Confederations Cup - New Zealand: The Road to Russian Federation

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It's the third tournament this season in which Federation Internationale de Football Association is applying the VAR. Trials were also held at the Club World Cup in Japan and in South Korea. They will be joined by the six winners of the FIFA confederation championships [Australia, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and Cameron] and the 2014 FIFA World Cup champions, Germany.

Although New Zealand are undoubtedly minnows of the footballing world, operating in the shadow of the country's more successful "All Blacks" rugby team, they have one of the brightest young managers in worldwide football in Anthony Hudson. In the group stage, each team will play three games in a group of four, with the winners and runners-up from each group advancing to the knockout stage.

The Kiwi team finished top of their group ahead of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji, before beating New Caledonia 1-0 in the semi-final to set up a final date away to Papua New Guinea. Leroy Sane has been in fine form of late, and will be keen to make an impression on the global stage, while young talents such as Timo Werner, Julian Brandt and Niklas Sule are set to get their chance to shine.

Perhaps the biggest shock in the squad announcements was Germany manager Joachim Low's decision to leave out a number of high-profile stars from the tournament, including world's best goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng.

GJM relaxes indefinite strike by 12 hours on eve of Eid
The GJM is an ally of the BJP in the NDA. "Pro-Gorkhaland rallies are being organised all over the hills", Tamang said. It's been eleven days since the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha called for an indefinite strike, demanding a separate state.

A key player to keep an eye on is Manchester City's new boy Bernardo Silva, who will be playing for European champions Portugal following his £43m move from Monaco.

Also read: Has Alexis Sanchez already quit Arsenal for Bayern Munich? He'll be competing for the limelight with Cristiano Ronaldo, however, who is coming off the back of Champions League and La Liga success and another year of breaking goal-scoring records. However, with fringe players all looking to stake a claim for the Russian World Cup next summer, I expect the Germans to be the biggest threat at the Confederations Cup.

Kia's involvement in the Fifa Confederations Cup 2017 also includes the company's search for official match ball carriers.

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