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Russia: Reasons for hope and areas for improvement

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:04:00 GMT

We heard from the Russia players after the hosts exited the FIFA Confederations Cup, with positives drawn amid admissions that certain things need to improve before the FIFA World Cup.

Low: Milestones on the road to 150 matches

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:33:00 GMT

Germany’s last FIFA Confederations Cup group match against Cameroon is also Joachim Low’s 150th game in charge of the national team. FIFA.com looks back at several milestones during his time as head coach.

Bosnich’s Confed Cup tales of ‘97

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:25:00 GMT

FIFA.com talks to former star Australian goalkeeper Mark Bosnich to hear some humourous insights from the Socceroos' run to the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup final.

Cahill's latest Aussie landmark for the ages

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:03:00 GMT

Australia's ageless forward Tim Cahill continues to chalk off milestones, with the five-time FIFA World Cup™ goalscorer set to become the first outfield Socceroos player to reach a century of caps.

Favourites advance as hosts bow out

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:21:00 GMT

FIFA.com rounds up the action as Group A concluded with wins for Portugal and Mexico that led to the former topping the group and Russia bidding farewell.

Hernandez: We’re good enough to take on anyone

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:21:00 GMT

FIFA.com spoke to Chile midfielder Pablo 'Tucu' Hernandez, who says La Roja are not taking their final Group B game against Australia lightly, despite being almost assured of qualification for the semi-finals.

Mexico overcome Russia to reach semis

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:03:00 GMT

Mexico are in the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 after earning a 2-1 victory over ten-man Russia in front of a full attendance of 41,585 in Kazan on Saturday evening.

Portugal cruise into semi-finals

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:58:00 GMT

Portugal saw off New Zealand 4-0 to win Group A and progress to the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 semi-finals, in front of 56,290 fans in Saint Petersburg.

Three standout performers for Germany

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:28:00 GMT

For Germany’s national team in particular, the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 is reminiscent of a big talent show – and a ‘recall’ to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in 12 months’ time is the grand prize. FIFA.com presents three of the country’s latest standout performers.

Preview: Chile-Australia

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:14:00 GMT

Chile have one foot in the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, secure in the knowledge that even a one-goal defeat to Australia will see them through to the last four. The Socceroos, meanwhile, face the tall order of needing to beat the South American champions by at least two clear goals.

Preview: Germany-Cameroon

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:51:00 GMT

Germany will be out to earn a strong finish to the group stages, as they jostle with Chile to top Group B, while Cameroon know only a two-goal victory will see them usurp the FIFA World Cup-holders in the race for the semis.

"I feel the significance," says dancing Luis Neto

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:22:00 GMT

After being a resident of Saint Petersburg for four and a half years, Portugal defender Luis Neto - who caught the eye with his flamboyant celebrations following UEFA EURO 2016 success - is relishing a potential FIFA Confederations Cup bow there.

Akinfeev playing a captain's part

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:56:00 GMT

There are a number of reasons why Igor Akinfeev deserves a mention as the host nation's best performer against the Portuguese.

Birthday boy Teikeu in love with Russia

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:28:00 GMT

Adolphe Teikeu is more than just Cameroon’s defensive linchpin at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017; he is also the Indomitable Lions’ tour guide in Russia, a country he fell in love with as soon as he decided to play his club football there. 

Sanchez: star quality and record-breaking stats

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:05:00 GMT

A little while ago, Alexis Sanchez shot an advert set in the future and in which he tells his grandson that he had made “history” with Chile’s so-called “golden generation” at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.

Samuel Inkoom to serve ban

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:51:00 GMT

Samuel Inkoom, who has represented Ghana and is currently registered for the Bulgarian club FC Vereya, is to serve a ban on taking part in any football-related activity.

Tie-breakers for Russia 2017 groups

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:01:00 GMT

Two rounds of group stage action are complete at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, and with just one to go, no team has secured a berth in the last four. The semi-finals will be determined over the weekend with seven of the eight teams still in the reckoning.

Aussie new boys on track

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:27:00 GMT

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou is never afraid to experiment and that was again true on Thursday, with late call-up Alex Gersbach thrown in the deep end.

Zambo Anguissa: Five key things

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:56:00 GMT

FIFA.com lays out five key points that football fans should know about the exciting young player Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, who was named Budweiser Man of the Match in Cameroon’s 1-1 draw with the Socceroos.

Germany, Chile play out entertaining stalemate

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:55:00 GMT

Chile and Germany played out a lively 1-1 draw, with the point earned in front of 38,222 supporters in Kazan maintaining the pair's spots as top and second side respectively in FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 Group B.

 

Spoils shared in Saint Petersburg

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:00:00 GMT

Cameroon and Australia played out a 1-1 draw in Saint Petersburg, with a point aiding neither of their hopes of reaching the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 semi-finals from Group B.

