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Russia national football team

The Russia national football team (Russian: национа́льная сбо́рная Росси́и по футбо́лу, natsionálnaya sbórnaya Rossii po futbólu) represents Russia in association football and is controlled by the Russian Football Union (Russian: Российский Футбольный Союз, Rossiyskiy Futboľnyj Soyuz), the governing body for football in Russia. Russia is a member of UEFA, they won the first edition of the respective continental competition in 1960 as the Soviet Union (of which Russia is the successor).[1]

Russia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Russian Football Union (RFS)
Российский футбольный союз
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Stanislav Cherchesov
Captain Igor Akinfeev
Most caps Sergei Ignashevich (127)
Top scorer Aleksandr Kerzhakov (30)
Home stadium Various
FIFA code RUS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 46 Increase 3 (20 September 2018)
Highest 3 (April 1996)
Lowest 70 (June 2018)
Elo ranking
Current 27 Increase 5 (10 September 2018)
Highest 7 (August 2009)
Lowest 50 (29 March 2017)
First international
 Russia 2–0 Mexico 
(Moscow, Russia; 16 August 1992)
Biggest win
 San Marino 0–7 Russia 
(San Marino, San Marino; 7 June 1995)
 Liechtenstein 0–7 Russia 
(Vaduz, Liechtenstein; 8 September 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 7–1 Russia 
(Lisbon, Portugal; 13 October 2004)
World Cup
Appearances 11 (first in 1958)
Best result

As Soviet Union: Fourth place (1966)

As Russia: Quarter Final (2018)
European Championship
Appearances 11 (first in 1960)
Best result

As Soviet Union: Champions (1960)

As Russia: Semi Final (2008)
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2017)
Best result Group stage (2017)

Russia's home ground is the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and their current head coach is Stanislav Cherchesov.

Contents

HistoryEdit

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia played its first international match against Mexico on 16 August 1992 winning 2–0 with a team of former Soviet Union players, including some born in other former Soviet republics.

BeginningEdit

Led by manager Pavel Sadyrin, Russia were in Group 5 for the qualification campaign for the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the United States which consisted of Greece, Iceland, Hungary and Luxembourg. The suspension of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia reduced the group to five teams. Russia eventually qualified alongside Greece with six wins and two draws. Russia went to the USA to start a new era of Russian football as an independent country. The Russian squad consisted of veterans like goalkeeper Stanislav Cherchesov, Aleksandr Borodyuk and players like Viktor Onopko, Oleg Salenko, Dmitri Cheryshev, Aleksandr Mostovoi, Vladimir Beschastnykh, and Valery Karpin (some of these Russian players could have chosen to play for example the Ukrainian national football team but the Football Federation of Ukraine had failed to secure recognition in time to compete in the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification[2]).

In the final tournament, Russia was drawn into group B with Cameroon, Sweden, and Brazil. This was considered a strong group with Russia having limited chances of qualifying for the second round. In their first two games in Detroit Russia lost 2–0 to Brazil and 3–1 to Sweden. Teetering on elimination, Russia defeated Cameroon 6–1 in San Francisco with Oleg Salenko scoring record five goals in a single match. Russia was eliminated from the tournament with three points from one win and two losses. Sadyrin was later sacked following what was a poor performance.

Euro 1996Edit

 
Russia's Euro 96 match against Italy on a stamp of Azerbaijan

After Sadyrin was sacked, Oleg Romantsev was appointed coach to lead Russia to Euro 96. Romantsev was expected to qualify Russia for the final tournament and perform well. In his squad he selected many players from the 1994 FIFA World Cup such as Viktor Onopko, Aleksandr Mostovoi, Vladimir Beschastnykh, and Valery Karpin. During qualifying, Russia overcame Scotland, Greece, Finland, San Marino, and the Faroe Islands to finish in first place with eight wins and two draws.

In the final tournament Russia was in Group C with Germany, Czech Republic, and Italy. Group C was considered the 'group of death' with Russia dubbed the weakest team, and they were eliminated after losing 2–1 to Italy and 3–0 to Germany despite a goalless first half in the latter game. Russia's last game against the Czech Republic ended 3–3. Germany and Czech Republic went on to meet in the final.

