FIFA Confd. Cup 2017: Group A Preview, Predictions, Teams, Matches

Group A of FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 is featured with hosts, European Champions, OFC Champions and CONCACAF winners. The competition kick off on 17th June 2017 with opening game of Russia vs New Zealand. Get ready for preview and predictions of Group A with match dates and schedule of all four teams. The tournament of Champions is all set Russia with eight best national football teams of the World right now.

Confd Cup 2017 Group A preview, predictions

FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 Group A Teams & Preview

Teams: Russia, Portugal, New Zealand and Mexico

Russia Group A previewRussia: Hosts Russia are one of the most experienced teams in football, but they are playing their first ever Confederations Cup. So it would be a difficult task for the hosts to compete. However, home support will be a strong advantage for Russia. On 13th October 2004, Russia suffered a huge defeat at the hands of Portugal by 7-1. It was their biggest defeat in the history. Once again, they are featured with European Champions Portugal. So it would be interesting to see how the Red Army will control the Navigators.

  • FIFA World Cup Record: 4 appearances; Best result: 18th place [1994]
  • UEFA Euro Record: 5 appearances; Best result: 3rd place [1996]
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Record: Debut [2017]

Portugal Group A previewPortugal: Being Champions of UEFA Euro 2016, the Navigators qualified for Confd. Cup for the first time in history. They are one of the favorites to win this Championship. Against all odds, Portugal lifted the European trophy in France last year. The Navigators did it in seventh attempt of European edition. The arrival of head coach Fernando Santos made a huge impact on Portugal team. Will this man add a new title?

  • FIFA World Cup Record: 6 appearances; Best result: 3rd place [1966]
  • UEFA Euro Record: 7 appearances; Best result: Champions [2016]
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Record: Debut [2017]

See also: Confederations Cup 2017 schedule in BST / GMT

New Zealand Group A previewNew Zealand: They are one of the best football teams in OFC [Oceania] Confederation, but the team stumbles while playing against teams of other Confederations. Despite making three appearances in Confederations Cup competition, New Zealand failed to go beyond group stage. Five times OFC Nations Cup Winners have played two FIFA World Cups in which they again failed to go beyond group stage. But this is football and anything can happen.

  • FIFA World Cup Record: 2 appearances; Best result: Group stage [1982 and 2010]
  • OFC Nations Cup Record: 10 appearances; Best result: Champions [1973, 1998, 2002, 2008, 2016]
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Record: 4 appearances; Best result: Group stage [1999, 2003, 2009]

Mexico Group A previewMexico: Last but not the least. Russia National Football Team is the most experienced team in this group. They have played 15 FIFA World Cups, 21 CONCACAF Gold Cups, 10 Copa America tournaments and 6 FIFA Confederations Cup. The only team in this group who won FIFA Confederations Cup. Yes, Mexico won FIFA Confederations Cup 1999 in their home. Having one of the balanced team squad, Mexico are capable of winning against any team.

  • FIFA World Cup Record: 15 appearances; Best result: Quarter finals [1970 and 1986]
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Record: 21 appearances; Best result: Champions [1965, 1971, 1977, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, and 2015]
  • Copa America Record: 10 appearances; Best result: Runners-up [1993 and 2001]
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Record: 6 appearance; Best result: Champions [1999]

Group A Predictions

Only top two teams from this group will advance to the next round which is semi final round. Portugal and Russia are the favorites to go to the next round. But, Mexico and Zealand can make it tougher for both sides. Don’t forget to vote on FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 predictions poll.

FIFA Confd Cup 2017 Group A Schedule

Confederations Cup 2017 Group A Schedule

Match Date Time
Russia vs New Zealand 17 Jun 2017 18:00
Portugal vs Mexico 18 Jun 2017 18:00
Russia vs Portugal 21 Jun 2017 18:00
Mexico vs New Zealand 21 Jun 2017 21:00
Mexico vs Russia 24 Jun 2017 18:00
New Zealand vs Portugal 24 Jun 2017 18:00

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