World Cup 2014: Russia – Key Players

By Sarad Bade Shrestha  |  May 28, 2014
World Cup 2014: Russia – Key Players

Vasili Berezutskiy

Berezut

Age

31

Club

CSKA Moscow

Position

Defender

Int. Caps

77

Int. Goals

3

 

Under Fabio Capello, Russia have become a strong defensive outfit and arguably the most integral part in the Russian side’s defence is Vasili Berezutskiy.

The defender is a vastly experienced player, who has been at the international scene for a very long time and his impressive defensive qualities are absolutely vital for Russia.

A long serving player for CSKA Moscow, Berezutskiy helped his side to the league title this season and will surely be hoping to cap off the campaign on a good note with the Russian national team as well.

Igor Akinfeev

Akinfeev

Age

28

Club

CSKA Moscow

Position

Goalkeeper

Int. Caps

67

Int. Goals

0

 

It is no secret that Russia’s recent revival has been built upon a strong foundation at the back and the man who has been largely credited for the European side’s fine record is goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

Having made his debut for the Russian national team aged just 18, Akinfeev has since established himself as the undisputed number one choice between the sticks. A product of the CSKA Moscow youth system, the goalkeeper helped his beloved side the title this season.

Akinfeev is a brilliant shot stopper who transmits confidence into his defenders. Now 28, Akinfeev would certainly want to guide his national team to unprecedented success in Brazil this summer.

Alan Dzagoev

Dzagoev

Age

23

Club

CSKA Moscow

Position

Midfielder

Int. Caps

30

Int. Goals

8

 

In a solid if unspectacular Russian side, midfielder Alan Dzagoev is the player who provides that bit of flair and quality in attack.

The young man announced himself to the world with his brilliant performances during the European Championships back in 2012 and while he has not progressed as well as many would have anticipated, there is no doubting that the 23-year old is one of the finest players Russia possess at the moment.

A wonderful playmaker who can link up the play brilliantly as well as score his fair share of goals, Dzagoev will surely be an important part for the Russian side in Brazil.

World Cup Key Players –

Group A – BrazilCroatiaMexicoCameroon

Group B –  SpainNetherlandsChileAustralia

Group C – ColombiaGreeceIvory CoastJapan

Group D – UruguayCosta RicaEnglandItaly

Group E – SwitzerlandEcuadorFranceHonduras

Group F – ArgentinaBosnia & HerzegovinaIran,  Nigeria

Group G – GermanyPortugalGhanaUnited States

Group H – BelgiumAlgeriaRussiaSouth Korea

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