Russia stars pay brilliant tribute to manager Stanislav Cherchesov by wearing fake moustaches and special t-shirts to celebrate his 55th birthday
- Russian players celebrate manager Stanislav Cherchesov’s 55th birthday
- The players wore fake moustaches to look like him and specially made t-shirts
- Cherchesov has become a popular figure in Russia following World Cup run
- Russia kick off their UEFA Nations League campaign against Turkey on Friday
The Russian football team reconvened for the first time since they hosted the World Cup and began the international break by celebrating their manager’s 55th birthday by wearing fake moustaches and special t-shirts.
Stanislav Cherchesov became a cult figure in Russia during the summer as he led his country on an historic run to the World Cup quarter-finals.
Reunited two months later, the players all put on fake moustaches in order to look like Cherchesov along with specially made t-shirts of their boss in an astronaut outfit on the front.
Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov receives gifts for 55th birthday during training session
The Russian players all wore fake moustaches and special t-shirts in tribute to their boss
The players came out to training wearing moustaches like the one their manager has
STANISLAV CHERCHESOV’S RUSSIA RECORD
Games managed – 25
Won – 8
Drawn – 6
Lost – 11
Goals for – 44
Goals against – 44
To commemorate his birthday the Russian players also presented Cherchesov with a gift and a Russian shirt that had his name and age printed on the back.
The relationship between the group and the managerial staff is strong on the back of their best World Cup run since 1970.
Before the tournament, no one had given the hosts a chance, with many ruling them out of even qualifying from their group.
But the home nation was ecstatic after a 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia in the opening game and things only improved from there for Cherchesov and his men.
Cherchesov laughs as his team pay tribute to him for his 55th birthday during training
Once training got underway the moustaches were off as Russia prepare for Turkey match
The Russian squad were getting back in the swing of things following successful World Cup
In their second group game they faced and beat Mohamed Salah’s Egypt before losing to Uruguay in the final match.
In the round of 16 they came up against Spain and went through on penalties following an heroic display, but it was penalties that undid them in the quater-finals as they lost to eventual finalists, Croatia.
It was a successful tournament for Cherchesov and his Russian team, who had been dubbed as ‘doomed to fail’ by the Moscow Times prior to the tournament.
Now the squad are back together and begin on the road to Euro 2020.
Russia will face Turkey in their UEFA Nations League opener on Friday before a friendly with the Czech…