Russia has 145 million people and likes football, so why are the team so poor? | Michael Yokhin

A lack of long-term planning and football education mean the World Cup hosts go into the tournament as the lowest-ranked team and with a 38-year-old at centre-back

Aleksandr Golovin was born in the small Siberian town of Kaltan. Most of its 22,000 residents work in the mining industry, his first coach lost his hand in a mining accident and the only full-size football pitch is in a terrible condition even in the summer, not to mention the freezing winters.

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