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ESPN FC is “OnScene” in Russia ahead of the opening weekend of Confederations Cup play. 

Stay in touch with everything our correspondents have been getting up to.

SATURDAY, June 17: MATCHDAY 1

RUSSIA VS. NEW ZEALAND (Saint Petersburg, 4 p.m./11 a.m. ET)

While Russia were beating New Zealand in St. Petersburg, Mexico were enjoying training in Kazan…

Did we get a look at Juan Carlos Osorio’s first-choice XI to face Portugal on Sunday?

After the game came the news conference. Big moment for Osorio!

Nick Ames gets a look at the site of Portugal vs. Mexico…

We’re trying to enjoy this…

Russia are not playing their first game as hosts to a full house

This is where Ronaldo and co. will face Mexico on Sunday

Portugal boss Fernando Santos has heard enough about Ronaldo

Portugal coach Santos plied with Qs about Ronaldo in press conference. Said halfway through that he’d wouldn’t any more on same subject.

Mark Ogden reports from outside the ground as the atmosphere builds

Mark Ogden reports from Russia ahead of the Confederations Cup opener between Russia and New Zealand.

Travelling fans and journalists alike have to tackle the language barrier

Travelling fans and journalists alike have to tackle the language barrier
At least you know what you’re paying for your mystery lunch.

This fan will be tough to beat for the ‘best national dress’ award

Saint Petersburg looks lovely in the sunshine ahead of the big kick-off

Gab Marcotti ponders the tournament’s future beyond this summer

The FC crew discuss their thoughts on the Confederations Cup and a a possible replacement played by club teams.

The lowdown of Kazan’s history before it hosts Mexico vs. Portugal


FRIDAY, June 16

El Tri supporters have made it to Kazan!

Could Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid? 

Mark Ogden isn’t overly convinced Cristiano Ronaldo will be leaving Real Madrid after recent reports suggesting otherwise.

Plenty of interest in Portugal’s press conference

No doubting the major storyline when Portugal meet Mexico on Sunday

But, overall, is Russia ready?

Mark Ogden reports from Saint Petersburg Stadium on the eve of the opening match of the Confederations Cup.

And here’s a look at Saint Petersburg’s shiny new venue

Meanwhile, in Kazan, there are plenty of entertainment options

Russia’s capital is a busy place!

Hello from Moscow!


For all the latest on the Confederations Cup, check out our index. Can Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo add yet another trophy to his collection? Will South American champions Chile prevail? Or might a young German side come of age? 


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