Russia world cup teamRussia Coach: Fabio Capello

The Italian maestro is in charge of Russia side having resigned from his post as England coach couple of years ago, under him Russia is compact unit which is hard to break down, Russia still use that 4-3-3 formation which previous coach Guus Hiddink installed by Cappelo made it a touch more defensive. He has the pedigree and a quality squad whatever players he choose.

Possible Starting Lineup of Russia:

Russia 2014 world cup squadThe 4-3-3 formation becomes 4-5-1 when russia dont have the ball, Capello likes his team to have a solid defence and play on counter attacks and since Capello took over this system seems to be working quite well for the russians. Although Russia will be looking to play a little more attractive than Capello’s England side in world cup 2010.

Key Player: Aleksander Kerzhakov & Alan Dzagoev:

Zenit striker Kerzhakov was the top scorer in the russian league this season, at the age of 31 he is at the peak of his career going into the world cup and he will be hoping that Alan Dzagoev is in top form who is easily Russia best player and hope for some spark through midfield.

Quality Youngster: Denis Cheryshev

23 year old winger might be the only player in the russia squad who is not playing his club football in russia. Cheryshev is playing for Sevilla this moment on loan from Real Madrid.

Russia World Cup Fixtures:

  1. South Korea (17 June )
  2. Belgium ( 22 June )
  3. Algeria ( 26 June )

Russian Team Squad for 2014 World Cup (Expected)

Fabio Cappelo will be looking to take combination of experience and youth with the russia team squad for fifa world cup, the final 23 man squad will be announced 3rd week of may and we will update the page once officialy announcement has been made. below is the expected list of players.

1 Igor Akinfeev CSKA Moscow GK
2 Yuri Lodygin Zenit St. Petersburg GK
3 Vladimir Gabulov Dynamo Moscow GK
4 Sergei Ignashevich CSKA Moscow Defender
6 Vasili Berezutski  CSKA Moscow Defender
6 Alexei Berezutski CSKA Moscow Defender
7 Dmitri Kombarov Spartak Moscow Defender
8 Aleksandr Anyukov Zenit St. Petersburg Defender
9 Andrey Yeshchenko Anzhi Defender
10 Aleksei Kozlov Dynamo Moscow Defender
11 Vladimir Granat Dynamo Moscow Defender
12 Yuri Zhirkov Dynamo Moscow Midfielder
13 Roman Shirokov Krasnodar Midfielder
14 Igor Denisov Dynamo Moscow Midfielder
15 Denis Glushakov Spartak Moscow Midfielder
16 Viktor Fayzulin Zenit Midfielder
17 Vladimir Bystrov  Anzh Midfielder
18 Alan Dzagoev CSKA Moscow Midfielder
19 Oleg Shatov Zenit Forward
20 Aleksandr Kerzhakov Zenit Forward
21 Aleksandr Kokorin Dynamo Moscow Forward
22 Fyodor Smolov  Anzhi Forward
23 Arytom Dzyuba  Rostov Forward

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