With the Socceroos’ appearance at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 just 500 days away, the tournament’s official logo has been unveiled in a special ceremony held in Moscow on Wednesday night (AEDT).
The official emblem is inspired by the tournament’s coveted trophy, representing the dream of the eight competing teams in Russia next year.
“The Official Emblem and look of the tournament were inspired by Russia’s rich culture and storytelling tradition. The shape of the trophy inspired the design of the emblem which is brought to life by the mythological firebird, its main character,” FIFA Marketing Director Thierry Weil said in a statement.
“The brand celebrates all of the best qualities of the beautiful game and will enhance not only the tournament, but also the experiences of all who take part.”
The Socceroos qualified for the Confederations Cup after defeating Korea Republic 2-1 to claim the AFC Asian Cup in January 2015. The tournament runs from June 17 to July 2, 2017.
Ange Postecoglou’s side will join the winners of all six Confederation Championships (Europe, South America, Africa, Central America and Oceania) as well as current World Cup Champions Germany and host nation for the 2018 World Cup, Russia.
Chile and Mexico have also qualified for the tournament with two more teams to be added from Euro 2016 and the OFC Nations Cup later this year. The African Champions will be decided in February 2017.
The draw for the tournament will take place in Kazan on 26 November, with teams learning their opponents and in which of the four host cities (Kazan, Moscow, Sochi and Saint Petersburg) they will play.