The future of the FIFA Confederations Cup looks uncertain and it is possible that next years event in Russia will be the last – but Russia will do everything possible to make it a memorable event.
This was evident as the host pulled of an entertainment packed event, which brought many famous Russian musicians to the stage. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yelena Isinbaeva and five-time Russian Premier League winner Sergey Semak drew the teams of the World Cup warm-up tournament into two groups.
- Group A – Russia, New Zealand, Portugal and Mexico
- Group B – Champion of Africa, Chile, Australia and Germany
The opening match will be played on Saturday, 17 June 2017, with Russia taking on New Zealand in St Petersburg. Known as the ‘Cultural Capital’ of Russia this city will also host the final on 2 July.
The Cup winner will receive $4.1 million, with the runner-up still taking home $3.6 million. The huge prize money should guarantee great performances of the teams.
Russian President Vladimir Putin promised that all the stadiums would be built in time, ready for both events, Confed and World Cup.
Khaya’s management attended the Draw and confirmed that the FIFA World Cup’s ‘little brother’ will see a number of Khaya clients sending exploration teams to the event, as a ‘training exercise’ ahead of Russia 2018.
Global Sales Director, Rafael Sperotto noted: “The choice of Kazan for the Draw was very important to our clients. The city, being the least structured of the four Confed Cup host cities, allowed for a first impression of facilities and brainstorming of their plans.”
Today Khaya has a great selection of hotels with easy access to the Kazan Arena where the city will host Portugal vs Mexico, Mexico vs Russia and Chile vs Germany during the group phase, as well as one of the semi-finals.
Khaya Russia’s Country Manager, Elena Anaclerio, revealed: “We concluded major deals with various hotel groups in preparation for both the 2017 Confederations Cup and the World Cup in 2018. We are ready, right on track, to offer our clients a wide variety of accommodation as well as transport options in all the host cities. We will make it happen… We are wherever you are!”