Below is the fifth installment of a Euro 2016 column titled “The Russian Review” by Russian football expert and sports journalist, Shaun Nicolaides. Ten days into Euro 2016, the deciding group stage matches are upon us. France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain have already qualified, and now it’s the turn of Group B. While England have practically 

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Below is the fourth installment of a Euro 2016 column titled “The Russian Review” by Russian football expert and sports journalist, Shaun Nicolaides. Having taken a battling draw against England on Saturday, Russia came into their second Euro 2016 clash with Slovakia on a high. Head coach Leonid Slutsky knew that a victory would practically book 

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Below is the third installment of a Euro 2016 column titled “The Russian Review” by Russian football expert and sports journalist, Shaun Nicolaides. Following the chaos of match-day one, Russia head into their vital Group B clash against Slovakia in Lille on the back of a hard earned draw against England. Vasily Berezutsky’s goal in that 

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Below is the first installment of a Euro 2016 column titled “The Russian Review” by Russian football expert and sports journalist, Shaun Nicolaides. The miserable days with Fabio Capello at the helm are still fresh in every Russian football fan’s mind. Russia have endured a dismal few years on the international scene, and after a 

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  I wonder if Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko is starting to regret his crackdown on foreigners in the national championship at all. Less than two months after seeing a new 6+5 limit put in place, with only six non-Russian players being allowed on the pitch at one time, the whole existence of Russian football 

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Well, that was a disappointment. And that’s putting it lightly. Russia bowed out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil without a victory to their name, and it’s a tournament that all Russian fans want to forget immediately. Pedestrian football with a toothless approach doesn’t sound like a recipe for success, and so it 

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