Germany leads the way as Russia prepares to host the biggest football event in the sporting calendar
Did you watch the final of the Confederations Cup at the weekend?
This year’s event is the 10th time the FIFA Confederations Cup has been held. Hosted by Russia as a prelude to next year’s FIFA World Cup, it brought together some of the world’s best teams from across the globe – Germany, Mexico, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Portugal, Cameroon and hosts Russia.
After a series of thrilling matches in the group and knockout stages, Germany ended up as this year’s champions, with a 1 – 0 victory over Chile. Portugal came from behind to beat Mexico 2 – 1 to take third.
This is the first time Russia has hosted the tournament, and the third time the Confederations Cup has been held in the continent of Europe. It provided a great opportunity to showcase some of the venues which will host matches in next year’s World Cup, namely:
- The Spartak Stadium in Moscow (capacity 45 360) – usually known as the Otkritie Arena, this is the home of Spartak Moscow and was opened in 2014;
- The Kazan Arena in Kazan (capacity 45 379) – Rubin Kazan moved out of their old, multi-purpose Central Stadium to the new Kazan Arena in 2013. It’s notable for having the largest outside screen in Europe, running across one stand's entire outer wall;
- The Fisht Stadium in Sochi (capacity 47 659) – originally built for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2014 as an enclosed, indoor arena, it was converted into an open-air football stadium for the Confederations Cup;
- The Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg (capacity 68 134) – an impressive stadium which hosted the climax of the Confederations Cup which saw Germany emerge as this year’s champions.
This was a great event for football fans across the globe, which saw some of the world’s best players in action – players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Bravo and Tim Cahill.
If you enjoyed the action as much as we did, then you certainly don’t want to miss next year’s big event – the World Cup itself. We can arrange all your travel and accommodation for you, and with so much interest in the competition internationally, there’s no time like the present to start booking flights and hotels.
So for the best seats in the stadium, give us a call today on 0207 985 1234, and we’ll be with you every kick of the ball!