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Capello should go after dire show

Russia Jun 27, 2014
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Russia worried by Belgium curse

Russia Jun 21, 2014
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Capello's captaincy chaos

Russia Jun 11, 2014
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Russia's prediction: Last 16

Russia Jun 9, 2014
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Russia May 31, 2014
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 Posted by Michael Yokhin
Jun 27, 2014

Time up for Capello but Italian will cling on

Russia fans are less than impressed with Fabio Capello, who presided over a poor tournament in Brazil

If you were regular readers of my posts about Russia during the past couple of months, you will not be surprised to see them exit meekly at the group stage.

Firstly, it was clear that injured Roman Shirokov's absence would prove disastrous for the team. Without the only player capable of sending a quality through ball, Fabio Capello's side were desperately short of improvisation and it showed in each of their three games. Against Algeria and needing a winning goal with 30 minutes to go, Russi...

 Posted by Michael Yokhin
Jun 26, 2014

Assessment: Russia's epic fail

Russia coach Fabio Capello addresses the media about a laser interrupting goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev before Algeria's equalising goal.

Russia have bowed out of the World Cup in the group stages and ESPN FC blogger Michael Yokhin gives his verdict on the brighter points of the campaign as well as what went wrong.

One sentence, World Cup recap

A disastrously lifeless performance, finishing winless in what looked like a very manageable group and missing out on a superb chance of reaching the round of 16 for the first time since 1986.

All team assessments

Group Stage: Australia | Bosnia-Herzegovina | Cameroon | Croatia | Ecuador | England | Ghana | Honduras | Italy | Iran
Ivory Coast Japan | Portugal | Russia | South Korea | Spain
Round of 16: Algeria | Chile | Greece | Mexico
Nigeria | Switzerland | Uruguay | United States
Quarterfinals: Colombia | France | Belgium | Costa Rica
Semifinals: Brazil | Netherlands
Finalists: Argentina
Winners: Germany

Star Man

Vasily Berezutskiy emerged with immense credit from the tournament. The CSKA Moscow cen...

Jun 26, 2014

Firsts for CONCACAF, 2 other regions

The ESPN expert panel look back at the last seven World Cups and discuss how far the United States has come.

With a 1-0 defeat to Germany and a 2-1 Portugal win over Ghana, the United States advanced to consecutive World Cup knockout rounds for the first time in its history. The Americans will play Belgium, the winner of Group H, on Tuesday in Salvador (coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN).

ESPN's Soccer Power Index gives the Americans a 41 percent chance of beating Belgium, the second-best odds of any underdog in the next round.

With all of the knockout round spots filled, we will see the most CON...

Mark Lomas blog photo Posted by Mark Lomas
Jun 26, 2014

Algeria secure historic progress

2014 FIFA World Cup Group H: Algeria 1-1 Russia

Three thoughts from Algeria's 1-1 draw with Russia in the final Group H game in Curitiba, Brazil. 

Exorcising the ghosts of Gijon

Thirty-two years after West Germany and Austria conspired to end Algeria's World Cup dreams, Les Fennecs can finally celebrate a spot in the tournament's knockout stages. Back in 1982, Algeria watched on, infuriated, as the two European neighbours played in what was no more than a glorified kickabout, West Germany's 1-0 victory ensuring both nations went through ...

 Posted by Maher Mezahi
Jun 25, 2014

Algeria buzzing ahead of Russia clash

The ESPN FC panel weigh in on the impressive displays from Belgium, Algeria, and recap an exciting match from the United States and Portugal.

"Russia's next! We're going to have chorba in Brazil!" Ahmed yelled as he filed out of the Estadio Beira-Rio. Chorba is a traditional Algerian dish that is consumed during Ramadan and Ahmed was hinting at the fact that Algeria are set to prolong their stay in Brazil.

The holy month begins this weekend, and 4,000 Algeria fans who made the trip to Brazil will make supplication for an extension to their South American sojourn by qualification for the round of 16, which their team can do with v...

 Posted by Michael Yokhin
Jun 25, 2014

Poor league standards hurting Russia

Belgium rescued all three points against Russia thanks to an unlikely hero in Divock Origi.

Russia and Algeria are rather unique at this World Cup as far as their squads are concerned. Algeria's coach, Vahid Halilhodzic, is the only coach whose 23 players all represent different clubs -- there are no teammates at all. Meanwhile, Russia's head coach, Fabio Capello, is the only one who called up all his players from the local league.

At the first glance, that could be seen as a clear advantage for Russia because their players know one another better, and their style is bound to be m...