By Adebayo Williams
Hosts Russia have been placed in Group A of the 2017 Confederations Cup alongside European champions Portugal. The 2018 World Cup host will also battle Mexico and New Zealand in the tournament starting on 17 June 2017 in Saint Petersburg.
World Cup holders Germany are in Group B with South Americans Chile, Australia and the African champions to emerge in the forth coming AFCON 2017.
The event is a warm-up for the World Cup to be held in Russia in 2018. The tournament will end on 2 July with matches in Moscow and Sochi.