Russian National Team: signs of progress towards 2018 World Cup

Despite losing 0-1 against Argentina at the Luzhniki and drawing 3-3 with Spain at the Stadium St. Petersburg, an optimistic aura seems to surround the Russian national team. It is now abundantly clear that under Stanislav Cherchesov, Sbornaya is finally starting to come together, play with an apparent identity, and most importantly, pick up results. Eighteen months ago in France, Russia was a team devoid of an identity, packed with ageing stars of former glories in their twilight years. The … [Read more...]

Russia’s 2018 Dream Can Turn Into a Nightmare

When the official 2018 World Cup logo, a logo that reflected the Russian people’s heart and soul according to FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, was revealed in Moscow on the 28th of October, the countdown to the World’s biggest sporting event finally began. In an interview with FIFA’s official website, Russia’s minister of sport, Vitaly Mutko, stated earlier that “winning the right to host the FIFA World Cup was a dream come true for millions of Russians." Unfortunately, the World Cup may very … [Read more...]

Why Russia SHOULD Host the 2018 World Cup

  Ever since Russia won the 2018 World Cup bid it has been surrounded by controversy. With recent political events this has become even bigger news and many have even suggested that Russia should be stripped of the right to host the World Cup in 2018. The other side of the argument that rarely gets heard is why Russia should host the World Cup. The recent crisis in Ukraine has brought Russia and Eastern Europe under the microscope. However, this has been largely in a negative light … [Read more...]

Brazil 2014: Who’s In and Out for Russia

Checked In, Seat on the Plane! Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, CSKA Moscow The undisputed starter for the national team. It’s hard to see anyone instead of the Army's captain between the sticks. Kept on the bench in favor of the more experienced Malafeev in Russia's previous big tournament, Akinfeev will be keen to lead the nation again. Central Defender Sergei Ignashevich, CSKA Moscow A mainstay in the nation's lineup, he is one of a few who has experience at the World Cup level. … [Read more...]