Russia World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide
Without playing qualifiers, hosts Russia have played couple of friendlies to prepare for the 2018 World Cup – even playing against club side Dynamo Moscow in September 2017. Later on things became easier for the host nation when the European and South American teams had finished their qualifying matches, with Argentina coming to Moscow and Spain visiting Saint Petersburg in November, and friendlies against Brazil and France planned for March.
Russia World Cup Group
Host Nation Russia are in Group A for the tournament and have been drawn along side Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Uruguay.
Russia World Cup Fixtures
Host nation Russia will kick off the tournament against Saudi Arabia on the 14th of June. Five days later they will take on Egypt led by Mohammed Salah who might not be 100% fit due to a shoulder injury sustained on Champios League finals, before ending their group stage with a match against impressive Uruguay on the 25th of June.
14th June – Saudi Arabia
19th June – Egypt
25th June – Uruguay
Igor Akinfeev is the first-choice keeper and has proved his capabilities on several occasions. Although injuries prone, versatile box-to-box midfielder Alan Dzagoev is also key threat in midfield.
Akinfeev with over 100 caps to his name and is closing in on national record of 120 appearances. held by Sergei Ignashevich’s
Key players like Ignashevich, along with Vasili and Alexei Berezutskiy, quit international football and their absence is a major headache for the coach who has had to totally replace his back three.
Russia World Cup Squad
Final 23-man squad –
GOALKEEPERS: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow) , Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Andrey Lunev (Zenit St Petersburg), Vladimir Gabulov (Club Brugge).
DEFENDERS: Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Fedor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan),Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg), Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes (both CSKA Mo,scow), .
MIDFIELDERS: Yuri Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Alexsandr Golovin (Spartak Moscow), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow), Alexsandr Samedov ( CSKA Moscow), Alan Dzagoev ( CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev (all Zenit St Petersburg), , Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal).
FORWARDS: Smolov (Krasnodar).Aleksei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Artem Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Fedor
Stanislav Cherchesov, age 54 (02.09.63)
Russia World Cup Injuries
Aleksandr Kokorin Zenit St Petersburg forward could miss the tournament after rupturing ligaments in his knee.
Centre-back Georgi Dzhikiya also suffered a serious knee injury and likely to miss the tournament.
Viktor Vasin is also a major doubt and likely to miss the tournament after suffering a serious knee injury.
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