Argentina seal sixth FIFA Confederations Cup berth
Argentina will represent South America at the FIFA Confederations Cup from 15 to 29 June 2005 in Germany thanks to a 3-0 semi-final victory over reigning Copa America champions Colombia in this summer's tournament in Peru. Argentina now meet Brazil, winners over Uruguay in the second semi-final, in Sunday's South American Copa America Final.
Argentina are guaranteed a third FIFA Confederations Cup appearance regardless of the result in Sunday's Final because Brazil already hold the slot reserved for the current world champions. The Argentine squad features three Bundesliga players, Diego Placente of Leverkusen and Wolfsburg's Andres D'Alessandro and Facundo Quiroga.
Eight nations will take part in next summer's dress rehearsal for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™: Brazil (reigning world champions), Greece (reigning European champions), Argentina as South American representatives, Tunisia (winner, African Cup of Nations 2004), Mexico (winner, CONCACAF Gold Cup 2003) and Germany as hosts, together with the winners of the AFC Asian Cup 2004 and the OFC Nations Cup 2004.
Hannover, Köln, Leipzig and Nürnberg will each stage three FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 matches, with a total of four fixtures in Frankfurt, where the new Waldstadion provides the venue for the Final.
Argentina and Germany have met twice in FIFA World Cup™ Finals, at Mexico 86 in Mexico and in 1990 in Italy. The pair next cross swords in a friendly on 9 February 2005 in Dusseldorf. The South American giants won the first ever FIFA Confederations Cup in 1992.
The draw for the group phase of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 takes place on 1 November 2004 in Frankfurt.