2018 is a World Cup 12 months, so we’ve put collectively a information for every staff within the event. We begin with group A and the hosts Russia.
Russia World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Information
With no qualifiers to play, hosts Russia have been desperately searching for sparring companions to arrange for the 2018 World Cup – even taking part in a pleasant towards membership facet Dynamo Moscow in September 2017. Issues solely turned 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 towards Brazil and France deliberate for March.
Stanislav Cherchesov is making an attempt 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 quite a few the previous 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 event are extra sceptical concerning the staff’s probabilities than ever earlier than. Qualifying from their group could be seen as a superb consequence for the hosts.
Key Moments in Qualifying
Cherchesov steps in to switch Slutskiy and the staff draw Zero-Zero away to Turkey in his first sport.
Russia rating two second-half objectives 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, shedding 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 purpose 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 event and have been joined by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Uruguay.
Russia World Cup Friendlies
Russia will play a warm-up pleasant towards Brazil on March 23rd, and France on the 27th. On the 30th of Might, 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 Might – Austria
- fifth June – Turkey
Russia World Cup Fixtures
As hosts Russia will kick off the event towards 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 towards 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 received all six group-stage video games, and later received 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 vulnerable to accidents, versatile box-to-box midfielder Alan Dzagoev can be key.
Akinfeev has greater than 100 caps to his title 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 exchange his again three.
Born in Russia, Konstantin Rausch emigrated to Germany as a boy however after caps at under-21 degree for his adopted homeland the winger opted to play for Russia. One other newcomer is centre-back Georgiy Dzhikiya.
Russia World Cup Squad
Preliminary World Cup squad –
Goalkeepers – Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrey Lunyov
Defenders – Georgi Dzhikiya (presumably out), Mario Fernandes, Vladimir Granat, Dmitri Kombarov, Fyodor Kudryashov, Ilya Kutepov, Konstantin Rausch, Igor Smolnikov, Yuri Zhirkov
Midfielders – Alan Dzagoev, Denis Glushakov, Aleksandr Golovin, Daler Kuzyayev, Aleksei Miranchuk, Oleg Shatov, Roman Zobnin
Forwards – Fyodor Smolov, Arten Dzyuba, Anton Zabolotny
Russia World Cup Accidents
Zenit St Petersburg ahead Aleksandr Kokorin might miss the event after rupturing ligaments in his knee.
Centre-back Georgi Dzhikiya has suffered a critical knee damage and may very well be out of the event.
Viktor Vasin might additionally miss the event after struggling a critical knee damage.
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, but it surely appears to be like 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 finest goalkeeper, he has made some expensive errors at main tournaments such because the 2014 World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup.
Might Andrei Arshavin be recalled?
Most likely the one Russian participant to realize widespread worldwide recognition within the final 15 years, the 36-year-old is now at Kairat in Kazakhstan. Good latest efficiency prompted Cherchesov to say he doesn’t rule out a recall – regardless of his comparatively poor bodily situation.
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 of calling up Denisov.
Can the home league’s prime strikers take their probabilities 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 degree. If in fine condition, they’ll both compete for the lone striker place or type an attacking duet.
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