A-Z of the Confederations Cup

The clock may still have some way to tick before we're licking our lips

at the prospect of the 'greatest show on earth', but before next

summer's World Cup is upon us we can at least savor a brief taste of

what is in store come 2014. - Goal.com

Photos: Preview of FIFA Confederations Cup and World Cup area


XXX challenges XXX during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 match between Brazil and Greece on June 16, 2005 in Leipzig, Germany.

Official Draw of FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 01: Cafusa, the official FIFA Confederations Cup ball, during the Draw for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 at Anhembi Convention Center on December 01, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/LatinContent/Getty Images)

Denilson - Cầu thủ xuất sắc nhất Confed Cup 1997


0JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 10: John Obi Mikel from Nigeria celebrates winning the 2013 Orange African Cup of Nations Final match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso from the National Stadium on Februay 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Manus van Dyk / Gallo Images/Getty Images)


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 28: Luis Fabiano (L) of Brazil poses with the adidas Silver Ball awarded to the second most outstanding player of the tournament and the adidas Golden Shoe awarded for the tournaments top scorer, as team mate Kaka poses with the adidas Golden Ball awarded to the most outstanding player of the tournament at the end of the FIFA Confederations Cup Final between USA and Brazil at the Ellis Park Stadium on June 28, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

King Fahd

Copa das Confederações de 2009

Em duelo válido pelo grupo B da Copa das Confederações de 2009, evento teste para a Copa do Mundo de 2010, Brasil e Itália jogaram na terceira rodada. Com 3 pontos, a Azurra precisava vencer e torcer por um empate na partida entre Estados Unidos e Egito para se classificar. Não venceu. A Amarelinha dominou a partida e, com dois gols de Luís Fabiano e um gol contra de Dossena, derrotou a rival. O Brasil se tornaria o campeão da edição do torneio.

Cuauhtémoc Blanco marcó un gol en el Mundial de Sudáfrica 2010 con 37 años y cinco meses


O - Tahiti

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 06: The Tahiti national football team poses for a photo prior to a friendly match between Sydney FC and Tahiti at Macquarie Uni on February 6, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Marama Vahirua

French Polynesian island Tahiti's amateur football team striker and Panathinaikos' professional forward, Marama Vahirua poses on May 24, 2013 in Papeete on the French Polynesian island, ahead of a preparation stage in Chile for the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil next June. The first of three major international sporting events in Brazil begins next month, with football's Confederations Cup pitting three former world champions, including the hosts, Brazil, against the current title holders, Spain, and outsiders Mexico, Nigeria, Japan and tiny Tahiti, aka the 'Toa Aito'. AFP PHOTO GREGORY BOISSY (Photo credit should read GREGORY BOISSY/AFP/Getty Images)

Record Crowds

Six - rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 06: An aerial view of Sugar Loaf Mountain ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 on June 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)


$NANTES, FRANCE - MAY 18: A goal line technology is used the first time at an international event prior to the EHF Cup Semi Final match between Tvis Holstebro and HBC Nantes at Palais des Sports de Beaulieu on May 18, 2013 in Nantes, France. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Uruguay v Paraguay - Copa America 2011 Final

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, JULY 24: Uruguay National team players celebrate with the trophy their victory of the Copa America 2011 against Paraguay at Antonio Vespucio Liberti Stadium on July 24, 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Jaime Lopez/LatinContent/Getty Images)

A fan of Colombia's football team blows a vuvuzela during a match between New Zealand and Cameroon in the U-20 World Cup Group B match at the Pascual Guerrero stadium in Cali on July 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Luis ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)


FRANKFURT, GERMANY - JUNE 29: The Confederations Cup trophy is seen on display prior to the FIFA 2005 Confederations Cup Final between Brazil and Argentina at the Waldstadion on June 29, 2005, in Frankfurt, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Xavier Samin

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 12: Tahiti goalie Xavier Samin celebrates the goal by Tahiti's Teva Zaveroni during the 2002 Oceania Confederations Nations Cup semi final played between Australia and Tahiti at Ericsson Stadium, Friday. (Photo by Michael Bradley/Getty Images)

Vicente Yanez

Y is for Vicente Yanez. The Spaniard is believed to be the first European explorer to have set foot on Brazilian soil back in 1500. - Goal.com (Photo courtesy: Academic)

Rio de Janeiro - Venues for FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 04: Former Brazil player and coach Mario Zagallo talks to the media before a viewing of the Maracana Stadium, venue for the FIFA 2014 World Cup Final on December 4, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)