Vitaly Mutko, the Deputy Prime Minister of of Russia stated that 10% of foreigners are to witness matches of FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. Mutko is also the President of Russian Football Union. The preparations for the ‘Tournament of Champions’ is on full swing which is seen as rehearsal of next year’s FIFA World Cup. Let’s take a look what the Deputy Prime Minister said about audience.
He said “The rate of Football fans always stood at 80 to 20, but we [Russia] will perhaps see the rate of 90 to 10. Speaking about the income from the tournament, I should say that it is up to FIFA to make the calculations as it is the holder of all rights.”
The nation is working hard for preparations as well as for the matches. National team coach Stanislav Cherchesov revealed that he has made big changes in the squad to compete against the Champions for the title.
All eight National Football teams have qualified for the Championship. The teams are Russia [hosts], Germany [FIFA World Cup 2014 Champions], Portugal [UEFA Euro 2016 Champions], Chile [Copa America 2015 Champions], Mexico [CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 Champions], New Zealand [Oceania Football Confederation Champions], Australia [2015 AFC Asian Cup Champions] and Cameroon [2017 Africa Cup of Nations].
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Host nation Russia will kick off the tournament with opening game against New Zealand. The Championship will be played at Krestovsky Stadium, Kazan Arena, Otkrytiye Arena and Fisht Olympic.
Brazil are the defending Champions of the tournament who failed to qualify for the tournament as Chile qualified from CONMEBOL. Russia, Portugal and Chile are making debut in this tournament.