The draw for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will take place on Saturday, November 26th. The ceremony will take place at the Tennis Academy in Kazan. The city's Kazan Arena will host four matches during next summer's tournament. The Confederations Cup serves as a prelude to the World Cup. It will give players an opportunity to get accustomed to playing at the various stadiums across Russia, in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan. In other words, this will be a trial run before the grand event in 2018. Eight teams from six confederations will take the field in what could be a very memorable tournament.

European champions Portugal, two time defending Copa America winners Chile, and World Cup winners Germany, will showcase their star-studded potential, in Russia next summer. Just to give an example of how excited fans are for this event, 30,000 tickets have been sold during the first day of sale, in early November. Football fans in Russia are very excited about the opportunity to see Cristiano Ronaldo at this Confederations Cup. That has been the popular media narrative in Russia, since Portugal triumphed over France in the final of Euro 2016. Brazil, the winner of the last three editions of the tournament failed to qualify this time around.

Time to regroup for the hosts

One cannot leave out the host team.

Russia recently has struggled and are looking for a new identity under their new coach, Stanislav Cherchesov. The former Spartak Moscow goalkeeper now leads Russia into their biggest international tournament since becoming an independent nation in 1991. Playing in major tournaments on home soil usually provides a boost for the host nation.

Cherchesov has made it clear that he wants Russia to become a Cinderella team, a team like Iceland or Wales for example. One thing is certain, this Russian team have not impressed their new boss, losing to Costa Rica and Qatar recently. Although these were friendly matches, they played without any purpose or passion.

They will need to add those aspects to their game if they want to have at least some success in 2017.

Last thoughts before Saturday's draw

This tournament along with the World Cup in 2018 will make history. Russia will be the first former Soviet nation to host the World Cup. Currently the future venue of the Confederations Cup final in Saint Petersburg, the Krestovsky Stadium, is within reach of completion. The official opening of the stadium is scheduled for Christmas Day of this year. Russia is getting ready and the whole world will be watching. The focus of the beautiful game will shift to the world's largest nation, for the next couple of years.

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