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Russian football authorities laud national team’s FIFA World Cup performance

This summer Russia hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup

MOSCOW, July 26. /TASS/. The Executive Board of the Russian Football Union (RFU) has deemed the performance of the national football team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as successful, a member of the RFU Executive board, Igor Lebedev, told TASS.

Members of the Russian Football Union’s Executive Committee convened on Thursday for a session to discuss the results of the national team’s participation in the 2018 World Cup, the candidacy of the team’s next head coach as well as a number of other issues.

"A decision was made to recognize the results of the Russian national team’s performance at the world championship as successful," Lebedev said in an interview with TASS.

Led by 54-year-old Head Coach Stanislav Cherchesov, the Russian national football team managed to reach the knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup advancing with a win over the Spanish team in the round of Last 16 and then losing on a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals to Croatia, which eventually reached the final match of the world championship.

This summer Russia hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a remarkable opening show at Luzhniki Stadium on the evening of June 14 and ended with a spectacular final match, played also at the Luzhniki Stadium, where France confidently defeated Croatia 4-2 to win the much-coveted World Cup Trophy.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they were Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The national football team of hosts Russia managed to make it to the quarterfinals stage of this world championship, where Croatia edged them out in a 4-3 penalty shootout win on July 7 at the Fisht Arena in Sochi.

According to a statement from the world’s governing football body, FIFA, Russia’s Head Coach Cherchesov has been included in the short-list of nominees for the FIFA Best Coach of the Year award.

Cherchesov took the reins of the national football squad in the summer of 2016 signing a contract with the RFU to work as the head coach of the team until August 2018.

FIFA will host the annual Best Football Awards gala in London on September 24, where the winner will be announced.