Russia World Cup 2014: Preview, Squad and Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Fabio Capello’s side looked strong in qualifying, despite a couple of dodgy defeats, and the Italian will fancy his chances of guiding the perennial underachievers out of the Group Stages for the first time since the break-up of the Soviet Union.
Manager: Fabio Capello
Captain: Sergei Ignashevich
World Cup Winners: N/A
World Cup Runners up: N/A
Best Finish: Group Stage (1994, 2002)
Russia 2014 World Cup Preview:
Beating the Portuguese to top spot in their World Cup qualifying group was no small feat, and while they will see Group C as winnable, Russia know very well the pitfalls of taking a situation for granted, having looked so promising in the opening match of Euro 2012, only to drop out of the Group Stage.
Capello, who is the highest paid international manager, has created a strong, robust side, operating with a 4-2-3-1 formation, with particular emphasis on defence. Only conceding five times ...