Preview: Mexico v Russia

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:43:00 GMT

Group A leaders Mexico and the third-placed hosts meet at the Kazan Arena on Saturday 24 June at 18.00 (local time) in a match that could make or break both sides' chances of qualifying for the semi-finals

Mexico: Five areas for improvement

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:09:00 GMT

Top of their section and requiring just a point from their last group match to reach the semi-finals, Mexico nevertheless need to up their game in a few areas, as FIFA.com discussed with the Tri coach and players.

Kudryashov: The fans saw us fight till the end

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:25:00 GMT

After facing the challenge of marking the best player in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo, Russia defender Fyodor Kudryashov thinks the FIFA Confederations Cup hosts can grow following their second-half showing against Portugal.

Bernardo Silva: I was set free

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:29:00 GMT

Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva spoke with FIFA.com after making his FIFA Confederations Cup debut in his side's 1-0 victory over hosts Russia.

Low looks to learn from flexible Chile

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:43:00 GMT

The Germany coach has always liked to broaden his horizons and although he has undoubtedly looked to Spain for inspiration over the last decade, he has also kept a close eye on Chile. FIFA.com explains why.

Captain Milligan and the rare treble

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:30:00 GMT

Appointed to skipper Australia at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, Mark Milligan now boasts a rare feat having led his nation at three different major tournaments, however it wasn't always easy for the Sydney-born midfielder.

Ronaldo and Peralta strike as brave Kiwis' hopes end

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:04:00 GMT

Cristiano Ronaldo and Oribe Peralte were the match-winners for their respective sides on Matchday 2 in Group A as Portugal beat Russia and Mexico saw off a spirited challenge from New Zealand.

Mexico hit back to see off Kiwis

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:03:00 GMT

Mexico picked up a crucial three points on the road to the FIFA Confederations Cup semi-finals, coming from behind to extinguish New Zealand's hopes of the final four with a 2-1 win.

Ronaldo header sinks Russia

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:57:00 GMT

Portugal claimed their first victory at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 after defeating Russia 1-0 in front of a crowd of 42,759 in Moscow on Wednesday evening.

Sabrosa, Bulykin surprise and encourage volunteers

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:10:00 GMT

Staff at the Spartak Stadium Volunteer Centre were treated to a special surprise as former Portugal midfielder Simao Sabrosa and ex-Russia striker Dmitri Bulykin popped in to say 'hello'. 

Proud Eto'o revels in father figure role

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:44:00 GMT

With three of Cameroon's Russia 2017 squad products of the football academy run by the Samuel Eto'o Foundation, we heard from the legendary striker on his pride at the achievements of his "kids".

Three questions for the Kiwis

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:54:00 GMT

Ahead of Wednesday’s seemingly must-win match against Mexico in Group A, some pressing queries have emerged from New Zealand’s camp.

Preview: Germany v Chile

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:46:00 GMT

This duel in Kazan pits the winners of the opening two Group B matches against each other. Chile scored twice late on to secure a 2-0 win over Cameroon, while Germany defeated Australia 3-2.

World football mourns as DiCicco passes away

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:13:00 GMT

USA's FIFA Women's World Cup-winning coach in 1999 Tony DiCicco passed away on 19 June 2017. World Football remembered the influential figure in women's football.

Preview: Cameroon v Australia

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:50:00 GMT

After losing their opening matches, both Cameroon and Australia are anxious to get on the right track. FIFA.com previews the Group B encounter.

Three reasons why Russia can beat Portugal

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:03:00 GMT

European champions Portugal are viewed as the favourites going into Wednesday’s game against the hosts, however, there are a few reasons why Russia can cause an upset.

New era brings new mentality for single-minded Aussies

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:33:00 GMT

Australian sportspeople have never been satisfied with losing, and while there was perhaps a time when the Socceroos took some solace from a heroic defeat, any such thoughts are long gone in the Ange Postecoglou era.

Joyful Germans relishing Russian adventure

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:04:00 GMT

Germany's young players demonstrated a sheer joy of playing for the majority of their 3-2 victory over Australia in their opening fixture – and that was reflected in their post-match comments too.

Preview: Russia v Portugal

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:44:00 GMT

Hosts Russia look to stay at the top of Group A at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, but European champions Portugal will prove to be a difficult test for Stanislav Cherchesov's side. FIFA.com previews the match.

Mexico intent on writing a new story

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:42:00 GMT

Mexico fans have grown accustomed to their side conceding agonising late goals over the years, a curse El Tri finally reversed on Sunday.

Construction progressing on Qatar 2022 stadiums

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:32:00 GMT

Following the recent opening of the Khalifa International Stadium, construction is advancing rapidly across all of the tournament stadium sites ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.

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