Russia at the FIFA World Cup

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Russia has participated in 4 FIFA World Cups since its independence in December 1991. The Russian Federation played their first international match against Mexico on 16 August 1992 winning 2-0.[1] Their first participation in a World Cup was the United States of America in 1994 and they achieved 18th place. In 1946 the Soviet Union was accepted by FIFA and played their first World Cup in Sweden 1958. The Soviet Union represented 15 Socialist republics and various football federations, and the majority of players came from the Dynamo Kyiv team of the Ukrainian SSR. The Soviet Union national football team played in 7 World Cups. Their best performance was reaching 4th place in England 1966. However Soviet football was dissolved in 1991 when Belarus, Russia and Ukraine declared independence under the Belavezha Accords. The CIS national football team (Commonwealth of Independent States) was formed with other independent nations in 1992 but did not participate in any World Cups.

Overview[edit]

History[edit]

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

Record vs[edit]

As Soviet Union[edit]

FIFA World Cup matches (by team)
Against Wins Draws Losses Total GS GA GD
 Argentina 0 0 1 1 0 2 –2
 Austria 1 0 0 1 2 0 +2
 Belgium 2 0 1 3 8 5 +3
 Brazil 0 0 2 2 1 4 –3
 Cameroon 1 0 0 1 4 0 +4
 Canada 1 0 0 1 2 0 +2
 Chile 1 0 1 2 3 3 0
 Colombia 0 1 0 1 4 4 0
 El Salvador 1 0 0 1 2 0 +2
 England 1 1 0 2 3 2 +1
 France 0 1 0 1 1 1 0
 Hungary 2 0 0 2 8 1 +7
 Italy 1 0 0 1 1 0 +1
 Mexico 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
 New Zealand 1 0 0 1 3 0 +3
 North Korea 1 0 0 1 3 0 +3
 Poland 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
 Portugal 0 0 1 1 1 2 –1
 Romania 0 0 1 1 0 2 –2
 Scotland 0 1 0 1 2 2 0
 Sweden 0 0 1 1 0 2 –2
 Uruguay 1 0 1 2 2 2 0
 West Germany 0 0 1 1 1 2 –1
 Yugoslavia 1 0 0 1 2 0 +2
TOTAL 15 6 10 31 55 34 +19

As Russia[edit]

FIFA World Cup matches (By team)
Against Wins Draws Losses Total GS GA GD
 Algeria 0 1 0 1 1 1 0
 Belgium 0 0 2 2 2 4 –2
 Brazil 0 0 1 1 0 2 –2
 Cameroon 1 0 0 1 6 1 +5
 Croatia 0 1 0 1 2 2 0
 Egypt 1 0 0 1 3 1 +2
 Japan 0 0 1 1 1 0 +1
 Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 5 0 +5
 Spain 0 1 0 1 1 1 0
 South Korea 0 1 0 1 1 1 0
 Sweden 0 0 1 1 1 3 –2
 Tunisia 1 0 0 1 2 0 +2
 Uruguay 0 0 1 1 0 3 –3
TOTAL 4 4 6 14 25 22 +3

Last update 8 July 2018

Soviet Union in Sweden 1958[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 0 5
 Soviet Union 3 1 1 1 4 4 1.00 3
 England 3 0 3 0 4 4 1.00 3
 Austria 3 0 1 2 2 7 0.28 1

Soviet Union  2–2  England
Simonyan Goal 13'
A. Ivanov Goal 56'
(Report) Kevan Goal 66'
Finney Goal 85' (pen.)
Attendance: 49,348
Referee: Hungary Zsolt

Soviet Union  2–0  Austria
A. Ivanov Goal 15'
V. Ivanov Goal 62'
(Report)
Attendance: 21,239
Referee: Denmark Jorgensen

Soviet Union  0–2  Brazil
(Report) Vavá Goal 3'77'
Attendance: 50,928
Referee: France Guigue

Group Play-off[edit]

Soviet Union  1–0  England
Ilyin Goal 69' (Report)
Attendance: 23,182
Referee: West Germany Dusch

Quarter-final[edit]

