Moscow: A Russian comic's song which mocks the country's World Cup team and questions the financial sense of hosting the event has gone viral on the eve of the tournament, angering some fans and politicians.
Anti-Russia satirical take goes viral
Written and performed by Semyon Slepakov, 'Ole Ole Ole' imagines Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed head of Chechnya, as the Russian football team's new but unsuccessful manager. It has been viewed more than five million times on YouTube.
Russia, who have not won since October last year when they were helped to victory by two own goals by South Korea, are due to play Saudi Arabia on Thursday in the competition's opening match in front of President Vladimir Putin.
He describes an imaginary scene in the pre-match locker room where Russia's players are smoking a hookah pipe, watching YouTube videos, and texting girls they met in a nightclub the day before.