Ahead of the upcoming 2017 FIFA Confederations cup, former Super Eagles captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, and 2005 World Footballer of the Year, Ronaldinho Gaucho, were both in Russia to inspire ardent football fans and open the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Fans’ Park.
The ancient city of Kazan was picked as one of the host centres for the FIFA Confederation Cup, which is billed to kick-off on the 17th of June and end on 2nd of July.
European champions Portugal, Mexico, hosts, Russia, as well as world champions Germany and South American champions, Chile will all play their group matches at the Kazan Arena Stadium.
The 45, 800 capacity stadium, which also serves as the home ground of one of Russia’s popular football club, Rubin Kazan will also host one semi final game.
World football governing body, FIFA, selected the two football legends that at a time played together at Paris Saint Germain (PSG) to sensitize fans and also open a fan-park in Russia’s eighth most populous city.
The 2017 Confederations Cup has seen Euro 2016 champions Portugal put into a group with Mexico, New Zealand and 2018 World Cup hosts Russia.
Meanwhile, World Cup winners Germany take on the Copa America champions Chile, Australia and the African Nations Cup winners Cameroon
The Confederations Cup runs from June 17 until July 2, 2017. The tournament is widely seen as a test run for not only for the teams involved, but also Russia the host country as it takes place one year prior to welcoming the world for the 2018 World Cup.
It will be an opportunity to size up the preparedness of the media team, logistics and other technical framework amidst worries of safety in Russia.