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5 Reasons Why Russia Can Win the 2014 World Cup

5 Reasons Why Russia Can Win the 2014 World Cup

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Russia is trying to lay a foundation for the 2018 World Cup while in Brazil. They are the host of the next World Cup and can give supporters a reason for optimism at this year's tournament. For fans, success this year may mean making it to the round of 16. However, there is room for more optimism.

5. Alan Dzagoev

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5. Alan Dzagoev

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Dzagoev is becoming a superstar. He broke out at the 2012 European Championships by scoring three goals. That was the same number as Cristiano Ronaldo. At 23 years old, this will be his second World Cup. Russia will depend greatly on his showing in Brazil.

4. Quality Coaching

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4. Quality Coaching

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Fabio Capello has won 350 games as a manager and does have World Cup coaching experience with England. Although the result was not considered a success despite a round of 16 appearance, he has learned from his experience which we will see on the next point. Capello has also coached some of the biggest clubs in Europe including Juventus and Real Madrid.

3. Comfortable Training Grounds

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3. Comfortable Training Grounds

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When people talk about Capello's time with England one downfall that is generally cited are his strict policies. He has loosened up to give his Russian players a much more comfortable training environment including accommodations and amenities. The website for their host hotel says there will be "a family environment, safety, excellence in services, unsurpassed cuisine, tranquility and comfort in the midst of nature."

2. A History of Strong Defense

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2. A History of Strong Defense

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They already have a clean sheet in a World Cup buildup match. Russia's first four World Cup qualifying matches were shutouts, and one of these victories was against Portugal. If they can remain a force in defense, Russia will have a chance to advance deep into the tourney.

1. The Players Have Greater Familiarity with One Another

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1. The Players Have Greater Familiarity with One Another

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This is not a roster made up of players who play across the globe which can produce issues in familiarity. Russia will rely on many who feature in the Russian Premier League. The majority of the players come from CSKA Moscow, Zenit and Dynamo Moscow. There should be no issues bonding.