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Alisher Usmanov

Russia's Soccer Hopes Rest With Italian Coach

Analyzing the chances for Russia in the 2014 World Cup and beyond.
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My soccer upbringing was identical to that of most Soviet youth; I loved playing football with my schoolmates in the yard. When I turned 12, which was in 1965, I told my father that he had to take me to Moscow from Uzbekistan to watch a friendly match between the U.S.S.R and the Brazilian national team; otherwise, I would travel to the stadium by myself. He took me, and I remember the game clearly.

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