Russia's readiness for the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 surpassed the expectations of FIFA. This was stated by the secretary general of the organisation Fatma Samura.
"We could not expect better, Russia was preparing for it for many years," Samura said, "I think the Confederations Cup is a very important milestone for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. This includes security planning, an experience that will be important for the World Cup. But we will have to take another step - yesterday we announced that there will be a system for monitoring discrimination. I arrived two days before the start of the competition, so I got lucky. I had the opportunity to go to Moscow, and I can confirm every word said by Vitaly Mutko: readiness is at 100%, all the teams have arrived, they are ready to compete, we can count on the best competition that was ever held in Russia."
The Cup of Confederations will be held from June 17 to July 2 in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi. The Russian team will play in Group A with the teams of New Zealand (June 17, Saint Petersburg), Portugal (June 21, Moscow) and Mexico (June 24, Kazan); In Group B will play teams of Germany, Chile, Australia and Cameroon. The teams that took the first and second places in the groups will go to the semi-finals. The final of the Confederations Cup will be held in Saint Petersburg on July 2.