Brazil, Spain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Tahiti and Uruguay are the teams already assured of a place at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, with the eighth and final place at the competition to be taken by the winners of CAF Africa Cup of Nations, to be held next January and February.

Preparations for Brazil 2013 are already well under way, and on Thursday representatives of the seven qualifiers came together in Sao Paulo for the start of the two-day FIFA Confederations Cup National Teams Workshop. As well as receiving detailed information on the organisation of the tournament, they also met the FIFA and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Organising Committee (LOC) teams in charge of the event’s logistics.

The items on the workshop agenda include the Host Cities, stadiums, training facilities, disciplinary matters, accommodation, transport, security, accreditation and medical services.

In declaring the workshop open, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said: “The FIFA Confederations Cup is much more than a test event. It is a tournament of champions, a great event bringing together the best teams in the world. And we are here today to prepare for the competition.”

Also speaking at the workshop was LOC Chief Executive Officer Ricardo Trade, who said: “We are going to make the best possible conditions available to the teams. You will also receive the very best treatment from the people of Brazil, who are very excited about this competition.”

Taking part in the event are five of the national team coaches: Vicente del Bosque (Spain), Cesare Prandelli (Italy), Jose Manuel de la Torre (Mexico), Eddy Etaeta (Tahiti) and Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay). Representing the host nation is Brazil team director Guilherme Ribeiro, while Tetsu Hirai, the Japanese Football Association’s Head of Administration, Security and Marketing, is attending on behalf of the Asian champions.