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Quarter of polled Russians see national team in World Cup’s title match

June 17, 2014, 19:13 UTC+3 MOSCOW
In a question about the most favorite foreign teams, 23% of the respondents chose Brazil, which was followed by Spain (10%), Germany (9%), Italy (7%), England (4%)
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MOSCOW, June 17. /ITAR-TASS/. 25% of Russians believe that the country’s national football team will battle through to the final match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, being held between June 12 and July 13, a Russian state-run pollster reported on Tuesday.

According to a survey conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM), 13 out of the above mentioned 25% say that Russia would not only reach the final match, but would snatch the title as well.

Speaking about Russia’s possible progress at the global sport tournament, 18% of respondents said the team would reach the quarterfinals stage, 19% opted for the semifinals round, 7% said the Russian squad would fail to clear the group stage, while 31% had nothing to say.

78% of the polled said they would be cheering for the Russian team at the championship.

In a separate question about the most favorite foreign teams, 23% of the respondents chose Brazil, which was followed by Spain (10%), Germany (9%), Italy (7%), England (4%).

The poll was conducted on June 7-8 among 1,600 respondents across various parts of Russia. The margin of error does not exceed 3.4%

This year Russia managed to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil, after missing the previous World Cups in 2006 and 2010. Russia’s first game in its Group H against South Korea is scheduled for June 17. The match in Brazil’s Cuiaba at the Arena Pantanal kicks off at 6:00 p.m. local time (22:00 GMT).

The national team, coached by Italy’s Fabio Capello, is scheduled to play its next match against Belgium in Rio de Janeiro on June 22 and to complete the group stage with a match against Algeria on June 26.

Earlier in the month Russia's Consul General in Rio de Janeiro Andrei Budayev said that a total of up to 20,000 Russian citizens were expected to arrive in Brazil for the World Cup matches.

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