Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, 41, safely returned to Earth on Sunday after a 166-day stay at the International Space Station.
Another three astronauts are to be launched to the station on Wednesday.
"We are a bit exhausted but happy with what we have accomplished and happy to be back on Earth". There they will undergo a longer medical exam and then be flown either to Moscow or Houston.
Roscosmos posted on Thursday a video of Shkaplerov and fellow cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev practicing in the ISS with an Adidas Telstar 18 football. News agency Tass reported that it was to be used in the opening game, although this has not been confirmed by global football federation Fifa.
During his mission, Kanai conducted various scientific experiments in space and walked in space outside the International Space Station.
Tingle and Kanai ventured outside the station on separate spacewalks to perform work on parts of the Canadarm2 robotic arm.
Mr Putin highlighted Japan's important contribution to the ISS and Mr Abe expressed his joy at the pair working in such unity in space.
But one Kanai tweet in January caused confusion after he mistakenly claimed to have grown taller by nine centimetres just weeks after arriving on board the ISS.
Three crew members now on board the International Space Station are making final preparations to end their mission on the orbiting laboratory.
The spacecraft will be carrying a crew of three to the world's sole orbiter, namely Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev, US astronaut Serena Aunon and German astronaut Alexander Gerst.
Expedition 55 Flight Engineers Tingle, Kanai and Shkaplerov undocked from the International Space Station at 5:16 a.m. EDT to begin their trip home, NASA said in a blogpost.