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Saturday December 1 2012
Italy-Brazil in Confederations Cup

Italy will face hosts Brazil, Mexico and Alberto Zaccheroni’s Japan in the Confederations Cup in June 2013.

The Azzurri are included as representatives of Europe, having finished runners-up to World Cup winners Spain in Euro 2012.

They are in Group A with the Selecao, Mexico and Japan.

Spain are seeds in Group B with Uruguay, Tahiti and the as yet unknown champions of Africa.

The African representative will be the winner of the African Cup of Nations in February 2013.

This tournament is a traditional warm-up for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and will see many stadiums unveiled.

It runs from June 15 to 30 2013, although Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli has already noted his choices will be limited by the simultaneous European Under-21 Championship.

Prandelli was in Sao Paolo for the draw this afternoon and the six stadiums are the Estadio de Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza, the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, the Arena Forte Nova in Salvador and the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.

Ex-Milan and Roma star Marcos Cafu presented the new ball for the tournament, which is called the Cafusa – a combination of the Brazilian traditions Carnival, Football and Samba.

Group A

Brazil-Japan (Brasilia, June 15)

Mexico-Italy (Rio de Janeiro, June 15)

Brazil-Mexico (Fortaleza, June 19)

Italy-Japan (Recife, June 19)

Japan-Mexico (Belo Horizonte, June 22)

Italy-Brazil (Salvador, June 22)

Group B

Spain-Uruguay (Recife, June 16)

Tahiti-African Champions (Belo Horizonte, June 17)

Spain-Tahiti (Rio de Janeiro, June 20)

African Champions-Uruguay (Salvador, June 20)

African Champions-Spain (Fortaleza, June 23)

Uruguay-Tahiti (Recife, June 23)

Semi-Finals

Winner A v Runners-up B (Belo Horizonte, June 26)

Winner B v Runners-up A (Fortaleza, June 27)

Third Place Final

Salvador, June 30

Final

Rio de Janeiro, June 30

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