Nervous Russia haunted by 2002 fiasco

June 5, 2004
By Gennady Fyodorov
MOSCOW, June 5 (Reuters) - Russian players waved a final goodbye to relatives and loved-ones on Saturday before boarding a plane to Portugal for next week's Euro 2004, hoping to avoid a repeat performance of their last major tournament.

Two years ago Russia returned home to widespread scorn following their dismal showing at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, where they failed to advance from one of the easiest first-round groups.

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