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Brazil to face Italy and Spain to tackle Uruguay in Confederations Cup

Brazil to face Italy and Spain to tackle Uruguay in Confederations Cup

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La Roja and the 2014 World Cup hosts have been drawn as seeds for next year's tournament, which also features Mexico, Tahiti, Japan and an a currently undecided African nation

IFA has confirmed the seeding for the 2013 Confederations Cup, which will see Italy and Brazil meet each other while Spain will lineup against Uruguay.

The Azzurri were runners-up at Euro 2012 but, as Spain - which beat them 4-0 in the final - is the current world champions, their participation in the competition will be as UEFA's representative.

The draw for the two groups will be made this Saturday, however, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has confirmed that Italy will play the Selecao, while the World Cup winners will be partnered with Uruguay in the other group.

"As Brazil and Spain are the seeds, this means Italy will be in Group A, with Brazil and Uruguay in Group B, seeing as the South Americans cannot be in the same group as Brazil," Valcke said.

The tournament will take place next year in Brazil as a warmup for the 2014 World Cup and will also include Japan (Asia), Mexico (North America) and Tahiti (Oceania) who are all current champions of their respective regions.

With the African Cup of Nations to be played at the start of 2013, it is still not determined which country will represent that continent.

Brazil - which has won the last two iterations in 2005 and 2009 - will host the tournament that will kickoff on June 15, 2013, with the final to be played on June 30.

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