Semak relishing Confederations Cup ahead of draw
The FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Draw will be held in Kazan on 26 November to determine the groups and full match schedules for the tournament. Sergei Semak, former midfielder and captain of the Russian national team, will be on hand to help with the draw.
Semak had a unique career in football for a Russian player. A five-time Russian Premier League winner with three different clubs, he captained Russia at the country’s most successful major tournament in modern times, UEFA EURO 2008, where they reached the semi-finals under the stewardship of Guus Hiddink. Part of Russia’s coaching team until the of summer 2016, FIFA.com caught up with Semak ahead of Saturday's draw event.
In his role as assistant, Semak will help define the final match schedule for the “Tournament of Champions”. As the host nation, Russia will be seeded in Pot 1 and Semak hopes that the team ends up in a strong group. “I want to see our team play against the best,” he insisted.