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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.

Russian Federation will host the tournament this year and there have been concerns over how fans will be treated due to historic problems of racial abuse within football in the country.

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.


Hosts Russia will be the lowest ranked team at the World Cup after falling four places 70th in FIFA's latest standings - their worst placing in history.

Russian Federation will host the tournament from June 14 to July 15 in 12 stadiums spread across cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi and Infantino believes that supporters are in for a real treat.

Russian fans lead the way, having bought 871,797 tickets, followed by the United States (88,825), Brazil (72,512), Colombia (65,234), Germany (62,541), Mexico (60,302), Argentina (54,031), Peru (43,583), China (40,251), Australia (36,359) and England (32,362).


Les Bleus are ranked seventh and their group features two more of the world's top 12 - Peru, in 11th, and Denmark who are ranked alongside England in 12th.

Poland's recent form has helped them climb into eighth position at the expense of Spain, who have dropped to 10th behind Chile, while Uruguay have climbed to 14th.

Among CONCACAF sides, Mexico are 15th as they prepare to contest the World Cup with Costa Rica up to 23rd and Panama stable at 55th.


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