Mes­sage is to love your team, not hate op­po­si­tion

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against the op­po­site side.”

Smertin said the tour­na­ment gave Rus­sia a chance to show it­self to the world.

“To me, if you asked me 10 years ago about the World Cup when I was a pro­fes­sional player, I would have said we need first place, sec­ond place, third place, gold medal,” he said.

“Get through the group, win the first game, as many as we can.

“Now, I don’t think like this. Of course I have shak­ing legs be­fore kick­off be­cause I’m a foot­ball player.

“I think this is a huge op­por­tu­nity, a pos­si­bil­ity to show­case to ev­ery­one how we can host the World Cup.

“Be­cause our coun­try is quite his­tor­i­cally mul­ti­cul­tural, we re­spect ev­ery­one.

“It is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to in­vite ev­ery­one to show them our cul­ture, our his­tory, our warmth and this is the most im­por­tant.”

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