– The ceremony of the draw of the Confederations Cup 2017 will be held in Kazan tennis Academy on Saturday evening.
The event will start at 18:00 GMT. The eight teams participating in the football tournament which will be held in Russia, are split into two baskets. Located in the first national teams of Russia, Germany, Chile and Portugal, the second – Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and the team representing the African continent, which will be determined in February 2017 at the end of the African Cup of Nations. Teams from both baskets will be divided in two groups – A and B.
The Russian team will be as the mistress of tournament in group A, her red ball will be extracted first. Then, from the first basket will be randomly get the balls with the names of the other three teams and balls, which are hidden in a group name and team number in the group. After you distribute the teams from the first basket will be a draw for the second.
It is planned that three of his appointments at this stage our team will play in Saint-Petersburg, Moscow and Kazan. The opening match with the Russians, and the finals will be held in the Northern capital, and the battle for the third place in Moscow. The group stage will be held 17-25 June, semi-finals, where will play the winners of the first two places in their groups, scheduled on 28-29 June (Kazan, Sochi), and both games for prizes will take place on 2 July.
The matches will be used a new ball of the Adidas company, called Krasava. It has a traditional white base, which is applied to a 3D ornament in the form of precious stones. The creators claim that the structure of a ball consists of innovative sections that provide an optimum surface with improved properties of adhesion and make the ball clearly visible in flight.
The ceremony will be attended by Vice-Prime Minister, the President of the Russian football Union Vitaly Mutko, Minister of sports of Russia Pavel Kolobkov, the President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, the first female Secretary-General of the Fatma Samura, Director-General of the organizing Committee “Russia – 2018” Alexey Sorokin and other guests.
To conduct the ceremony will be Deputy General Secretary of FIFA, Zvonimir Boban and Director of competitions and events, the FIFA Colin Smith, in the role of assistants to perform the fivefold champion of Russia on football, the bronze prize-winner “Euro-2008” Sergei Semak and two-time Olympic champion in pole vaulting Yelena Isinbayeva.
The Russian team will appear on the Cup for the first time in its history, known six participating teams: world Champions 2014 Germany, winners of the continental tournaments from Australia, Chile, Mexico, Portugal and New Zealand. The representative of Africa will be known only in February 2017, when completed Cup of Nations in Gabon.
The Confederations Cup in 2017, which is considered a dress rehearsal for the world Cup – 2018 will take Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi.