Russia woke up on Thursday with a soccer-related hangover following another disappointing showing in a World Cup qualifying campaign.
Russian soccer chief Vyacheslav Koloskov has ruled out using naturalised Russians in the country's national side.
Gennady Fyodorov looks at Russia's recent international failings and explains why Russia could not afford to miss another major tournament.
Gennady Fyodorov looks at striker Dmitry Bulykin who has reignited career after being described as lazy and unpredictable by his own coach.
Russia coach Georgy Yartsev has turned down a two-year contract, choosing instead to put his future on hold until after next month's Euro 2004 playoffs against Wales.
Russia will introduce a limit on foreign players in their top flight league from 2005, the country's soccer chief said on Tuesday.