Whoever wins the match but the eventual winners might not want to get too excited as the Confederations Cup champions have never gone on to win the following year's World Cup.
"Here, on modern football arenas there will be tough, honest, fair fight until the last minutes of the match", Putin said in Russian, adding that the eight-team, two-week event would "unite nations and continents, to promote the values of fair and handsome play".
They have been boosted by the presence of 36-year-old manager Anthony Hudson, who is making a name for himself in the circuit by bringing a new style of football to the team involving a host of youngsters.
Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russian Federation, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon.
During his twice-yearly state of the nation address, where he takes selected questions from more than two million submitted across the country, he said the football side had "let the nation down" in the past and needed to perform this time. It's a unsafe game - we mustn't pull too hard on the rope.
Stanislav Cherchesov wasn't Russia's first choice to be the side's new manager but he's working hard to revive the team.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the opener along with Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Gianni Infantino at Saint Petersburg's purpose-built World Cup 68 000-seater stadium.
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And certainly we know that he had a criminal record that shows that he's faced a charge of battery which was later dropped. She said Hodgkinson made preparations for leaving, selling nearly everything he owned from his businesses before the trip.
The latest encounter on Saturday at Saint Petersburg Stadium will be an intriguing start to what promises to be a fantastic tournament.
Dmitry Poloz then went down under a challenge from New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic in the area, but the Colombian referee waved away the penalty appeals and there was no intervention from the video assistant. "He is focused on what needs to be done here, and without a doubt he will have a great tournament".
The prosecutor said Ronaldo used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to hide the true amount of income made from image rights, among other means of illegally reducing the amount of tax he paid.
Playing in the tournament for the first time, Russian Federation were on the front foot and had two early chances cleared off the line in the opening 10 minutes.
Russia's victory showed it can win a big game at home, even if Putin is in the arena.
The Socceroos will be out to get their Confederations Cup campaign off on the right note when they face Germany in Sochi on Tuesday.
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