Brazil, Italy in same Confederations Cup group
Hosts open tourney against Iraq
Host South Africa will play Iraq in the opening game of next summer's Confederations Cup soccer competition.
That's one of four matchups for the June 14-28 tournament decided by draw Saturday in Johannesburg.
New Zealand will play Spain in the second game of Group A, while Group B begins the following day with Italy taking on the United States and Brazil meeting Egypt.
The Confederations Cup features soccer's reigning seven continental winners and host nation squaring off in a round-robin tournament. Top two teams in each group make the semifinals.
Italy is in as the 2006 World Cup champion, along with Spain (2008 European champion), Brazil (2007 South American champion), the U.S. (2007 Gold Cup champion), Iraq (2007 Asian Cup champion), Egypt (2008 African Cup of Nations champion) and New Zealand (2008 Oceania Nations Cup champion).
South Africa seems the weakest of the clubs, having struggled over the years in African World Cup qualifying.
This will be Brazil's record sixth appearance in the Confederations Cup, while Italy and Spain are making their debuts.
Brazil won the 2005 affair in Germany with a 4-1 victory over Argentina.
South Africa hosts the 2010 World Cup and this tournament will act as a test for the country's preparedness.