Russia national football team

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This article is about the national football team of the Russian Federation (1992–present). For the national football team of the Russian Empire (1910–1914), see Russian Empire national football team.
This article is about the men's football team. For the women's team, see Russia women's national football team.
For the Russian football team from 1922 till 1991, see Soviet Union national football team.
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Russian Football Union (RFU)
Российский Футбольный Союз
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Fabio Capello
Captain Roman Shirokov
Most caps Viktor Onopko (109)
Top scorer Aleksandr Kerzhakov (29)
Home stadium Luzhniki
FIFA ranking 31 Steady (18 December 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 3 (April 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking 40 (December 1998)
Elo ranking 21 (9 July 2014)
Highest Elo ranking 7 (August 2009)
Lowest Elo ranking 34 (June 2005)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Finland 2–1 Russian Empire
(Stockholm, Sweden; 30 June 1912)
Biggest win
 Soviet Union 11–1 India 
(Moscow, Soviet Union; 16 September 1955)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 7–1 Russia 
(Lisbon, Portugal; 13 October 2004)
World Cup
Appearances 11 as of 2018 (First in 1958)
Best result Fourth Place, 1966
European Championship
Appearances 11 (First in 1960)
Best result Champions, 1960

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's home grounds are Luzhniki Stadium and Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow, and Petrovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg. Their current manager is Fabio Capello.

After the break up of Soviet Union, Russia qualified for three World Cups (1994, 2002, 2014), and they have automatically qualified for 2018 as hosts. They have also qualified for four European Championships (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012). FIFA recognizes Russia as the sole successor of the Soviet Union national team.


As Russian Empire[edit]

The Russian Empire played its first unofficial international in October 1910 against Bohemia.[1] The All-Russian Football Union was founded in January 1912 and it was admitted to FIFA in the same year.[2] The first official international for Russian Empire was the second round match against Finland at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.[1]

The development of football in Russia was stopped by the outbreak of First World War in 1914.[3] Meetings with Germany and France were planned for the spring of 1915, but the matches were cancelled. A large number of players were killed at the war and several others fled the country after the 1917 Russian Revolution.[3] Finally, the Soviet Union national football team was formed in August 1923[4] and it was considered by FIFA as the successor of the Russian Empire football team, itself becoming the Russia national football team in 1992.

As Soviet Union[edit]

The Soviet Union failed to qualify for the World Cup only twice, in 1974 and 1978, and attended seven finals tournaments in total. Their best finish was fourth in 1966, when they lost to West Germany in the semifinals, 2–1. The Soviet Union qualified for five European Championships, winning the inaugural competition in 1960 when they beat Yugoslavia in the final, 2–1. They finished second three times (1964, 1972, 1988), and fourth once (1968), when, having drawn with Italy in the semi-final, they were sent to the third place playoff match by the loss of a coin toss. The Soviet Union national team also participated in number of Olympic tournaments earning the gold medal in the 1956 and 1988 The Soviet team continued to field its national team players in Olympic tournaments despite the prohibition of FIFA in 1958 to field any national team players in Olympics. However in 1960 and in 1964 the Soviets were fielding its second national team.

First games[edit]

The first international match played by a Soviet team came in August 1923, nine months after the establishment of the Soviet Union, when a Russian SFSR team beat Sweden 2–1 in Stockholm.[5] The first formally recognised match played by the Soviet Union took place a year later, a 3–0 win over Turkey. This and a return match in Ankara were the only officially recognised international matches played by the Soviet Union prior to the 1952 Summer Olympics, though several unofficial friendlies against Turkey took place in the 1930s. The 1952 Olympics was the first competitive tournament entered by the Soviet Union. In the preliminary round, Bulgaria were defeated 2–1, earning a first round tie against Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia led 5–1, but a Soviet comeback in the last 15 minutes resulted in a 5–5 draw. The match was replayed, Yugoslavia winning 3–1.[6]

Sweden trials and the triumph[edit]

The Soviet Union entered the World Cup for the first time at the 1958 tournament, following a qualification playoff against Poland.[7] Drawn in a group with Brazil, England and Austria, they collected three points in total, one from England and two from Austria. Soviet Union and England went to a playoff game, in which Anatoli Ilyin scored in the 67th minute to knock England out. The Soviet Union were then eliminated by the hosts of the tournament, Sweden, in the quarter-finals.

