The 8 teams contesting the Confederations Cup in Russia

A look at the eight teams competing in the June 17-July 2 Confederations Cup, Russia's dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup. FIFA ranking in parentheses.




The hosts will be showing off shiny new venues. Their team has less to brag about. A group-stage exit at last year's European Championship saw Russia remembered more for fan disorder than its slow and predictable style of play.

PLAYERS: Veteran defenders Vasily Berezutsky and Sergei Ignashevich have both departed, but their younger replacements have yet to make their mark. Fyodor Smolov is the main attacking threat, while fellow forward Alexander Kokorin wasn't selected....