Russia has not lost hope their team could win this year’s World Cup. 18 % of Russians think that their team could win the tournament, while only 7 % thinks otherwise.
The 1-1 loss of Russia to South Korea has initiated a gloomy mood. The
triumph of Russia at the Sochi Winter Olympics and Crimea annexation has inculcated a totality of patriotism, sparkling nationwide fan interest all over the country.
As of the moment, a sense of doom covers the mood of most Russian fans, following the fear that their national team won’t be able to recover from the recent loss from South Korea. Russian fans would have to face the reality that in every game, loss should be inevitably faced.
Fears have dominated Russian fans following the recruitment of Coach Fabio Capello. Capello paved the way for a last-16 exit loss to Germany against The Three Lions, four years ago. Russia’s stance as of the moment bears similarity to that of England in 2010, in which there are high expectations of winning the tournament, marred by error in tactics and goalkeeping in the first game.
Capello seem to be staying with Russia for a while. His contract with the team lasts until 2018, and an early departure of Capello can spell doom for the systems of the team. Many spectators expect Capello’s stay until 2018 will produce some winning results for his team in the long run. Spectators are counting on the fact that Capello would have learned his lesson based from criticisms received and eventually, rectify his mistakes.