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To be played between 15 and 30 June 2013 in Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, and Salvador.

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Qualified teams

Brazil (Host Country)

Spain (2010 World Cup Winner)

Conmebol - Uruguay

AFC - Japan

Concacaf - Mexico

OFC - Tahiti

CAF - The winner of the CAF African Nations Cup, which is to be played in South Africa in 2013

UEFA - Winner of Germany vs Italy (Euro 2012 semifinalists) will earn a place at the 2013 confederations cup since Spain is already there as world cup Champions

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Some random pictures of Confederations Cup We already broke the record of goals (thanks to Tahiti) with 61 goals so far. We also reached the second place of public

Maybe i'm a bit early, but i here's my prediction for the confederations cup http://www.worldcupofjoe.com/1/post/2013/03/lets-predict-stuff-1st-draft.html

Sure, I'm in.

UEFA - Winner of Germany vs Italy (Euro 2012 semifinalists) will earn a place at the 2013 confederations cup since Spain is already there as world cup Champions

Italy have qualified for the Confederations Cup next year.

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FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said Thursday he is satisfied with stadium construction in Brazil ahead of next year's Confederation Cup and the 2014 World Cup.

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The secretary general noted there was reason for some concern in Recife, which has to be ready to host Confederations Cup matches in 2013, but he said FIFA will continue to closely monitor construction work in the northeastern city, which has until November to show that it can pull it off.

Salvador also has the November deadline to show it will be ready for the Confederations Cup, the warm-up tournament which will also be played in Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Recife and Fortaleza.

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In October, Valcke is expected to visit the southern city of Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro, which will host the final of the Confederations Cup and of the World Cup at the Maracana Stadium. Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Curitiba will be next. Sao Paulo will host the World Cup opener and the Confederations Cup draw in December.

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LOC board meeting discusses FIFA Confederations Cup

The FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 was the main item on the agenda at the latest six-weekly board meeting of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Organising Committee (LOC), held on Thursday at Rio de Janeiro’s Riocentro. Also up for discussion were preparations for Brazil 2014.

“This is a special moment,” said LOC President Jose Maria Marin. “It is the first time that one of these meetings has been held at the Riocentro, the new headquarters of the Local Organising Committee, which will grow even more in size at the start of next year.”

For his part, Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo said: “I would like to restate our desire and commitment to work together and make every effort to ensure that preparations for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil progress smoothly.”

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke was unable to attend the meeting due to a kidney infection and was represented by FIFA Deputy Secretary General and Director of Finance Markus Kattner. After visiting Valcke on Thursday, Dr Joao Mansur Filho said he was responding well to treatment.

“I hope the Secretary General is fit and well again soon,” said Kattner. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the LOC and the federal government for the first-class cooperation they have offered in recent months, which has already yielded excellent results.”

The LOC announced that a press event would be held in Sao Paulo on 8 November, where it will reveal the prices and terms and conditions of sale of the tickets for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.

The draw for the FIFA Confederations Cup, which will take place on 1 December at the Anhembi Convention Centre in Sao Paulo, was also discussed. Brazilian television presenter Glenda Kozlowski will host the event, which will feature musical performances by Arlindo Cruz, Maria Gadu and Os Meninos do Morumbi.

It was also confirmed that FIFA would set up its head office at the Forte de Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro during Brazil 2014.

During the meeting the Brazilian government’s representatives provided an update on the work it has been carrying out, and focused in particular on the operational plans that are currently being implemented. In addition, the LOC and FIFA also provided an update on the situation with regard to national team training centres, safety, team services, broadcasting and marketing.

The next LOC board meeting is scheduled to take place in Sao Paulo on 28 November. “The next time we come together the group draw for the FIFA Confederations Cup will be almost upon us,” commented Marin. “That competition will give us a valuable opportunity to test out all the services for the FIFA World Cup.”

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Valcke: This is a crucial moment

Prezados amigos do futebol,

The final countdown to the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 – the first one on South American soil - has started. In 225 days, on 15 June 2013 the Festival of Champions will kick-off in Brasilia promising a truly world class feast of football featuring eight worthy champions. The teams include no less than current FIFA World Cup holders Spain, as well as Italy, Uruguay and hosts Brazil (who are making their record seventh consecutive appearance) in the starting blocks alongside continental champions Mexico, Japan and newcomers Tahiti plus the yet to be confirmed African champions.

In the coming week we will confirm with the Local Organising Committee and the Minister of Sports Aldo Rebelo the final host city line-up and announce all the details on the ticket sales at a media event at the Museo do Futebol in São Paulo. It’s also live on FIFA.com. We will find out on 1 December at the Anhembi Exhibition centre who will face whom during the two week tournament.