The inaugural European Championships in 1960 marked the pinnacle of Soviet footballing achievement. Easily progressing to the quarter-finals, the team were scheduled to face Spain, but due to the tensions of the Cold War, Spain refused to travel to the Soviet Union, resulting in a walkover. In the semi-final, the Soviet team defeated Czechoslovakia 3–0 and reached the final, where they faced Yugoslavia.

In the final, Yugoslavia scored first, but the Soviet Union, led by legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin, equalized in the 49th minute. After 90 minutes the score was 1–1, and Viktor Ponedelnik scored with seven minutes left in extra time to give the Soviets the inaugural European Championship.

The end of the Kachalin's dream-team[edit]

In the 1962 World Cup, the Soviet team was in Group 1 with Yugoslavia, Colombia and Uruguay. The match between Soviet Union and Colombia ended 4–4; Colombia scored a series of goals (68’, 72’, 86’). Star goalkeeper Lev Yashin was in poor form both against Colombia and Chile. His form was considered as one of the main reasons why Soviet Union team did not gain more success in the tournament.[citation needed]

In 1964, the Soviet Union attempted to defend their European Championship title, defeating Italy in the last 16 (2–0, 1–1) and to reach the quarter-finals. After two matches against Sweden, the Soviet side won on aggregate (1–1, 3–1). The Soviet Union team went to Spain where the finals were held. In the semi-finals, the Soviet Union defeated Denmark 3–0 in Barcelona but their dreams of winning the title again were dashed in the final when Spain, the host, scored a late goal, winning a 2-1.

The late 1960s: Semi-finals at World Cup and European Championships[edit]

The 1966 FIFAWorld Cup was the tournament which the Soviet Union team reached their best result by finishing in fourth place. Soviet Union was in Group 4 with North Korea, Italy and Chile. In all three matches, the Soviet Union team managed to defeat their rivals. The Soviet team then defeated Hungary in the quarter-finals thanks to the effective performance of their star, Lev Yashin but their success was ended by two defeats on 25 and 28 July, against West Germany in the semi-finals and Portugal in the third place play off match, respectively. The 1966 squad was the second best scoring Soviet team in the World Cup history, with 10 goals.

For the Euro 1968, the qualification competition was played in two stages; a group stage (taking place from 1966 until 1968) and the quarter-finals (played in 1968). Again, only four teams could reach the finals which were held in Italy. The semi-final match between Soviet Union and Italy ended 0–0. It was decided to toss a coin to see who reached the final, rather than play a replay. Italy won, and went on to become European champions. On 8 June 1968, the Soviets were defeated by England in the third place match.

Kachalin's second attempt[edit]

The 1970 World Cup started with the match between Mexico and the Soviet Union. The Soviet team became the first team to make a substitution in World Cup history in this match. Other opponents in their group were Belgium and El Salvador. The Soviet team easily qualified to the quarter-final where they lost against Uruguay in extra time. This was the last time the Soviet Union reached the quarter-finals. They were able to obtain 5th place in the rankings which FIFA released in 1986.

The final tournament of the 1972 European Championships took place between 14 and 18 June 1972. Again, only four teams were in the finals. Soviets defeated Hungary 1–0, a second half goal. The final was between West Germany and Soviet Union. The match ended with a victory of the German side thanks to the effective football of Gerd Müller. This tournament was one of the two tournaments in which the Soviet Union finished as runner-up.

