Russia national football team

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Russia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Russian Football Union (RFU)
Российский Футбольный Союз
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Fabio Capello
Captain Sergei Ignashevich
Most caps Viktor Onopko (109)
Top scorer Vladimir Beschastnykh (26)
Home stadium Luzhniki
Lokomotiv
Petrovsky
FIFA code RUS
FIFA ranking 18 Increase +1
Highest FIFA ranking 3 (April 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking 40 (December 1998)
Elo ranking 15
Highest Elo ranking 7 (August 2009)
Lowest Elo ranking 34 (June 2005)
First colours
Second colours
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)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 7–1 Russia 
(Lisbon, Portugal; 13 October 2004)
Best result 18th place, 1994
European Championship
Appearances 4 (First in 1996)
Best result First, 1960

The Russia national football team (Russian: Национа́льная сбо́рная Росси́и по футбо́лу) 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, Lokomotiv Stadium (both in Moscow), and Petrovsky Stadium in St.Petersburg. Russia qualified for three World Cups (1994, 2002, 2014), will host one in 2018 and four European Championships (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012). Euro 2008 marks the first time they have passed the group stages of a major tournament, these advances are not counting the Soviet Union national team.

History[edit]

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

Beginning[edit]

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[1]).

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.

Romantsev era[edit]

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 like 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. Italy beat Russia 2–1. Having lost their first game Russia were not expected to perform well against Germany. To much surprise, though, the first half ended goalless. However Germany went on to win 3–0. Russia's last game against the Czech Republic was to be nothing more than a consolation. The game ended in a 3–3 draw after a late goal from the Czechs, putting them through at the expense of Italy.

1997–1999[edit]

After Euro 96, Boris Ignatyev was appointed manager. His goal was to lead Russia to the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. He used many players from Euro 96 like 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 playoff spot. In the playoffs, 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 terrible mistake of the goalkeeper Alexandr Filimonov late in the game.[2] Russia finished third in the group, failing to qualify for their second major tournament in succession.

Revival[edit]

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.

At the final tournament of the 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign in Korea and Japan, Russia was drawn into group H with Belgium, Tunisia, and Japan. Group H was considered the weakest group of the tournament and Russia were considered serious contenders to qualify for the second round. In their first game Russia achieved a 2–0 victory over Tunisia. Russia lost their next match to Japan 1–0 causing riots to erupt in Moscow.[3] For their last game against Belgium, Russia needed a draw to take them to the second round. Russia lost 3–2 and was eliminated.

Oleg Romantsev was sacked immediately following the tournament and replaced with CSKA's Valery Gazzaev. Gazzaev's 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. However, they suffered a major setback after losing their next two games away to Albania and Georgia which put Gazzaev's career in jeopardy. He was promptly sacked after a disappointing draw with Switzerland in Basel. Russia managed a 1–1 draw with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin before Georgi Yartsev was appointed manager. Yartsev managed to qualify Russia for a playoff spot with Wales after home victories to Switzerland and Georgia. In the first playoff leg Russia drew 0–0 with Wales in Moscow. In Cardiff, Russia emerged with victory 1–0 from a Vadim Evseev header 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 February 15, 2004.

After a tough qualifying campaign, Russia were drawn in group A with hosts Portugal, Spain, and Greece. Russia were not among the favorites to progress and tournament preparations were hampered by injuries to defenders Sergei Ignashevich and Victor Onopko.[4] Russia started their tournament against Spain but a late goal from Juan Carlos Valeron put Russia on the brink of another group stage elimination.[5] Four days later, Russia became the first team officially eliminated after a 0-2 defeat to Portugal.[6] Their last match was largely a consolation but achieved a surprising victory over Greece with Dmitri Kirichenko scoring one of the fastest goals of the tournament.[7]

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 September 4, 2004 in Moscow. They seemed to pick up some pace with 4–0 win over Luxembourg, but suffered a 7–1 defeat against Portugal in Lisbon. Victories against Estonia and Liechtenstein seemed to put them back on track but a 1–1 draw with Estonia on March 30, 2005 in Tallinn was a major disappointment which saw the end of Georgi Yartsev's reign. It was also one of the greatest results in Estonian football history. 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 August 17, 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 playoffs above Russia on goal difference. Russia finished third with 23 points.