1997–99Edit

 
Boris Ignatyev managed Russia in their unsuccessful qualification campaign for the 1998 FIFA World Cup

After Euro 96, Boris Ignatyev was appointed manager for the campaign to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, retaining players from Euro 96 such as Viktor Onopko, Aleksandr Mostovoi, and Valery Karpin. In the qualifying stage Russia was in Group 5 with Bulgaria, Israel, Cyprus, and Luxembourg. Russia and Bulgaria were considered the two main contenders to qualify from the group with Israel considered a minor threat. Russia began the campaign with two victories against Cyprus and Luxembourg and two draws against Israel and Cyprus. They continued with victories against Luxembourg and Israel. Russia suffered their only defeat of the campaign with a 1–0 loss to Bulgaria. They ended the campaign with a 4–2 victory in the return game over Bulgaria and qualify for the play-off spot. In the play-offs, Russia was drawn with Italy. In the first leg Russia drew 1–1. In the away leg, Russia were defeated 1–0 and failed to qualify for the World Cup.

After failing to qualify for the World Cup in France, Russia were determined to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2000 co-hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands. Anatoliy Byshovets was appointed as Russia manager. He made very few changes to the squad by recalling players from the previous generations but did call up striker Aleksandr Panov. Russia were drawn in Group 4 for the qualifying round with France, Ukraine, Iceland, Armenia, and Andorra. Russia and France were considered as favorites for the top two spots with Ukraine being an outside contender. Russia began their campaign with three straight defeats to Ukraine, France, and Iceland. Outraged by this result, the Russian Football Union immediately sacked Byshovets and reappointed Oleg Romantsev as manager. The reappointment of Romanstev as manager brought a complete turn-around to Russia's campaign. They went on to win their next six games including a 3–2 victory over France at the Stade de France. In their last game against Ukraine, a win for Russia would have resulted in outright qualification as the winners of the group, having an identical head-to-head record with France (a 3–2 win and a 3–2 loss), while possessing a superior goal difference. Russia took a 1–0 lead; however the game finished 1–1 after a mistake by the goalkeeper Alexandr Filimonov late in the game.[3] Russia finished third in the group, failing to qualify for their second major tournament in succession.

RevivalEdit

Oleg Romantsev remained as manager of the national team to supervise their qualification campaign to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan. In the preliminary stage Russia was in Group 1 with Slovenia, FR Yugoslavia, and Switzerland, Faroe Islands, and Luxembourg. Russia were once again considered the favourites to qualify along with either Switzerland or Yugoslavia. Russia finished their campaign in first place to qualify directly managing seven wins, two draws, and a loss.

Russia was drawn into Group H with Belgium, Tunisia, and Japan. In their first game Russia achieved a 2–0 victory over Tunisia, but lost their next match to Japan 1–0, causing riots to erupt in Moscow.[4] For their last game against Belgium, Russia needed a draw to take them to the second round, but lost 3–2 and was eliminated.

 
Georgi Yartsev managed Russia at Euro 2004

Romantsev was sacked immediately following the tournament and replaced with CSKA's Valery Gazzaev. His task looked difficult as Russia's group consisted of Switzerland, Republic of Ireland, Albania, and Georgia with the Irish considered favourites and an improving Swiss side as an increasing threat. Russia began their campaign with home victories against the Republic of Ireland and Albania, but lost their next two games away to Albania and Georgia. Gazzaev was sacked after a disappointing draw with Switzerland in Basel, and Georgi Yartsev was then appointed manager. He managed to qualify Russia for a play-off against Wales after home victories to Switzerland and Georgia. In the first play-off leg Russia drew 0–0 with Wales in Moscow, but a Vadim Evseev header gave Russia a 1–0 victory in the away leg in Cardiff to qualify for Euro 2004. The victory was overshadowed when Russian midfielder Yegor Titov tested positive for drugs; amidst calls for Russia to be disqualified, Titov was given a one-year ban on 15 February 2004.

Russia were drawn in Group A with hosts Portugal, Spain, and Greece. They were not among the favourites to progress and tournament preparations were hampered by injuries to defenders Sergei Ignashevich and Victor Onopko.[5] Russia started their tournament against Spain but a late goal from Juan Carlos Valeron put Russia on the brink of another group stage elimination.[6] Four days later, Russia became the first team officially eliminated after a 0–2 defeat to Portugal.[7] The final game of the group resulted in a surprising 2–1 victory over Greece with Dmitri Kirichenko scoring one of the fastest goals of the tournament.[8]

In the 2006 World Cup qualifying tournament, Russia was drawn into Group 3 with Portugal, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. Russia began qualification with a 1–1 draw against Slovakia on 4 September 2004 in Moscow and then beat Luxembourg 4–0, but suffered a 7–1 defeat against Portugal in Lisbon, which remains Russia's worst defeat. Victories against Estonia and Liechtenstein seemed to put them back on track but a 1–1 draw with Estonia on 30 March 2005 in Tallinn was a major disappointment which saw the end of Georgi Yartsev's reign. Under new manager Yuri Semin, Russia were able to rekindle their hopes with a 2–0 win against Latvia before a 1–1 draw in Riga on 17 August 2005. Russia seemed to redeem themselves with victories against Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and a 0–0 draw against Portugal. In their final game Russia needed to win against Slovakia in Bratislava. After a 0–0 draw Slovakia advanced to the play-offs above Russia on goal difference.

