Russian Federation readies for Confederations Cup

Beth Cruz
June 18, 2017

Portugal and Mexico, who meet on Sunday, are the other two teams in Group A.

Russia's coach suggested it was an advantage to have such a pep talk.

"We are not going to Russian Federation to take part, we are going there to achieve something significant", he declared.

"Referees, players, coaches and fans all agree that improving player behaviour and respect for all participants (and especially match officials), increasing playing time and the game's fairness and attractiveness must be football's main priority", Ifab technical director David Elleray said.

Real Madrid's super attacker will be looking for a first FIFA tournament win with Portugal, to cap off one of the finest 12 months in world football. We believe in our ability.

Playing in the tournament for the first time, Russian Federation were on the front foot and had two early chances cleared off the line in the opening 10 minutes. "But changes were made within the squad and within the game itself that disrupted the flow".

But this ID also serves as an additional security measure as fans can not enter the stadium without it even if they have a ticket for the match.


Joachim Low has rested a number of his big name players, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller not selected.

Russian authorities insist that the Confederations Cup's ticketing system, which requires ticket holders to apply for a personalised fan-ID, ensures that all fans are screened and troublemakers are kept away.

"I thought I scored the opening goal but it doesn't really matter who was credited for it", Glushakov said. "They could bring another three or four teams and it would be still the same".

The Socceroos have a win and a draw against the Germans in their last two outings, with the World Cup winners resting many of their senior players to keep them fresh for next year's title defence. It was their highest ever Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, with their lowest being 63, which is also their most recent ranking of June 2017. If you look at Russian Federation, I actually believe that the prospect for them is even more intimidating.

Degenek, who played his formative years in Germany before moving to Japan in January, will be tasked with helping neutralise his threat, but is unfazed by the challenge. "[But] individuals don't win tournaments, teams win tournaments".

Russia's Fedor Smolov, center, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Confederations, Cup Group A soccer match between Russia and New Zealand, at the St.Petersburg stadium in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturd.

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