Russia women's national football team

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Russia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Football Union of Russia
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Sergei Lavrentyev
Captain Ksenia Tsybutovich
Most caps Svetlana Petko (144)
Home stadium Rossiyanka
FIFA ranking 22
Highest FIFA ranking 11 (July 2003)
Lowest FIFA ranking 22 (June 2013, June 2014)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Soviet Union Soviet Union 4–1 Bulgaria 
(Kazanlak, Bulgaria; 26 March 1990)
 Hungary 0–0 Russia 
(Budapest, Hungary; 17 May 1992)
Biggest win
 Israel 0–6 Russia 
(Tel-Aviv, Israel; 30 May 2007)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 9–0 Russia 
(Cottbus, Germany; 21 September 2013)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1999)
Best result Quarterfinal, 1999 and 2003
UEFA Women's Championship
Appearances 6 (First in 1993)
Best result Quarterfinal, 1993 and 1995

The Russia women's national football team represents Russia in international women's football. The team is controlled by the Football Union of Russia and affiliated with UEFA. Vera Pauw replaced Igor Shalimov as coach of the team in April 2011.

Russia qualified for two World Cups, 1999, 2003 and four European Championships, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2009.

As the men's team, the Russian women's national team is the direct successor of the CIS and USSR women's national teams.

History[edit]

Beginning[edit]

The USSR (who became the Commonwealth of Independent States during the campaign) reached the 1993 UEFA European Women's Championship quarter-finals at their only attempt and Russia were to match that two years later, with both teams losing to Germany over two legs. In 1997, they qualified directly for the final tournament but once there were defeated by Sweden, France – who they had beaten in the preliminaries – and Spain. However, they were among six European sides to qualify for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, thanks to two 2–1 play-off wins against Finland, and comfortable victories over Japan and Canada earned them a quarter-final, where they lost to eventual runners-up China.

After the turn of the 21st century[edit]

They cruised unbeaten into the 2001 continental finals but managed only a point against England in the group stage. Russia's fine qualifying run then continued in the 2003 World Cup and they again reached the quarter-finals before a 7–1 loss to Germany. That preceded something of a decline in fortunes as Finland avenged their 1999 reverse by beating Russia in the play-offs for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005, before Russia had the misfortune to draw Germany in 2007 World Cup qualifying.

Present[edit]

Renewed hope soon began to come from the younger generation, however, with a young member of the 2003 squad, Elena Danilova, inspiring victory in the 2005 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, their first post-Soviet national team title at any level. Although the striker has suffered injury problems, many of her colleagues have graduated to the senior squad, with Russia eventually reaching the 2009 finals with a dramatic away-goals play-off success against Scotland. At the final tournament Russia were drawn against Sweden, Italy and England in Group C. The team was unable to get pass the group stage and finished last as they lost all the three matches, scoring 2 and conceding 8.

In the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifiers, Russia were drawn in Group 6 with Switzerland, Republic of Ireland, Israel and Kazakhstan, where Russia was eliminated at the group stage as they ended the stage behind Switzerland.

Kits[edit]

Russia's home kit had consists of gold socks, maroon shorts, and a maroon shirt. Their away kit is all white.

Record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1999 Quarter Finals 4 2 0 2 10 5 +5
United States 2003 Quarter Finals 4 2 0 2 6 9 −3
China 2007 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2011 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Canada 2015 To Be Determined - - - - - - -
Total 2/6 - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

European Championship[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Italy 1993 Quarter-finals - 1 0 0 1 0 7
Germany 1995 Quarter-finals - 1 0 0 1 0 5
NorwaySweden 1997 Round 1 - 3 0 0 3 2 6
Germany 2001 Round 1 - 3 0 1 2 1 7
England 2005 Did Not Qualify
Finland 2009 Round 1 - 3 0 0 3 2 8
Sweden 2013 Round 1 - 3 0 2 1 3 5
Total 6/7 14 0 3 11 8 38

Managers[edit]

1989—1994 Soviet Union/Russia Oleg Lapshin
1994—2008 Russia Yuri Bystritsky
2008—2011 Russia Igor Shalimov
2011 Netherlands Vera Pauw
2011—2012 France Farid Benstiti
2013—present Russia Sergei Lavrentyev

Current squad[edit]

Squad called up for the 2014 Algarve Cup.

Head coach: Sergei Lavrentyev

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Elvira Todua (1986-01-31)January 31, 1986 (aged 28) 74 0 Russia WFC Rossiyanka
2 2DF Marina Pushkareva (1989-08-24)August 24, 1989 (aged 24) 3 0 Russia Kubanochka Krasnodar
3 2DF Valentina Orlova (1993-04-19)April 19, 1993 (aged 20) 4 0 Russia Zvezda 2005 Perm
4 3MF Svetlana Tsidikova (1985-02-04)February 4, 1985 (aged 29) 8 0 Russia FC Zorky
5 3MF Olga Petrova (1986-07-09)July 9, 1986 (aged 27) 57 8 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
7 2DF Ekaterina Dmitrienko (1990-01-16)January 16, 1990 (aged 24) 5 0 Russia WFC Rossiyanka
8 3MF Ekaterina Lazareva (1990-03-25)March 25, 1990 (aged 23) 0 0 Finland Kokkola Futis 10
9 4FW Elena Danilova (1987-06-17)June 17, 1987 (aged 26) 22 9 Russia Ryazan VDV
10 3MF Elena Terekhova (1987-07-05)July 5, 1987 (aged 26) 53 5 Russia Ryazan VDV
11 4FW Ekaterina Sochneva (1985-08-12)August 12, 1985 (aged 28) 57 18 Russia Zorky Krasnogorsk
12 1GK Maria Zhamanakova (1989-08-21)August 21, 1989 (aged 24) 1 0 Russia FC Zorky
13 3MF Alla Sidorovskaya (1983-07-27)July 27, 1983 (aged 30) 23 0 Russia Izmailovo Moscow
14 3MF Anastasia Chevtchenko (1994-12-10)December 10, 1994 (aged 19) 2 0 United States Penn Quakers
17 4FW Ekaterina Pantyukhina (1993-04-09)April 9, 1993 (aged 20) 4 0 Russia Zvezda 2005 Perm
18 2DF Elena Medved (1985-01-23)January 23, 1985 (aged 29) 35 2 Russia FC Zorky
19 2DF Ksenia Tsybutovich (c) (1987-06-26)June 26, 1987 (aged 26) 61 3 Russia Ryazan VDV
20 4FW Nelli Korovkina (1989-11-01)November 1, 1989 (aged 24) 16 5 Russia Izmailovo Moscow
21 1GK Alain Beliaeva (1992-02-13)February 13, 1992 (aged 22) 0 0 Russia FK Mordovochka
23 3MF Elena Morozova (1987-03-15)March 15, 1987 (aged 26) 66 14 Russia Zorky Krasnogorsk

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