Euro 2008[edit]

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.

For the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, Russia were drawn into group E with England, Croatia, Israel, Macedonia, Estonia, and Andorra. Led by Guus Hiddink, Russia began their Euro 2008 campaign by drawing with Croatia 0–0 and Israel 1–1 at home. They picked up momentum with a 2–0 win against Macedonia in Skopje, and 2–0 home and away wins against Estonia. On June 2, 2007, Russia defeated Andorra 4–0 in Saint Petersburg with Aleksandr Kerzhakov scoring a hat-trick and an additional goal scored by Dmitriy Sychev. Russia then defeated Macedonia 3–0. Russia's campaign suffered a setback in September 2007 when they lost 3–0 to England at Wembley. In the return game in Moscow, Russia 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. At the time England were the strongest team defensively in the whole qualifying campaign. On November 17, 2007, Russia suffered a 2–1 defeat to Israel to put qualification hopes in jeopardy. Despite the defeat, Russia still managed to qualify with a 1–0 win over Andorra while England suffered a 3–2 defeat to Croatia, at Wembley. Russia were able to qualify in second place with 24 points, 1 point above England who had 23 points.

Prior to Euro 2008, Russia lost to Romania and defeated Kazakhstan, Serbia, and Lithuania in friendlies, but their win over Serbia came at a price. In the victory against Serbia, then number one striker Pavel Pogrebnyak suffered a severe injury which caused him to miss the entire Euro 2008 tournament.

In the Euro 2008 tournament, Russia were drawn into Group D with Sweden and Euro 2004 group rivals Spain and Greece.

On 10 June Russia was heavily beaten by Spain, 1–4, in their opening Euro 2008 game in Innsbruck. David Villa scored a hat-trick and Cesc Fàbregas added a fourth after Roman Pavlyuchenko had scored a consolation header. Russia quickly rebounded however and won their next game against Greece, 1–0, with Konstantin Zyryanov being the lone goal scorer. The third game at Innsbruck stadium saw Russia as 2–0 victor over Sweden, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrei Arshavin having scored. The victory made it possible for the Russian team to qualify further on to the quarterfinals with 6 points, running-up to Spain, who gained 9.

In the quarter-final against The Netherlands (tournament favorite's going into this game), Roman Pavlyuchenko scored a wonderful 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 remained focused, and regained the lead when Andrei Arshavin raced down the left flank and sent a magnificent 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. On a rainy night in Vienna, the two teams went into half-time with the score at 0–0. However, Xavi put Spain 1–0 just after half-time. Dani Güiza and David Silva also scored, making the final score 3–0, and eliminating Russia.

Russia played a friendly match against Holland on August 20, 2008. It ended in a 1–1 draw.

