Vladimir Putin critical of Russia’s football team ahead of World Cup

Russia has won just one of its last 10 games and crashed out of European Championship 2016 without winning a game.

By: AP | Moscow | Updated: November 13, 2016 12:51 am
Putin Syria, Russia Syria, Vladimir Putin, Syria Russia bombing, Bashar al assad, Syria Russia defence, news, latest news, world news, Syria Russia airbase, international news, Syria news, Russia news Vladimir Putin said they haven’t seen beautiful play from the national team for a long time.

Russia’s national football team is often attacked for poor performances but players will be paying special attention to their latest critic.

With the 2018 World Cup hosts struggling on the field, Vladimir Putin isn’t amused.

The Russian president said “to be honest, we haven’t seen beautiful play from the national team for a long time.”

Speaking two days after Russia lost 2-1 to Qatar in a friendly, Putin’s remarks were reported by state news agencies on Saturday.

Russia has won just one of its last 10 games and crashed out of this summer’s European Championship without winning a game. Despite all this, the team has been set a target of reaching the semifinals in 2018.

Russia’s next game is a friendly against Romania on Tuesday in Grozny, the capital of the Russian region of Chechnya.