Failures in the 1970s[edit]

The rest of the 1970s were bleak for the Soviets, who were disqualified from the 1974 World Cup as a result of refusal to play Chile in the aftermath of the 1973 Chilean coup d'état, and failed to qualify for the 1978 World Cup or the 1976 and 1980 European Championships.

Beskov recovers the team[edit]

The 1982 World Cup was the Soviet Union's first major tournament appearance for a decade. The Soviet Union was in Group 6 with Brazil, Scotland and New Zealand. Goals by Socrates and Eder marked the defeat of the Soviet side against Brazil in the first group match(even though it was a very hard match for the Brazilians), and they were eventually eliminated in the second round by finishing the group in second place, when they defeated Belgium only 1–0 and drew against Poland with an 0–0 result. In 1984, the Soviets again failed to qualify for the European Championships, but succeeded in qualifying for the 1986 World Cup. Soviet Union were in Group C with Hungary, France and Canada. the Soviets used Irapuato, Guanajuato as their training ground in the world cup

Lobanovsky era and demise of Soviet Union[edit]

Soviet team enjoyed a successful group stage by scoring nine goals and finishing the group in the first place. It seemed like the Soviet side managed to forget their unsuccessful performance in 1982, but they lost to surprise package Belgium 3–4 in the round of 16 after extra time. Despite their poor performance in the cup, Soviet Union team was the best scoring Soviet team in the World Cup history, with 12 goals. After failing to qualify for three consecutive times (1976, 1980, 1984), the Soviets managed to qualify for the 1988 competition, the last time the Soviet Union national football team took part in the European Football Championship. The finals were held in West Germany. Eight teams were participating this time. Soviet Union finished Group B as leaders above the Netherlands and reached the semi-finals. There, the Soviets defeated Italy 2–0. In the final between Soviet Union and the Netherlands, rival of Soviet Union from Group B, the Netherlands won the match with a clear score and became the European champions.

The final major championship contested by the Soviet team was the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where they were drawn in Group B with Argentina, Romania and Cameroon. The only success of Soviet Union in the whole tournament came when they managed to beat the group leaders, Cameroon by 4–0. The Soviet team lost their other matches and failed to qualify from the group. The Soviet Union qualified for Euro 1992, but the breakup of the Soviet Union meant that the finals place was instead taken by the CIS national football team. After the tournament, the former Soviet Republics competed as separate independent nations, with FIFA allocating the Soviet team's record to Russia.

As CIS[edit]

After the break up of the Union the team was transformed into the CIS national football team (a formality name for a team of the non-existing country of Soviet Union). FIFA considers the CIS national football team (and ultimately, the Russia national football team) as the Soviet successor team[8] allocating its former records to them; nevertheless, a large percentage of the team's former players came from outside the Russian SFSR, mainly from the Ukrainian SSR, and following the breakup of the Soviet Union, some such as Andrei Kanchelskis from the former Ukrainian SSR continued to play in the new Russia national football team.

After the breakup[edit]

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 from the other republics.


Led by manager Pavel Sadyrin, Russia were in Group 5 for the qualification campaign for the 1994 FIFA World Cup 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. Though not considered to be among the strongest teams in the tournament, Russia were seen as fierce opponents.[citation needed] The Russian squad consisted of veterans like goalkeeper Stanislav Cherchesov, Aleksandr Borodyuk and players like Viktor Onopko, Oleg Salenko, 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[9]).

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 Russia lost 2–0 to Brazil and 3–1 to Sweden. Teetering on elimination, Russia defeated Cameroon 6–1 with Oleg Salenko scoring a 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 96[edit]

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. 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, where 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.


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 Alexander 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.[10] Russia finished third in the group, failing to qualify for their second major tournament in succession.


