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What is the Confederations Cup?

Updated on March 9, 2017
The Confederations Cup Trophy
The Confederations Cup Trophy | Source

What is the Confederations Cup?

The FIFA Confederations Cup is a football tournament that was established in 1992, and its held every four years as a prelude to the largest football event in the world: The World Cup. It is considered the main rehearsal before the World Cup, as FIFA officials and World Cup organizers want to see how everything will play out with stadiums, security, organization, fans, infrastructure and etc. Usually the Confederations Cup is not considered to be one of the most important tournaments in the world of football however in recent years the tournament has picked up some serious interest from all over the world. Especially after recent success of the South American teams such as Uruguay and Argentina the tournament has become much more interesting and the quality of it has increased significantly.

Who Plays in the Confederations Cup?

The Confederations Cup is the football tournament that brings together the worlds football associations best teams. The structure that determines who participates in the The Confederations Cup is as follows:
Every football association from around the world, has a representative which is their respective association champion. All the participating associations are:
UEFA (Europe)
CONEMBOL ( South America)
CONFACAF (Central & North America)
CAF (Africa)
AFC (Asia)
OFC (Oceania)
Along with these teams, the current FIFA World Cup champion is added, and the team that hosts the upcoming World Cup.
In total eight (8) teams play in the Confederations Cup, and usually there are two teams from UEFA and CONEMBOL as teams from these associations either win the World Cup or host it, therefore opening space for another team to join the Confederations Cup.

FIFA Associations Map

FIFA Associations Map
FIFA Associations Map | Source

When is the Confederations Cup?

The FIFA Confederations Cup takes place every four (4) years. The timing varies from tournament to tournament but it usually revolves around the months of June and July as organizers want to make sure all the conditions are exactly the same as the upcoming World Cup the following year.
There has been lots of criticism toward the timing of the Confederations Cup as some national teams that are participating in it have complaints that the tournament conflicts with their preparations as well as their World Cup Qualifier matches. This is especially valid for Asia where the timing between the Confederations Cup and their World Cup Qualifiers is very congested and teams have hard time keeping up with all the competitions. Usually the World Cup Qualifiers are prioritized over the Confederations Cup and rightfully so. The Confederations Cup is way less important than a World Cup and the money for participating in the Confederations Cup is nowhere near the money for participating in the World Cup.
Nonetheless the Confederations Cup is a great summer tournament which brings out potential football stars as well as some very interesting football matches.

Countries That Have Hosted the Confederations Cup

As mentioned above, the country that hosts the Confederations Cup is the next host of the FIFA World Cup. There have been a total of eight (8) Confederations Cups and the country that has hosted the Confederations Cup the most has been Saudi Arabia with a total of 3 total Confederations tournaments.Here is the complete list of hosting nations:

  1. Saudi Arabia - 1992, 1995 and 1997
  2. Mexico - 1999
  3. South Korea/Japan - 2001
  4. France - 2003
  5. Germany - 2005
  6. South Africa - 2009

You can also check: Confederations Cup Past Winners

Confederations Cup Goalscorers

The Confederations Cup usually has lots of talented players that play in it. Some of the worlds most famous players have showed their skills during the Confederations Cup. Here is the list of the top Confederations Cup goalscorers of all time.

(click column header to sort results)
C. Blanco
Saudi Arabia
Czech Republic
C. Blanco
C. Blanco | Source

Gabriel Batistuta - Argentina

Gabriel Batistuta was one of the greatest players to ever play the game of football
Gabriel Batistuta was one of the greatest players to ever play the game of football | Source

Notable Players That Have Played in the Confederations Cup

There have been hundreds of great players that have played in the Confederations Cup throughout the years. Even though not all of them scored memorable goals, they have all proved to be some of the best players in the world.
Top players like Ronaldo who played for Brazil and was one of the best players to ever play the beautiful game of football, Thierry Henry was another top player that played for France and was a top scorer for Arsenal for a long time.
Kaka the Brazilian midfielder was also part of some great Brazilian teams, and he also participated in the tournament. Some great Argentinian players played in the Confederations Cup as well, such as Diego Simeone, Gabriel Batistuta, Caniggia and many more.
These are just some of the great football players to ever play in the Confederations Cup and there have been great players from other nations such as Mexico, USA, Uruguay, Japan and Spain.

Confederations Cup - A Great Tournament

The Confederations Cup tournament has been established as a great tournament in the recent years. The quality of players/coaches and teams has helped a lot the Confederations Cup tournament as it looks to expand and reach new heights with the successful emerging of the South American teams.
The next Confederations Cup will be held in Brazil, in the summer of 2013 as everyone focuses primarily on players like Neymar who have been the center of attention for the past couple of years due to transfer rumors linking him with teams like Barcelona and Real Madris.

The Confederations Cup will always have place in international football and at some point will expand and have more quality teams playing in it. As long as FIFA keeps working on creating a great tournament every four years we are in for lots of great football fulfilled with great memorable moments.

Brazil Has Won the Most Trophies

Brazil is the team with the highest number of Confederation Cup Trophies
Brazil is the team with the highest number of Confederation Cup Trophies


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      4 years ago

      Just do me a favor and keep writing such tranhcent analyses, OK?

    • pmarinov profile imageAUTHOR

      Blogger at Best 

      5 years ago from Detroit MI

      After what I saw this past weekend when Brazil tied England, I am thinking that probably Spain will win it all this year.

      However I truly hope Brazil pulls through :)

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      5 years ago

      Brazil most likely but also possibly Spain

    • pmarinov profile imageAUTHOR

      Blogger at Best 

      5 years ago from Detroit MI

      Hey Thomas,

      Yes indeed! I am excited to see this years tournament, and especially Brazil. I expect big things from them in the 2014 World Cup.

      Who do you think is gonna win the tournament? I will go with either Brazil or Uruguay (South American Climate + both teams have players that are in top shape right now)

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      Thomas Swan 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for explaining this tournament. I had watched it before, but never really paid attention to it's purpose or who was represented and why. I like the idea of it actually. It's like a Champions League for nations, so pretty cool in my book!

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      Dilip Chandra 

      5 years ago from India

      Great information, interesting read.


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