This is a crucial moment for us organisers because once the ticket sales start it would be very problematic if a venue runs into challenges to be ready to host matches. And here I need to repeat myself when we speak about readiness. We do not mean the day of the tournament kick-off but with enough time to stage at least two proper test events. That is also why we always reiterate that the venues for the major FIFA tournaments need to be ready six months ahead of the first game.

I know this sounds a long time but in reality it’s not. New venues particularly need more time to be fully tested at various events at different capacities. From electrics to crowd management, from stewards to public transport and parking management all processes must be well established to ensure that come the FIFA Confederations Cup next June - when Brazil will be in the spotlight of the world – we will not face any major operational obstacles. We must ensure that fans have an unforgettable experience without any logistical nightmares.

The Confederations Cup itself is an acid test for FIFA and the host country stakeholders as practically every aspect of the preparations will come under close scrutiny. But it would be wrong to call it merely a curtain-raiser for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The 16 matches represent only a quarter of the FIFA World Cup schedule but its field of first-class participants guarantees a smaller but no less appealing affair. It is no exaggeration to say that this competition has never yet seen a more impressive line-up - with four FIFA World Cup champions representing 12 of the total 19 FIFA World Cup titles. By the way, five of the teams represented also took part in the first FIFA tournament Brazil ever hosted namely the 1950 FIFA World Cup: Italy, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay and Brazil.

The public ticket sale will start on 3 December 2012 via FIFA.com and offers Brazilian football fans a great opportunity to experience fascinating encounters on the pitch and in the stands in a FIFA World Cup atmosphere in hopefully packed stadia throughout the host cities. And I am sure it will further increase the anticipation among football fans around the world to come to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The FIFA Confederations Cup will breathe life into the Official Slogan “Juntos num só ritmo / All in one rhythm” with a thrilling and passionate, good-natured Festival of Champions. I for sure cannot wait to see the action on the pitch after more than four years of preparations.

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the six stadiums (Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador) were reconfirmed by FIFA today

830,000 tickets available for 'Festival of Champions'

With exactly 219 days to go until the opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup on 15 June 2013 in Brasilia, football fans should get ready for the kick-off of the first ticket-sales phase.

Booking will be available via FIFA.com for what promises to be a hugely memorable tournament, with a line-up of four FIFA World Cup champions (Brazil, Italy, Spain, Uruguay) in the starting blocks alongside continental champions Mexico, Japan, newcomers Tahiti as well as the yet-to-be-confirmed African participants.

Approximately 830,000 tickets will be available for the 16 matches in the six different venues - Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador - which were reconfirmed on 8 November 2012 at a media briefing at the Museu do Futebol in Sao Paulo. Please visit FIFA.com for all details and quotes from the media briefing.

As of 3 December 2012 – two days after the draw in Sao Paulo, when supporters will find out who plays whom and where – all ticket categories, including category 4 tickets which are exclusively reserved for Brazilian residents, will go on sale. During this first sales phase at least 50,000 category 4 tickets will be offered to Brazilian residents.

Students, people over the age of 60 and recipients of the social programme Bolsa Familia will be entitled to receive a 50 per cent discount on the ticket face value. Furthermore, elderly people (over-60s) resident in Brazil will be entitled to receive a 50 per cent discount for category 1-3 tickets. In addition, a certain allocation of category 1-3 tickets will be exclusively offered to Visa card holders worldwide in a pre-sale phase from 21-30 November 2012.

In general, football fans will be able to either buy up to six individual tickets for a maximum of ten matches or purchase a maximum of six specific series comprising several matches in one venue. As Brasilia will host only the opening match it has no venue-specific series.

For the group stage, tickets for international supporters will be sold in US dollars ranging from USD 60 to 140 subject to the category, and tickets for Brazilians will be sold in Brazilian reals ranging from BRL 57 in category 4 to BRL 266 in category 1. Discounted category 4 tickets for first-round group matches for Brazilian residents will be sold at BRL 28.5.

Furthermore, in accordance with applicable laws in Brazil, at least 1 per cent of the total quantity of purchasable tickets offered will be made available for disabled customers.

Tickets for disabled people have been set at the category 3 ticket face value price. Disabled customers also have the option of requesting a complimentary ticket for a companion who will assist and accompany them to the match.

During the first sales phase from 3 December to 15 January, it will not matter on what date ticket applications are submitted as all requests will be collected at the end of the sales phase and then processed together.

If the number of applications per match and category exceeds the number of available tickets, a random selection draw will take place to determine the successful applicants for the respective matches or categories. It is important to highlight that the first 50,000 category 4 tickets within this random selection draw will be offered on a priority basis to over-60s, students and Bolsa Familia recipients.

