The Confederations Cup is a soccer competition that is held among national teams. This tournament is organized one year before the World Cup is to be held directly. That is, in other words, the Confederations Cup is a "rehearsal" before the long-awaited football event.
Briefly about the competition
So, what interesting can you tell about the competition? The Confederations Cup is a tournament in which the winners of each of the continental championships, of which only six participate: South, North and Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the countries of Oceania. Also, the winner of the last championship and the team of the country that will host the tournament will take part. In general, the Confederations Cup is a competition in which eight teams participate.
By the way, when the world champion is also the winner of the continental championship, then in the case of participation in the games a second finalist is invited. These are the rules of the tournament.
About the history
I would also like to note the history of this championship. It is not as rich as, for example, in the case of the Champions League. But at the same time, the competition did not come from nowhere. So, this tournament is a follower of the competition called "King Fahd's Cup". He passed earlier on a similar principle, only not in the whole world, but in Saudi Arabia alone. This competition was organized only twice: in 1992 and 1995. And then, in 1997, FIFA, taking it as a basis, decided to organize the first real, official Cup. And after it approved its holding every two years. Then, some time later, namely, from 2005, the championship began to be held less often, that is, every four years. The venue was assigned to the country in which the World Cup was planned. For example, if the latter was appointed for 2014, the Confederations Cup was held in 2013. In principle, everything is logical, it's not for nothing that many call it a "general run" before the long-awaited Championship.
Unfortunately, this tournament is known not only for bright and unforgettable matches. In 2003 there was a terrible tragedy in the framework of the competition. It was the semifinal match of the Cameroon team against Colombia. Then during the game, Marc-Vivienne Foë died. The Cameroon player had a heart attack, and he just could not survive.
About participants and winners
In 2009 the participants of the competition were the following teams: Italy, South Africa, USA, Egypt, Iraq, Brazil, Spain, New Zealand. The champion then became the owner of the World Cup in 2014, that is, Brazil. The second place went to the US team, and the third and fourth took the national teams of Spain and South Africa.
In 2013, participants were no longer the same countries. Four of the previous ones remained, and the rest were replaced by others. So, the participants of the Confederations Cup 2013: Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Japan, Uruguay, Tahiti and Nigeria. As can be seen, the composition has changed slightly.
So far, there is no complete list of those countries that will play the Cup of Confederations in 2017. But definitely the team will include teams from Germany, Russia, Australia, Chile, Mexico, the United States.
In total for the history of the tournament the winners were five teams. These teams are France, Mexico, Brazil, Denmark and Argentina. The current champion is the country where the World Cup was held in 2014. And this is Brazil.
Confederations Cup in Russia
In two or three years in our great country there will be events that will excite all football fans. This is the Confederations Cup and the World Cup. In particular, it is worth talking about the first of these. The Confederations Cup will be the eighth among all national football competitions held under the auspices of FIFA. Matches will be played at those stadiums in which teams will perform in 2018 and within the framework of the World Championship. As it was already possible to understand, not all participants are known yet. But a little later the final list will be announced. In the meantime, in Russia, work is going on, connected with the erection and reconstruction of stadiums. It is expected that they will be terrific. Indeed, the Russian Federation has taken up the issue of holding the Championship and the Cup. It is a great honor, and guests from other countries will be received with great honor and respect. Plus everything - in the updated stadiums.