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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 Futboľnyy Soyuz'), the governing body for football in Russia. Russia has appeared in ten World Cups and will host the tournament in 2018. Russia is a member of UEFA, they won the first edition of the respective continental compeition in 1960 as Soviet Union (of which Russia is the successor).[2]

Russia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The National team
Association Russian Football Union (RFS)
Российский футбольный союз
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Stanislav Cherchesov
Captain Igor Akinfeev
Most caps Sergei Ignashevich (120)
Top scorer
FIFA code RUS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 65 Steady (23 November 2017)
Highest 3 (April 1996)
Lowest 65 (October, November 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 45 (15 November 2017)
Highest 7 (August 2009)
Lowest 49 (29 March 2017)
First international
Russia Finland 2–1 Russian Empire Russia
(Stockholm, Sweden; 30 June 1912)
Biggest win
 San Marino 0–7 Russia Russia
(San Marino, San Marino; 7 June 1995)
 Liechtenstein 0–7 Russia Russia
(Vaduz, Liechtenstein; 8 September 2015)
Biggest defeat
German Empire Germany 16–0 Russian Empire Russia
(Stockholm, Sweden; 1 July 1912)
World Cup
Appearances 11 as of 2018 (first in 1958)
Best result Fourth place, (1966)[1]
European Championship
Appearances 11 (first in 1960)
Best result Champions, 1960
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2017)
Best result Group stage, 2017

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[3]).

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Russia started their tournament against Spain but a late goal from Juan Carlos Valeron put Russia on the brink of another group stage elimination.[7] Four days later, Russia became the first team officially eliminated after a 0–2 defeat to Portugal.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11] In the return match, Russia lost 1–0 in Maribor, and Slovenia qualified for the finals on the away goals rule.[12] On 13 February 2010, it was confirmed that Hiddink would leave his position as manager, with the expiration of his contract on 30 June.[13]

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 an 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 the biggest surprise 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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17][18]

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.[19] 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

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.

17 June 2017 (2017-06-17)
18:00
Russia   2–0   New Zealand
Report

21 June 2017 (2017-06-21)
18:00
Russia   0–1   Portugal
Report Ronaldo   8'
Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow
Attendance: 42,759
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

24 June 2017 (2017-06-24)
18:00
Mexico   2–1   Russia
Report Samedov   25'
Kazan Arena, Kazan
Attendance: 41,585
Referee: Fahad Al-Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)

2018 FIFA World CupEdit

Russia were selected to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup and automatically qualified for the tournament.

KitsEdit

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.[20][21] This trend was continued by Adidas, who took over as suppliers in September, 2008.[22] 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.

Name Duration
  Adidas 1992–93
  Reebok 1993–96
  Nike 1997–2008
  Adidas 2008–present

Kit historyEdit

Home kitsEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1992
(first match against Mexico since reforming from the Soviet Union)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1992
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1993
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1994–95
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1995
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1996–97
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1996
(against Cyprus)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1996
(against Israel)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1997
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1998
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1998–99
 
 
 
 
 
 
2000–02
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2002–03
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2004–05
 
 
 
 
 
2006–07
 
 
 
 
 
2007
(against Israel)
 
 
 
 
 
 
2008
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2008–09
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009–10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012–13
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014–15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017

Away kitsEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1993
(against the United States and Israel)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1993
(against Iceland)
 
 
 
 
 
1993
(against Hungary)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1994
(against Mexico)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1994–95
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1996–97
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1996
(against Brazil)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1997
(against Bulgaria)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1998–99
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1998
(against France)
 
 
 
 
 
 
2000–02
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2002–03
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2004–05
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005
(against Italy)
 
 
 
 
 
2006–07
(against Latvia & the Netherlands)
 
 
 
 
 
2007
(against Croatia)
 
 
 
 
 
 
2008
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2008
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009–10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2012–13
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2014–15

