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Russian Football Union in talks on friendlies with Germany, Italy, Spain

August 29, 2016, 18:28 UTC+3
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KHIMKY /Moscow Region/, August 29. /TASS/. The Russian Football Union (RFU) is holding talks with football authorities of Germany, Italy and Spain on the organization of friendly matches, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Monday.

"It is hard to find decent level opponents," Mutko, who is also the RFU president, told journalists. "We have already scheduled [friendly] matches until 2017. We also want to play with Germany, Italy and Spain and the talks on the issue are already in progress."

The Russian national team has three scheduled friendly matches before the end of the year. It will play Turkey in Antalya on Wednesday and then will have two home friendlies - on September 6 with Ghana in Moscow and on October 9 with Costa Rica in Krasnodar.

The construction of the stadium in Krasnodar was launched in 2013 and, according to earlier media reports, the 33,000-seat capacity sports facility would be officially unveiled in October with a friendly match of the national football team.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the present-day Russian football team has never played against Costa Rica. The ex-USSR team, however, played the Costa Rican squad in 1990, winning by a score of 2-1.

According to the most recent FIFA rankings of national football teams, Costa Rica occupies the 27th position, while Russia lags behind in the 38th place.

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