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Rapt crowds now watch Margarita Chernomyrdina (in pic) lead the Russia women’s national football team in its quest to win acceptance and respect in Vladimir Putin’s socially conservative Russia.(Getty Images)

Once taboo, Russian women’s football eyes FIFA World Cup 2018 boost

Agence France-Presse, Moscow | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 05:01 PM IST
Margarita Chernomyrdina, the technically-gifted midfielder with the firm gaze and soft smile knows the men’s FIFA World Cup 2018 kicking off in Moscow in a month could work miracles for the Russian women’s national football team.
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