Vagiz Khidiyatullin, who starred for the Soviet Union during the 1980s, says picking Russia in the World Cup would be "like betting on a lame horse."
FIFA has dismissed a report that its ethics committee had started an investigation against the organisation's president Gianni Infantino.
Andrew Kabuura and Daniel Amokachi preview Chile's test against the World Cup champs and Cameroon's match vs. Australia.
Former Nigerian international Daniel Amokachi looks back on playing against Diego Maradona in Nigeria's 1994 WC defeat.
The 81,000-capacity venue is not being used for the Confederations Cup, currently being staged in four cities across Russia.
Grozny, the capital city of Chechnya, has been shortlisted by FIFA as a potential team base camp for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.