Liga Santander

Russian players who could become hot transfer targets

MOSCOW (AP) Russia's success at the World Cup has taken fans by surprise, especially because its players aren't well known outside of their home nation.

Of the 23 players in the squad, 21 play in the Russian league, where a limit on foreign players drives up wages for locals and discourages them from playing abroad.

Still, Russia's early success at this tournament could encourage players to once again venture abroad, as the likes of Andrei Arshavin and Roman Pavlyuchenko did after Russia's run to the European Championship semifinals in 2008.

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