Russian Federation celebrates team's run despite World Cup exit

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"I might even end up having a good relationship" with Putin, said the real estate mogul, who also denounced "75 percent" of journalists as "downright dishonest". We will have to do something with our players to play against them and individually our players will have to play well'. Since then he has not attended any more FIFA World Cup Matches but Stanislav Cherchesov says that he continues to be in touch him.

Forward Fedor Smolov received a rousing reception despite making a mess of Russia's penalty kicks.

Croatia will play England, who earlier beat Sweden 2-0 in Samara, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.

"People not only started to believe in us, but the whole nation loves us now", he said.


"From the first second I put together this team, I knew where it was heading", he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a state awards ceremony for military personnel who served in Syria, at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia December 28, 2017.

"He has been calling me, he called me before and after the (last) game with Spain", Cherchesov said. "We don't want anybody tampering with elections", Trump said. A huge thank you to them for this tournament.

He world cup may not resolve Russia's economic concerns but it has certainly gave it a positive image, something that the "undemocratic" Putin administration will make full use of in its future worldwide dealings.


Russian Federation were the lowest-ranked team in the tournament and expectations were not high.

Reuters quoted student Artyom Osadchy as saying: "It was a great match. What we achieved, that was so cool", Andrey, a lawyer, said next to a street corner screen that had shown the match.

Other fans looked to the future on the heels of Russia's best World Cup performance since the collapse of the Soviet Union. "It was a very dignified game", Evgenia, 36, a psychologist, said. I believe that is the same for the players, ' he added.

The hosts' surprise progress to the quarter-final has ramped up the hopes of home fans but Cherchesov insists - aside from taking calls from the president - he is trying to steer clear of the hype.


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