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. On October 11, Russia lost 2–1, to Germany in a pulsating match despite showing a convincing display. Their next match was against Finland, the team that had succeeded in drawing Germany 3–3 at home stadium. The memories of the loss of the previous match against Germany was eradicated as the squad quickly dominated the game while staging a magnificent performance, which ended 3–0 to Russia (which included two own goals by Finland). In their next match, they succeeded in getting the better of Azerbaijan, due to goals from Roman Pavlyuchenko and Konstantin Zyryanov. Four days later, Konstantin Zyryanov scored again, playing a key role in Russia's away 1–0 win over Liechtenstein. Their next match was against Finland in Helsinki, where they won 3–0, two goals coming from Aleksandr Kerzhakov and the third from Zyryanov. Guus Hiddink was praised for the outcome of the match for recalling Kerzhakov, whom made an instant impact upon his return. Russia then faced Liechtenstein again in Saint Petersburg, a powerful strike from Vasili Berezutski and two penalties from Roman Pavlyuchenko gave Russia a comfortable 3–0 win. Russia's next test was against Wales in Cardiff. The Welsh side despite playing great football lost 1–3, Russia being the better team. Finland tying 1–1 to Liechtenstein the same day, guaranteed Russia at least a playoff spot, and ultimately set up the biggest match in the group yet, against Germany for top spot. The match at the Luzhniki Stadium was watched by 84,500 fans. Miroslav Klose put Germany ahead in the 35th minute. In the 69th minute Jerome Boateng of Germany was sent off after a foul on Vladimir Bystrov. This 1–0 victory booked Germany's place in South Africa, while extending Russia's footballing season into the play-offs, which took place in November 2009. Russia's last game of qualification ended a 1–1 draw against Azerbaijan in Baku, captain Andrei Arshavin scoring Russia's lone goal.

On November 14, Russia faced Slovenia in the first-leg of their two legged playoff, where they won 2–1 with two strikes coming from Everton man Diniyar Bilyaletdinov in the 40th and 52nd minute, respectively.[8] Nejc Pečnik of Slovenia scored a crucial goal in the 87th minute, which would eventually be the deciding factor in Russia's failure to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. In the return match, Russia lost 1–0 on Slovenian soil in Maribor, and the difference in goals scored away (0–1 in Slovenia's favor) meant that Russia did not qualify for South Africa.[9] On 13 February 2010, it was confirmed that Hiddink leaves his position as manager, with the expiration of his contract on June 30, 2010.[10]

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]

Qualification[edit]

On 30 July 2011 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary draw, Russia were placed in Group F along with Portugal, Israel, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan and Luxembourg.[11]

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 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


Russia qualified for 2014 FIFA World Cup from the top of Group F after a 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan in their last game.

Final tournament[edit]

According to the final draw, held on December 6, 2013, Russia will play in Group H against Republic of Korea (June 17), Belgium (June 22) and Algeria (June 26).

Group stage[edit]

Group H

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Algeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Kits[edit]

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 color remained primarily white.[12][13] This trend was continued by Adidas, who took over as suppliers in September, 2008.[14] 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 colors. This combination however proved to be short lived as a return to red and white was made in 2011. The most recent edition of the kit, used at Euro 2012, features a red base with gold trim and a Russian flag positioned diagonally while the away kit is a minimalistic white with red trim combination, The Russian national team's official shirt supplier is Adidas, the former suppliers were Adidas (1992—1993), Reebok (1993–1996) and Nike (1997–2008).

Kit history[edit]

Home kits[edit]

1992
(first international match against Mexico)
1992
1993
1994-1995
1995
1996-1997
1996
(against Cyprus)
1996
(against Israel)
1997
1998
1998—1999
2000—2002
2002-2003
2004-2005
2006—2007
2007
(against Israel)
2008
2008-2009
2009
2009—2010
2011
2012–2013
2013-present

Away kits[edit]

1993
(against USA and Israel)
1993
(against Iceland)
1993
(against Hungary)
1994
(against Mexico)
1994-1995
1996-1997
1996
(against Brazil)
1997
(against Bulgaria)
1998—1999
1998
(against France)
2000—2002
2002-2003
2004-2005
2005
(against Italy)
2006—2007
(against Latvia & the Netherlands)
2007
(against Croatia)
2008
2008
2009
2009—2010
2011
2012–2013
2014-present