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.[11] 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.[12] Russia started their tournament against Spain but a late goal from Juan Carlos Valeron put Russia on the brink of another group stage elimination.[13] Four days later, Russia became the first team officially eliminated after a 0–2 defeat to Portugal.[14] 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.[15]

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 2008[edit]

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 April 10, 2006, it was announced that then Australia manager Guus Hiddink would lead Russia in the Euro 2008 qualification campaign.[16]

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 November 17, 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 Qualification[edit]

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 November 14, Russia faced Slovenia in the first-leg of their two-legged play-off, where they won 2–1 with two goals from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.[17] In the return match, Russia lost 1–0 in Maribor, and Slovenia qualified for the finals on the away goals rule.[18] On 13 February 2010, it was confirmed that Hiddink would leave his position as manager, with the expiration of his contract on 30 June.[19]

Euro 2012[edit]

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

Russia were drawn into Group A with Poland, Czech Republic, Greece. Led by Dick Advocaat, Russia started off the tournament with a 4–1 win over the Czech Republic and temporarily went to the top of the group with three points. They were eliminated after a 1–1 draw against Poland and a 1–0 loss against Greece.

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]


In July 2012, the Italian Fabio Capello was named as the new Russian manager, after being sacked by England in February.[20]

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.[21]

Group F

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 Israel Luxembourg Northern Ireland Portugal Russia
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 tournament[edit]

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.[22] 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.[23][24]

Group H

 Belgium 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9
 Algeria 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 4
 Russia 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
 South Korea 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1


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 as the away kit, while the home colour remained primarily white.[25][26] This trend was continued by Adidas, who took over as suppliers in September, 2008.[27] 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 current official shirt supplier since 2008 is Adidas.

Name Duration
Germany Adidas 1992–1993
United Kingdom Reebok 1993–1996
United States Nike 1997–2008
Germany Adidas 2008–present

Kit history[edit]

Soviet Union[edit]

1958-1989 Home
World Cup 1966 (vs. North Korea)
1970 Home (vs Belgium)
1975 (vs. Ireland)
1982 Away
1986 Away
1988 Home
1988 Away
1990 Home
1990 Away


Home kits[edit]

(against Cyprus)
(against Israel)
(against Israel)

Away kits[edit]

(against USA and Israel)
(against Iceland)
(against Hungary)
(against Mexico)
(against Brazil)
(against Bulgaria)
(against France)
(against Italy)
(against Latvia & the Netherlands)
(against Croatia)

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Under Fabio Capello

Date Venue Opponent Result Notes
15 August Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow  Ivory Coast 1–1 International match
7 September Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow  Northern Ireland 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 September Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan  Israel 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 October Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow  Portugal 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
16 October Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow  Azerbaijan 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
14 November Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar  United States 2–2 International match
6 February Estadio Municipal de Marbella, Marbella  Iceland 2–0 International match
25 March Stamford Bridge, London  Brazil 1–1 International match
7 June Estádio da Luz, Lisbon  Portugal 0–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 August Windsor Park, Belfast  Northern Ireland 0–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 September Central Stadium, Kazan  Luxembourg 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 September Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg  Israel 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 October Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 October Bakcell Arena, Baku  Azerbaijan 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 November Zabeel Stadium, Dubai  Serbia 1–1 International match
19 November Zabeel Stadium, Dubai  South Korea 2–1 International match
5 March Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar  Armenia 2–0 International match
26 May Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg  Slovakia 1–0 International match
31 May Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Norway 1–1 International match
6 June Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow  Morocco 2–0 International match
17 June Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá  South Korea 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
22 June Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro  Belgium 0–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
26 June Arena da Baixada, Curitiba  Algeria 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
3 September Arena Khimki, Khimki  Azerbaijan 4–0 International match
8 September Arena Khimki, Khimki  Liechtenstein 4–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
9 October Friends Arena, Solna  Sweden 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
12 October Otkrytie Arena, Moscow  Moldova 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
15 November Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Austria 0–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
18 November Groupama Arena, Budapest  Hungary 2–1 International match
27 March Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Montenegro UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
14 June ,  Austria UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
5 September ,  Sweden UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
8 September Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz  Liechtenstein UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
9 October Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău  Moldova UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
12 November ,  Montenegro UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads
1930–1990 As  Soviet Union
United States 1994 Group stage 18th 3 1 0 2 7 6 Squad
France 1998 Did not qualify
South Korea Japan 2002 Group stage 22nd 3 1 0 2 4 4 Squad
Germany 2006 Did not qualify
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014 Group stage 24th 3 0 2 1 2 3 Squad
Russia 2018 Qualified as host
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Total Fourth place 10/22 9 2 2 5 13 13