Soviet Union  0–2  Sweden
(Report) Hamrin Goal 49'
Simonsson Goal 88'
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: England Leafe

Soviet Union in Chile 1962[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 8 5 1.60 5
 Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 8 3 2.67 4
 Uruguay 3 1 0 2 4 6 0.67 2
 Colombia 3 0 1 2 5 11 0.45 1
Soviet Union  2–0  Yugoslavia
Ivanov Goal 51'
Ponedelnik Goal 83'
(Report)
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: West Germany Albert Dusch

Soviet Union  4–4  Colombia
Ivanov Goal 8'11'
Chislenko Goal 10'
Ponedelnik Goal 56'
(Report) Aceros Goal 21'
Coll Goal 68' (Olympic goal)
Rada Goal 72'
Klinger Goal 86'
Attendance: 8,040
Referee: Brazil Joao Etzel Filho

Soviet Union  2–1  Uruguay
Mamykin Goal 38'
Ivanov Goal 89'
(Report) Sasía Goal 54'
Attendance: 9,973
Referee: Italy Casare Jonni

Quarter-final[edit]

Soviet Union  1–2  Chile
Chislenko Goal 26' (Report) Sánchez Goal 11'
Rojas Goal 29'
Attendance: 17,268
Referee: Netherlands Leo Horn

Soviet Union in England 1966[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Soviet Union 3 3 0 0 6 1 6.00 6
 North Korea 3 1 1 1 2 4 0.50 3
 Italy 3 1 0 2 2 2 1.00 2
 Chile 3 0 1 2 2 5 0.40 1
Soviet Union  3–0  North Korea
Malofeyev Goal 31'88'
Banishevskiy Goal 33'
(Report)
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Spain Juan Gardeazábal Garay

Soviet Union  1–0  Italy
Chislenko Goal 57' (Report)
Attendance: 27,800

Soviet Union  2–1  Chile
Porkujan Goal 28'85' (Report) Marcos Goal 32'
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Northern Ireland John Adair

Quarter-final[edit]

Soviet Union  2–1  Hungary
Chislenko Goal 5'
Porkujan Goal 46'
(Report) Bene Goal 57'
Attendance: 22,100
Referee: Spain Juan Gardeazábal Garay

Semi-final[edit]

Soviet Union  1–2  West Germany
Porkujan Goal 88' (Report) Haller Goal 42'
Beckenbauer Goal 67'
Attendance: 38,300

Bronze Final[edit]

Soviet Union  1–2  Portugal
Malofeyev Goal 43' (Report) Eusébio Goal 12' (pen.)
Torres Goal 89'
Attendance: 88,000
Referee: England Ken Dagnall

Soviet Union in Mexico 1970[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 5
 Mexico 3 2 1 0 5 0 +5 5
 Belgium 3 1 0 2 4 5 –1 2
 El Salvador 3 0 0 3 0 9 –9 0
Soviet Union  0–0  Mexico
(Report)
Attendance: 107,000
Referee: West Germany Kurt Tschenscher

Soviet Union  4–1  Belgium
Byshovets Goal 14'63'
Asatiani Goal 57'
Khmelnitsky Goal 76'
(Report) Lambert Goal 86'
Attendance: 59,000

Soviet Union  2–0  El Salvador
Byshovets Goal 51'74' (Report)
Attendance: 89,000
Referee: Chile Rafael Hormazábal Díaz

Quarter-final[edit]

Soviet Union  0–1 (a.e.t.)  Uruguay
(Report) Espárrago Goal 116'
Attendance: 24,550
Referee: Netherlands Laurens van Ravens

Soviet Union in Spain 1982[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 10 2 +8 6
 Soviet Union 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 3
 Scotland 3 1 1 1 8 8 0 3
 New Zealand 3 0 0 3 2 12 –10 0
Soviet Union  1–2  Brazil
Bal Goal 34' (Report) Sócrates Goal 75'
Éder Goal 87'

Soviet Union  3–0  New Zealand
Gavrilov Goal 25'
Blokhin Goal 48'
Baltacha Goal 69'
(Report)
Attendance: 19,000

Soviet Union  2–2  Scotland
Chivadze Goal 60'
Shengelia Goal 84'
(Report) Jordan Goal 15'
Souness Goal 87'
Attendance: 45,000

