Confederations Cup 2017

The Confederations Cup is an international footballing tournament hosted by FIFA, held every four-years. Founded in 1992, the Confederations Cup is contested during the off-summer of the footballing season, although unlike other major international tournaments, the Confederations Cup is limited to only eight national teams. The teams that participate in the mid-summer tournament are composed by the reigning World Cup holders, the host nation and the six champions of the FIFA confederations. Betting on football is usually associated with domestic competitions, the Euro's, Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup - however bookmakers also take plenty bets and offer good promotional deals on the Confederations Cup. 

The 2017 competition will feature the following eight teams:

Russia - 2018 FIFA World Cup Hosts

Germany - 2014 FIFA World Cup Winners

Australia - 2015 AFC Asian Cup

Chile - 2015 Copa America Winners

Mexico - 2015 CONCACAF Cup Winners 

New Zealand - 2015 OFC Nations Cup Winners

Portugal - UEFA Euro 2016 Winners 

Cameroon - 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Winners

Confederations Cup Betting

As with all major international football tournament's, betting on the Confederations Cup is very popular with football punters, as the tournament fills the gap of a long-summer without domestic action. Betting on the competition is available months ahead of the first fixture, with bookmakers offering markets such as 'Outright Winner' and 'Group Winner' for punters to place their free bets on. In addition to the 'Outright' markets, individual match betting is also freely available throughout the tournament, including:

  • Correct Score Betting
  • Half-time/Full-time Betting
  • First goalscorer
  • Both teams to score
  • Handicaps

For an in-depth break-down of all the major footballing markets, see our Monsterbet Football Betting section.

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Confederations Cup History

In 1992, a tournament called the King Fahd Cup was organised and hosted by Saudi Arabia, and was contested by the United States (1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners), Argentina (1991 CONMEBOL Copa America Winners) and the Ivory Coast (1992 CAF African Cup of Nations Winners). The tournament comprised of two semi-final matches, won by Saudi Arabia and Argentina, a third-place play-off won by the United States beating the Ivory Coast 5-2, and Argentina winning 3-1 in the big final against the host nation. The four-match spectacle drew almost 180,000 in attendances and was seen as such a success, Saudi Arabia repeated the competition three years later.

The 1995 edition of the King Fahd Cup somewhat underwent a transformation, as five other nations were invited to compete along with the host nation, including the tournament's winner in 1992. Argentina (1993 Copa America Winners) were joined by Denmark (1992 Euro Winners), Japan (1992 Asian Cup Winners), Mexico (CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners) and Nigeria (African Cup of Nations Winners). Structured as a two-group tournament with the winners meeting in the final. Denmark prevailed over Argentina in the final by two goals-to-nil, with footballing icon Michael Laudrup scoring the contests opening goal after just eight-minutes. Following in the 1992 tournament's tradition, a third-place play-off was staged between Mexico and Nigeria, with the Mexicans winning 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after the two sides couldn't be separated in the normal allocated time.

The Tournament began to receive global recognition and in 1997 was taken over and organised by FIFA, christened as the FIFA Confederations Cup as we know it today. As with the previous editions, the tournament was once more hosted by Saudi Arabia who were joined by representatives from all the FIFA Confederations. 1994 World Cup winners Brazil, 1995 Copa American victors Uruguay, CONCACAF Gold Cup winners of 1996 Mexico, the reigning African Cup of Nations Champions of 1996, South Africa, OFC Nations Cup winners Australia, along with the runners-up of EURO 1996, Czech Republic, as the winners Germany declined to participate. United Arab Emirates were also offered a spot in the competition as Saudi Arabia, the 1996 Asian Cup winners had already qualified for the tournament as the host nation.

Two-groups of four teams competed which resulted in the winners of each group facing the runners-up of the opposite pool in the semi-final knock-out stages. Brazil and Australia progressed to the final in-front of 65,000 in attendance in the city of Riyadh. A hat-trick a piece from Ronaldo and Romario eased Brazil to a 6-0 win over the Australians, with the Czech Republic beating Uruguay in the now customary third-place play-off.

The fourth tournament of the Confederations Cup (Second organised by FIFA) was held in 1999, and for the first time, was hosted outside of Saudi Arabia, as Guadalajara and Mexico City played hosts. Germany, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and New Zealand all qualified for the competition by winning their respective confederation tournament's. Brazil who had already earned their spot by winning the 1997 Copa America also qualified as the runners-up of the 1998 World Cup, as winners France declined the offer to participate, therefore freeing up a spot for Bolivia to enter the competition. Entitled to automatic entry as the hosts of the tournament, 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico also provided a place for the United States. Mexico came out on top in the final against Brazil in a thrilling 4-3 win at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, in-front of 110,000 supporters.

