Porto)

Defenders: Nélson Semedo (Benfica), Cédric Soares (Southampton), Pepe (Real Madrid), Bruno Alves (Cagliari), Luís Neto (Zenit), José Fonte (Southampton), Raphaël Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Eliseu (Benfica)

Midfielders: William Carvalho (Sporting), Danilo (Porto), João Moutinho (Monaco), Pizzi (Benfica), André Gomes (Barcelona), Adrien Silva (Sporting), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Ricardo Quaresma (Beşiktaş), Gelson Martins (Sporting), André Silva (Porto), Nani (Valencia)

Mexico

Next in Group A is El Tri and they are playing their 7th Confederations Cup, having previously won it once in 1999 when they were the host. They have a promising side with an excellent mix of youth and experience. Players like Rafael Marquez, Oribe Peralta, Andres Guardado and Javier Hernandez will be an inspiration for the exciting young players like Diego Reyes, Hirving Lozano and Raul Jimenez. So Juan Carlos Osorio’s men have enough power and potential to do well in Russia.

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Granada), Alfredo Talavera (Deportivo Toluca), Rodolfo Cota (Chivas Guadalajara)

Defenders: Diego Reyes (Espanyol), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Carlos Salcedo (Fiorentina), Rafael Marquez (Atlas), Hector Moreno (PSV Eindhoven), Luis Reyes (Atlas)

Midfielders: Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven), Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Hector Herrera (Porto), Oswaldo Alanis (Chivas Guadalajara), Miguel Layun (Porto), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Javier Aquino (Tigres)

Forwards: Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Oribe Peralta (Club America)

Group B

Cameroon

Probably the most unpredictable side in the tournament, as on their day they can turn down any opponent. So it is hard to know what to expect from the African champions as their continental title in February was a major shock, considering they were missing several important players but still, they managed to upset the favourites with high-quality performances and clinched the title in Gabon. They will be looking for something like that in Russia as well.

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Goalkeepers: Joseph Ondoa (Sevilla), Georges Bokwe (Mjondalen), Andre Onana (Ajax)

Defenders: Ernest Mabouka (MSK Zilina), Adolphe Teikeu (Sochaux), Michael Ngadeu (Slavia Prague), Jerome Guihoata (Panionios), Collins Fai (Standard Liege), Lucien Owona (Alcorcon), Jonathan Ngwem (Sambizanga)

Midfielders: Andre Zambo Anguissa (Marseille), Georges Mandjeck (FC Metz), Sebastien Siani (Oostende), Arnaud Djoum (Hearts)

Forwards: Nicolas Ngamaleu (Rheindof), Benjamin Moukandjo (Lorient), Jacques Zoua (Kaiserslautern), Vincent Aboubakar (Besiktas), Olivier Boumal (Panathinaikos), Christian Bassogog (Henan Jianye), Robert Tambe Ndip (Spartak Trnava), Karl Toko (Angers)

Chile

The South Americans can go all the way in Russia, they certainly a title contender and will also be a team to beat. There successive Copa America and Copa America Centenario wins speaks volumes about their potential. Managed by Juan Antonio Pizzi, Chile has a lot of firepower at their disposal, players like Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo on their day can turn on any game on their head. Hence it will be hardly surprising if they end up winning the trophy in Russia.

Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Manchester City), Christopher Toselli (Universidad Catolica), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile)

Defenders: Eugenio Mena (Sport Recife), Enzo Roco (Cruz Azul), Mauricio Isla (Cagliari), Paulo Diaz (San Lorenzo), Jean Beausejour (Universidad de Chile), Gary Medel (Inter), Gonzalo Jara (Universidad de Chile)

Midfielders: Francisco Silva (Cruz Azul), Jose Fuenzalida (Universidad Catolica), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich), Pablo Hernandez (Celta Vigo), Felipe Gutierrez (Internacional), Charles Aranguiz (Bayer Leverkusen), Marcelo Diaz (Celta Vigo)

Forwards: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Angelo Sagal (Huachipato), Eduardo Vargas (Tigres UANL), Martin Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Leonardo Valencia (Palestino), Edson Punch (Necaxa)

Australia

The Socceroos will definitely have a point to prove in this tournament and their coach Ange Postecoglou has faith in his men from Down Under. This tournament will be a chance for Aaron Mooy to shine, he will be hoping to replicate his stunning form for Huddersfield to the international stage for Australia. But Tim Cahill at the age of 37 will look to lead the line for the Aussies along with players like Mathew Ryan, Tom Rogic, Robbie Kruse, Mathew Leckie and young talent Aaron Mooy.