Second round Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Poland 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 3
 Soviet Union 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 3
 Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 4 –4 0
Soviet Union  1–0  Belgium
Hovhannisyan Goal 48' (Report)
Attendance: 45,000

Soviet Union  0–0  Poland
(Report)
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Scotland Bob Valentine

Soviet Union in Mexico 1986[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 9 1 +8 5
 France 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 5
 Hungary 3 1 0 2 2 9 –7 2
 Canada 3 0 0 3 0 5 –5 0
Soviet Union  6–0  Hungary
Yakovenko Goal 2'
Aleinikov Goal 4'
Belanov Goal 24' (pen.)
Yaremchuk Goal 66'
Dajka Goal 75' (o.g.)
Rodionov Goal 80'
(Report)

Soviet Union  1–1  France
Rats Goal 53' (Report) Fernández Goal 60'
Attendance: 36,500

Soviet Union  2–0  Canada
Blokhin Goal 58'
Zavarov Goal 74'
(Report)

Round of 16[edit]

Soviet Union  3–4 (a.e.t.)  Belgium
Belanov Goal 27'70'111' (pen.) (Report) Scifo Goal 56'
Ceulemans Goal 77'
Demol Goal 102'
Claesen Goal 110'
Attendance: 32,300

Soviet Union in Italy 1990[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Cameroon 3 2 0 1 3 5 –2 4
 Romania 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 3
 Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
 Soviet Union 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 2
Soviet Union  0–2  Romania
(Report) Lăcătuş Goal 42'57' (pen.)
Attendance: 42,907

Soviet Union  0–2  Argentina
(Report) Troglio Goal 27'
Burruchaga Goal 79'
Attendance: 55,759

Soviet Union  4–0  Cameroon
Protasov Goal 20'
Zygmantovich Goal 29'
Zavarov Goal 55'
Dobrovolski Goal 63'
(Report)
Attendance: 37,307

Russia in USA 1994[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
 Sweden 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
 Russia 3 1 0 2 7 6 +1 3
 Cameroon 3 0 1 2 3 11 –8 1
Russia  0–2  Brazil
(Report) Romário Goal 26'
Raí Goal 52' (pen.)
Attendance: 81,061
Referee: Mauritius Lim Kee Chong

Russia  1–3  Sweden
Salenko Goal 4' (pen.) (Report) Brolin Goal 37' (pen.)
Dahlin Goal 59'81'
Attendance: 71,528
Referee: France Joël Quiniou

Russia  6–1  Cameroon
Salenko Goal 15'41'44' (pen.)72'75'
Radchenko Goal 81'
(Report) Milla Goal 46'
Attendance: 74,914

Russia in South Korea/Japan 2002[edit]

Legend
Group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 Belgium 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 5
 Russia 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
 Tunisia 3 0 1 2 1 5 –4 1
Russia  2–0  Tunisia
Titov Goal 59'
Karpin Goal 64' (pen.)
(Report)
Attendance: 30,957

Russia  0–1  Japan
(Report) Inamoto Goal 51'

Russia  2–3  Belgium
Beschastnykh Goal 52'
Sychev Goal 88'
(Report) Walem Goal 7'
Sonck Goal 78'
Wilmots Goal 82'
Attendance: 46,640

Russia in Brazil 2014[edit]

Standings[edit]

Legend
Group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16
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

Russia vs South Korea[edit]

This was the first time the two countries have played each other in the FIFA World Cup, though they did play a friendly in 2013, which Russia won 2-1. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, with both goals being in the second half.