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads
1960–1992 As  Soviet Union and CIS
England 1996 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 4 8 Squad
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Did not qualify
Portugal 2004 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Squad
Austria Switzerland 2008 Semi-final 3rd 5 3 0 2 7 8 Squad
Poland Ukraine 2012 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 5 3 Squad
France 2016 To be determined
Total 1 title 10/16 14 5 2 7 18 23

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017 Qualified as host
Total 1/11 - - - - - - - -

Qualifying campaigns[edit]

FIFA World Cup European Football Championship
1994Finished 2nd in qualifying group 1996Finished 1st in qualifying group
1998 – Finished 2nd in qualifying group
Lost to Italy in play-offs
2000 – Finished 3rd in qualifying group
2002Finished 1st in qualifying group 2004Finished 2nd in qualifying group
Beat Wales in play-offs
2006 – Finished 3rd in qualifying group 2008Finished 2nd in qualifying group
2010 – Finished 2nd in qualifying group
Lost to Slovenia in play-offs
2012Finished 1st in qualifying group
2014Finished 1st in qualifying group
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
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 Israel Luxembourg Northern Ireland Portugal Russia
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


Name Tenure Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Russia Sadyrin, PavelPavel Sadyrin 1992–1994 23 12 6 5 52
Russia Romantsev, OlegOleg Romantsev 1994–1996, 1998–2002 60 36 14 10 60
Russia Ignatyev, BorisBoris Ignatyev 1996–1998 20 8 8 4 40
Russia Byshovets, AnatoliyAnatoliy Byshovets 1998 6 0 0 6 0
Russia Gazzaev, ValeryValery Gazzaev 2002–2003 9 4 2 3 44
Russia Yartsev, GeorgiGeorgi Yartsev 2003–2005 19 8 6 5 42
Russia Semin, YuriYuri Semin 2005 7 3 4 0 43
Russia Borodyuk, AleksandrAleksandr Borodyuk (caretaker) 2006 2 0 1 1 0
Netherlands Hiddink, GuusGuus Hiddink July 2006 – June 2010 39 22 7 10 56
Netherlands Advocaat, DickDick Advocaat July 2010 – July 2012 24 12 8 4 50
Italy Capello, FabioFabio Capello since July 2012 24 12 8 4 50

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name Country Notes
Manager Fabio Capello Italy Italy
Assistant Coach Italo Galbiati Italy Italy
Goalkeeping coach Sergei Ovchinnikov Russia Russia
Physiotherapist Massimo Neri Italy Italy
U-21 Manager Nikolay Pisarev Russia Russia
U-19 Manager Vyacheslav Daev Russia Russia
U-17 Manager Dmitri Khomukha Turkmenistan Turkmenistan

Current squad[edit]

