SAO PAULO — Brazil has been drawn alongside Italy and Mexico in next year’s Confederations Cup, as the 2014 World Cup host look to give a preview of what is to come.

Brazil, who has been drawn in Group A, will also play against Japan, a team they will face in the tournament opener.

World champions Spain has been placed in Group B and will begin against Uruguay.

Group B will also feature Tahiti and the winner of the African Cup of Nations, which will be decided early next year.

The 2013 Confederations Cup will be between June 15-30 and will be played in six Brazilian cities, with the opener being in the capital of Brasilia and the final at Maracana Stadium in popular Rio de Janeiro.

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