Vladimir Putin speech motivated Russia, says Cherchesov

Fedor Smolov is the top forward of the Russia National Football Team

Fedor Smolov of Russia faces questions from the media at a press conference

"We've worked hard and I believe now we're well-prepared for the opening game", Zenit midfielder Igor Smolnikov told Russian TV.

Madrid sports media is awash with headlines suggesting Ronaldo wants out.

"It's a high-profile match", Mexico forward Hirving Lozano said.

"Fans [must] understand that they will be jeopardising the game by refusing systematically to respect fair play", Samoura said. The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has sold 65% of the tickets for matches of the 2017 Confederations Cup, Director General of Russia's Organizing Committee Alexei Sorokin said on Sunday.

The new football arena in St. Petersburg is hosting the opening and final matches of the Confederations Cup, also dubbed as the Tournament of Champions. Chile is ranked fourth, but lacks the same tradition as Portugal and Mexico and has struggled in South American qualifying.

This year's tournament is held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russian Federation and they are Spartak Stadium in Moscow, St. Petersburg Stadium, Fisht Stadium in Sochi and the Kazan Arena in Kazan.

Let me remind you that Russian Federation rivals: New Zealand, Portugal and Mexico.

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The Confederations Cup is the main warm-up event for the 2018 World Cup.

Good luck to all teams!

"We don't know how fit we are after a long and hard season", said Werner, 21. You can see they are taking this very seriously.

Stanislav Cherchesov says Vladimir Putin's rousing speech at the Confederations Cup opening ceremony gave Russian Federation extra motivation to defeat New Zealand.

Ronaldo has scored 11 goals in five games with Portugal this season. Having a Confederations Cup exactly one year ahead of the World Cup, at peak time for European leagues, would not be acceptable.

Head coach Fernando Santos insisted he has total faith in his captain to deliver but Osorio feels it would be risky to ignore the other attacking talent at Portugal's disposal. El Tri are seeking to win their second Confederations Cup after winning the tournament in Mexico in 1999. The Mexicans won the title in 1999.

Today, world champions Germany will pit an inexperienced line-up against Australia in their tournament opener with striker Timo Werner anticipating a robust challenge from the Socceroos.

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