A list of players called up for the squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Austria on 15 November and the Friendly match against Hungary on 18 November 2014.[28]
Caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014 after the match against Hungary as per RFU data.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Igor Akinfeev (1986-04-08) 8 April 1986 (age 28) 77 0 Russia CSKA Moscow
1GK Yuri Lodigin (1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 24) 6 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
1GK Artyom Rebrov (1984-03-04) 4 March 1984 (age 30) 0 0 Russia Spartak Moscow
2DF Sergei Ignashevich (1979-07-14) 14 July 1979 (age 35) 106 7 Russia CSKA Moscow
2DF Vasili Berezutski (1982-06-20) 20 June 1982 (age 32) 87 4 Russia CSKA Moscow
2DF Dmitri Kombarov (1987-01-22) 22 January 1987 (age 27) 30 2 Russia Spartak Moscow
2DF Vladimir Granat (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 27) 9 1 Russia Dynamo Moscow
2DF Georgi Shchennikov (1991-04-27) 27 April 1991 (age 23) 6 0 Russia CSKA Moscow
2DF Sergei Parshivlyuk (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 25) 3 0 Russia Spartak Moscow
2DF Yevgeni Makeyev (1989-07-24) 24 July 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Russia Spartak Moscow
2DF Andrey Semyonov (1989-03-24) 24 March 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Russia Terek Grozny
3MF Igor Denisov (1984-05-17) 17 May 1984 (age 30) 46 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
3MF Roman Shirokov (Captain) (1981-07-06) 6 July 1981 (age 33) 43 12 Russia Spartak Moscow
3MF Alan Dzagoev (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 24) 42 8 Russia CSKA Moscow
3MF Denis Glushakov (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 27) 35 3 Russia Spartak Moscow
3MF Viktor Fayzulin (1986-04-22) 22 April 1986 (age 28) 24 4 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
3MF Aleksandr Samedov (1984-07-19) 19 July 1984 (age 30) 24 3 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
3MF Oleg Shatov (1990-07-29) 29 July 1990 (age 24) 13 2 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
3MF Aleksei Ionov (1989-02-18) 18 February 1989 (age 25) 8 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
3MF Denis Cheryshev (1990-12-26) 26 December 1990 (age 23) 7 0 Spain Villarreal
3MF Magomed Ozdoyev (1992-11-05) 5 November 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Russia Rubin Kazan
4FW Aleksandr Kerzhakov (1982-11-27) 27 November 1982 (age 32) 88 29 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
4FW Aleksandr Kokorin (1991-03-19) 19 March 1991 (age 23) 29 7 Russia Dynamo Moscow
4FW Artyom Dzyuba (1988-08-22) 22 August 1988 (age 26) 8 2 Russia Spartak Moscow
4FW Maksim Kanunnikov (1991-07-14) 14 July 1991 (age 23) 5 0 Russia Rubin Kazan

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Sergey Ryzhikov (1980-09-19) 19 September 1980 (age 34) 1 0 Russia Rubin Kazan v.  Austria, 15 November 2014 (preliminary)
DF Aleksei Berezutski (1982-06-20) 20 June 1982 (age 32) 51 0 Russia CSKA Moscow v.  Austria, 15 November 2014 (preliminary)
DF Aleksei Kozlov (1986-11-16) 16 November 1986 (age 28) 13 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow v.  Austria, 15 November 2014 (preliminary)
DF Igor Smolnikov (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 26) 4 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg v.  Austria, 15 November 2014 (preliminary)
DF Elmir Nabiullin (1995-03-08) 8 March 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Russia Rubin Kazan v.  Austria, 15 November 2014 (preliminary)
DF Kirill Nababkin (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986 (age 28) 2 0 Russia CSKA Moscow v.  Liechtenstein, 8 September 2014 (preliminary)
DF Andrey Yeshchenko (1984-02-09) 9 February 1984 (age 30) 14 0 Russia Kuban Krasnodar 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Aleksandr Anyukov (1982-09-28) 28 September 1982 (age 32) 77 1 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
DF Maksim Belyayev (1991-09-30) 30 September 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  Armenia, 5 March 2014
MF Maksim Grigoryev (1990-07-06) 6 July 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Russia Rostov v.  Austria, 15 November 2014 (preliminary)
MF Pavel Mogilevets (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg v.  Austria, 15 November 2014 (preliminary)
MF Yuri Gazinskiy (1989-07-20) 20 July 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Russia Krasnodar v.  Austria, 15 November 2014 (preliminary)
MF Aleksei Miranchuk (1995-10-17) 17 October 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  Austria, 15 November 2014 (preliminary)
MF Yuri Zhirkov (1983-08-20) 20 August 1983 (age 31) 62 1 Russia Dynamo Moscow 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Vladimir Bystrov (1984-01-31) 31 January 1984 (age 30) 47 4 Russia Krasnodar 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
MF Aleksandr Ryazantsev (1986-09-05) 5 September 1986 (age 28) 4 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg v.  Armenia, 5 March 2014
MF Dmitri Tarasov (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 27) 2 1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  South Korea, 19 November 2013
FW Dmitry Poloz (1991-07-12) 12 July 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Russia Rostov v.  Austria, 15 November 2014 (preliminary)
FW Denis Dadydov (1995-03-22) 22 March 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Russia Spartak Moscow v.  Austria, 15 November 2014 (preliminary)
FW Igor Portnyagin (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Russia Rubin Kazan v.  Austria, 15 November 2014 (preliminary)
FW Pavel Pogrebnyak (1983-11-08) 8 November 1983 (age 31) 33 8 England Reading 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad (rem.)
FW Fyodor Smolov (1990-02-09) 9 February 1990 (age 24) 5 2 Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast v.  Armenia, 5 March 2014
  • (rem.) Called-up, but removed from the squad before the game
  • Injured Injured or recovering from surgery