Brazilian fans who do not have access to the internet are invited by the Brazilian Government to use public infrastructure (such as schools) to apply for tickets. Please visit this Copa 2014 link for more details.

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^^Nice shirt

Refice really? Well, I can see that the works are getting faster and part of the roof is being instaled... ;)

I'm saying all my prayers to Recife... They will need... The schedule is really nice

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FIFA plans to turn the Confederations Cup into an upscale tournament

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The presence of Recife will make the number of seats equal to 2001, in South Korea and Japan, but with a difference that makes the competition in Brazil larger.

For 11 years the groups were separated into sections by country: A in Korea and B in Japan. Next year, the eight participants will rotate through the country up to six times more than the average of changes of venue, by miles, for the last four editions of event.

To convince FIFA to increase the number of host cities from four (in South Africa in 2009) to six in mid-2011, the COL plans to make the competition as profitable as a World Cup.

Thus, Recife and Salvador joined Brasilia, Rio, Belo Horizonte and Fortaleza.

With three cities in the Northeast, a vacuum that bothered the organizers decreased: the country's continental distances, especially between the South and Northeast. The greatest distance between the hosts will be between Fortaleza and Rio, 2805 km (about 1742 miles).

With these distances minimized, attracting more tourists to the event remained the focus, which normally restricts the local population. Also, this has avoided the large temperature fluctuations that could occur with cooler cities in the South, like Porto Alegre and Curitiba - which was impossible to replicate in the World Cup schedule.

Luck and also collaborated, and for the first time, the Confederations Cup will feature four world champions: Brazil (host), Spain (winner of the last World Cup), Italy (vice Euro) and Uruguay (Copa America). Rounding out the list are Mexico, Japan, Tahiti and an African team, not defined.

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Cafu to present Official Match Ball

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(FIFA.com) Thursday 22 November 2012

Two-time FIFA World Cup™ winner Cafu will present the adidas Official Match Ball for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 on 1 December 2012. The legendary right-wingback, who captained Brazil to glory at Korea/Japan 2002, will showcase adidas’ latest ball design which will be used at the 'Festival of Champions', from 15-30 June 2013, during the live TV show of the draw of the event taking place at the Anhembi Exhibition Centre in Sao Paulo.

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Italy to face Brazil in Confederations Cup

Italy are to play against Brazil in the Confederations Cup next summer due to a technicality, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has confirmed ahead of Saturday's draw.

The tournament will be played from June 15-30 in Brazil as a warm-up for the 2014 World Cup involving Brazil, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Uruguay, Tahiti, Italy and the winner of the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

The Azzurri are taking part representing UEFA, as they were runners-up at Euro 2012 to 2010 World Cup winners Spain.

Although the draw for the two groups is not made until Saturday, Jerome Valcke confirmed Italy will be paired with Brazil.

"As Brazil and Spain are the seeds, this means Italy will be in Group A with Brazil and Uruguay in Group B, seeing as the South Americans cannot be in the same group as Brazil," he said

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Organising Commitee approves draw procedures

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the committee approved the procedures for the official draw, which will take place tomorrow (1 December) at the Anhembi Convention Centre in Sao Paulo. The eight teams will be divided evenly into the two team pots. They will then be drawn one by one into two groups – A and B – and their position within Groups A and B will be determined by drawing balls from the respective group pots. Pot 1 contains hosts Brazil, world champions Spain and the two next-highest seeded teams according to the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of November 2012, Italy and Uruguay. Pot 2 comprises Japan, Mexico, Tahiti and the yet-to-be-decided African champions, who will be known on 10 February 2013.

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What a mess the chef Alex Atala made with the balls in the draw...

Because of him: Mexico and Japan went to the same group along with Brazil and Italy...

Hey Valcke, you deserve a kick in your ass for the mess you didn't solved...

Spain thanks Atala for the easy group for them.

:angry:

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Way to easy for Spain, Brazil insted, must work hard... Remeber Mexico is one of those teams that maybe hard to beat, specially against Brazil. Anyways, it seems everything indicates a Brazil-Spain final in Rio!

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Arguably the two weakest teams are in group B (africa and Tahiti)

Mr. Atala messed up with balls and choose the ball from group A for a team in group B...

It's was already confirmed Mexico and Japan should not be in the same group.

Anyway... If you want to be the champions, you have no right to choose "easier" rivals.

Go Brazil!

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Mr. Atala messed up with balls and choose the ball from group A for a team in group B...

It's was already confirmed Mexico and Japan should not be in the same group.

Anyway... If you want to be the champions, you have no right to choose "easier" rivals.

Go Brazil!

I saw the draw and it seemed as if he picked the wrong ball for position for Uruguay not Mexico or Japan. Mind clarifying that?

Exactly. Hopefully Mexico can repeat what they did at the Olympics.

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