11 Things You Need To Know About Russia’s World Cup Team

They’ll be competing against Belgium, Algeria and South Korea this year.

1. This is what their jersey looks like:

2. And this is what their fans look like:

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3. Russia’s first international match post-Soviet Union was against Mexico in August 1992, where they won 2-0.

4. But, as a country separate from the Soviet Union, they have only been in three World Cups (including this one.)

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5. Vladimir Beschastnykh scored the most goals for the team ever (26.)

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6. And the highest FIFA ranking Russia ever had was 3, which was in April 1996.


Their ranking now is 18.

7. This is their coach.

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Fabio Capello has been Russia’s coach since July 2012. He is the 11th coach for the team since 1992 and holds the highest victory rate, which is at 58.82%.

8. This is their best current player.

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Alexandr Kerzhakov is a forward who is two goals away from beating Beschastnykh’s record.

9. And this is their team captain.

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Roman Shirokov is a midfielder described as “a deep-lying midfielder with an aptitude for getting forward to score goals”.

10. Russia is in Group H, and along with Belgium, is said to be a slight favorite as South Korea and Algeria are going through transitional periods.

11. Russia’s chances of winning this year are:

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