FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia explore initial fame on home soil

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia explore initial fame on home soil


Russia has always been a reliable existence in the FIFA World Cup over the years yet has never once appeared triumphant. They will have their work cut out for them again this time notwithstanding event hosts.

World ranking: 65

Head coach: Stanislav Cherchesov

FIFA World Cup history: Qualified thrice

FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia explore initial fame on home soil

Squad:

Goalkeepers - Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Soslan Dzhanaev, Andrey Lunyov

Defenders - Vladimir Granat, Sergei Ignashevich, Fedor Kudryashov, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Neustadter, Konstantin Rausch, Andrey Semenov, Igor Smolnikov, Mario Fernandes

Midfielders - Yuri Gazinskiy, Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Alexsandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev, Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov, Anton Miranchuk, Alexsandr Tashaev, Denis Cheryshev

Forwards - Artem Dzyuba, Aleksey Miranchuk, Fedor Smolov, Fedor Chalov

FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia explore initial fame on home soil
FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia explore initial fame on home soil

The former Soviet Union were a gigantic presence in world football but the status of modern-day Russia in international events has taken a descent since the Union broke up. Russia was the largest part of the Union but has back-sided to make it ahead of the group stages in the three times they have made it to the tournament.
The current side is defensibly weaker than the squad that failed to develop past the group stages in 2014 FIFA World Cup, which does not indicate well for the current team’s chances, even with the benefit of home support.
Russia’s best showing in an international tournament came ten years ago when they reached the semi-final of the Euros, but that seems like years ago for their fans. One can even argue that the Russia National Football Team might have tussled to qualify for the tournament had they not been hosts, especially with European luminaries Italy and Netherlands failing to make the cut.
However, Russia’s group (Group A) involves Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and Egypt which isn’t the most vigorous group in the tournament and national team coach Stanislav Cherchesov will hope his side can raise their play when it’s most needed.
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