Euro 2008Edit

 
Manager Guus Hiddink and midfielder Sergei Semak meet the President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, after reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2008

Having failed to qualify Russia for the 2006 World Cup, Yuri Semin stepped down several weeks later and Russia began looking for a new manager. It was clear that a foreign manager would be needed as most of the high-profile Russian coaches were not successful with the national team. On 10 April 2006, it was announced that then Australia manager Guus Hiddink would lead Russia in the Euro 2008 qualification campaign.[9]

For the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, Russia were drawn into Group E with England, Croatia, Israel, Macedonia, Estonia, and Andorra. For much of the campaign, it was between Russia and England to obtain the final qualifying place behind Croatia. Russia lost 3–0 away to England, and in the return game in Moscow, fell to an early goal from Wayne Rooney. During the second half Russia came from behind to win 2–1 with Roman Pavlyuchenko scoring both goals. On 17 November 2007, Russia suffered a 2–1 defeat to Israel to put qualification hopes in jeopardy, but Russia still managed to qualify one point ahead of England by beating Andorra 1–0 while England lost 3–2 to Croatia.

In the Euro 2008 tournament, Russia were drawn into Group D with Sweden and Euro 2004 group rivals Spain and Greece. In a preparation friendly against Serbia, leading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak was injured and would miss the tournament. Russia lost their opening match 4–1 to Spain in Innsbruck but then beat Greece 1–0 with a goal by Konstantin Zyryanov. The third game saw Russia defeat Sweden 2–0 through goals by Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrei Arshavin, resulting in Russia advancing to the quarter-finals in second place behind Spain.

In the quarter-final against the Netherlands, Roman Pavlyuchenko scored a volley ten minutes after half-time. With four minutes left in the match, Ruud van Nistelrooy scored, to make it 1–1 and put the game into extra time. But Russia regained the lead when Andrei Arshavin raced down the left flank and sent a cross towards substitute Dmitri Torbinski, who tapped the ball into the net. Arshavin then beat Edwin van der Sar, ending the match 3–1, and sent Russia through to their first major semi-final since the breakup of the USSR. In the semi-finals Russia was once again matched up against Spain, and lost 3–0.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit

 
Russia lost 0–1 against Germany in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification in October 2009

Russia was drawn to Group 4 in qualification for 2010 FIFA World Cup, competing with Germany, Finland, Wales, Azerbaijan and Liechtenstein. The team started the campaign with a 2–1 victory over Wales but on 11 October lost 2–1 to Germany. Russia's form then improved, and by winning 3–1 away to Wales on the same day as Finland drew 1–1 to Liechtenstein, guaranteed them at least a play-off spot. The match at the Luzhniki Stadium against Germany to top the group was watched by 84,500 fans. Miroslav Klose scored the only goal of the game in the 35th minute, sending the Germans to the finals in South Africa and Russia to a play-off.

On 14 November, Russia faced Slovenia in the first-leg of their two-legged play-off, where they won 2–1 with two goals from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.[10] In the return match, Russia lost 1–0 in Maribor, and Slovenia qualified for the finals on the away goals rule.[11] On 13 February 2010, it was confirmed that Hiddink would leave his position as manager, with the expiration of his contract on 30 June.[12]

Euro 2012Edit

Russia directly qualified for Euro 2012 by winning qualifying Group B, defeating Slovakia, the Republic of Ireland, Macedonia, Armenia and Andorra.

Final tournamentEdit

 
Russia against Poland in Euro 2012.

Russia were drawn into Group A with Poland, Czech Republic, Greece. Led by Dick Advocaat, Russia were considered before the starting of the tournament as the dark horses of the competition as they had been unbeaten since nearly 15 games and managed to record an impressive 3–0 win against Italy only one week before the Euro 2012's opening game kick-off. The Sbornaya started off the tournament by justifying the belief with a sensational 4–1 win over the Czech Republic and temporarily went to the top of the group with three points. Alan Dzagoev netted twice and Roman Shirokov and Roman Pavlyuchenko scored. In the second game against co-host Poland, Dick Advocaat's side saw Dzagoev continuing his fine form. He netted the opener but Poland managed to equalise in the second half. Despite having drawn, the result wasn't seen as negative. The Sbornaya went full of confidence to the final game against Greece which they were meeting for the third time in a row. However, things did not go as expected as Greece scored the opener late in the first half. The game finished with a 1–0 loss which eliminated the Russians from the tournament to the disbelief of the supporters.


