The Latest: Russian TV picks ex-coach as commentator

MOSCOW — The Latest at the World Cup, including the FIFA Congress vote for the 2026 hosting rights (all times local):

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Stanislav Cherchesov will be coaching Russia in the World Cup's opening match with his predecessor looking over his shoulder and commenting on his every move.

Russian state TV named previous coach Leonid Slutsky its color commentator for the game Thursday against Saudi Arabia. Cherchesov took over from Slutsky in 2016 after Russia failed to qualify from the...

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