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads Pld W D L GF GA
1930–90 As   Soviet Union
  1994 Group stage 18th 3 1 0 2 7 6 Squad 8 5 2 1 15 4
  1998 Did not qualify 10 5 3 2 20 7
    2002 Group stage 22nd 3 1 0 2 4 4 Squad 10 7 2 1 18 5
  2006 Did not qualify 12 6 5 1 23 12
  2010 12 8 1 3 21 8
  2014 Group stage 24th 3 0 2 1 2 3 Squad 10 7 1 2 20 5
  2018 Qualified as hosts Qualified as hosts
  2022 To be determined TBD
Total Fourth Place 11/22 40 17 8 15 66 47 62 38 14 10 117 41

UEFA European Championship recordEdit

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads Pld W D L GF GA
1960–92 As   Soviet Union and   CIS
  1996 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 4 8 Squad 10 8 2 0 34 5
    2000 Did not qualify 10 6 1 3 22 12
  2004 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Squad 10 5 3 2 20 12
    2008 Semi-finals 3rd 5 3 0 2 7 8 Squad 12 7 3 2 18 7
    2012 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 5 3 Squad 10 7 2 1 17 4
  2016 Group stage 23rd 3 0 1 2 2 6 Squad 10 6 2 2 21 5
  2020 TBD TBD
Total 1 Title 11/16 33 12 7 14 38 45 62 39 13 10 132 45

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
  2021 To be determined
Total Group stage 1/11 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 –
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

ManagersEdit

Name Tenure Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
  Sadyrin, PavelPavel Sadyrin 1992–1994 23 12 6 5 52.17
  Romantsev, OlegOleg Romantsev 1994–1996, 1998–2002 60 36 14 10 60
  Ignatyev, BorisBoris Ignatyev 1996–1998 20 8 8 4 40
  Byshovets, AnatoliyAnatoliy Byshovets 1998 6 0 0 6 0
  Gazzaev, ValeryValery Gazzaev 2002–2003 9 4 2 3 44.44
  Yartsev, GeorgiGeorgi Yartsev 2003–2005 19 8 6 5 42.11
  Semin, YuriYuri Semin 2005 7 3 4 0 42.86
  Borodyuk, AleksandrAleksandr Borodyuk (caretaker) 2006 2 0 1 1 0
  Hiddink, GuusGuus Hiddink July 2006 – June 2010 39 22 7 10 56.41
  Advocaat, DickDick Advocaat July 2010 – July 2012 24 12 8 4 50
  Capello, FabioFabio Capello July 2012 – July 2015 33 17 11 5 51.52
  Slutsky, LeonidLeonid Slutsky August 2015 – June 2016 13 6 2 5 46.15
  Cherchesov, StanislavStanislav Cherchesov August 2016 – Present 16 5 5 6 31.25

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Stanislav Cherchesov
Assistant coach   Miroslav Romaschenko
Goalkeeping coach   Gintaras Staučė
Fitness coach   Vladimir Panikov

Current squadEdit

The following players have been called up for the friendly games against Argentina on 11 November 2017 and Spain on 14 November 2017.[23]
Caps and goals updated as of 14 November 2017 after the match against Spain.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Igor Akinfeev (Captain) (1986-04-08) 8 April 1986 (age 31) 103 0   CSKA Moscow
12 1GK Vladimir Gabulov (1983-10-19) 19 October 1983 (age 34) 10 0   Arsenal Tula
13 1GK Andrey Lunyov (1991-11-13) 13 November 1991 (age 26) 2 0   Zenit Saint Petersburg

28 2DF Igor Smolnikov (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 29) 23 0   Zenit Saint Petersburg
30 2DF Fyodor Kudryashov (1987-04-05) 5 April 1987 (age 30) 15 0   Rubin Kazan
5 2DF Viktor Vasin (1988-10-06) 6 October 1988 (age 29) 13 2   CSKA Moscow
6 2DF Georgi Dzhikiya (1993-11-21) 21 November 1993 (age 24) 8 0   Spartak Moscow
14 2DF Ilya Kutepov (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 24) 5 0   Spartak Moscow
3 2DF Roman Neustädter (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 29) 5 0   Fenerbahçe
22 2DF Konstantin Rausch (1990-03-15) 15 March 1990 (age 27) 4 0   Köln
2 2DF Mário Fernandes (1990-09-19) 19 September 1990 (age 27) 3 0   CSKA Moscow