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 4 5 −1 6 Advance to knockout phase
2   Greece 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3   Russia 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
4   Poland (H) 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.

The group stage exit was considered as one of the biggest surprises of the Euro and resulted in a hostile reaction from fans and medias. Advocaat and most of the team such as Andrey Arshavin were heavily criticized for the perceived excess of confidence.

2014 FIFA World CupEdit

QualificationEdit

In July 2012, the Italian Fabio Capello was named as the new Russian manager, after being sacked by England in February.[13]

Russia competed in Group F of World Cup qualification and qualified in first place after a 1–1 draw with Azerbaijan in their last game. In January 2014, after qualification had been achieved, Capello was rewarded with a new four-year contract to last up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[14]

Group F

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Russia 10 7 1 2 20 5 +15 22
  Portugal 10 6 3 1 20 9 +11 21
  Israel 10 3 5 2 19 14 +5 14
  Azerbaijan 10 1 6 3 7 11 −4 9
  Northern Ireland 10 1 4 5 9 17 −8 7
  Luxembourg 10 1 3 6 7 26 −19 6
             
Azerbaijan   1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1
Israel   1–1 3–0 1–1 3–3 0–4
Luxembourg   0–0 0–6 3–2 1–2 0–4
Northern Ireland   1–1 0–2 1–1 2–4 1–0
Portugal   3–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–0
Russia   1–0 3–1 4–1 2–0 1–0


Final tournamentEdit

Russia played in Group H against South Korea, Belgium and Algeria.

In their first group match, against South Korea, goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev fumbled a long-range shot from Lee Keun-ho, dropping it over the line to give the Koreans the lead. Russia then went on to equalise through substitute Aleksandr Kerzhakov, who drew equal to Vladimir Beschastnykh's record 26 goals for Russia, and the match finished 1–1.[15] In the second match, Russia held Belgium at 0–0 at the Maracanã until substitute Divock Origi scored the only goal in the 88th minute. The final group stage match between Algeria and Russia on 26 June ended 1–1, advancing Algeria and eliminating Russia. A win for Russia would have seen them qualify, and they led the game 1–0 after six minutes through Aleksandr Kokorin. In the 60th minute of the game, a green laser was shone in Akinfeev's face while he was defending from an Algerian free kick, from which Islam Slimani scored to equalise. Both Akinfeev and Russian coach Fabio Capello blamed the laser for the decisive conceded goal.[16][17]

Group H

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Belgium 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Algeria 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 4
3   Russia 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
4   South Korea 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

UEFA Euro 2016Edit

QualificationEdit

Russia were placed in Group G of UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying alongside Sweden, Austria, Montenegro, Moldova and Liechtenstein. Russia began their campaign well with a 4–0 win against Liechtenstein. This was followed by a string of shaky performances by Russia, two 1–1 draws against Sweden and Moldova and two 1–0 losses against Austria. Russia were awarded a 3–0 victory against Montenegro due to crowd violence. At this stage, Russia looked to be finishing third in their group before they bounced back by winning their remaining matches against Sweden, Liechtenstein, Moldova and Montenegro to finish second in their qualifying group above Sweden and qualify for UEFA Euro 2016.

Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Austria 10 9 1 0 22 5 +17 28 Qualify for final tournament
2   Russia 10 6 2 2 21 5 +16 20
3   Sweden 10 5 3 2 15 9 +6 18 Advance to play-offs
4   Montenegro 10 3 2 5 10 13 −3 11
5   Liechtenstein 10 1 2 7 2 26 −24 5
6   Moldova 10 0 2 8 4 16 −12 2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Final tournamentEdit

During the group stages of the tournament, UEFA imposed a suspended disqualification on Russia for crowd trouble during a group match against England.[18] Russia were knocked out of the competition in their final group match which was against Wales (a 3–0 defeat); prior to this they had only collected a single point from a 1–1 draw against England which was followed by a 2–1 loss to Slovakia.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Wales 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6 Advance to knockout phase
2   England 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3   Slovakia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4   Russia 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
Source: UEFA

2017 FIFA Confederations CupEdit

Russia qualified for the 2017 Confederations Cup as hosts.

