In 2017 in the period from March to November the national team of Russia on football will hold 10 friendly matches in addition to participating as a hostess in pre-2018 world Cup traditional the Cup of confederations. This was stated by the President of the Russian football Union (RFU) and the Minister of sport Vitaly Mutko.
“Today has made changes to the FIFA calendar. We will have between 20 and 28 March for two games, 5-13 June two match, then the confederations Cup, and then from 28 August to 5 September, two meetings, 2-10 Oct two games, 6-14 November two matches. That is, next year the team will host 10 matches of the confederations Cup” – quoted Mutko TASS.
The Minister also said that the Brazilian football Confederation confirmed its desire to play against Russia next year. The meeting will take place in “Luzhniki” in March or June. Among the potential opponents for friendlies in 2017 was also mentioned team of Argentina.
Russia as the host country of the 2018 world Cup pre-qualified and received the right to participate in the final stage automatically. Team Russia will not hold official matches in the qualifying period.
Until the end of the year the wards of Stanislav Cherchesov will play against Qatar in Doha (November 10) and with Romania in Grozny (November 15). Also in December is planned for the game against Macedonia with the participation of players not involved in UEFA competition.