Putin thanks FIFA as Confederations Cup begins

Russia's Fedor Smolov 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, Russia, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

It has been a dream last 12 months on the field for the former Manchester United man, who was a European champion at club and worldwide level in 2016.

The fact that Moukandjo has come to symbolise the team's unity and solidarity is fascinating, given that he and his team-mate, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, practically came to blows in front of a worldwide television audience during Cameroon's match against Croatia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

The eight-team Confederations Cup which runs until July 2 in St Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan and Sochi is being seen as a test for Russian Federation ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino is also coming to St. Petersburg on Saturday for the opening of the tournament.

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The duo scored goals in the same match three other times - World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and the Faroe Islands.

Two pairs of the best teams identified in the group tournaments will then play in the semi-finals. "I'm very happy to be playing alongside our captain".

Serving quality football news from around the globe. The son of former England global Alan Hudson, Anthony refuses to downplay his side's potential. Having a Confederations Cup exactly one year ahead of the World Cup, at peak time for European leagues, would not be acceptable.

New Zealand coach Hudson, whose team face Mexico next in Sochi on Wednesday, was keen to take the positives from the game, insisting that playing on such a stage was only beneficial to a group of players whose competitive action typically extends to qualifiers against the likes of Tahiti, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea.

Cristiano Ronaldo may be eyeing a move back to Manchester United this summer, but first he will attempt to guide Portugal to the 2017 Confederations Cup title.

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The teams will meet on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET (4 p.m. BST) in tournament opener for both teams.

Germany defender Antonio Ruediger has arrived at the Confederations Cup with a warning about soccer's "incomprehensible" response to racism.

"There is no point in us being here if we're not trying to win".

Russia's victory showed it can win a big game at home, even if Putin is in the arena.

Former New York Red Bulls Head Coach Juan Carlos Osorio has enjoyed great success with Mexico in his two years in charge of the national team.

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