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DFB president Reinhard Grindel: It's time to scrap Confederations Cup

Joachim Low says despite their Confederations Cup draw, there are no easy fixtures in football.
Reinhard Grindel says the Confederations Cup has 'outlived itself.'

German FA (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel has called for the Confederations Cup to be scrapped, telling German newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt he believes the competition has "outlived itself."

Germany will be among eight nations participating in the 2017 tournament in Russia next June, and both coach Joachim Low and general manager Oliver Bierhoff have hinted that they will not take their best players.

Grindel said: "It would be a good signal for the top clubs in Europe, who justly warn against...

Russia says Sochi stadium rebuild done in time for Confederations Cup

Russian officials say the Sochi stadium adjustments are complete.

MOSCOW -- Officials overseeing World Cup preparations in the southern Russian city of Sochi say construction work on the city's stadium has finished on time.

The stadium held the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics, but has yet to host a football game because it needed extensive modifications to remove a temporary roof and increase capacity from 40,000 to 47,700.

Sochi is one of four host cities for next year's Confederations Cup, a World Cup warm-up tournament.

Regional officials...

Germany's Oliver Bierhoff hits out at FIFA on Confederations Cup spending

Joachim Low says despite their Confederations Cup draw, there are no easy fixtures in football.

Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff has criticised FIFA for its lack of Confederations Cup funding.

Germany qualified for the 2017 Confederations Cup after winning the 2014 World Cup and next June will play their group matches against Chile, Australia and the winner of the 2017 African Nations Cup.

Germany have already dropped several hints they will field an experimental team in Russia next summer, and speaking to reporters after Saturday's draw, Bierhoff said such a move would be justified...