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Germany hope to take experimental squad to Confederations Cup

Philipp Lahm praised Bastian Schweinsteiger's accomplishments after the midfielder announced his international retirement.

Germany plan to use next summer's Confederations Cup to give their younger players experience of an international tournament, head coach Joachim Low has told a news conference on Monday.

Germany will take part in the eight-nation competition in Russia alongside the hosts, and the continental champions Australia, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and the winners of the upcoming Africa Nations Cup.

"We won't have all players at this tournament," Low explained ahead of Wednesday's friendly against...

Germany may rest players for Confederations Cup - Oliver Bierhoff

Germany may not take all of their stars to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, general manager Oliver Bierhoff has told Sport Bild.

World Cup winners Germany will be one of the eight contenders at next summer's tournament, which will take place in Russia from June 17 through to July 2.

However, Germany may not take their strongest squad for the competition, which serves as a warm-up for the 2018 World Cup.

"The Confed Cup just doesn't have the sporting significance of a World Cup or a European...

New Zealand boss Anthony Hudson: Confederations Cup 'real litmus test'

Anthony Hudson won two Gulf Cups with Bahrain before leading New Zealand to their OFC Nations Cup triumph.

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson has told ESPN FC he is relishing the prospect of leading the country in the Confederations Cup next year.

The All Whites booked their place in Russia next year after beating Papua New Guinea on penalties in the final of the OFC Nations Cup earlier this month.

It will be the fourth time New Zealand, ranked 147th in the world, have qualified for the Confederations Cup, having also featured in 1999, 2003 and 2009 editions of the tournament which serves a warm-up for...

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New Zealand in Confederations Cup after win over Papua New Guinea

Marco Rojas scored the penalty which won the OFC Nations Cup for New Zealand.

New Zealand will play at the Confederations Cup in Russia next year after beating Papua New Guinea on penalties in the final of the OFC Nations Cup.

The game, played in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, finished goalless after 120 minutes but New Zealand won 4-2 on spot kicks. 

Rory Fallon scored the first penalty of the shootout but Koriak Upaiga missed PNG's opening kick. Michael McGlinchey and Moses Dyer then netted for New Zealand, with Tommy Semmy and Michael Foster replying for...

FIFA launches 2018 World Cup volunteer programme

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA president Gianni Infantino have launched the volunteer programme for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Wednesday's ceremony at an open-air theatre in Moscow marks the start of recruitment of the 15,000 volunteers who will work at the World Cup and 5,000 for next year's Confederations Cup.

Putin says Russia will finish construction of all 12 stadiums on time despite recent reports of delays to some arenas.

Infantino says the "world will witness a welcoming...