ESTORIL /Portugal/, March 24. /TASS, Oleg Koshelev/. Famous Brazilian ex-footballer Roberto Carlos told TASS on Friday he believed that the trophy of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia would be contested in the final match between the teams of Germany and Portugal.
The 43-year-old Brazilian football star said in an interview with TASS he was positive that Russia would organize the upcoming FIFA tournament at the highest possible level, however, he did not see the home national team reaching the final match and would be supporting Portugal in its drive to win the trophy.
"I have very good friendship relations with (Portugal’s) Cristiano Ronaldo," Carlos said. "He is an outstanding player and deserves winning another trophy with his national team. I am also of the very high opinion about Portugal’s Head Coach Fernando Santos."
"It seems to me that the most interesting match during the group stage would be between Portugal and Mexico, while I am anticipating in the final game teams from Germany and Portugal," Carlos said.
"The Russian national team? This team may bring surprises, but it simply lacks experience to make its way to the final match," Carlos replied after asked to comment how the hosts would do at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
The FIFA Confederations Cup, which is also viewed by experts as a rehearsal a year prior to the FIFA World Cup, will be held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russia and they are Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Zenit Arena in St. Petersburg, Fisht Stadium in Sochi and Kazan Arena in Kazan.
Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russia, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon.
The Draw for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup was held on November 26 in the Russian city of Kazan. Following the event, hosts Russia was placed in Group A alongside with Portugal, Mexico and New Zealand. Group B has brought together Germany, Chile, Australia and Cameroon.
The opening game will be held in St. Petersburg on June 17 between Russia and New Zealand. Russia will face Portugal in Moscow on June 21 and on June 24 it will play Mexico in Kazan.