Player records[edit]

As of 15 November 2014.[29]

Bold indicates active players

Italic indicates players that played for the USSR or CIS

Several players have 50 or more appearances for USSR/CIS and Russia combined: Aleksandr Mostovoi (65).[31]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Football in Russia Retrieved 18 June 2014.
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  6. ^ "Yugoslavia National Team List of Results 1950-1959". RSSSF. Retrieved 13 January 2007. 
  7. ^ "1958 - Qualifying competition". Planet World Cup. Retrieved 13 January 2007. 
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  9. ^ Ukraine’s forgotten World Cup pedigree, Business Ukraine (4 August 2010).
  10. ^ Russia vs Ukraine (09.10.1999) with Filimonov's terrible mistake on YouTube
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  12. ^ "Russian Onopko ruled out". BBC Sport (London). 2 June 2004. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
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  14. ^ "Russia 0-2 Portugal". BBC Sport (London). 16 June 2004. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  15. ^ "Russia 2-1 Greece". BBC Sport (London). 20 June 2004. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  16. ^ "Russia make Hiddink appointment". BBC Sport. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Bilyaletdinov double but Slovenia strike late". ESPN. 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  18. ^ "Major shock for Hiddink". ESPN. 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  19. ^ "Guus Hiddink confirms departure from Russia post". ESPN. 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  20. ^ "Fabio Capello is appointed the new Russia boss". BBC Sport. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Fabio Capello agrees to lead Russia until 2018 World Cup". BBC Sport. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Russia v South Korea: World Cup 2014 – as it happened". The Guardian. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  23. ^ Sid Lowe at the Arena da Baixada (26 June 2014). "Algeria 1-1 Russia; World Cup 2014 Group H match report". The Guardian. 
  24. ^ "World Cup 2014: Fabio Capello unhappy at laser shone at keeper". BBC Sport. 27 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Euro 2008 Team Kits - Historical Football Kits". 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  26. ^ Wallace, Sam (18 October 2007). "Russia 2 England 1: McClaren's ambitions in ruins after Roman lands double blow". The Independent (London). 
  27. ^ "Russia national team switched to Adidas" (in Russian). 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  28. ^ Состав на октябрьские игры» (in Russian). Russian Football Union. 30 August 2014. 
  29. ^ "Russia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  30. ^ "Kerzhakov breaks record as Russia thrash Azerbaijan in friendly". Fox Sports. Associated Press. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  31. ^ "Players Appearing for Two or More Countries". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 

Further reading[edit]

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

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