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Goalkeepers: Mathew Ryan (Genk), Mitchell Langerak (Stuttgart), Daniel Vukovic (Sydney FC)

Defenders: Milos Degenek (Yokohama F Marinos), Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg), Dylan McGowan (Pacos de Ferreira), Bailey Wright (Bristol City), Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Ryan McGowan (Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng), Trent Sainsbury (Inter Milan)

Midfielders: Mark Milligan (Baniyas), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield), Ajdin Hrustic (Groningen), Massimo Luongo (QPR), Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion), James Jeggo (Sturm Graz)

Forwards: Tim Cahill (Melbourne City), Mathew Leckie (FC Ingolstadt), Tomi Juric (Luzern), Robbie Kruse (Liaoning Whowin), Jamie McLaren (Brisbane Roar), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory), Tom Rogic (Celtic)

Germany

The current World Champions will land in Russia as hot favourites, even though Joachim Low has sent an experimental and relatively young inexperienced squad. All eyes will be on the youngsters and their performances on the big stage as the World Cup awaits in a year’s time. The youngsters must progress through the group stage and anything beyond that will be a sweet surprise for the Die Mannschaft fans. Leaving behind players like Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller and others and still be termed as favourites for the title speaks volumes about the depth and potential present at their disposal.

Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (PSG)

Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Roma), Niklas Sule (Hoffenheim)

Midfielders: Julian Draxler (PSG), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Kerem Demirbay (Hoffenheim), Lars Stindl (Borussia Monchengladbach), Emre Can (Liverpool), Amin Younes (Ajax), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim)

Forwards: Sandro Wagner (Hoffenheim), Timo Werner (Leipzig)

Fixtures

Group stage

  1. June 17 – Russia vs New Zealand – 4 pm (St Petersburg Stadium) 8.30 pm (IST)
  2. June 18 – Portugal vs Mexico – 4 pm (Kazan Arena) 8.30 pm (IST)
  3. June 18 – Cameroon vs Chile – 7 pm (Spartak Stadium) 11.30 pm (IST)
  4. June 19 – Australia vs Germany – 4 pm (Fisht Stadium) 8.30 pm (IST)
  5. June 21 – Russia vs Portugal – 4pm (Spartak Stadium) 8.30 pm (IST)
  6. June 21 – Mexico vs New Zealand – 7 pm (Fisht Stadium) 23.30 pm (IST)
  7. June 22 – Cameroon vs Australia – 4 pm (St Petersburg Stadium) 8.30 pm (IST)
  8. June 22 – Germany vs Chile – 7 pm (Kazan Arena) 11.30 pm (IST)
  9. June 24 – Mexico vs Russia – 4 pm (Kazan Arena) 8.30 pm (IST)
  10. June 24 – New Zealand vs Portugal – 4 pm (St Petersburg Stadium) 8.30 pm (IST)
  11. June 25 – Germany vs Cameroon – 4 pm (Fisht Stadium) 8.30 pm (IST)
  12. June 25 – Chile vs Australia – 4pm (Spartak Stadium) 8.30 pm (IST)

Semi-finals

  1. June 28 – Winner Group A vs Runner-up Group B – 7 pm (Kazan Arena) 11.30 pm (IST)
  2. June 29 – Winner Group B vs Runner-up Group A – 7 pm (Fisht Stadium) 11.30 pm (IST)

Third-place play-off

  • July 2 – 1 pm (Spartak Stadium) 5.30 pm (IST)

Final

  • July 2 – 7 pm (St Petersburg Stadium) 11.30 pm (IST)