The Confederations Cup may by the FIFA Club World Cup of national tournaments, but the hosts are certainly taking it seriously.
Other than testing themselves against the world’s best, it’s a chance for the nation to warm up for next year’s World Cup.
And what finer way of preparing for an international tournament than to play national games at the stadiums.
Russia (hosts), Germany, Australia, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and Cameroon are all competing this year.
Location: St. Petersburg
Team: Zenit St. Petersburg
Russia kicked off the tournament at this stadium with their 2-0 win over New Zealand. The 68,00-seater stadium normally plays home to Zenit St. Petersburg but will this summer host the Cameroon vs Australia and New Zealand vs Portugal games as well as the final.
Team: FC Rubin Kazan
The atmosphere was cracking at the Kazan Arena during Portugal and Mexico’s 2-2 draw. Rubin Kuzan’s home will also host the first semi-final of the competition.
First opened in 2013, stadium will also be used for the World Cup next year.
Team: Spartak Moscow
Chile and Cameroon played their opening Confederations Cup game at this stadium. The ground opened in 2014 after a cost of $430m was spent on construction.
The Otkrytie Arena will also host the third/fourth play-off tie.
Fisht Olympic Stadium
The stadium was first constructed for the 2014 Winter Olympics before being converted for the use of the 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup.
Australia and Germany kick off their tournament at this stadium on Monday. The 48,000-seater will also host the Cup’s second semi-final.
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