Football fever: Hyundai Motor and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

- The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup begins on 17 June. Hyundai Motor has invited fans to go to Russia with the "Be There With Hyundai" competition, and is providing the official team buses.

The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup is hosted by Russia, where the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ will take place next summer. The tournament brings together the current champions of each of the six confederations (AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEMBOL, OFC and UEFA), as well as the current FIFA World Cup champions and the hosts themselves. It starts on 17 June, with the final taking place in Moscow on 2 July, and there will be a total of 16 matches played across the four host cities of Kazan, Moscow, Sochi and St Petersburg.

Hyundai Motor is a long-standing partner of FIFA, stretching back to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. Hyundai will provide the official team buses for each team participating in this tournament, as well as teams’ official escort vehicle, a Hyundai Grand Santa Fe.

Ahead of the tournament, Hyundai ran the “Be There With Hyundai” competition, giving fans from each team’s country the chance to have their slogan on the side of the Hyundai team bus. The winners can be found here.

Hyundai are offering fans the chance to win tickets to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, including flights and accommodation. Participants can upload an image showing how they support their team and share it on social media. For the chance to win, click here.

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Meet the teams

Group A

As hosts, Russia qualified automatically for the tournament, and will be hoping to go far in a competition on home soil. Their star player is goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev.

New Zealand qualified as winners of the OFC Nations Cup, in the Oceania region. As most New Zealand football clubs are semi-professional, most of the country’s best footballers play abroad. Their captain is West Ham United defender Winston Reid.

After winning the 2016 UEFA European Championship in France last summer, Portugal qualified for this summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup tournament. Iconic talisman Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to add this title to his long list of career honours.

Mexico make it to Russia as winners of the 2015 CONCACAF Cup. This is their seventh appearance in the competition, equalling Brazil’s record. They will look to their all-time top scorer, Javier Hernández, for inspiration in front of goal.

Group B

Earlier this year, Cameroon won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to qualify for the FIFA Confederations Cup for the third time. The team’s captain is Lorient midfielder Benjamin Moukandjo.

Chile make their first FIFA Confederations Cup appearance this year, as winners of the 2015 Copa América. Arsenal star Alexis Sánchez will be looking to become his country’s all-time record scorer outright during the tournament – he’s currently tied on 37 goals with Marcelo Salas.

Australia won the 2015 AFC Asian Cup to qualify for their third FIFA Confederations Cup tournament. The evergreen Tim Cahill will once again lead the line for the Socceroos at the ripe old age of 37.

As reigning world champions following their victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil, Germany enter this tournament as one of the favourites. Manager Jogi Löw has picked a youthful squad, which includes Paris Saint-Germain star Julian Draxler.

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The host cities

Russia is the largest country in the world, bordering 18 countries and is home to 143 million inhabitants. Its 17.1m km2 of land covers one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited surface area. Four Russian cities will host matches during the tournament: Kazan, Moscow, Sochi and St Petersburg.

Kazan is one of the oldest Russian cities, and recently celebrated its 1,000th anniversary. 1.2 million residents live in the city, including more than 180,000 students. Kazan is home to the Kazan Arena, which was built in preparation for the Summer World University Games in 2013, and has a capacity of 45,379. The city is 825 km from Moscow.

Founded in 1838, the Black Sea resort of Sochi rose to prominence after being awarded the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The city’s 47,659-capacity Fisht Stadium was built for that event, and hosted the opening and closing ceremonies. It will host four 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup matches. The city is 1,679 km from Moscow.

Moscow is the capital of the Russian Federation and one of the most renowned and fascinating cities in the world, welcoming over four million tourists each year. The 45,360-seat Spartak Stadium will host four matches during the tournament, including the semi-final.

The final will take place at the new state-of-the-art 68,134-seat Saint Petersburg Stadium in St Petersburg. The city was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 as Russia’s new imperial capital, and is home to a host of historic buildings and museums. It is 687 km from Moscow.

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