The Cameroon national football team has arrived in Russia to participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup TeboPost learned. The team’s plane landed at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Wednesday.Team Cameroon, included in Group B, is scheduled to play Chile, Germany and Australia. We look at the opponent of the indomitable lions and reining AFCON champs and predict each team’s chances of taking the trophy home
Manager Hugo Broos and his team were the surprised winners of the Africa Cup of Nations in January, playing a refreshing brand of assertive, high-tempo football despite missing a clutch of their better-known players. It will be fascinating to see how another relatively young squad performs in Russia. They will remain something of an unknown quantity despite their recent success and will hope that players like Christian Bassogog, who shone at AFCON and earned a move to Chinese side Henan Jianye, step up once more. Vincent Aboubakar, who scored a magical winner in the final against Egypt, remains in the squad too, and his experience may be important again. The Lions however move to the game after a crushing defeat to Colombia in Spain days back and will be hungry to put that result behind them when they begin hsotilities with Chile on Sunday June 18 at Moscow’s Spartak stadium
Prediction: This time a lack of top-level nous will cost Cameroon, and while they should win friends, they will exit at the group stage.
Chile is a mouthwatering prospect at their best, and the Copa America champions will be loaded in Russia. Despite the inevitable circus of transfer speculation, Alexis Sanchez will be expected to shine, and Arturo Vidal also features in a strong squad. Under manager Juan Antonio Pizzi, they followed up their continental success in 2015 by winning last summer’s Copa America Centenario, while their faltering World Cup qualifying campaign looks back on track despite a defeat in Argentina (whom they beat on penalties in both of those Copa finals) three months ago.
They are steeped in tournament know-how, and it would be little surprise to see them add the Confederations Cup to their growing collection of gongs.
Prediction: Chile will win Group B and, after overcoming Mexico in the last four, will edge a tiring Portugal in the final and win their first Confederations Cup.
An Asian Cup final win in 2015, when they beat South Korea in Sydney, guaranteed Australia their Confederations Cup place. They have been here three times before, reaching the final in 1997 but receiving a 6-0 thrashing from Brazil. Manager Ange Postecoglou’s team are unbeaten in eight games in World Cup qualifying and have improved since the turn of the year.
FC Luzern striker Tomi Juric, who scored twice against Saudi Arabia last week, will be looked to for goals, while Tom Rogic and Mathew Leckie are threats and 37-year-old Tim Cahill is still around. Aaron Mooy, so impressive in Huddersfield’s promotion to the Premier League, should feature in midfield.
Prediction: If they can surprise a callow Germany side in the opening game, things may open up for Australia, but it is more likely that they will fall just short of a last-four place.
On paper, Germany’s name might be enough to make them favourites, but the World Cup holders have sent an experimental squad to Russia, and as a result their fate is hard to predict. Leroy Sane pulled out late due to injury, but keep an eye on Timo Werner, who was exceptional at RB Leipzig last season. Meanwhile, Julian Draxler, Emre Can, Joshua Kimmich and Shkodran Mustafi are Russia-bound.
Of the travelling party, only Draxler and Cologne’s Jonas Hector have won more than 20 caps, but there is still plenty of top-level quality. Manager Joachim Low will have more than one eye on who looks likely to stake a claim for a place at the main event next summer.
Prediction: You can never bet against the Germans, and they should still have enough to pass through the group in second place — but Portugal will prove a step too far in the last four.
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will take place in Russia from June 17 to July 2. Group A will feature hosts Russia, as well as New Zealand, Portugal and Mexico. Matches will be played in the city of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan.