The Confederation Cup 2017 starts on Saturday, June 17, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. With 8 teams participating in this tournament, there are three that stand out to be the favorite to raise the trophy:
Chile is probably the team that looks the strongest on paper. The Chilean National Team has been dominating the CONMEBOL in the past few years, and they appear to be playing the best right now. With players like Claudio Bravo in goal, Arturo Vidal in the mid field, an Axis Sanchez on the top, is not hard to see why they are considered to be the strongest team on paper. They will be playing in group B, which also includes Cameroon the African champions, Australia the Asian Champions, and Germany the defending World Champions. So, the double defending South American champions will try to prove why they are a heavy favorite and try to add another trophy to their trophy room. Chile will make its debut in the Confederation Cup against Cameroon on Sunday, June 18th at 1:00 P.M. Central time.
Germany has decided to take a gamble and is taking a really young squad to the Confederation Cup. However, even though Germany has decided to take a young squad, it would be insane to count the defending World Champions out of the running for the trophy. They might have a tough time without superstars like Tony Kroos, Jerome Boateng, and Manuel Neuer, but this talented young squad is trying to surprise the world and make a statement that they are the future of Germany. Germany is a team to look out for. They are young and hungry to prove themselves. Germany will make its debut in the Confederation Cup against Australia on Monday, June 19th at 10:00 A.M. Central time.
Portugal is probably the team with the highest possibility to win the whole tournament. Portugal might not be the strongest team on paper, but when you have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo you automatically become a heavy favorite to win it all. Especially with the year Ronaldo is having this year, it would be crazy to not consider Portugal to win everything. Cristiano Ronaldo and the Euro Cup champion Portugal will try to get another trophy during the Confederation Cup. They are in group A with the host country Russia, the Oceania champions New Zealand, and the North and Central America champions Mexico. Portugal will make their debut on Sunday, June 18th at 10:00 A.M. Central time, against Mexico.