2018 is a World Cup 12 months, so we now have put collectively a information for every staff within the match. We begin with group A and the hosts Russia.
Russia World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Information
Russia vs Saudi Arabia (14th June)
Can Russia show the critics fallacious and encourage a nation? Match preview obtainable right here.
Beginning XI: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Samedov, Golovin, Dzagoev, Smolov
Russia World Cup Information
With no qualifiers to play, hosts Russia have been desperately searching for sparring companions to organize for the 2018 World Cup – even taking part in a pleasant in opposition to membership aspect Dynamo Moscow in September 2017. Issues solely grew to become simpler when the highest European and South American groups had completed their qualifying campaigns, with Argentina coming to Moscow and Spain visiting Saint Petersburg in November, and friendlies in opposition to Brazil and France deliberate for March.
Stanislav Cherchesov is attempting to construct a brand new squad after his predecessor Leonid Slutsky’s unimpressive Euro 2016 outing. Within the absence of top-quality gamers and the departure of a variety of the outdated guard, Cherchesov has needed to look more and more at younger expertise, though such gamers are scarce and lack expertise. Followers eagerly awaiting subsequent summer season’s match are extra sceptical in regards to the staff’s possibilities than ever earlier than. Qualifying from their group can be seen as a great consequence for the hosts.
Key Moments in Qualifying
Cherchesov steps in to interchange Slutskiy and the staff draw Zero-Zero away to Turkey in his first sport.
Russia rating two second-half targets to come back from behind and earn a powerful Three-Three draw with Belgium on the rebuilt Sochi Olympic Stadium.
The staff fails to get out of its group on the Confederations Cup, dropping 1-Zero to Portugal and 2-1 to Mexico after beating New Zealand 2-Zero within the opening sport. Regardless of a lot hypothesis Cherchesov retains his job.
Russia concede a late aim from Sergio Aguero and lose 1-Zero to Argentina on the reopening of Moscow’s Luzhniki Olympic Stadium, which can host the opening sport and the World Cup Last subsequent summer season.
Russia World Cup Group
Russia are in Group A for the match and have been joined by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Uruguay.
Russia World Cup Friendlies
Russia will play a warm-up pleasant in opposition to Brazil on March 23rd, and France on the 27th. On the 30th of Could, Russia will then journey to face Austria, after which Turkey on the fifth of June.
- 23rd March – Brazil (misplaced Three-Zero)
- 27th March – France (misplaced Three-1)
- 30th Could – Austria (misplaced 1-Zero)
- fifth June – Turkey (drew 1-1)
Russia World Cup Fixtures
As hosts Russia will kick off the match in opposition to Saudi Arabia on the 14th of June. 5 days later they’ll play the Mohamed Salah led Egypt, earlier than ending their group stage with a match in opposition to Uruguay on the 25th of June.
Stanislav Cherchesov, age 54 (02.09.63)
Appointed in August 2016 on a two-year contract, the previous USSR and Russia goalkeeper with 49 caps is a four-time winner of the nationwide championship. He was a key determine for Spartak Moscow of their 1995 Champions League marketing campaign, after they gained all six group-stage video games, and later gained three league titles in Austria with Tirol Innsbruck earlier than ending his taking part in profession again at Spartak. After teaching in Austria he joined Spartak and later labored with Moscow sides Spartak and Dynamo earlier than transferring to Poland in 2015 and main Legia Warsaw to the double.
Igor Akinfeev stays the first-choice keeper and has proved his top-drawer credentials on quite a few events. Though liable to accidents, versatile box-to-box midfielder Alan Dzagoev can be key.
Akinfeev has greater than 100 caps to his identify and is closing in on Sergei Ignashevich’s nationwide document of 120 appearances.
Ignashevich, together with Vasili and Alexei Berezutskiy, give up worldwide soccer and their absence is a significant headache for the coach who has needed to completely change his again three.
Born in Russia, Konstantin Rausch emigrated to Germany as a boy however after caps at under-21 stage for his adopted homeland the winger opted to play for Russia. One other newcomer is centre-back Georgiy Dzhikiya.
Russia World Cup Squad
Last 23-man squad –
GOALKEEPERS: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow),Vladimir Gabulov (Membership Brugge), Andrey Lunev (Zenit St Petersburg).
DEFENDERS: Vladimir Granat, Fedor Kudryashov (each Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes (each CSKA Moscow), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg).
MIDFIELDERS: Yuri Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev (each CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev (all Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov (each Spartak Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal).
FORWARDS: Artem Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Aleksei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar).
Russia World Cup Accidents
Zenit St Petersburg ahead Aleksandr Kokorin may miss the match after rupturing ligaments in his knee.
Centre-back Georgi Dzhikiya has suffered a severe knee harm and may very well be out of the match.
Viktor Vasin may additionally miss the match after struggling a severe knee harm.
The Unanswered Questions
Can the brand new defence cope?
Victor Vasin, Fedor Kudryashov and Georgiy Dzhikiya have all been criticised for technical errors and poor positioning in latest video games, nevertheless it seems to be as if Cherchesov sees them as his solely defensive choices for the World Cup.
Will Igor Akinfeev keep away from errors in essential video games?
Though undoubtedly Russia’s greatest goalkeeper, he has made some pricey errors at main tournaments such because the 2014 World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup.
May Andrei Arshavin be recalled?
No, regardless of being in all probability the one Russian participant to realize widespread worldwide recognition within the final 15 years, the 36-year-old is now at Kairat in Kazakhstan. He didn’t make the ultimate World Cup squad.
Will Igor Denisiov make a comeback?
As coach of Dynamo, Cherchesov had a run-in with the defensive midfielder which led to Denisov being banished to the reserves. Since changing into nationwide coach, Cherchesov has not thought-about calling up Denisov, and this has continued as Denisov has didn’t make the ultimate squad.
Can the home league’s prime strikers take their possibilities in prime worldwide video games?
The Premier League’s prime scorer in 2016 and 2017, Fedor Smolov of Krasnodar and Zenit’s Alexander Kokorin haven’t shone at worldwide stage. They have been as a result of compete for the lone striker place or kind an attacking duet however Kokorin is probably going out of the match with a severe knee harm.
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