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Result Notes
15/08/2012 Moscow  Ivory Coast 1–1 Friendly
7/09/2012 Moscow  Northern Ireland 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
11/09/2012 Ramat Gan  Israel 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
12/10/2012 Moscow  Portugal 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
16/10/2012 Moscow  Azerbaijan 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
14/11/2012 Krasnodar  United States 2–2 Friendly
6/02/2013 Marbella  Iceland 2–0 Friendly
25/03/2013 London  Brazil 1–1 Friendly
07/06/2013 Lisbon  Portugal 0–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
15/08/2013 Belfast  Northern Ireland 0–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
06/09/2013 Kazan  Luxembourg 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10/09/2013 Saint Petersburg  Israel 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
11/10/2013 Luxembourg  Luxembourg 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
15/10/2013 Baku  Azerbaijan 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
15/11/2013 Dubai  Serbia 1–1 Friendly
19/11/2013 Dubai  South Korea 2–1 Friendly
05/03/2014 Krasnodar  Armenia 2–0 Friendly
31/05/2014 Oslo  Norway Friendly
06/06/2014 Moscow  Morocco Friendly
17/06/2014 Cuiabá  South Korea 2014 FIFA World Cup
22/06/2014 Rio de Janeiro  Belgium 2014 FIFA World Cup
26/06/2014 Curitiba  Algeria 2014 FIFA World Cup

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads
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 Qualified
Russia 2018 Qualified as Host
Qatar 2022 To Be Determined
Total Group Stage 4/21 6 2 0 4 11 10

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads
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 Winners 10/14 30 12 6 12 36 39

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did Not Enter
Saudi Arabia 1995 to
Brazil 2013
Did Not Qualify
Russia 2017 Qualified as Host
Qatar 2021 To Be Determined

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
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 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


Managers[edit]

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 17 10 5 2 58.82

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name Country Notes
Manager Fabio Capello Italy Italy
Assistant Coach Italo Galbiati Italy Italy
Assistant Coach Christian Panucci 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 friendly match against Armenia on March 5, 2014.

Caps and goals correct as of March 5, 2014 after match against Armenia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Igor Akinfeev (1986-04-08) 8 April 1986 (age 28) 66 0 Russia CSKA Moscow
12 1GK Yuri Lodygin (1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 23) 1 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
26 1GK Sergey Ryzhikov (1980-09-19) 19 September 1980 (age 33) 1 0 Russia Rubin Kazan
4 2DF Sergei Ignashevich (1979-07-14) 14 July 1979 (age 34) 94 5 Russia CSKA Moscow
14 2DF Vasili Berezutski (1982-06-20) 20 June 1982 (age 31) 75 3 Russia CSKA Moscow
23 2DF Dmitri Kombarov (1987-01-22) 22 January 1987 (age 27) 20 1 Russia Spartak Moscow
22 2DF Andrey Yeshchenko (1984-02-09) 9 February 1984 (age 30) 9 0 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
2 2DF Aleksei Kozlov (1986-11-16) 16 November 1986 (age 27) 8 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
13 2DF Vladimir Granat (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 26) 4 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
3 2DF Georgi Schennikov (1991-04-27) 27 April 1991 (age 22) 3 0 Russia CSKA Moscow
27 2DF Yevgeni Makeyev (1989-07-24) 24 July 1989 (age 24) 1 0 Russia Spartak Moscow
25 2DF Maksim Belyayev (1991-09-30) 30 September 1991 (age 22) 0 0 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
18 3MF Yuri Zhirkov (1983-08-20) 20 August 1983 (age 30) 60 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
15 3MF Roman Shirokov (Captain) (1981-07-06) 6 July 1981 (age 32) 41 12 Russia Krasnodar
7 3MF Igor Denisov (1984-05-17) 17 May 1984 (age 29) 41 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
10 3MF Alan Dzagoev (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 23) 30 8 Russia CSKA Moscow
8 3MF Denis Glushakov (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 27) 25 3 Russia Spartak Moscow
20 3MF Viktor Fayzulin (1986-04-22) 22 April 1986 (age 27) 16 4 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
19 3MF Aleksandr Samedov (1984-07-19) 19 July 1984 (age 29) 14 3 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
5 3MF Aleksandr Ryazantsev (1986-09-05) 5 September 1986 (age 27) 4 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
17 3MF Oleg Shatov (1990-07-29) 29 July 1990 (age 23) 4 1 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
14 3MF Aleksei Ionov (1989-02-18) 18 February 1989 (age 25) 3 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
11 4FW Aleksandr Kerzhakov (1982-11-27) 27 November 1982 (age 31) 78 24 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
9 4FW Aleksandr Kokorin (1991-03-19) 19 March 1991 (age 23) 19 5 Russia Dynamo Moscow
21 4FW Fyodor Smolov (1990-02-09) 9 February 1990 (age 24) 5 2 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala

