But Russia hadn't advanced to either Euro or WorldCup playoffs since 1990, so the "patriots" lost the battle. Now, if Guus Hiddink doesn't succeed in leading Russia to the quarter-finals, the opinion that the Russian team needs a Russian coach will receive a serious boost. Russian football bureaucrats are notorious for their short temper, and it seems unlikely that the Dutch coach will have a chance to stay until the next World Cup."
It has world-class stars: Ibrahimović, Larsson, Ljungberg. Of course, it's a strong team, but not as strong as the Spanish. Our team can win, if we organize our game along proper tactical lines, and if everybody plays with total commitment. As for the game itself, I think it will be similar to the previous game with Greece. Russia will attack, and Sweden will try to use our possible mistakes and counter-attack."