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Portugal 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Mexico 3 2 1 0 6 4 +2 7
3   Russia (H) 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
4   New Zealand 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Russia   2–0   New Zealand
Report
Russia   0–1   Portugal
Report Ronaldo   8'
Attendance: 42,759
Mexico   2–1   Russia
Report Samedov   25'
Attendance: 41,585

2018 FIFA World CupEdit

 
Russian team during the penalty series in the first knockout round against Spain at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

On 2 December 2010, Russia were selected to host the 2018 World Cup and automatically qualified for the tournament.[19][20] During the friendly matches prior to the tournament, Russia did not have good results. The team lost more games than it won and this made their FIFA ranking fall to 70th, the lowest among all World Cup participants.[21][22] Russia were drawn to play Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay in the group stage.

Despite a series of poor results in warm-up games, however, Russia began their World Cup campaign with a 5–0 demolition of Saudi Arabia, who were three places above them in the rankings,[23] on 14 June in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[24] On 19 June, Russia won their second game of the group stage, beating Egypt by a scoreline of 3–1,[25] taking their goal difference to +7 with only two matches played.[26] The win over Egypt all but secured Russia's advancement into the knockout stage for the first time since 1986, when they played as the Soviet Union; and also for the first time in their history as an independent state.[27] They officially qualified for the knockout stage the next day, following Uruguay's 1–0 win over Saudi Arabia.[28][29] Russia's final group game was against two-time world champions (1930 and 1950) and powerhouse Uruguay, with Russia losing 3–0,[30] meaning that they would finish second in the group.

Advancing from their group in second place, Russia faced Spain at the Round of 16 in Moscow. Spain were considered one of the tournament favorites with many accomplished players at club and international level, having won 2010 edition. Russia managed to surprise Spain in one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history; beating them in a penalty shootout after the match ended 1–1 in regular time.[31] BBC Sport and The Guardian described this as one of the biggest tournament surprises, considering how Russia were the lowest-ranked team prior to the competition, and according to some, had one of the worst teams of the competition.[32][33] Against the Spaniards who were known for their Tiki-taka, Coach Stanislav Cherchesov used a defensive 5-3-1-1 formation to sit deep and defend with 10 men, and conceded no goals from open play as Spain's only goal was from a corner kick set piece while Russia tied the game thanks for a penalty awarded for a handball.[34] Igor Akinfeev, who saved two penalties including a foot-save to deny Spain's Iago Aspas, was voted as Budweiser Man of the Match. The win against Spain sent supporters and residents of Russia into wild celebrations, as they reached the quarter-finals for the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union.[35] Match TV commentator Denis Kazansky said "From the first day we had not been expecting much from our team. Then thoughts turned to winning the thing. What we have seen is a significant change in people's attitudes, and in the history of Russian football".[36]

Russia then played Croatia in the quarter-finals held at Sochi, on 7 July.[37][38][39] Coach Stanislav Cherchesov reverted to a four-man defense which successfully exploited Croatia offensive set-up which proved vulnerable to Russia's counter-attacking.[34] Russia scored first (a spectacular strike by Denis Cheryshev which was his fourth goal of the tournament) and last (a header from Mário Fernandes at the 115th minute) as the match finished 2–2 after extra time, and then were eliminated 3–4 in the penalty shootout.[40] Nonetheless, this stands as Russia’s best World Cup performance ever since the dissolution of the USSR. The team visited the FIFA Fan Fest in Moscow on Sunday July 8, 2018 to thank their supporters and say goodbye.[41][36]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Russia (H) 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
3   Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 3
4   Egypt 3 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.

In the round of 16:

  • The winners of Group A will advance to play the runners-up of Group B.
  • The runners-up of Group A will advance to play the winners of Group B.
Russia   5–0   Saudi Arabia
Report
Attendance: 78,011[42]

Russia   3–1   Egypt
Report

Uruguay   3–0   Russia
Report
Attendance: 41,970[44]

Knockout stageEdit

Round of sixteen
Spain   1–1 (a.e.t.)   Russia
Report
Penalties
3–4
Attendance: 78,011[45]
Quarter-finals
Russia   2–2 (a.e.t.)   Croatia
Report
Penalties
3–4
Attendance: 44,287[46]
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)

Team imageEdit

Kits and crestsEdit

Following the break up of the Soviet Union, the Russian Football Union opted for a new identity, replacing the red and white Adidas kits with strips supplied by Reebok. Reebok presented the team in red, blue and white kits reflecting the new national flag of Russia. In 1997, Nike decided on a simpler design using just blue and white. The design, used at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2004, consisted of mainly a white base with blue trim and the opposite combination for the away kit. After failing to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Nike moved in another direction by reintroducing red, this time as the home kit, while white being reversed as the away colour.[47][48] This trend was continued by Adidas, who took over as suppliers in September 2008.[49] The 2009–10 season marked yet another major change in the kit design with the introduction of the maroon and gold as the primary home colours. This combination however proved to be short lived as a return to red and white was made in 2011. The edition of the kit used at Euro 2012 featured a red base with gold trim and a Russian flag positioned diagonally while the away kit was a minimalistic white with red trim combination. The 2014 FIFA World Cup kit made return to the maroon and gold colour scheme once again, with Russian flag-coloured stripes built horizontally into the sleeves, the front includes the pattern in different shades of maroon depicting the Monument to the Conquerors of Space. The away 2014 kit is mostly white with blue trim, the top of the front below the trim shows the view of Earth from space. The sides and back of the collar are made in the colours of the Russian flag. The Russian national team's official shirt supplier since 2008 is Adidas.

