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Russia's Confed Cup showing doesn't suggest future World Cup success

Russia gave it their best at the Confederations Cup but the hosts just lacked the quality to compete with the world's elite.

KAZAN, Russia -- One of the few positives to emerge from Russia's Confederations Cup exit for Stanislav Cherchesov is that he has managed to get the country behind his team once again.

Whether the same can be said for the domestic media is another matter, judging by the first question thrown the coach's way in the postmatch news conference after Mexico's 2-1 win in Kazan had confirmed Russia's group stage elimination.

"Our sources told us that, if Russia went out of this tournament before...

Spartak Moscow sign Russia midfielder Alexander Samedov

Alexander Samedov has returned to his boyhood club, Lokomotiv Moscow.

Russian league leader Spartak Moscow have signed midfielder Alexander Samedov from Lokomotiv Moscow.

The 32-year-old Samedov started his career with Spartak and played for them until 2005. He says he feels "huge nerves but at the same time happiness to return to my first club after 12 years."

Samedov rejoins a team who are five points clear of Zenit St. Petersburg at the top of the standings. Under Italian coach Massimo Carrera, Spartak are chasing their first title since 2001.

The right-sided midfielder...