Russia Portraits - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Russia World Cup Squad Photos

Host countries gain automatic entry to the World Cup, which is the only reason this under-performing Russian squad is getting a run at the tournament. (The team is winless in its last six matches, including a 3-0 loss to Brazil.) Fortunately for the home team, Group A is widely regarded as the weakest of the lot, meaning that coach Stanislav Cherchesov will believe his team can advance. If that’s going to happen, captain and talisman Igor Akinfeev, a goalkeeper, will need to work his magic between the pipes.

Here, portraits of all 23 players on the 2018 World Cup squad.

IURY GAZINSKY Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images IURY GAZINSKY MARIO FERNANDES Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images MARIO FERNANDES IGOR AKINFEEV Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images IGOR AKINFEEV

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SERGEY IGNASHEVICH Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images SERGEY IGNASHEVICH ANDREY SEMENOV Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images ANDREY SEMENOV DENIS CHERYSHEV Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images DENIS CHERYSHEV DALER KUZIAEV Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images DALER KUZIAEV FEDOR SMOLOV Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images FEDOR SMOLOV ALEXANDER SAMEDOV Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images ALEXANDER SAMEDOV FEDOR KUDRIASHOV Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images FEDOR KUDRIASHOV ALAN DZAGOEV Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images ALAN DZAGOEV ROMAN ZOBNIN Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images ROMAN ZOBNIN ALEKSANDR GOLOVIN Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images ALEKSANDR GOLOVIN VLADIMIR GRANAT Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images VLADIMIR GRANAT ANDREI LUNEV Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images ANDREI LUNEV YURY ZHIRKOV Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images YURY ZHIRKOV ALEXEY (L) AND ANTON MIRANCHUK Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images ALEXEY (L) AND ANTON MIRANCHUK ILYA KUTEPOV Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images ILYA KUTEPOV DENIS CHERYSHEV Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images DENIS CHERYSHEV IGOR SMOLNIKOV Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images IGOR SMOLNIKOV VLADIMIR GABULOV Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images VLADIMIR GABULOV ARTEM DZYUBA Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images ARTEM DZYUBA



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