Meanwhile in Moscow: Russia Off to Good Start

As World Cup 2018 officially kicked off today, it was imperative for host country Russia to be off to a good start at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Mission was fully accomplished for the Russian squad, with their jewel Aleksander Golovin serving two assists and scoring from a free-kick in a convincing 5-0 pummeling of Saudi Arabia in the opening match of Group A.

Golovin, the Young Tsar Who Makes Russia Hope

With that suffering expression of his, midfielder Aleksandr Golovin reminds of Aleksei Ivanovich, the main character of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novella The Gambler. But rather than going through his fictional alter ego’s pains, Golovin could be Russia’s young leader in the upcoming World Cup – as well as of one of our Top 10 young players to keep an eye for…