Two year's later, the 2001 edition of the Confederations Cup was co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, and consisted of the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winners France, along with Brazil, Mexico, Cameroon, Canada and Australia, all winners of their respective confederation tournament's. A global audience and over 65,000 supporters in attendance witnessed a Patrick Vieira goal see off co-host's Japan in the final to cement France's domination of international football.

France would also take centre-stage in 2003 as the host nation of the sixth Confederations Cup. Joined by tournament regulars Brazil, Asian Cup winners of 2000 Japan, 2001 Copa America winners Colombia, 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners United States, 2002 OFC Nations Cup winners New Zealand, and after a number of nations declined to participate, Turkey, who finished third in the 2002 World Cup filled the remaining spot. France went on to win their second consecutive Confederations Cup, with a Thierry Henry goal in extra-time against Cameroon in the tournament's final. Turkey once more filled the third-place position by beating Colombia.

The 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup was hosted across five venues in Germany (Frankfurt, Cologne, Hangover, Leipzig, Nuremberg), as it became customary over the years for the host nation of the following year's World Cup to stage the tournament as a dress rehearsal to the big event. Participating nations included the 2002 World Cup winners Brazil and EURO 2004 winners Greece, along with Mexico, Tunisia, Argentina, Japan and Australia. Goals from Adriano, Kaka and Ronaldinho helped Brazil see off rivals Argentina in the tournament's final held in Frankfurt (4-1), with the hosts Germany earning a third-place finish after beating Mexico 4-3 after extra time in the play-off.

Brazil followed in France's footsteps by winning a consecutive Confederations Cup in 2009, as the tournament was revised to a quadrennial basis (every four-years). The competition was staged in South Africa and featured the 2006 World Cup winners Italy and EURO 2008 winners Spain. Coming back from 2-0 down, two goals from Luis Fabiano and a late goal from Lucio helped Brazil overcome the United States in the final, with Spain filling the third-place spot by beating South Africa in the play-off (3-2 a.e.t). 

In 2013 the Brazilians made it a hat-trick of wins as they once again lifted the trophy, this time on home soil. The tournament featured a strong semi-final line-up with the likes of Italy, Spain and Uruguay all making the last four. It was ultimately the World and European champions Spain that progressed to the final but they were no match for Brazil at the famous Maracana stadium. Two goals from Fred and one from Neymar gave the hosts a comfortable 3-0 win and their fourth overall Confederations Cup success. 

Previous Winners & Records

  

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2013

Brazil

Champions – Brazil

Runners-up – Spain

Third-place – Italy

(Top Scorer(s) – 5 goals - Fred (Brazil) Fernando Torres (Spain)

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2009

South Africa

Champions – Brazil

Runners-up – United States

Third-place – Spain

(Top Scorer(s) – 5 Goals – L.Fabiano (Brazil)

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2005

Germany

Champions – Brazil

Runners-up – Argentina

Third-place – Germany

(Top Scorer(s) – 5 Goals – Adriano (Brazil)

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2003

France

Champions – France

Runners-up – Cameroon

Third-place – Turkey

(Top Scorer(s) – 4 Goals – Thierry Henry (France)

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2001

South Korea & Japan

Champions – France

Runners-up – Japan

Third-place – Australia

(Top Scorer(s) – 2 Goals – Eric Carriere, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira, Sylvain Wiltord (France) Shaun Murphy (Australia) Hwang Sun-Hong (South Korea) Takayuki Suzuki (Japan)

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1999

Mexico

Champions – Mexico

Runners-up – Brazil

Third-place – United States

(Top Scorer(s) – 6 Goals – Cuauthtemoc Blanco (Mexico) Ronaldinho (Brazil) Marzouq Al-Otaibi (Saudi Arabia)

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1997

Saudi Arabia

Champions – Brazil

Runners-up – Australia

Third-place – Czech Republic

(Top Scorer(s) – 7 Goals – Romario (Brazil)

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1995 (Known as the King Fahd Cup)

Saudi Arabia

Champions – Denmark

Runners-up – Argentina

Third-place – Mexico

(Top Scorer(s) – 3 Goals – Luis Garcia (Mexico)

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1992 (Known as the King Fahd Cup)

Saudi Arabia

Champions – Argentina

Runners-up – Saudi Arabia

Third-place – United States

(Top Scorer(s) – 2 Goals - Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina) Bruce Murray (United States)