2014 World Cup team guide: Russia

Aleksandr Kerzhakov celebrates a goal against Portugal in qualifying.

Credit: PA

Russia

Group H fixtures:

Russia v South Korea
June 17 Cuiaba, 2300

Belgium v Russia
June 22 Rio de Janeiro, 2300

Algeria v Russia
June 26 Curitiba, 2100

FIFA World Ranking: 22

Head coach: Fabio Capello

How they qualified: Fabio Capello's qualifying record with England was impeccable and he continued that trend as Russia head coach despite one slip-up against Northern Ireland. Russia beat Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal to first place in Group F.

World Cup pedigree: Poor, which is rather mysterious for such a massive, resource-rich country. A Lev Yashin-inspired USSR finished fourth in 1966, their best performance to date. They reached the quarter-finals in 1958, 1962 and 1970 but have done nothing of note since then and indeed failed to qualify for the last two tournaments.

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