Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ruslan Kambolov in Russia's Preliminary World Cup Squad After FIFA Doping Case

Ruslan Kambolov in Russia's Preliminary World Cup Squad After FIFA Doping Case

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic intends to visit Russian Federation this summer if her schedule permits her to attend matches of the upcoming FIFA World Cup, the president's press service said Friday.

A further report the following year by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors had been involved in a conspiracy to hide positive drug tests over a period of five years and that football was among more than 30 sports involved. His lawyers said last month that Federation Internationale de Football Association had closed the case against him.

Brazil's much fancied squad kicks off its campaign on June 17 against Switzerland at 1500 Brazilian time.

Russian Federation who are drawn alongside Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay in group A in the World Cup are scheduled to face Austria on May 30 and Turkey on June 5 in warm-up friendlies.

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Without it, he would be banned from political life for five years. "He should be released immediately when he is pardoned". Reporters and Anwar supporters gathered outside a hospital in Kuala Lumpur where he is recovering from a shoulder surgery.

Brazilians who would rather visit their local banks than watch their national team on World Cup match days, might find the branches are closed.

In the 28-man preliminary squad, only three players are from clubs outside Russian Federation. They are Villarreal winger Denis Cheryshev, Fenerbahce defender Roman Neustaedter and Brugge goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov.

Barras from Buenos Aires giants Boca Juniors met with their counterparts from Russian clubs Dynamo Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg in February, according to Argentine media. That leaves Fyodor Smolov of FC Krasnodar and Artyom Dzyuba of Arsenal Tula as the main attacking threats. At the World Cup, they will face Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and Egypt in Group A. The country hosts the tournament from June 14 to July 15 in 12 venues spread across 11 cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi.

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