Russia  1–1  South Korea
Kerzhakov Goal 74' Report Lee Keun-ho Goal 68'
Attendance: 37,603
Russia
South Korea
GK 1 Igor Akinfeev
RB 22 Andrey Yeshchenko
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
CB 14 Vasili Berezutski (c)
LB 23 Dmitri Kombarov
DM 8 Denis Glushakov Substituted off 72'
CM 20 Viktor Fayzulin
CM 18 Yuri Zhirkov Substituted off 71'
RW 19 Aleksandr Samedov
LW 17 Oleg Shatov Yellow card 49' Substituted off 59'
CF 9 Aleksandr Kokorin
Substitutions:
MF 10 Alan Dzagoev Substituted in 59'
FW 11 Aleksandr Kerzhakov Substituted in 71'
MF 7 Igor Denisov Substituted in 72'
Manager:
Italy Fabio Capello
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GK 1 Jung Sung-ryong
RB 12 Lee Yong
CB 5 Kim Young-gwon
CB 20 Hong Jeong-ho Substituted off 73'
LB 3 Yun Suk-young
RM 17 Lee Chung-yong
CM 14 Han Kook-young
CM 16 Ki Sung-yueng Yellow card 30'
LM 9 Son Heung-min Yellow card 13' Substituted off 84'
CF 10 Park Chu-young Substituted off 56'
CF 13 Koo Ja-cheol (c) Yellow card 90'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Lee Keun-ho Substituted in 56'
DF 6 Hwang Seok-ho Substituted in 73'
MF 7 Kim Bo-kyung Substituted in 84'
Manager:
South KoreaHong Myung-bo

Man of the Match:
Son Heung-min (South Korea)

Assistant referees:
Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Roberto Moreno (Panama)
Fifth official:
Eric Boria (United States)

Belgium vs Russia[edit]

Belgium  1–0  Russia
Origi Goal 88' Report
Belgium
Russia
GK 1 Thibaut Courtois
RB 2 Toby Alderweireld Yellow card 73'
CB 15 Daniel Van Buyten
CB 4 Vincent Kompany (c)
LB 3 Thomas Vermaelen Substituted off 31'
CM 6 Axel Witsel Yellow card 54'
CM 8 Marouane Fellaini
RW 14 Dries Mertens Substituted off 75'
AM 7 Kevin De Bruyne
LW 10 Eden Hazard
CF 9 Romelu Lukaku Substituted off 57'
Substitutions:
DF 5 Jan Vertonghen Substituted in 31'
FW 17 Divock Origi Substituted in 57'
DF 11 Kevin Mirallas Substituted in 75'
Manager:
Marc Wilmots
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GK 1 Igor Akinfeev
RB 2 Aleksei Kozlov Substituted off 62'
CB 14 Vasili Berezutski (c)
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
LB 23 Dmitri Kombarov
DM 8 Denis Glushakov Yellow card 38'
CM 20 Viktor Fayzulin
RW 19 Aleksandr Samedov Substituted off 90'
AM 6 Maksim Kanunnikov
LW 17 Oleg Shatov Substituted off 83'
CF 9 Aleksandr Kokorin
Substitutions:
DF 22 Andrey Yeshchenko Substituted in 62'
MF 10 Alan Dzagoev Substituted in 83'
FW 11 Aleksandr Kerzhakov Substituted in 90'
Manager:
Italy Fabio Capello

Man of the Match:
Eden Hazard (Belgium)

Assistant referees:
Mark Borsch (Germany)
Stefan Lupp (Germany)
Fourth official:
Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
Fifth official:
Byron Romero (Ecuador)

Algeria vs Russia[edit]

Algeria  1–1  Russia
Report
Attendance: 39,311
Algeria
Russia
GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
RB 20 Aïssa Mandi
CB 4 Essaïd Belkalem
CB 5 Rafik Halliche (c)
LB 6 Djamel Mesbah Yellow card 39'
CM 12 Carl Medjani
CM 14 Nabil Bentaleb
RW 10 Sofiane Feghouli
AM 11 Yacine Brahimi Substituted off 71'
LW 18 Abdelmoumene Djabou Substituted off 77'
CF 13 Islam Slimani Substituted off 90+2'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Hassan Yebda Substituted in 71'
FW 9 Nabil Ghilas Yellow card 87' Substituted in 77'
FW 15 El Arbi Hillel Soudani Substituted in 90+2'
DF 17 Liassine Cadamuro Yellow card 90+2'[nb 1]
Manager:
Bosnia and Herzegovina Vahid Halilhodžić
ALG-RUS 2014-06-26.svg
GK 1 Igor Akinfeev
RB 2 Aleksei Kozlov Yellow card 59'
CB 14 Vasili Berezutski (c)
CB 4 Sergei Ignashevich
LB 23 Dmitri Kombarov Yellow card 57'
CM 8 Denis Glushakov Substituted off 46'
CM 20 Viktor Fayzulin
RW 19 Aleksandr Samedov
AM 9 Aleksandr Kokorin
LW 17 Oleg Shatov Substituted off 67'
CF 11 Aleksandr Kerzhakov Substituted off 81'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Igor Denisov Substituted in 46'
MF 10 Alan Dzagoev Substituted in 67'
FW 6 Maksim Kanunnikov Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Italy Fabio Capello

