History of the Confederations Cup
The FIFA Confederations Cup is an international football tournament and a prelude to the biggest football event, the FIFA World Cup, held in the same country that will host the latter in the following year.
Eight teams take part in the tournament: six teams representing official FIFA confederations, the current champion and the host nation’s team. The tournament provides a unique opportunity to learn more about football and traditions in different corners of the world.
The history of the tournament began in 1992, when Saudi Arabia first held the King Fahd Cup. The tournament was held in Saudi Arabia two more times, though in 1997 it was already called the FIFA Confederations Cup. Since then the host nation has been different for every tournament.
Since 2005, the Confederations Cup has been held every four years, in the summer of the year prior to each World Cup and in the host country of the forthcoming World Cup.
The Confederations Cup has been held 9 times, with 30 different teams competing in it, five of which became winners. The most successful team is Brazil, having won the title four times, including in 2013, when it handed Spain its defeat at the Maracana stadium.
Mexico, which also qualified for the 2017 Confederations Cup, won the title once, in 1999.
Mexican football player Cuauhtémoc Blanco and Brazilian football player Ronaldinho are tied as the all-time leading Confederations Cup goalscorers, each scoring nine times.
The Confederations Cup is famous for its impressive scorelines. Spain set a new record at the Maracana stadium in 2013, beating Tahiti 10-0. Will this record hold in 2017? We’ll soon find out!