Like the All Whites, their team was drawn from a small base, with players spread across the globe and Wood hopes the similarities don't end there. "They've got the same mentality, the German mentality which is a very good one".
The UEFA member Russian Federation is debuting in this confederation cup and after much controversy, it has become the host of both the Confederation cup 2017 and the FIFA world cup 2018.
Besides Russia and New Zealand, Portugal, Mexico, Cameroon, Chile, Australia and Germany have also sent their national teams to participate in the cup.
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Former Legia Warsaw coach Cherchesov will take charge of his first competitive game at the helm of the host nation against New Zealand in St Petersburg on Saturday.
The hosts almost went ahead after after seven minutes when Viktor Vasin's glancing header crashed against the upright with Stefan Marinovic well beaten. It will help dictate the tempo of the game in their favor and even help them gain the confidence to win the 2017 Confederations Cup.
Russian Federation go into the tournament opener as favorites but the question is: can the hosts, who have some young players both in defense and in attack, show their best under psychological pressure?
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When Scalise arrived in the hospital, he had an "imminent risk of death" and was "as critical as you can be", doctors also said. Sava said he told Scalise's family that "I am not declaring victory until he's playing ball in his back yard with his family".
But weak defending allowed Russia's Fedor Smolov to slip past the New Zealand defence and tap in a low cross by team mate Alexander Samedov in the 69th minute. They went through the group phase unbeaten - including a 1-1 draw with eventual champions Portugal in their first match- before a stunning upset of England, laden with Premier League stars, in the second round. We are looking forward to it, we are not panicking, we are not anxious.
Russia's first global match as an independent nation was a 2-0 win over Mexico in 1992.
Russia, who are ranked 63rd as per the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, come into the game against the All Whites following a series of impressive warm-up games against Hungary, which they won 3-0, and Chile, where they were successful in holding their vastly superior Confed Cup participants to a 1-1 draw.
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Russian authorities insist that the Confederations Cup's ticketing system, which requires ticket holders to apply for a personalised fan-ID, ensures that all fans are screened and troublemakers are kept away. Head coach Anthony Hudson of the New Zealand All Whites reacting during a Crusaders media session. Russian Federation as host surely wanna show up its competence to their fans. New Zealand can also be watched via live stream on ITV Hub, FOX Sports GO and fuboTV.