Confederations Cup 2017: Fixtures, results, teams, TV & guide to the World Cup warm-up

Cristiano Ronaldo and Alexis Sanchez will extend already lengthy seasons even further when they participate in the summer showpiece in Russia Russia will continue their preparations for next year’s World Cup by hosting the Confederations Cup this summer. The eight-team tournament is held the year before each World Cup to give the host country an opportunity to test their facilities and provisions ahead of the main event. It features the champions of each confederation – decided through competitions such as the European Championship and Copa America – as well as the World Cup hosts and the reigning world …

Mexico isn’t afraid of Cristiano Ronaldo, but should it be?

El Tri coach Juan Carlos Osorio and his players made it clear the Portugal star doesn’t intimidate them, but can they stop the Real Madrid superstar? How do you stop a player like Cristiano Ronaldo? It’s a question many managers have tried and failed to answer, and it’s Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio’s turn to try and keep the Portugal attacker silent as El Tri open their Confederations Cup campaign against Ronaldo and the Selecao. Heading into Sunday’s group match, Mexico has …

Bruce Arena hates talking tactics, but is still very much a tactician

The U.S. national team coach has a well-known aversion to discussing tactics publicly, but don’t let that fool you into thinking he doesn’t know them After the U.S. national team’s 1-1 draw against Mexico last Sunday, you heard plenty of talk about the strong defending by the Americans, and about Michael Bradley’s wonder goal. What you didn’t hear a ton about were the tactics employed by coach Bruce Arena. Those tactics allowed the Americans to generate just as many dangerous chances as El Tri and limit Mexico to just one shot on goal, which Carlos…

VIDEO: Lloris howler dooms France against Sweden

The French goalkeeper’s botched clearance allowed Ola Toivonen to score the game-winner from midfield France was seemingly on its way to securing a result in a World Cup qualifier against Sweden on Thursday, but Hugo Lloris’ blunder in stoppage time gifted the victory to the Swedes. Report: Sweden 2 France 1 With the match deadlocked at 1-1

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Low undecided on Germany captaincy

No decision has been made on who will deputise for Manuel Neuer as Germany’s captain, according to coach Joachim Low has not yet decided who will take over the Germany captaincy from injured goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Hazard to miss start of season Neuer is not available for Tuesday’s friendly against Denmark, Saturday’s World Cup qualifier

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Sneijder hits out at ‘jealous’ critics after matching Van der Sar record

The Galatasaray midfielder feels those criticising his attempts to dethrone Edwin van der Sar as Netherlands’ most-capped player are simply envious Wesley Sneijder has hit out at his critics after equalling Edwin van der Sar’s record figure of 130 caps for Netherlands in Sunday’s 5-0 win over Ivory Coast. The attacking midfielder is no longer an undisputed starter for Holland and some have suggested he is past his prime. WATCH: Ronaldo leads Real celebrations Sneijder remains keen to represent his country, though, and got special permission from Galatasaray to travel back and forth between club and national team in recent …