Argentina, Tunisia to kick off Confederations Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Argentina will kick off next year's Confederations Cup, the dress rehearsal for the 2006 World Cup, against Tunisia.

Argentina, Tunisia to kick off Confederations Cup

Frankfurt:

Olympic champion Argentina will kick off next year's Confederations Cup, the dress rehearsal for the 2006 World Cup, against African champion Tunisia, according to the draw. Germany, the host nation and the seeded team in Group A, will play Australia, the Oceania champion, in the second match of the opening day of the June 15-29, 2005 event. Argentina will play in Cologne and Germany in Frankfurt. Brazil, the reigning World Cup Champion, is the seeded team in Group B and will open its campaign June 16 against Greece, the surprise winner of Euro 2004, in Leipzig. Asian champion Japan and Gold Cup winner Mexico are also in Group B. Yesterday's draw means that Argentina and Germany will play twice next year in Germany. They also have an exhibition match scheduled for Feb 9 in Duesseldorf and will meet again June 21 in Nuremberg. "I don't think it's a problem," said German coach Juergen Klinsmann. "It's an honour to play Argentina twice, it's one of the best teams in the world." As host, Germany doesn't have to qualify for the 2006 World Cup and will be taking the Confederations Cup seriously, Klinsmann said. "We want to build a powerful team for 2006 and the Confederations Cup is a stepping stone and an opportunity to see where we stand. We'll be playing with the best possible team," Klinsmann said. "For us, it's the dress rehearsal and we want to grow with every game," he said. In the past, many top nations have come to the Confederations Cup with young squads. (AP)



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