FIFA Confederations Cup:Cameroon Gunning for Gold

Pauline Gross
June 17, 2017

Portugal is making its first appearance in the Confederations Cup, the eight-nation competition played by continental champions plus host Russian Federation and World Cup victor Germany.

Newspaper reports have also suggested North Korean workers were compelled to send wages to their government while employed on the troubled Saint Petersburg stadium.

In response Fifa said it was "going beyond what any sports federation has done to date to identify and address issues related to human rights".

Portugal qualified for the Confederations in a dramatic fashion previous year when they lifted their first major trophy at the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup after Eder scored a stunner in extra time.

"Together with the possibility to apply the three-step procedure, these are ground-breaking changes in the global fight against discrimination that will mark the 2017 edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup".

"If sanctions and education do not work then we have to take it further", said the Federation Internationale de Football Association official, who said it has prepared an anti-racism message from Diego Maradona to be revealed on Saturday.

Mexico didn't perform well against the United States last week in qualifying, and just maybe the team was looking ahead to the Confederations Cup.

"We are are concerned about violations of workers rights and like anti-discrimination, there is a zero tolerance policy from Federation Internationale de Football Association", she said.

PLAYERS: The speedy and skillful 21-year-old winger Christian Bassogog has emerged as Cameroon's brightest star and its most creative attacker. The USSR beat New Zealand 3-0 at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

"We're very confident coming into this cup".

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Group A: Russia, New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico.

Missing the likes of Thomas Mueller, Manuel Neuer, Mario Gomez and Jerome Boateng, Germany face Australia in Sochi on Monday, with Chile and Cameroon to follow in Group B.

A deal to show this year's Confederations Cup was struck at the last minute earlier this week. The Confederations Cup is being used as an opportunity to give untested players more tournament experience.

New coach Stanislav Cherchesov has rebuilt the Russian side following a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign.

Although pronouncements such as the "well done lads!" The national football squad arrived in Moscow on Wednesday June 14, 2017 to get set for the competition.

When Anthony Hudson leads the team in Russian Federation as coach, he will become the youngest coach in the tournament's history at the age of 36.

A success could help Fifa remind wayward sponsors of worldwide football's festive appeal at the expense of its own controversies.

The extent to which the various concerns surrounding the Russia World Cup will still be causing furrowed brows by the time of the tournament will be clearer once the Confederations Cup comes to a close.

For that to happen, Russia's insistences that it has a handle on violent fan groups and discriminatory behaviour will need to borne out over the two week tournament.

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