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit supplier Period Notes
  Adidas 1992–1993
  Reebok 1993–1996
  Nike 1997–2008
  Adidas 2008–present

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
as   Soviet Union
  1930 Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958 Quarter-finals 6th 5 2 1 2 5 6
  1962 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 9 7
  1966 Fourth place 4th 6 4 0 2 10 6
  1970 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 6 2
  1974 Disqualified[50]
  1978 Did not qualify
  1982 Second group stage 7th 5 2 2 1 7 4
  1986 Round of 16 10th 4 2 1 1 12 5
  1990 Group stage 17th 3 1 0 2 4 4
as   Russia
  1994 Group stage 18th 3 1 0 2 7 6
  1998 Did not qualify
    2002 Group stage 22nd 3 1 0 2 4 4
  2006 Did not qualify
  2010
  2014 Group stage 24th 3 0 2 1 2 3
  2018 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 2 1 11 7
  2022 To be determined
      2026
Total
Fourth place
11/21
45
19
10
16
77
54
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks

UEFA European Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
as   Soviet Union
  1960 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 5 1
  1964 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 4 2
  1968 Fourth place 4th 2 0 1 1 0 2
  1972 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 1 3
  1976 Did not qualify
  1980
  1984
  1988 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 7 4
as   CIS
  1992 Group stage 8th 3 0 2 1 1 4
as   Russia
  1996 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 4 8
    2000 Did not qualify
  2004 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 2 4
    2008 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 0 2 7 8
    2012 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 5 3
  2016 Group stage 23rd 3 0 1 2 2 6
  2020 To be determined
Total 1 Title 11/15 30 11 6 13 33 42

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
  1992 Did not qualify
  1995
  1997
  1999
    2001
  2003
  2005
  2009
  2013
  2017 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 3 3 Squad
Total Group stage 1/10 3 1 0 2 3 3
Major competitions
  1994 World Cup – Group stage
  1996 European Championship – Group stage
  1998 World Cup – Failed to qualify
  2000 European Championship – Failed to qualify
  2002 World Cup – Group stage
  2004 European Championship – Group stage
  2006 World Cup – Failed to qualify
  2008 European Championship – Semi-final
  2010 World Cup – Failed to qualify
  2012 European Championship – Group stage
  2014 World Cup – Group stage
  2016 European Championship – Group stage
  2018 World Cup – Quarter-final
9 out of 13

Qualifying campaignsEdit

FIFA World Cup European Football Championship
1994 – Finished 2nd in qualifying group 1996 – Finished 1st in qualifying group
1998 – Finished 2nd in qualifying group
Lost to Italy in play-offs
2000 – Finished 3rd in qualifying group
2002 – Finished 1st in qualifying group 2004 – Finished 2nd in qualifying group
Beat Wales in play-offs
2006 – Finished 3rd in qualifying group 2008 – Finished 2nd in qualifying group
2010 – Finished 2nd in qualifying group
Lost to Slovenia in play-offs
2012 – Finished 1st in qualifying group
2014 – Finished 1st in qualifying group 2016 – Finished 2nd in qualifying group
2018 – Qualified directly as the host 2020 – To be decided

ManagersEdit

Statistics correct as of 9 July 2018[51]

Name Tenure Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
  Pavel Sadyrin 1992–1994 23 12 6 5 52.17
  Oleg Romantsev 1994–1996, 1998–2002 60 36 14 10 60
  Boris Ignatyev 1996–1998 20 8 8 4 40
  Anatoliy Byshovets 1998 6 0 0 6 0
  Valery Gazzaev 2002–2003 9 4 2 3 44.44
  Georgi Yartsev 2003–2005 19 8 6 5 42.11
  Yuri Semin 2005 7 3 4 0 42.86
  Aleksandr Borodyuk (caretaker) 2006 2 0 1 1 0
  Guus Hiddink July 2006 – June 2010 39 22 7 10 56.41
  Dick Advocaat July 2010 – July 2012 24 12 8 4 50
  Fabio Capello July 2012 – July 2015 33 17 11 5 51.52
  Leonid Slutsky August 2015 – June 2016 13 6 2 5 46.15
  Stanislav Cherchesov August 2016 – present 25 8 6 11 32

