Confederations Cup

SPANISH STARS READY FOR OPENER

Liverpool’s Spanish stars are in action tonight when they kick off their Confederations Cup campaign against New Zealand in South Africa.

Spain+v+England

Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso are likely to play from the start, while Pepe Reina, Albert Riera and Alvaro Arbeloa are also included in Vicente del Bosque’s 23 man squad for the competition.

The game kicks off at 7.30pm BST this evening, with the Spanish odds-on favourites to get their campaign off to a winning start. Games against Iraq and the hosts South Africa will follow later in the week for the European champions.

The Confederations Cup is contested by each of the six Fifa Confederation Champions, along with the World Cup winners and host nation.

The countries taking part this year are Brazil, Egypt, Iraq, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and USA.

World Cup winners Italy – who include Andrea Dossena in their squad _ reside in Group B and will start their campaign against the USA in Pretoria on Monday at 7.30pm BST before games against Egypt and Brazil.

The semi-finals will take place on 24th and 25th June before the showcase final is played out in Johannesburg on 28th June.

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~ by awbroady on June 14, 2009.

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