Russian Federation to host World Cup as lowest ranked team

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According to the poll, 11 percent of the respondents believe that Russia could lift the trophy, while nearly 20 percent of Russians do not expect the national team to reach the knockout stage.

Federation Internationale de Football Association fined Russia 30,000 Swiss francs ($30,422) last month for discriminatory chants by fans after racist abuse was directed at French players during a friendly in St Petersburg in March.

With just seven days to the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, FIFA says 2,403,116 tickets have been allocated to football fans all around the world since sales started in September 2017.

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Russian Federation is "100 percent ready" to host the World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday as he addressed concerns about racism, human rights and security in the host country a week before the tournament begins.

The June 14-July 15 competition is spread across 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi, and Infantino, the head of the world governing body for the sport, believes that supporters are in for a real treat.

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However, the volume of concern, and the cacophony of the conspiracy chorus, wasn't exclusively from the media. Colbert said. "She might hear it from down the hall". "It's her style and we just have to accept that".

World Cup holders Germany stay top after the latest round of global fixtures, while the rest of the top seven - Brazil, Belgium, Portugal, Argentina, Switzerland and France - remained unchanged from May's rankings.

The only change to the top 10 saw Poland rise two places to eighth, leapfrogging Chile and Spain.

Syria (73), Lebanon (79), Kosovo (141) and Gibraltar (195) achieved their best ever positions in the rankings.

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