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Russia passes Confederations Cup test but hosts need a team to rally behind

Chile Training - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017

The Confederations Cup is drawing to a close, and overall Russians will feel pleased at how the eight-team warm-up tournament has gone – except for the performance of the home team. On Sunday evening, Germany take on Chile in the late sunlight of a St Petersburg summer evening, and then that will be it until 14 June next year, when the Fifa circus descends on Russia for the main event.

Russia’s entire 2014 World Cup squad face Fifa doping investigation

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Russia is at the centre of another doping scandal after it emerged the country’s entire 23-man squad from the 2014 World Cup is being investigated by Fifa over possible drugs offences. Russia is currently hosting the Confederations Cup and in under a year will stage the World Cup but these allegations are likely to throw its suitability to stage such events into serious doubt.

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