The excitement is building in Russia as the first match of the 2017 confederations is right around the corner.
The organising committee have promised a spectacular event that would not be riddled with whatever outside concerns the media has portrayed.
There are fears of stadium readiness and security fears regarding the venues in Russia while international observers have also raised concerns regarding labour rights. One of the major point of concerns for visiting countries is the issue of potential racism against fans or players and the potential for hooligans.
Russian officials are bullish about the prospects for the World Cup and believe the tournament is a chance to show the world a different side of the country from the daily headlines about election hacking abroad and rights infringements at home.
The confederations cup is contested for by holders of each of the six (UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, CAF, AFC, OFC) regional champions along with the FIFA World Cup holder and the host nation, to bring the number of teams up to eight.
Russia,Germany, Cameroon, Australia,Chile,Mexico,New Zealand and Portugal are all competing for this years confederation cup. It kicks off from 17 June to 2 July 2017.