Russia Ready to Face One of the Strongest Asian Teams

Russia national team manager Stanislav Cherchesov claims that his team are ready to face one of the best Asian teams in the form of Iran.


Russia do not have any competitive matches between now and the start of the World Cup, as they will be taking part in the competition as the hosts of the tournament. As a result, that is a lot of need from Russia in order to build form by facing competitive teams before the start of the competition. Russia have been involved in friendlies against the likes of Chile, while they were also seen at the Confederations Cup.

Even though the Confederations Cup ended in a disappointing fashion with the team losing against Portugal and Russia, the only victory in this competition came in the hands of New Zealand. As a result, Cherchesov is aware that there is a lot of work to be done within the national team if they are to be coming in with a decent performance in front of their own supporters.

Prior to the start of the World Cup, Russia will be up against Korea, Iran, and Argentina in three friendly matches. The last of those friendlies is scheduled to take place in November and this does not provide the team with plenty of opportunities to test the squad.

Cherchesov is for the moment only focused on the double-header against Korea and Iran.“I’ve previously talked about a friendly between Russia and Iran with Carlos Queiroz and now it’s going to happen. We’ve seen Iran’s match with South Korea and I have to say they take advantage of good players such as (Sardar) Azmoun, (Milad) Mohammadi and (Saeid) Ezatolahi. The friendly match will be an important warm-up match and I am sure my friend Queiroz thinks so. We are going to play a beautiful football with strong Iran and I am sure the fans will fill the seats,” said Cherchesov.

Carlos Quieroz praises Russia’s progress ahead of 2018 World Cup

Iran head coach Carlos Quieroz spoke fondly about the Russian national side ahead of the friendly between the two nations on Tuesday night.


The 2018 World Cup hosts defeated South Korea by a comfortable 4-2 scoreline on Saturday, and Queiroz admits there is a still a distinct difference in performance between European and Asian nations.

He said in a press-conference: I saw Russia and South Korea match and I have to say it was a strange and interesting match. Russia showed a better performance and they showed differences between Europe and Asia football. We want to learn from the Russian team, that’s why we are here. I think the current Russian team is a better team than it was in Confederations Cup”

Despite this, Queiroz is confident that his side will play good football against Russia, who will welcome over 23,000 fans for the friendly in Kazan on Tuesday night. After successfully hosting the Confederations Cup in June, Russia are said to have begun preparations for the World Cup in full swing starting with the transport arrangements. Continue reading “Carlos Quieroz praises Russia’s progress ahead of 2018 World Cup”

Fulham Sign Zenit St Petersburg Player on Deadline Day

Fulham have been able to secure the signing ofYohanMollo from Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg on transfer deadline day.


This has been a major coup for the Championship outfit. The 28-year-old is a well-known player in these quarters after having represented the likes of St Etienne and Monaco. Fulham have been able to bring the player to Craven Cottage on a contract for just two years. It is expected that the club will offer him an extension depending on his performances going forward and if the club are promoted back to the Premier League.

The prospect of playing in the Premier League appears to have been a huge draw for the 28-year-old, who says that he is extremely excited about this project. Fulham have started the 2017-18 campaign as one of the teams capable of getting promotion.YohanMollo has been at Zenit St Petersburg, who also have former Chelsea winger Yuri Zhirkov in their ranks, for only a short period of time. He had moved to the club for just around € 500,000 from KrylyaSovetov Samara.

In his short spell at the club, he made seven appearances in the league and managed to come up with one goal. His decision to return back to English/French football will help him get some much needed stability in his career.

“I am really happy and excited about the project.I have an opportunity to play in England and to play with a club with great history like Fulham with some great players. It’s a big opportunity for me and I am looking forward to getting started,” said the 28-year-old. Fulham have also signed Wolves winger Jordan Graham on a season-long loan deal. “I’m over the moon. It’s a wicked club to be at. I know how big a club it is,” said Graham.

Massimo Carrera believes in his team

Spartak Moscow coach Massimo Carrera believes that his team can win the title again this season.


The manager who brought the first league title after 16 years said that his players are ready for it and that they are keen to keep the title that they have fought for last season.

Massimo Carrera believes that there is great potential in the team and that it will not be a strange feat if the team managed to retain the title. He believes that the players are aware of their potential and that they are ready for it.

Massimo Carrera said that it has been a wonderful campaign last season and that it was a formidable moment for both the players as well as the fans when they lifted up the title. He said that they will be desperate to experience the same thing this season and that the players are prepared to fight for it. Continue reading “Massimo Carrera believes in his team”

PUTIN BACKS RUSSIAN TEAM IN 2018

The President of Russia Vladmir Putin is not hopeless that after the huge expenditures for the 2018 World Cup, the national team would then perform poorly. The President revealed this when he was invited by the head of the Cheremkhovo Municipality of the Irkutsk Region Vadim Semyonov.

Putin was called on to attend ceremonies planned as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations. In his usual playful manner, teased the wit of his host. He asked Semyonov about his thoughts on the national team and how they would fare next year. Semyonov said in all honesty the team would perform “badly.” Continue reading “PUTIN BACKS RUSSIAN TEAM IN 2018”