18 3MF Yuri Zhirkov (1983-08-20) 20 August 1983 (age 34) 80 2   Zenit Saint Petersburg
8 3MF Denis Glushakov (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 30) 56 5   Spartak Moscow
17 3MF Alan Dzagoev (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 27) 53 9   CSKA Moscow
23 2DF Dmitri Kombarov (1987-01-22) 22 January 1987 (age 30) 46 2   Spartak Moscow
24 3MF Aleksandr Golovin (1996-05-30) 30 May 1996 (age 21) 15 2   CSKA Moscow
21 3MF Aleksandr Yerokhin (1989-10-13) 13 October 1989 (age 28) 15 0   Zenit Saint Petersburg
15 3MF Aleksei Miranchuk (1995-10-17) 17 October 1995 (age 22) 14 4   Lokomotiv Moscow
16 3MF Roman Zobnin (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 23) 9 0   Spartak Moscow
25 3MF Daler Kuzyayev (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 24) 4 0   Zenit Saint Petersburg
4 3MF Vladislav Ignatyev (1987-01-20) 20 January 1987 (age 30) 3 0   Lokomotiv Moscow
20 3MF Anton Miranchuk (1995-10-17) 17 October 1995 (age 22) 2 0   Lokomotiv Moscow
19 3MF Anton Shvets (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 24) 0 0   Akhmat Grozny

9 4FW Aleksandr Kokorin (1991-03-19) 19 March 1991 (age 26) 48 12   Zenit Saint Petersburg
10 4FW Fyodor Smolov (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 27) 28 11   Krasnodar
7 4FW Dmitry Poloz (1991-07-12) 12 July 1991 (age 26) 15 2   Zenit Saint Petersburg
11 4FW Anton Zabolotny (1991-06-13) 13 June 1991 (age 26) 3 0   Tosno

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 Guilherme (1985-12-12) 12 December 1985 (age 32) 2 0   Lokomotiv Moscow 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
GK Aleksandr Belenov (1986-09-13) 13 September 1986 (age 31) 0 0   Ufa 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup PRE
GK Stanislav Kritsyuk (1990-12-01) 1 December 1990 (age 27) 2 0   Krasnodar v.   Belgium, 28 March 2017

DF Vladimir Granat (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 30) 9 1   Rubin Kazan v.   Iran, 10 October 2017
DF Yevgeni Chernov (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 25) 0 0   Tosno v.   Iran, 10 October 2017
DF Roman Shishkin (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 30) 16 0   Krasnodar 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
DF Andrei Semyonov (1989-03-24) 24 March 1989 (age 28) 6 0   Akhmat Grozny 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup PRE

MF Aleksandr Samedov (1984-07-19) 19 July 1984 (age 33) 44 6   Spartak Moscow v.   Iran, 10 October 2017
MF Magomed Ozdoyev (1992-11-05) 5 November 1992 (age 25) 12 1   Rubin Kazan v.   Iran, 10 October 2017
MF Dmitri Tarasov (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 30) 8 1   Lokomotiv Moscow v.   Iran, 10 October 2017
MF Yury Gazinsky (1989-07-20) 20 July 1989 (age 28) 5 0   Krasnodar 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

FW Aleksandr Bukharov (1985-03-12) 12 March 1985 (age 32) 9 1   Rostov 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
FW Artem Dzyuba (1988-08-22) 22 August 1988 (age 29) 22 11   Zenit Saint Petersburg 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup PRE / INJ

PRE Preliminary squad.
REM Called-up, but removed from the squad before the game.
INJ Injured or recovering from surgery.

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2017Edit

2018Edit

Player recordsEdit

As of 14 November 2017.

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 11 November 2017 30 19 7 4 49 17 38,768
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-na-Donu 17 November 2015 17 November 2015 1 0 0 1 1 3 15,000
Krasnodar Stadium Krasnodar 9 October 2016 24 March 2017 2 0 0 2 3 6 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 28 March 2017 1 0 1 0 3 3 40,000
VEB Arena Moscow 9 June 2017 7 October 2017 2 1 1 0 5 3 21,742
Krestovsky Stadium Saint Petersburg 17 June 2017 14 November 2017 1 1 1 0 5 3 47,868
Kazan Arena Kazan 24 June 2017 10 October 2017 2 0 1 1 2 3 37,428

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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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

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