Austria: Russia coach invites Putin to visit WC team's training grounds

Russian President Vladimir Putin is warmly invited to visit the trainings of the Russian team, the country's national coach Stanislav Cherchesov said during a press conference in Innsbruck on Tuesday, alongside Austrian national coach Franco Foda. In response to an Austrian journalist's question on whether the Russian team has received any orders from the Russian government, Cherchesov said... Еще Putin hasn’t engaged with the Russian team since 2002. Cherchesov stated that he has an idea of the squad for the World Cup, but pointed out that players still have the chance to qualify, as the coaches select the squad according to skills rather than big names. Foda commended the Russian team and shared some impressions of his Russian counterpart; the two have known each other for a long time through their careers in Austria and Germany's football leagues. The two teams will have a friendly game on Wednesday.

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