Infantino: Not time to think about future of Confed Cup

Russian Federation kicked off the Confederations Cup by beating New Zealand in a game over-shadowed by referee Wilmar Roldan failing to make use of the video review system.

The pool also includes Portugal and Mexico, presenting what is likely to be a tough path for either Russian Federation or New Zealand moving through these opening stages. Chris Wood, who scored 27 goals for Championship side Leeds last season, will need a monster tournament for New Zealand to take any points in their group, let alone advance.

Russian Federation have implemented the special Fan ID, which allows visiting fans to enter the country without a visa and supporters to move freely between host cities for the duration of the tournament.

Little was expected from the side here ahead of their opening game in St Petersburg, so the fact that they dominated proceedings against the All Whites will have provided plenty of encouragement.

The issue of racism against fans and hooliganism is also a concern after ugly clashes between Russian and English fans at Euro 2016 in Marseille last summer.

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However results in recent friendlies - a 3-0 win in Hungary and a 1-1 draw with Copa America holders Chile - have given the country's football fans some hope. "I have a pact with the players and we treat these personal matters away from the national team". Shprygin said he had been notified by Confederations Cup organisers that his fan-ID - required to attend matches - had been cancelled.

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He has helped Madrid win three Champions League titles. The defense and midfield are their biggest strengths in the tournament. Coach Stanislav Cherchesov has blended in several exciting players for the Sbornaya.

Among those who will be watched closely is Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) winger Julian Draxler, who has been named Germany's captain for the tournament.

It leaves him exposed with a squad shorn of experience and class but if they can get out of a group that also includes Mexico and European champions Portugal it will show progress ahead of the main event next summer when the world's best come to Russian Federation. Kiwis are strong in terms of all on their team squad now, not like before. In goal will be Manchester City's Claudio Bravo. Eight teams will compete to position themselves as leaders and for an opportunity to qualify for next year's World Cup.

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