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The sporting halfway house that is the Confederations Cup begins this weekend, prompting the same question for football fans around the world.

Euro 2016 winners Portugal, hosts Russia, Mexico, the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners, and New Zealand, the 2016 Oceania champions, are in Group A. The construction project was amended three times: in 2008, 2010 and 2013. If they didn't play last night, they would have gone into the Confederations Cup underdone.

Reports this week confirm that the tournament, held in Russian Federation, will play host to a new FIFA three-step program towards shutting down homophobic and offensive chants, a category the infamous "puto" falls into for the world soccer organization.

If you're not lucky enough to be in the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Saturday evening, fear not. This tenth edition promises to be a great show as the tournament serves as a dress rehearsal for the host country of the 2018 World Cup.

Rather than targeting a place in the St Petersburg final on July 2, Loew is thinking 12 months ahead.

If we're lucky, though, maybe one of these less heralded teams can get its shit together and put together some fun performances.

The other teams are New Zealand, Cameroon, Chile, Australia and Mexico.

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"Every single player in the team now believes that we can go all the way in this tournament", he declared".

Vitaly Mutko, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister and Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairman, added: "We are pleased that Russia has been entrusted with the mission to become the first host country of the Confederations Cup and the World Cup to implement such initiatives with the aim of making world football better". New Zealand, who will be appearing in their fourth FIFA Confederations Cup qualified after winning the 2016 OFC Nations Cup.

"The apparent surveillance and detention of a Human Rights Watch researcher and pressure on workers not to report abuses suggests that those responsible for labor conditions on World Cup sites have something to hide", Buchanan said.

Originally built as an enclosed facility, it has undergone a conversion to host Confederations Cup and World Cup matches.

The Aston Villa midfielder pulled up sore after Australia's 3-2 World Cup qualifying win over Saudi Arabia last week and has been replaced by Austria-based midfielder James Jeggo.

The match is a true David and Goliath affair with the New Zealanders hoping to cause a shock as they cross the planet to participate.

The regulations give a match referee the ability to take the players off the pitch and abandon a match if spectators fail to heed warnings over racist or anti-gay chanting.