Man of the Match:
Islam Slimani (Algeria)

Assistant referees:
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Tarık Ongun (Turkey)
Fourth official:
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Fifth official:
Juan Zumba (El Salvador)

Russia in Russia 2018[edit]

Legend
Group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Russia (H) 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
3  Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 3
4  Egypt 3 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Russia  5–0  Saudi Arabia
Gazinsky Goal 12'
Cheryshev Goal 43'90+1'
Dzyuba Goal 71'
Golovin Goal 90+5'
Report
Attendance: 78,011
Russia  3–1  Egypt
Fathy Goal 47' (o.g.)
Cheryshev Goal 59'
Dzyuba Goal 62'
Report Salah Goal 73' (pen.)
Uruguay  3–0  Russia
Suárez Goal 10'
Cheryshev Goal 23' (o.g.)
Cavani Goal 90'
Report
Attendance: 41,970

Knockout stage[edit]

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

Record players[edit]

Russia's record World Cup player is Dynamo Moscow legend Lev Yashin. The 1958 FIFA World Cup in particular, which was the first one to be widely broadcast on television, had a major part in introducing Yashin's active and demanding goalkeeping style to the world at large. FIFA have established him as the best goalkeeper of the 20th century by repeatedly naming him in all-star teams like the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002.

Goalkeeper Lev Yashin (here in 1966) participated in three World Cups. He is still Russia's record World Cup player.
No. Name Matches World Cups
1 Lev Yashin 13 1958, 1962 and 1966
2 Volodymyr Bezsonov 10 1982, 1986 and 1990
3 Valentin Ivanov 9 1958 and 1962
Valery Voronin 9 1962 and 1966
Albert Shesternyov 9 1966 and 1970
Rinat Dasayev 9 1982, 1986 and 1990
Anatoliy Demyanenko 9 1982, 1986 and 1990
Oleh Kuznetsov 9 1994 and 1998
9 Igor Akinfeev 8 2014 and 2018
Sergei Ignashevich 8 2014 and 2018
Aleksandr Samedov 8 2014 and 2018

Top goalscorers[edit]

Russia's top goalscorers at the FIFA World Cup, Valentin Ivanov and Oleg Salenko, have won a Golden Boot award each. Salenko is the only player who has ever scored five goals in a single World Cup match, and the only player to win the Golden Boot even though his team has been eliminated in the Group stage.

Oleg Salenko scored all of his six international goals at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, five of them in a single match against Cameroon.
No. Name Goals World Cups
1 Oleg Salenko 6 1994
2 Valentin Ivanov 5 1958 (1) and 1962 (4)
3 Igor Chislenko 4 1962 (2) and 1966 (2)
Valeriy Porkuyan 4 1966
Anatoliy Byshovets 4 1970
Igor Belanov 4 1986
Denis Cheryshev 4 2018
8 Eduard Malofeyev 3 1966
Artem Dzyuba 3 2018
10 Aleksandr Ivanov 2 1958
Viktor Ponedelnik 2 1962
Oleh Blokhin 2 1982 and 1986
Oleksandr Zavarov 2 1986 and 1990

References[edit]

  1. ^ Article in eu-football.info Mexico on 16th August, 1992 winning 2–0.
  2. ^ Refused to play the return leg of a play-off in Chile in the aftermath of that country's 1973 military coup
  3. ^ "Match report – Quarter-final – Russia v Croatia" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 7 July 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 July 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2018. 
  1. ^ Despite not playing, Cadamuro received a yellow card on the bench.

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