With a fighting chance of qualifying out of the group in Group H, Russia could reach the Second Round of a World Cup tournament for the first time in their history this summer.
However, whether they qualify as Group Winners or not, Russia will face a tough tie to progress to the quarter-finals - as a last-16 tie against either Germany or Portugal awaits them.
HOW RUSSIA GOT TO THE 2014 WORLD CUP
Russia gained automatic qualification for the 2014 World Cup by finishing top of UEFA Qualifying Group F.
With a haul of 22 points from their 10 games, the Russians forced Portugal into the Playoffs by a margin of just one point - after a 4-0 win over Luxembourg in the penultimate game effectively assured them of top spot.
Russia were then held to a draw by minnows Azerbaijan in the final game, but that point was enough to see them onto the plane for Brazil.
RUSSIA MANAGER AND TRACK RECORD
Russia manager Fabio Capello will hope to give a better account of himself in a World Cup than he did four years ago - as his England side whimpered out in the Second Round.
This will be Russia's third appearance in a World Cup tournament since the breakup of the Soviet Union - after being eliminated in the Group Stage in both 1994 and 2002.
RUSSIA KEY PLAYER
Usually deployed on the right for Russia, Alan Dzagoev has flourished through the middle under Capello - as he taken on the mantle of being the main creative outlet in an otherwise workmanlike set-up.
Despite his relative young age, the 24-year-old's one of the more experienced members of the Russian side - having made 29 appearances and scoring eight goals since his debut in 2008.
Plying his trade with CSKA Moscow, Dzagoev looks to have recovered well from his injury spell during the winter and is sure to be one of the first names on the Russian team sheet in Brazil.
RUSSIA 2014 WORLD CUP BETTING TIP
While Belgium are favourites in the 2014 World Cup betting markets to be Group Winners in Group H, Russia will still be confident of qualifying out of the group ahead of South Korea and Algeria.
However, should they reach the Second Round, they will most likely find themselves up against Germany for a place in the quarter-finals. With the Germans being a much stronger side, back Russia to be eliminated in the Second Round.
RUSSIA 2014 WORLD CUP SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev, Yury Lodygin, Sergey Ryzhikov.
Defenders: Vasili Berezutskiy, Vladimir Granat, Andrey Eshchenko, Sergey Ignashevich, Alexey Kozlov, Dmitry Kombarov, Andrey Semenov, Georgi Schennikov.
Midfielders: Denis Glushakov, Igor Denisov, Alan Dzagoev, Yury Zhirkov, Alexey Ionov, Pavel Mogilevets, Alexander Samedov, Victor Faizulin, Oleg Shatov, Roman Shirokov.
Forwards: Maxim Kanunnikov, Alexander Kerzhakov, Alexander Kokorin.