Putin Thanks FIFA for Helping Russia in Arranging Confederations Cup

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Russian Federation and New Zealand will open the 2017 Confederations Cup on Saturday at Saint Petersburg Stadium.

A year before Russian Federation holds the World Cup, the behaviour of fans and concerns over racism are topics the host nation hopes will not be a factor at the eight-team Confederations Cup.

"We're ready to face a likeable New Zealand team but we expect a hard match (on Saturday)", he told reporters today.

A handful of performers blackened their faces and carried bananas to represent Cameroon during a parade to honour the eight teams taking part in the upcoming tournament.

One of the most common time-wasting tactics used by teams holding a narrow lead is for a player to be substituted and then leave the field slowly, stopping to shake hands with opponents and match officials along the way.

"Reflecting on them, it's good that the mistakes we are making have come out now and we have a good opportunity to fix them for this first game".

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On allegations of exploitation of North Korean workers building the St Petersburg stadium, Mutko told Spiegel magazine organizers were not responsible for what workers were being employed by sub-contractors.

Russia, who are ranked 63rd as per the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, come into the game against the All Whites following a series of impressive warm-up games against Hungary, which they won 3-0, and Chile, where they were successful in holding their vastly superior Confed Cup participants to a 1-1 draw. They beat Hungary 3-0 and drew 1-1 with Chile, who are among the favorites in this tournament, in the past week.

"Nothing is going to change", Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio said Saturday, a day before Portugal's Confederations Cup debut against Mexico in Kazan. We played the match we have been planning for. "We feel very optimistic coming into this tournament. Hopefully, the arena in St Petersburg will be a lucky venue for our team". Eder was the striker when Portugal won the European championship, scoring the victor in the final against host France, but he didn't even make it to Fernando Santos' squad for the Confederations Cup, the World Cup warm-up event.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kick off today, and wants referees to stop play if fans persist.

"Let us hope that the guys will try to perform well, like real fighters", Putin said. The first game for us is Russian Federation and we want to win that game.

"It will be interesting how they go in the other games", the footballer stated.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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