Five-time Russian Premier League winner Sergei Semak and two-time Olympic gold medallist Yelena Isinbaeva will be on hand to help with the Official Draw for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. This event will be held in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, on November 26. It was reported by FIFA press service in its official website, FIFA.com on Wednesday.
These two Russian sporting icons will support FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General for Football, Zvonimir Boban, and Chief Officer for Competitions and Events, Colin Smith, who will conduct the proceedings that will define the road to the coveted title of the “Tournament of Champions”, taking place from 17 June to 2 July 2017 in Russia.
In their role as assistants, Semak and Isinbaeva will help define the final match schedule for the “Tournament of Champions”. Russia are competing as hosts, Germany as the winners of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Australia as the holders of the AFC Asian Cup, Chile as Copa América winners, Mexico as the CONCACAF Gold Cup holders, New Zealand as holders of the OFC Nations Cup and Portugal the UEFA EURO champions. The winners of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations will be added to this list after the tournament concludes on 5 February 2017.
Also appearing at the Official Draw will be Júlio Baptista, who won the FIFA Confederations Cup on two occasions with Brazil and has been asked to bring the trophy out onto the stage. Yana Churikova and Andrey Malakhov will be the presenters of the ceremony.