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Stanislav Cherchesov
Assistant coach   Miroslav Romaschenko
Goalkeeping coach   Gintaras Staučė
Physical trainer   Paulino Granero
Physical trainer   Vladimir Panikov

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League game against Turkey on 7 September 2018 and a friendly game against Czech Republic on 10 September 2018.[52][53]
Caps and goals updated as of 10 September 2018 after the match against Czech Republic.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Guilherme (1985-12-12) 12 December 1985 (age 32) 2 0   Lokomotiv Moscow
12 1GK Andrey Lunyov (1991-11-13) 13 November 1991 (age 26) 5 0   Zenit Saint Petersburg
16 1GK Anton Shunin (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 31) 2 0   Dynamo Moscow

2 2DF Mário Fernandes (1990-09-19) 19 September 1990 (age 28) 12 1   CSKA Moscow
3 2DF Roman Neustädter (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 30) 8 0   Fenerbahçe
4 2DF Yegor Sorokin (1995-11-04) 4 November 1995 (age 22) 1 0   Rubin Kazan
5 2DF Andrei Semyonov (1989-03-24) 24 March 1989 (age 29) 7 0   Akhmat Grozny
13 2DF Fyodor Kudryashov (1987-04-05) 5 April 1987 (age 31) 24 0   Rubin Kazan
14 2DF Georgi Dzhikiya (1993-11-21) 21 November 1993 (age 24) 9 0   Spartak Moscow
19 2DF Igor Smolnikov (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 30) 29 0   Zenit Saint Petersburg
23 2DF Konstantin Rausch (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 28) 7 0   Dynamo Moscow
2DF Elmir Nabiullin (1995-03-08) 8 March 1995 (age 23) 1 0   Zenit Saint Petersburg

6 3MF Denis Cheryshev (1990-12-26) 26 December 1990 (age 27) 18 5   Valencia
7 3MF Daler Kuzyayev (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 25) 13 0   Zenit Saint Petersburg
8 3MF Yury Gazinsky (1989-07-20) 20 July 1989 (age 29) 12 1   Krasnodar
10 3MF Ruslan Kambolov (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 28) 3 0   Rubin Kazan
11 3MF Roman Zobnin (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 24) 19 0   Spartak Moscow
15 3MF Dmitry Stotsky (1989-12-01) 1 December 1989 (age 28) 1 0   Krasnodar
18 3MF Pavel Mogilevets (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 25) 4 0   Rubin Kazan
20 3MF Aleksei Ionov (1989-02-18) 18 February 1989 (age 29) 13 2   Rostov
21 3MF Aleksandr Yerokhin (1989-10-13) 13 October 1989 (age 28) 21 1   Zenit Saint Petersburg
3MF Anton Shvets (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 25) 1 0   Akhmat Grozny

9 4FW Anton Zabolotny (1991-06-13) 13 June 1991 (age 27) 6 1   Zenit Saint Petersburg
17 4FW Dmitry Poloz (1991-07-12) 12 July 1991 (age 27) 16 3   Rubin Kazan
22 4FW Artem Dzyuba (1988-08-22) 22 August 1988 (age 30) 29 15   Zenit Saint Petersburg

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players been called up to the Russia squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Igor Akinfeev (Captain) (1986-04-08) 8 April 1986 (age 32) 111 0   CSKA Moscow 2018 FIFA World Cup
GK Vladimir Gabulov (1983-10-19) 19 October 1983 (age 34) 10 0   Club Brugge 2018 FIFA World Cup
GK Soslan Dzhanayev (1987-03-13) 13 March 1987 (age 31) 1 0   Rubin Kazan 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
GK Aleksandr Selikhov (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Spartak Moscow v.   France, 27 March 2018 INJ

DF Ilya Kutepov (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 25) 12 0   Spartak Moscow v.   Turkey, 7 September 2018 INJ
DF Sergei Ignashevich RET (1979-07-14) 14 July 1979 (age 39) 127 8 Retired 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Vladimir Granat (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 31) 13 1   Rubin Kazan 2018 FIFA World Cup INJ
DF Dmitri Kombarov (1987-01-22) 22 January 1987 (age 31) 47 2   Spartak Moscow 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Vladislav Ignatyev (1987-01-20) 20 January 1987 (age 31) 3 0   Lokomotiv Moscow 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Viktor Vasin (1988-10-06) 6 October 1988 (age 29) 13 2   CSKA Moscow v.   Spain, 14 November 2017 INJ
DF Yevgeni Chernov (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 25) 0 0   Zenit Saint Petersburg v.   Iran, 10 October 2017

