Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Russia sets unenviable World Cup record

Russia sets unenviable World Cup record

According to the poll, 11 percent of the respondents believe that Russia could lift the trophy, while nearly 20 percent of Russians do not expect the national team to reach the knockout stage.

Most recently, the black players in the French squad were racially abused during the friendly game between Russian Federation and France in St Petersburg, one of the host cities for the tournament. The home side at the World Cup has never lost an opening match, so can Cherchesov's men keep the tradition going?

Russian Federation is "100 per cent ready" to host the World Cup, Fifa president Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday as he addressed concerns about racism, human rights and security in the host country a week before the tournament starts.

Russia, who suffered a 1-0 loss to Austria in a friendly last month, slipped four places to 70th in the standings, behind Saudi Arabia at 67th.

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Most of the tickets have gone to Russian fans (871,797), followed by fans from the United States of America (88,825), Brazil (72,512), Colombia (65,234), Germany (62,541), Mexico (60,302), Argentina (54,031), Peru (43,583), China (40,251), Australia (36,359) and England (32,362) - the top-ten countries from overseas.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

England move up one place to joint 12th, alongside Denmark.

Poland's recent form has helped them climb into eighth position at the expense of Spain, who have dropped to 10th behind Chile, while Uruguay have climbed to 14th.

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