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 Vladimir Gabulov (1983-10-19) 19 October 1983 (age 30) 10 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow v.  Israel, 10 September 2013
GK Anton Shunin (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 27) 2 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow v.  Israel, 10 September 2013
DF Aleksei Berezutski (1982-06-20) 20 June 1982 (age 31) 51 0 Russia CSKA Moscow v.  South Korea, 19 November 2013
DF Igor Smolnikov (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 25) 1 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg v.  South Korea, 19 November 2013
DF Aleksandr Anyukov (1982-09-28) 28 September 1982 (age 31) 77 1 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg v.  Israel, 10 September 2013
DF Vitali Dyakov (1989-01-31) 31 January 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Russia Rostov v.  Israel, 10 September 2013
DF Kirill Nababkin (1986-09-08) 8 September 1986 (age 27) 2 0 Russia CSKA Moscow v.  Portugal, 7 June 2013
MF Maksim Grigoryev (1990-07-06) 6 July 1990 (age 23) 3 0 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  South Korea, 19 November 2013
MF Dmitri Tarasov (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 27) 2 1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  South Korea, 19 November 2013
MF Vladimir Bystrov (1984-01-31) 31 January 1984 (age 30) 47 4 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala v.  Azerbaijan, 15 October 2013
MF Pavel Mamayev (1988-09-17) 17 September 1988 (age 25) 3 0 Russia Krasnodar v.  Azerbaijan, 15 October 2013
MF Denis Cheryshev (1990-12-26) 26 December 1990 (age 23) 2 0 Spain Sevilla v.  Northern Ireland, 14 August 2013
FW Artyom Dzyuba (1988-08-22) 22 August 1988 (age 25) 3 0 Russia Rostov v.  Northern Ireland, 14 August 2013
  • (rem.) Called-up, but removed from the squad before the game
  • Injured Injured or recovering from surgery

Player records[edit]

As of March 5, 2014.[15]

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).[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ukraine’s forgotten World Cup pedigree, Business Ukraine (August 4, 2010)
  2. ^ Russia vs Ukraine (09.10.1999) with Filimonov's terrible mistake on YouTube
  3. ^ "Two die in Moscow World Cup rioting". The Guardian (London). 10 June 2002. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  4. ^ "Russian Onopko ruled out". BBC Sport (London). 2 June 2004. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  5. ^ "Mostovoi blames coach". BBC Sport (London). 12 June 2004. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  6. ^ "Russia 0-2 Portugal". BBC Sport (London). 16 June 2004. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  7. ^ "Russia 2-1 Greece". BBC Sport (London). 20 June 2004. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  8. ^ "Bilyaletdinov double but Slovenia strike late". ESPN. 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  9. ^ "Major shock for Hiddink". ESPN. 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  10. ^ "Guus Hiddink confirms departure from Russia post". ESPN. 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  11. ^ "The Preliminary Draw results in full". FIFA. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Euro 2008 Team Kits - Historical Football Kits". Historicalkits.co.uk. 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  13. ^ Wallace, Sam (18 October 2007). "Russia 2 England 1: McClaren's ambitions in ruins after Roman lands double blow". The Independent (London). 
  14. ^ "Russia national team switched to Adidas" (in Russian). Championat.ru. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  15. ^ "Russia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  16. ^ "Players Appearing for Two or More Countries". RSSSF. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
http://roadtoworldcup2014.blogspot.com/2013/10/russia.html

Further reading[edit]

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

External links[edit]