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Cristiano Ronaldo and Alexis Sanchez will extend already lengthy seasons even further when they participate in the summer showpiece in Russia

Russia will continue their preparations for next year's World Cup by hosting the Confederations Cup this summer.

The eight-team tournament is held the year before each World Cup to give the host country an opportunity to test their facilities and provisions ahead of the main event.

It features the champions of each confederation - decided through competitions such as the European Championship and Copa America - as well as the World Cup hosts and the reigning world champions.

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That means a few stars will be on show at four of the Russian stadiums that will hold World Cup matches next year, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal, and Alexis Sanchez and Chile travelling east for the tournament.

The Confederations Cup is set to kick off on June 17 and we have all the details you need to know.