MF Yuri Zhirkov RET (1983-08-20) 20 August 1983 (age 35) 87 2   Zenit Saint Petersburg 2018 FIFA World Cup INJ
MF Alan Dzagoev (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 28) 59 9   CSKA Moscow 2018 FIFA World Cup INJ
MF Aleksandr Samedov RET (1984-07-19) 19 July 1984 (age 34) 53 7   Spartak Moscow 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Aleksandr Golovin (1996-05-30) 30 May 1996 (age 22) 23 3   Monaco 2018 FIFA World Cup INJ
MF Anton Miranchuk (1995-10-17) 17 October 1995 (age 22) 6 0   Lokomotiv Moscow 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Denis Glushakov (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 31) 57 5   Spartak Moscow 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Aleksandr Tashayev (1994-06-23) 23 June 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Dynamo Moscow 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Magomed Ozdoyev (1992-11-05) 5 November 1992 (age 25) 12 1   Zenit Saint Petersburg v.   Iran, 10 October 2017
MF Dmitri Tarasov (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 31) 8 1   Lokomotiv Moscow v.   Iran, 10 October 2017

FW Fyodor Smolov (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 28) 37 12   Lokomotiv Moscow 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Aleksei Miranchuk (1995-10-17) 17 October 1995 (age 22) 19 4   Lokomotiv Moscow 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Fyodor Chalov (1998-04-10) 10 April 1998 (age 20) 0 0   CSKA Moscow 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Aleksandr Kokorin (1991-03-19) 19 March 1991 (age 27) 48 12   Zenit Saint Petersburg v.   Brazil, 23 March 2018 INJ

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2017Edit

2018Edit

Head-to-head recordEdit

Include the records of   Russian Empire,   Soviet Union and   CIS before 1992

As of 10 September 2018.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against   Czechoslovakia.
  2. ^ Includes matches against   West Germany.
  3. ^ Includes matches against   Yugoslavia and   Serbia and Montenegro.

Player recordsEdit

As of 7 July 2018.

Bold indicates active players

Italic indicates players that played for the USSR or CIS

Home venues recordEdit

Venue City First match Last match Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Average attendance
Lokomotiv Moscow 16 August 1992 6 June 2014 28 16 8 4 56 20 20,592
Luzhniki Moscow 14 October 1992 1 July 2018 33 20 8 5 55 21 41,881
Dynamo Moscow 29 May 1996 7 November 2006 18 11 7 0 36 11 15,556
Petrovsky Saint Petersburg 20 August 1997 26 May 2014 9 8 0 1 19 3 18,119
Arsenal Tula 19 May 1999 19 May 1999 1 0 1 0 1 1 13,000
Tsentralny Volgograd 16 October 2002 16 October 2002 1 1 0 0 4 1 16,000
Kuban Krasnodar 17 November 2004 14 November 2015 4 3 1 0 9 2 26,800
Tsentralny Profsoyuz Voronezh 17 November 2010 17 November 2010 1 0 0 1 0 2 34,000
Tsentralny Kazan 6 September 2013 6 September 2013 1 1 0 0 4 1 22,000
Arena Khimki Khimki 3 September 2014 7 June 2015 4 3 1 0 12 2 6,109
Otkrytie Arena Moscow 12 October 2014 21 June 2017 6 3 1 2 7 3 38,204
Olimp-2 Rostov-on-Don 17 November 2015 17 November 2015 1 0 0 1 1 3 15,000
Krasnodar Stadium Krasnodar 9 October 2016 24 March 2017 5 0 2 3 6 7 30,100
Akhmat-Arena Grozny 15 November 2016 15 November 2016 1 1 0 0 1 0 30,000
Fisht Olympic Stadium Sochi 28 March 2017 7 July 2018 2 0 2 0 5 5 42,144
VEB Arena Moscow 9 June 2017 5 June 2018 3 1 2 0 6 4 21,742
Krestovsky Stadium Saint Petersburg 17 June 2017 19 June 2018 4 2 1 1 9 7 52,843
Kazan Arena Kazan 24 June 2017 10 October 2017 2 0 1 1 2 3 37,428
Cosmos Arena Samara 25 June 2018 25 June 2018 1 0 0 1 0 3 41,970
Rostov Arena Rostov-on-Don 10 September 2018 10 September 2018 1 1 0 0 5 1 42,200

See alsoEdit

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Further readingEdit

  • Marc Bennetts (2008). Football Dynamo – Modern Russia and the People's Game. London: Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-1319-6

External linksEdit