Confederations Cup Free Bets

Like the World Cup, a competition played every four years by international teams, but this time featuring the six winners of the Fifa Confederation championships, plus the current World Cup champions and the hosts of the next World Cup. 

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Using your Confederations Cup free bet

The Confederations Cup is a global competition that takes place every four years - in the same country as the upcoming World Cup hosts a year before that competition takes place. The last one was in 2017 when Germany claimed victory in the tournament for the first time. As a result of some of the biggest names in the world taking part, most bookmakers around the world will be providing odds on the tournament, some in very impressive detail and lots of options for betting for free bet on the Confederations Cup

Once you have an idea of the bookmaker that provides the best price in your favoured market head over to their site by clicking on one of the links on the right hand side of this page.

Once there it is a question of following the simple steps to register an account with the bookie and then you are good to go in terms of using your free bets. Find the market you are looking for in the sportsbook in the football section, click on the odds and you will have your selection in the betting slip. Follow the instructions on the site in terms of using the free bet and you can start making money for nothing. It could not be easier.

What can I use my Confederations Cup free bet on?

All the usual football match markets are available; result, first goalscorer, half-time/full-time betting and more.

As the tournament approaches bookmakers will start offering odds on the eventual winners and other markets.

As with any tournament there is a chance to use your Confederations Cup free bet on an accumulator. In recent years the popularity of the accumulator - betting on the outcome of more than one game - has risen and due to its popularity some bookmakers now offer the chance to cash out an accumulator if all but one of the results are coming in or offer money back if one game lets you down.

Other bets available on the Confederations Cup include:

  • Top scorer
  • Who will make the final
  • Total goals
  • The stage each team will be eliminated
  • Odds on European winner

What should I use my free Confederations Cup bet on?

As ever with any international football tournament there is a wide range of options to have a flutter on at the Confederations Cup but the one that provokes most discussion is the winner of the competition. 

With just eight teams to contend with it would be fair to assume that the home nation holds a distinct advantage playing in their familiar environments and in front of their own fans, however, only three times have the home side lifted the trophy, Mexico in 1999, France in 2003 and Brazil in 2013. This is not to say that it cannot happen again though and there will always be plenty of money put on the home side.

As mentioned the competition has been totally dominated by the nations representing Europe and South America so any bets on countries from elsewhere will be seen as something of a punt on an outsider more than anything else.

The group stage of the competition allows for betting on who will top the group and who will qualify as runners-up for the knockout stages. Of course the double on qualification can prove very profitable; picking the two teams that will qualify from each group as a multiple bet lengthens your odds significantly.

What can often be a lottery but is always a very popular bet in global tournaments is the top scorer market. It can often take just one good game from a player and they will rocket to the top of the goal scoring charts so sometimes the favourite is not the one to go for. In 1995 Mexico's Luis Garcia topped the charts with three goals and in 2001 seven players were joint top scorers with just two goals.

Without being harsh to some of the teams that compete in the Confederations Cup but there are often one or two that are considerably worse than the major teams in the competition, which makes picking a top scorer of a team that gets to face one of the lesser teams may well be a good choice. For example; four goals against Tahiti in 2013 for Fernando Torres helped him end up joint top scorer that year with five.

The six confederations whose winners qualify for the Confederations Cup are UEFA (Europe), Conmebol (South America), Concacaf (North/Central America & the Caribbean), CAF (Africa), AFC (Asia) and OFC (Oceania). Since 2005, the tournament has been held in the nation that will host the FIFA World Cup in the following year, acting as a rehearsal for the larger tournament. Brazil hosted the 2013 Confederations Cup and beat Spain in the final to win their fourth trophy.

The tournament was originally run by and held in Saudi Arabia and called the King Fahd Cup and kicked off in 1992, being held again three years later in 1995. It featured the Saudi national side and some continental champions. In 1997 FIFA decided to take over the running of it, changed the name to the Confederations Cup and made it a biennial event (one that runs every two years).

In 2005 that was changed to every four years and to the year that precedes the World Cup in the host nation of the forthcoming World Cup, after the 2001 edition was hosted in South Korea and Japan and everyone decided that would be a good idea from now on.

It is considered a dress-rehearsal for the host nation for the World Cup it precedes as it uses around half of the stadia intended for use at the following year's competition and gives whoever is hosting valuable experience at a high level of competition during two years of otherwise friendlies. Like an internship.

Here’s the best bit: participation is optional! Well, except for the hosts. And some teams have taken up that option to say no. Germany did so twice, deciding not to compete in 1997 after winning Euro 96, and again in 2003 when they were awarded a place as the 2002 World Cup runners-up. 

In 1997, Germany were replaced by Euro 96 runners-up Czech Republic, and in 2003 their place was handed to Turkey, the World Cup 2002 third place team. France are the only other team who have said ‘no merci’ to the Confederations Cup. They declined their place in 1999 and were replaced by Brazil.

There have been other tournaments that sort of did the same thing as the Confederations Cup by inviting former international competition winners;  the Mundialito - or Lloyd Griffin - celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the first World Cup and invited former winners to compete. The Artemio Franchi Trophy was contested in 1985 and 1993 between the winners of the Copa América and UEFA European Football Championship and although both of these tournaments are sort of seen as unofficial predecessors to the Confederations Cup, FIFA doesn’t agree.

The format of the Confederations Cup sees the eight qualified teams ranked and drawn into two round-robin groups (where teams of same confederation can't be named in the same group). Every team plays three matches before they progress straight to the semi-finals.

Who has previously won it?

Like the World Cup, Brazil are the most successful team, having won the Confederations Cup four out of the nine times it has been played, and have won the last three in a row. France are the next most successful team, having won twice in 2001 and 2003. Argentina won the inaugural competition in 1992 and have made the final once more in 2005. Germany's triumph in 2017 was their first in the competition.

Despite traditionally performing poorly at the World Cup, African teams seem to do fairly respectably at the Confederations Cup, with Cameroon making the final in 2003 (but losing to France). Ivory Coast, Nigeria and South Africa have all also made the third place play-off (but lost). 

The most goals every scored in a Confederations Cup was Brazil star Ronaldinho with six in 1999, winning him the best player award as well. The players with the most ever goals in the Confederations Cup are Ronaldinho and Mexico's Cuauhtemoc Blanco. In 2017 Timo Werner claimed the Golden Boot with three goals ahead of his Germany teammates Lars Stindl and Leon Goretzka by the virtue of his two assists.


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