Russian Head of General Staff Gerasimov hands award weapon to Syrian generalMilitary & Defense August 19, 9:10
German politician says Crimea should to be recognized as part of RussiaWorld August 19, 6:22
Russian Emergencies Ministry carries out over 430 humanitarian missions abroad since 1993Society & Culture August 19, 6:18
Olympic diving champion Zakharov to carry Russia’s flag at opening ceremony of UniversiadeSport August 19, 4:11
New defense attorney to be appointed in former Ukrainian president’s high treason caseWorld August 19, 4:04
Mayor says Izmir International Fair homage to memory of late Russian ambassadorWorld August 19, 3:59
Putin, Medvedev emphasize need to restore cultural facilities in CrimeaSociety & Culture August 19, 3:43
El Pais: all four suspects in Barcelona terror attack shot deadWorld August 19, 3:36
Foreign Ministry speaker Zakharova very passionate about her dollhouseRussian Politics & Diplomacy August 18, 23:01
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.
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.