For many Russians, the World Cup is so close and yet so far away

Overall the preparation for the World Cup has cost Russia 683 billion roubles (€9.2 billion, $10.9 billion), according to the tournament's organizing committee.

After all, Fedino and the region around the nearby city of Voskresensk are known as a "hockey region" - because of the high density of Stanley Cup winners from the area, as the locals proudly explain. Two years ago a small open-air ice hockey rink was installed on the other side of the football pitch.

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World Cup 2018: Russia hoping to prove pessimists wrong

They enter the World Cup with low expectations and a low FIFA ranking, but Russia's players are determined to silence the doubters.

Nestled away in a sprawling sports complex on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia have largely been preparing for the World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia on Thursday away from critical eyes, and perhaps for good reason. While there is no shortage of enthusiasm among Russians at the prospect of hosting some of the game’s biggest stars, that soon fades when it comes to the national team’s chances at its home tournament.

Al Jazeera -
Everything you don't understand about Russia: World Cup 2018

With a week to go before the 2018 World Cup in Russia, David Goldblatt and co-host Tony Karon turn towards the tournament ahead in a new episode of Game of Our Lives.

The hosts are joined by Russian journalist Sasha Goryunov, who discusses what the West misunderstands about the 2018 World Cup host country, and answers one of many questions on Goldblatt's mind: does Russia actually like football?

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte