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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA confirms doping investigation into Russian players

Russia's national team could be so much better if their league was stronger.
Russia's 2014 World Cup squad is under investigation by FIFA, according to a report

Russia's entire 2014 World Cup squad is being examined by FIFA after allegations of suspected doping, according to a report by the Mail on Sunday, with world football's governing body confirming an investigation is ongoing.

The 23 players on the Russia team that lost in the group stages in Brazil three years ago are among at least 34 Russian footballers in the list of over 1,000 athletes listed as "people of interest" in reports commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)...

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Stanislav Cherchesov plans to stay on as Russia coach after Confed Cup loss

Russia failed to advance past the group stage at the Conferations Cup.

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said he would not resign after the Confederations Cup hosts were eliminated in the group stage, saying he belives his side gained valuable experience.

Mexico rallied for a 2-1 victory over the tournament hosts in Kazan on Saturday to go through to the semifinals alongside group winners Portugal.

But Cherchesov remained "optimistic" with the World Cup less than a year away and praised his young squad.

"I'd like to congratulate my players because they did...

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...