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FIFA World Cup 2014: Russia 23 Man Squad

Russia coach Fabio Capello has selected his 23 man squad ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Capello has selected a team which exclusively plays its football in Russia – a tactic which often bears fruit at World Cups – as he seeks to help Russia to a best ever finish in the tournament. Having only ever qualified for the World Cup once since the breakup of the USSR, and only having won one group stage match that time, in 2002, Russia will not need an incredible performance to achieve that feat.

Their 2014 group stage is in Group H, alongside a decent looking Belgium squad, Algeria and South Korea, meaning the Russians stand a realistic change of progressing to the next phase, given a minimum of two good performances.

Russia 23 Man Squad

1 Igor AKINFEEV Goalkeeper, CSKA Moscow (RUS)
2 Aleksei KOZLOV Defender, FC Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
3 Georgy SHCHENNIKOV Defender, CSKA Moscow (RUS)
4 Sergey IGNASHEVICH Defender, CSKA Moscow (RUS)
5 Andrey SEMENOV Defender, FC Terek Grozny (RUS)
6 Maksim KANUNNIKOV Forward, FK Amkar Perm (RUS)
7 Igor DENISOV Midfielder, FC Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
8 Denis GLUSHAKOV Midfielder, FC Spartak Moscow (RUS)
9 Alexander KOKORIN Forward, FC Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
10 Alan DZAGOEV Midfielder, CSKA Moscow (RUS)
11 Aleksandr KERZHAKOV Forward, FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)
12 Yury LODYGIN Goalkeeper, FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)
13 Vladimir GRANAT Defender, FC Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
14 Vasily BEREZUTSKIY Defender, CSKA Moscow (RUS)
15 Roman SHIROKOV Midfielder, FC Krasnodar (RUS)
16 Sergey RYZHIKOV Goalkeeper, FC Rubin Kazan (RUS)
17 Oleg SHATOV Midfielder, FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)
18 Yury ZHIRKOV Forward, FC Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
19 Alexander SAMEDOV Forward, FC Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS)
20 Victor FAYZULIN Midfielder, FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)
21 Alexey IONOV Forward, FC Dynamo Moscow (RUS)
22 Andrey ESHCHENKO Defender, FC Anzhi Makhachkala (RUS)
23 Dmitry KOMBAROV Defender, FC Spartak Moscow (RUS)

CAPELLO Fabio Coach (ITA)

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